today on a very special edition of ‘miscellany’, i’m saying goodbye to a television show very near and dear to my heart- TLC’s what not to wear.
a few years ago, nat and i made the decision to cancel our cable subscription. since then, we rely on netflix instant streaming for our television consumption so if it’s not on netflix, we probably don’t watch it (exceptions being ‘game of thrones’, ‘true blood’ and ‘homeland’). so it was that i spent the last few years not watching what not to wear, despite it’s status as a long time favorite of mine. so how excited was i when i found what not to wear had come to streaming recently?? i added it to my queue and feeling like being a bum and not want to do anything but watch tv after dinner last night, i queued up the first episode from the 2012 season. to be honest, i was a little shocked that the show was still airing- shocked but quite pleased.
so there i am, cuddled up on the couch, watching my for realsies heroes, stacy london and clinton kelly, opening the show with their terrible / awesome banter and feeling all warm and fuzzy. a little ways in, we’ve seen stacy in two outfits already and i am wondering who she is wearing these days. i do a quick search for the WNTW website but instead find news that WNTW was airing it’s final episode EVER at pretty much that exact moment, give or take. is that kismet or what?!
i don’t remember when exactly i began watching WNTW but it was pretty early on. most fashion based tv shows are pretty awful- the hosts are beyond lame and if you ask me, their advice is usually worthless- but stacy and clinton hooked me immediately with their sassy but always positive approach and obvious style expertise.
as i watched, i grew to view stacy and clinton as my ultimate dream fairy godparents, often joking that i wished they would adopt me. as a life long fashion enthusiast who has so often had to defend that love of fashion to those who view it as the height of shallowness and superficiality, one reason i love stacy and clinton so much is their broaching of the subject weekly. with tireless patience, they have explained to millions over the years that good fashion not only speaks to the world and says ‘take me seriously!’ but contrary to the belief of many, actually improves self-esteem and body image when you learn how to dress in styles that flatter your body. stacy sincerely knows what’s she’s talking about too, having suffered from psoriasis as a child and later issues with anorexia and binge eating. having been every size from 0 to 16, she knows first hand the body image issues that people struggle with.
i also learned about investment pieces from them and dare i say it, caught my very first seeds of the slow fashion movement bug from their on-point lectures about foregoing trends for classic, well-made pieces that might cost more but will lend years of stylish wear. i am not even lying when i say they made my heart swell with happiness and pride with each and every episode i have viewed.
i also didn’t really realize until last night how much i owe to stacy for influencing my own personal style. she always does it right and i realized just how much i had unconsciously looked to her over the years for style inspiration, recalling just how elated i was years ago when i spied her wearing the same pair of bright red patent leather ballet flats that i myself owned.
so it is that i’m a little sad today but mostly happy that stacy and clinton graced the world’s television sets for an entire decade- overhauling frumpy moms, tragic trend-hounds, relics of eras past and everything else in between. if i could, i would award them them lifetime achievement awards and ambassadorships. who else is better suited to international diplomacy than these two that can successfully wrestle away jeans and sports jerseys from die-hard slobs, bring them to tears with the realization that they’ve been hiding themselves from the world due to poor self-image and ending with said slobs far more often than not readily admitting ‘you two were so right!!’. imagine- world peace could be just a few make-overs away.