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5 Inspiring Style Lessons from the WNTW Finale

After 10 seasons and hundreds of makeovers, the final episode of What Not to Wear (WNTW) aired last week. To see what Stacy and Clinton have accomplished over the past 10 years was incredibly inspiring and really resonated with me. They helped 350+ women feel beautiful, and in their testimonials, they shared how much their lives — not just their wardrobes — have been changed forever by the show. I’m sad to see WNTW end, but so many of the style lessons from the show will live on.

Here are 5 inspiring style lessons from the WNTW finale:

  • 10 Years of WNTW 1 of 6
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    Click through for 5 style lessons that will live on from 10 seasons of What Not to Wear (WNTW).

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  • "It’s not just clothes!" 2 of 6
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    This phrase was repeated often during the WNTW finale, and I couldn't agree more. Clothes are not just a method to covering our bodies, but a powerful form of nonverbal communication within our society. Contributors from past years attributed their makeovers to finding spouses, success in the work place, promotions, and an all-around happier life. It's so inspiring to know that personal style can have such a powerful impact!

     

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  • It’s okay to ask for style help. 3 of 6
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    One of my favorite things about WNTW is that it helped normalize the idea that sometimes we need help with fashion. As women, there is tremendous pressure to be good at everything cooking, decorating, being a mom, our careers, and yes, being an impeccable dresser. But what if you weren't born with a passion for fashion or didn't grow up with style help? How can we tackle getting dressed? Seeing others receive help with their style was a great step towards accepting the idea that it's okay to ask for help — from friends, store associates, and professionals like Stacy and Clinton. It gave us a sense that we may not all be fashionable at birth, but there's hope for absolutely everyone even in extreme cases.  

     

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  • A good haircut is key. 4 of 6
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    The "big reveal" at the end of the show comes after the contributor receives clothing help from Stacy and Clinton, and hair and makeup help from Ted and Carmindy. The clothes are a huge part of it, but it's often the haircut and the makeup that really take our breath away. It's a great reminder to not overlook these areas, and to not be afraid to ask for help with hair and makeup, either.

     

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  • Love yourself where you are. 5 of 6
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    Many contributors on WNTW were on weight loss journeys, or perhaps an illness caused a considerable weight gain that made shopping frustrating. What I love about WNTW is that it tackles every body type out there and proves that we can all look fabulous with the right clothes, no matter where we might be on the journey with our bodies. Stacy and Clinton always encouraged women to love themselves and dress themselves well for every stage of life. That's one WNTW style lesson that will live on. 

     

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  • Your friends may have a point. 6 of 6
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    The psychology on WNTW is fascinating. You watch a contributor go through a lot of emotions usually denial that they need help and stubbornness towards change — but ultimately, they wind up incredibly thankful that their friends nominated them to receive style help. I am a huge believer that you should wear whatever makes you happy, no matter what anyone else says. But there are also those times when you feel uncomfortable perhaps you get more male attention than you'd like, not enough male attention, or your kids are embarrassed to be seen with you (which was the case for the contributor in the finale — photo above!). In those cases, it could be time to look into changing your style. Only you can decide if style help is something you want, but if you are hearing suggestions from loved ones, it could be something to consider. Just think of all the inspiring benefits that lie ahead!

     

    Did you watch the WNTW finale? What style lessons and inspiration will you take with you from the show?

     

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