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What Not To Wear is a Virgoan wet dream I think because it combines two elements often so beloved of Virgos (and people with Virgo Ascendants, ahem): self-improvement and practicality/usefulness. Even their site is practical as it offers style advice relating to body shapes etc.

Although I occasionally cringe at thier slightly confrontational style (and the fact that they chuck away loads of people's possessions, Cancer really quakes at that) I love Trinny and Susannah and thier work. What I love most about it is that they are essentially so pragmatic, so useful. They don't send people on these mad regimes to transform thier body shapes instead they work with the bodies that people have and help them look better in a highly realistic way. They work with a person to find something that is right for them and my GOD it's amazing. The women they work with are not small or conventionally pretty, which is why I adore the program. It's very much about humans and flaws and oh dear lord they are magicians. The changes in people are unbelievable. E.g. a woman who wore nothing but football shirts and terrible jeans and had orange hair and looked to me like a particularly unattractive dyke (and I know lots of cute dykes, so I know it's not compulsory). Frankly I was stunned that she was heterosexual and wanted to go out and meet men because the vibe she gave out was pretty asexual, and extremely impressed at her transformation into this where I think she's very pretty.

And I love clothes and I love shoes and I love transforming people, I love bringing out the potential of people. In the best of all possible worlds I'd be a hairdresser and a shoe/clothes designer who was a psychotherapist and an astrologer and Tarot reader and a writer and I'd do all that at least semi-professionally. So many interests, so little time, so much beauty that can be expressed in the world and so much in me that burns and begs to be created.

Sometimes I half-wish I could bust my head open just so all the visions trapped there could spill out across the world and be made manifest.

I do analyse and pick apart and I do notice people's clothes a lot, and I very often cringe because very often people don't seem to have a good eye for clothes, and for what suits them.

I'm not a fashionista, and nor do I dress up every day but I think I do have a pretty good eye for what suits me and what doesn't and I also find it fairly easy to see what suits other people.

Of course it is all superficial, and I'd be the first to admit I have a vain and shallow streak (euphemistically dubbed *a feeling for beauty*) and it does give me such a profound pleasure to be able to help someone feel good about themselves, feel sexy and attractive (without looking cheap). Literally it makes me glow with pleasure.

The emphasis here of course is on people who need and want that help, I avoid the trap of badgering the general population unless it happens to be my mother. Occasionally I toy with the idea that I never outgrew my Barbie Doll phase, and that's why I enjoy playing dress-up with people although I've managed to move past the urges to chop their hair or draw on thier faces with crayons.


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(no subject) - whispersinink - Oct. 20th, 2004 08:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 21st, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
Be not embarassed, it's a wonderful thing. :)
Oct. 21st, 2004 01:06 am (UTC)
Did you see the menopausal women one? It was so lovely, and so fantastic :o)

And if you're hankering, you can keep fixing me. Of course, it would be easier if someone swooped and said "Here Lynne, take £2000 and buy clothes"! but still :o)

Make up next you know?
Oct. 21st, 2004 01:07 am (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2004 03:52 am (UTC)
Yes that is the most attractive aspect - "work with what you have", not "come back to see us after you've lost 100lb"
Oct. 21st, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
I hate the *lose X amount of weight* shows.
They make me want to throw things at the television.
Oct. 21st, 2004 03:58 am (UTC)
I generally don't get on with that sort of TV, but I was impressed and had to reconsider a bit when I saw the one about the menopausal women. They really did look much more confident by the end. I found myself thinking 'argh, I really hate all my clothes, 2000 quid of new ones is actually sounding quite tempting. But only if I could hide all my tradgoth dresses at someone else's house first.' ;)
Oct. 21st, 2004 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I can't contribute £2000 quid but I do have a bunch of clothes set aside to give to the charity shop (they're all fine, I'm just trying to unclutter) so you can get first dibs if you like. :)

But only if I could hide all my tradgoth dresses at someone else's house first.' ;)

very wise. :)
Oct. 21st, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
i LOVE the show - me and Em ALWAYS wach it now - i used to hate them as they were essentially very patronising and bitchy to some of the people - but something about this series has been better, they work with people that are so scared of themselves adn they give them confidence - it is great to watch.

you are more then welcome to come and try your stylerness on me at anytime (although bare in mind i'm a student with a severe hatred of anything that isn't jeans so i might be a challenge!)

Oct. 21st, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)

I got my mother to wear a top embroidered with some sequins. Jeans seem a pretty minor challenge in comparison, and there's a lot of nice things that can be done with denim (I live in jeans) provided it's enlivened by some funky shoes/tops/accessories.
Oct. 21st, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
I love that show. I learned to stop wearing baggy clothes, because they only make me look fatter, and that bootcut pants are the best! Plus I like the fact that the women aren't all these gorgeous beauties waiting to be discovered and look like models once they get their hair and makeup done. It's all about what real, average people can do to look better (without plastic surgery or weight loss).

The American version just doesn't cut it. Trinny and Susannah bring the snark. The American people are just too nice and self-uh-steemish and all.

My only complaint is that BBC-America keeps running the same old WNTW shows over and over and over. Okay, I've seen Meeta, Xenia, Geneva (now she was a trip) and the others a few dozen times.

On the other hand, BBC-A is running "The Office Special", which I damn well plan to catch tonight.
Oct. 21st, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
I despise shopping, clothes, and shoes ( funny, as I just did a day of it today). If I could hire you as my personal buyer, I'd do it :o).

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