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What Your Clothes Say About You: How to Look Different, Act Different and Feel Different Hardcover – 29 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (29 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297843575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297843573
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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in true Trinny and Susannah style there are some truly great fashion hints in here. (HEAT)

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How to change your image and feel fabulous.

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This has a lot of before and after pictures, it doesn't offer much practical advice. Yes it shows you some lovely outfits, but the useful general advice on dressing and presenting yourself is somewhat lacking in this book. So not really much good in the long run - this book will date very quickly as once the outfits pictured are dated the whole book is next to useless. There are a couple of nuggets of useful information that can be gleaned from it but you have to wade through a lot of fluff to find them. It's definitely not up to their usual standard.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jane M. Cox on 11 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was SO disappointed with this book, it's just a paper regurgitation of the TV series and could easily have been cobbled together by a researcher with a few "pantomime" photos of Trinny and Susannah thrown in. You would need to have a severely split style personality to benefit from much of the advice given, and if you don't fit into any of the case scenarios none of it is really much use to you. There is precious little original or general advice for the rest of us.

I absolutely love Trinny and Susannah and think they are incredibly talented at what they do, but this book sold them short. What I really hoped for was a quick recap of "the rules" and more advice dedicated to body shapes, colouring and adapting current style trends (i.e., "can I wear a pencil skirt even though I have a bum the size of Peterborough, and if so, how?"). I would be happy to buy a style update from them along these lines every season, but I don't really want a book of the TV series which I've already watched, based on people who are not like me anyway.

There is so much demand and scope for Trinny and Susannah's talent, but even the most avid fan could find it hard to find something in it which would make a difference to them personally.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you've already read, re-read and thoroughly digested the first two volumes, followed the "rules" for your bodyshape, and turned into a well-dressed, confident and stylish woman that thinks they now always get it right, has spare cash to spend on clothes, and spare time to beautify, then buy this book.
Yes, the book deals with the odd remaining fashion disaster entirely innocent of Trinny and Susannah's highly intrusive, aggressive, jaw-droppingly rude (but always accurate) advice, but where this volume goes that the first two haven't touched upon is why some women cling to the same look that "works" for years.
Trinny and Susannah go into the psychology of clothing choices, and how to be brave and make different decisions. The chapters are all taken from common clothing statements that women make, such as "most of my clothes are black" or "I dress old - but I am old!"
In many ways, this is much more a self-help, feel-good book than the previous two What Not to Wear volumes, especially with advice on when and where to wear your "new you" outfit, and ideas for challenging your old clothing behaviour and attitudes.
So why not 5 stars? Well, here's my gripe. I think there is still a tendency to over-style and suggest some impractical solutions. The (life)style advice is terrific if you have a reasonable disposable income to spend on clothing and personal care, and also the spare "me" time to devote to a more high maintenance beauty regime. It's not so practical if you have a stressful job, family and home to care for on a limited budget. In addition, although the claim is for anyone of any size to look good following "the rules", there are few, if any, stores listed who stock clothes in anything larger than a size 16.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first thought Trinny and Susannah were simply fashion freaks-ready to pounce on and cling to the latest trend, however tragic. Morning TV such as Fashion Police sprang to mind, and I had images of two impossibly beautiful women reducing ordinary women to tears because their jeans had no visible labels.
Wrong.
For a start, they are not impossibly beautiful. In their book 'What you Wear can Change your Life' both are shown in unflattering lycra bodysuits, and lay bare their carefully-hidden flaws: Susannah has good legs, but a large bust, a saggy tummy and dumpy arms. She has no chin and a short waist. Susannah is the typical thiry to forty-something mum, having popped out a few sprogs, and starting to look at her new figure with a pang of regret.
Trinny, on the other hand, isnt a perfect stick insect either. She is very long waisted, so regular t-shirts expose acres of chilly midriff, and her legs are very stumpy, with 'holster' hips and a broad backside. She has a long neck, but very large bones so her wrists, collar and ankles are very bony. Trinny represent the average twenty-something, the working woman, the first-time mum.
The fact the two appear glamorous and slim is a testament to their talent: this book, like their others, aim to help women accept the body god (and Mr Kipling) gave them, and learn to dress correctly, to hide the flaws, and make their best features shine.
They arent as cruel as reported-neither of them go 'Eurgh!' at the sight of a 50-something woman with a double E chest squeezed into one of those awful slogan T-shirts eg I must Not Chase Boys (Shudder) as Im afraid most of us 'normal' people might say.
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