Stacy London Offers “Start Overs” in New Book

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She’s everyone’s favorite no-nonsense, tell-it-like it is stylist, Stacy London. Co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear ” with Connecticut resident Clinton Kelly,  London comes across as a secure, empowered lady of no-nonsense, a rock when it comes to attitude, flair and satire. But beneath those killer stilettos and perfect fashion sense is a woman who has had her lion’s share of challenges along the way. Now she is sharing them in her new book, “The Truth About Style” a sort of semi-autobiography that also provides a closet full of self-help when it comes to turning poor self-esteem into giant-sized positive ego. With the holidays soon upon us, sassy Stacy not only Spills the Beans about her book but how to look and feel your best not just for special occasions, but all the time.

 

Q: You are best known, especially from the first few years of “What Not To Wear,” of simply taking a person and making his or her outside look good. But in the last year or two the show, and certainly your book, seem to address what is inside as well, a shift that seems to address two issues at once. How critical is your inside appearance to your outside one?

A: It is what I say in the book, your outside appearance is symptomatic of what you are feeling on the inside even if you are trying to hide it. You may think you are saying ‘I am super cool because I am only wearing black’ but what it really says is ‘I don’t want to be seen.’ Rarely do you see somebody who is entirely comfortable in their own skin dressing in a way that doesn’t flatter them. It comes with self- knowledge. The better you are engaged with yourself, the better you will understand your body and dress it in a flattering way. The more you ignore it, the easier it is to dress badly. If you have been watching the show for the past 10 years, we had been simply putting new clothes on someone. We aren’t interested in just that anymore. We are doing more than style now.

Q: Your new book explains your own image issues including your scarring psoriasis as a teenager and then the eating disorders you overcame.  Have you ever thought of writing a book for pre-teens and teens especially in a culture where bullying, peer pressure, etc. are so prevalent and kiddos are struggling with self-image and social media pressure?

A: Absolutely. Social media of itself has made an immediacy that is devastating. You look like at things like Pinterest and boards, it is horrifying. Absolutely something I plan to do and have considered. Felt like it was important to write this book first and establish that kind of intimacy. One of the biggest messages in my book is to be brave and I know that from being in the trenches.

Q: If Stacy London were an outfit what would it include?

A: Color, pattern, texture and shine, the most well-rounded outfit of all.

Q: As you known Clinton Kelly has become a sometimes CT resident. Haven you visited his house?

A: I don’t comment on Clinton. But I do visit family in Connecticut in Norwalk and Greenwich.

Q: It is fall and that means the time has come for women to go nuts about what not to and what to wear. Five suggestions for the younger professional and the over 50 mature lady when it comes to updating wardrobe in 2012.

A: Younger women want to do things that are trends. They are more adventurous. As we age we want things that look more expensive and that are relevant not trendy. So for the younger woman, primary colors, a lot of bold prints and mismatched textures like brocade and print, ombres. There is a real nod to the mod, minimal architectural, strong clean lines. A lot of drop waists and mini-skirts.

For the older woman, rich color palettes with teal, mustard, burgundy. Mixing textures in a more subtle way. Ladylike heels rather than platforms, toe cap heels, fuller skirts, tweed suit.

Q: Speaking of shoes, your shoes are your signature it seems. So what is the secret to wearing high heels? Seriously

A: Your can get your feet anesthetized. They use Restylane or Botox and shoot it into your toe. It creates a cushion and lasts nine or 10 months. I used to do that. Now I use Dr. Scholl’s pads. They help.

Q: What outfit of yours would you never want anyone to see you wearing?

A: My beloved five-year -old Uniqlo sweatpants. The butt has been sewn up three times. If you saw me in them you would say I don’t deserve my job.

Q: If you could, what would you tell your 18-year-old self  based on what you know now?

A: Savor the moment. I spent so much time worrying about the future. I was always looking ahead instead of appreciating what I have. I wish I had spent more time savoring the moment. And take better care of yourself, I would not be in as bad shape now if I had paid a little attention to myself and started regimes a little earlier.

Q: You are oh so single. On a 1 to 10, how is your dating life and why?

A: Negative I don’t date. I’ve been doing six jobs in the past 18 months and that is all I was able to do.

Q: What is something no one knows about you?

A: I am obsessed with Darth Vader and storm troopers, I am a big Batman fan. I love dinosaurs and quantum physics. I want to go back to school. Algebra and trig, I love to face that fear.

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