Q&A with Clinton Kelly, Host of TLC’s What Not To Wear 


Mom jeans. Muffin tops. Airbrushed fingernails.

These are just a few fashion mistakes TLC's What Not To Wear co-hosts Clinton Kelly and Stacy London have seen on their long-running reality makeover show.

With all that hands-on experience — plus his background as a former fashion editor — Kelly has compiled the worst fashion atrocities in his new book, Oh No She Didn't: Top 100 Style Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them.

Kelly will be at the Oak Court Mall Macy's Friday, November 12th, to sign his book and host the Macy's Fashion Challenge. Audience members will dress models for anything from a dream job interview to a red-carpet event. The winner of each challenge receives a $100 Macy's gift card. — by Bianca Phillips

Flyer: What's the worst style mistake women make?

Kelly: Mistaking a cross-training sneaker for casual footwear. A cross-trainer is meant for training for some kind of event, whether that's walking the mall for fitness or "Sweatin' to the Oldies" with Richard Simmons or going to gym. It is not meant for going to the dentist, the supermarket, and especially not to work.

What's the most important rule to keep in mind?

One thing to remember is fit. If you don't have fit, you don't have style. If your clothes are too tight, you'll look like a stuffed sausage. If they're too loose, you'll look like a schlump.

There's a common belief that the South is a little behind when it comes to fashion. Is it harder for people in not-so-fashion-forward cities to stay on top of trends?

Do I think it's the worst thing in the world to be dressing a season behind New York City? Absolutely not. But you shouldn't be dressing a decade behind. I don't expect the average woman of Memphis to be saying, "I need to be on trend with the women of Paris, Milan, and New York." If fashion is your hobby, that's fantastic. But if you're just going to work and raising some kids, I don't think it's super important. What's important is that you look good.

On "What Not to Wear," you dress people according to their body shape. Do you think that encourages people not to lose weight? What Not To Wear is the best weight-loss secret in America. We don't really talk about that so much as a follow-up, but I think a lot of it has to do with wearing clothes that fit. Once you're wearing clothes that fit your body, it is so much easier for you to keep track of any weight gain. When you wear elastic waist pants, you could gain 20 pounds and not even realize it because your pants still fit. But when you're wearing pants that fit your waist and you gain three pounds, you notice your pants getting a little tight. It's easier to lose that three pounds.


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