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Remembering TLC Reality Series, What Not To Wear

Updated on March 15, 2015

Manolo Blahniks....Girls Have to Dream


Watching What Not to Wear

I am no fashionista by any stretch of the imagination but have you ever watched What Not to Wear on TLC? I cannot help but marvel at this show. For me, it is a fascinating watch to say the least. Where do they locate these females first of all? I would be so angry, hurt, shocked and embarrassed if my co-workers nominated me for this "honor". None the less, it is a stable on my list of cable TV favorites. This show does an outstanding job of showing what can happen if you wash your hair, get it dyed and cut and then put on makeup. What an eye popper! Wake up girls.......It is so astounding that the women on this show or planet did not know that they would look better if they wore makeup. It is a great mystery.....that has gone viral lately on when Jenna Marbles demonstrates to over 19 million people how to put on make up and How to Trick People into Thinking That You Are Good Looking.

The premise of the What Not To Wear show is that someone who dresses totally inappropriately for their occupation is given a credit card with $5000 on it. The only condition for receiving the $5000 is that the poor sucker must agree to bring all of their pitiful clothing in their closet with them to be thrown away when they arrive. They are then flown to New York and have one week to complete their transcendent metamorphosis.

The first terrifying event is for them to don one of their favorite outfits that they would wear to work or out and stand before the hosts in the 360 degree mirror where the hosts begin to "undress" them publicly. This is a shock to the person because they have grown so accustomed to the outfit and no one has ever been brave enough to actually confront them before. Next, the hosts pick through their clothing showing the camera how old and outdated their clothing is like a vulture picking at a rotting corpse......holding up beaded mini skirts and asking where and when this would be appropriate. Each piece of clothing is then tossed into the graveyard to never be resurrected again...thank goodness. Bye bye beaded leather vests...... Although many of us who have good friends to shop with that will tell us the "honest to goodness" truth will not end up on this show, there are a few women that this will help. (They will never know it though, because they are clueless do not see that they need help)

Three Kinds of Women Benefited

1. Body Image Misconception Of course, there are those women who make decent money and continue to choose clothing that is ill fitted over and over again due to a misconception of their body image. These women are truly benefited because the problem was manifested through their clothing but it was actually a mental problem that was blocking their road to fashion success. Usually once it comes out that there is a mental block and the woman realizes that they have a waistline or that they are a certain size, then the real work can begin.

2. Women Who Have Their Own Styles Another breed of woman that appears on the show often is the one that has their unique style and personality. This woman is one that is either stuck in another decade or actually likes the way that they dress because they are "different". The hosts then try to demonstrate how they can dress beautifully and maintain their unique style and personality.

3. Women Who Have Lost Significant Weight Many times one of the participants on this show has lost a large amount of weight and is still dressing in their old sweatsuits and nondescript apparel. Sometimes the person is just waiting to lose more weight or they just don't have the money to replace their whole wardrobe. A few of them are blind don't see themselves as thin and have the body image misconception mentioned above. (see #1)

I am willing to wager that the majority of women in America have closets that look like those chosen to be on this show. I ashamedly admit that have have a dress in my closet that has been there for 27 years......Why, you may ask? I want to remember what size I used to be BC (before children) Other clothing is there just in case hip huggers and bell bottom jeans re-surface. I wouldn't want to waste time going to the store to see what is available after all....I will be ready. Then there are the random ill fitting clothes that I have hung on to in desperation bargaining with my self.........I resolve to fit back into those size 4 jeans! Oh, the mind plays tricks on us girls when we enter the door of our closets. There is an imaginary world in which we see ourselves romping in a field dressed in Prada and strapped into our Manolo Blahniks and please, go to the blue link and nominate me for What Not To Wear. It is worth the trip after all! Hurry....stop trying to leave me a comment........go on the blue link.......use anything you want....just get me on that show!!!!


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    • CarltheCritic1291 profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm not a big fan of the show myself, but if I had never seen it before I read this Hub, I would be convinced that I need to see it. Great Hub, voted useful and awesome :)

    • The Frog Prince profile image

      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Never seen it but may check it out now.

      Super Hub.

      The Frog

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      7 years ago

      This show is amazing. At first I thought it was kind of rude and pretentious but seeing some of the self-esteem improvements makes it seem worth it for those individuals and it makes it easier to not be so judgmental.

    • Smart is Good profile image

      Smart is Good 

      7 years ago from Lima, PerĂº

      That is the best show ever! I still can't believe there are people that can dress as though it's halloween everyday. Nice Hub btw!

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I've seen the show once or twice - indeed there are some catastrophes out there that need correcting.

    • Julip Manor profile imageAUTHOR

      Julip Manor 

      7 years ago from Kingwood, Texas

      Thanks.........I love it too.......I need to clean out my closets just in case someone signs me up!

    • Ebower profile image

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I have been watching that show for years! This was quite an interesting redition of it.


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