I am a closet fan of the “What Not to Wear” show…not that I want anyone to know that I watch a reality TV show….but I love the concept that everyone should be comfortable with their own body and that external changes can make a world of difference for one’s psyche. Stacy London, co-host of TLC’s What Not to Wear, has just come out with a new book, The Truth About Style (Viking Press, 2012) in which she describes her philosophy of style. Her Zen-like mantra is “take what life has given you, accept it wholly, and then build on it.” With that as a baseline style can be healing.
Style, according to London’s philosophy, requires an unbiased acceptance of self, where your body is and what your life circumstances are. Style starts with your brain before it gets to your body.
Stacy discusses how to dress well, why to dress well and why we often do not. She helps us get into the mindset that leads to a happier and healthier sense of self. She talks about the kinds of psychological obstacles we place in our own path that keeps us from owning our personal style. Style, unlike fashion, is personal. It’s about the individual.
Style is about enhancing who you are and not attempting to look like someone else.
“By changing your style, you are forced to change the way you perceive yourself. And if you can see yourself differently, you can start to feel differently.” Eventually we believe because we can see.
In her book Stacy tells stories of ten women that she helped to see themselves differently. Each is a metamorphosis from cocoon to butterfly. Her tales provide a “kick in the step, a swing in the hips, and a twinkle in the eye.” Try her short enjoyable read and see how comfortable you are in your own skin!