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Open the door to harmonious, powerful, and positive dressing with a guide that’s like The Secret—for your wardrobe. In this groundbreaking how-to book, style expert George Brescia shows you how to transform yourself from the inside out. More than a style guide, this revolutionary book by a seasoned stylist teaches a method of conscious dressing that begins with a powerful i Open the door to harmonious, powerful, and positive dressing with a guide that’s like The Secret—for your wardrobe. In this groundbreaking how-to book, style expert George Brescia shows you how to transform yourself from the inside out. More than a style guide, this revolutionary book by a seasoned stylist teaches a method of conscious dressing that begins with a powerful internal change. Instead of just grabbing for whatever’s on hand, you’ll learn to set your goals for the day, determining how you want to be perceived, and then dress in a way that helps manifest those intentions. Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life reveals the true power your clothing has to affect your life, showing how this second skin impacts your job prospects, your romantic life, your income, and even your deepest sense of self. Translating his styling methods into a philosophy anyone can apply on her own, Brescia also delivers tips and tricks of the trade to help convert even the most hapless dresser into a happy and educated shopper. Because the goal is to have you not only looking great, but feeling more confident, too. From major closet overhauls to a whole new philosophy on color, this is a comprehensive manual for anyone who’s ever looked at her closet in despair. Accessible, direct, honest, and thought-provoking, Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life takes an eye-opening look at the intersection between our clothing and our emotions, hopes, and dreams, showing us how improving our external appearance can have life-changing effects on how we’re perceived by others—and more importantly, on how we perceive ourselves.


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Open the door to harmonious, powerful, and positive dressing with a guide that’s like The Secret—for your wardrobe. In this groundbreaking how-to book, style expert George Brescia shows you how to transform yourself from the inside out. More than a style guide, this revolutionary book by a seasoned stylist teaches a method of conscious dressing that begins with a powerful i Open the door to harmonious, powerful, and positive dressing with a guide that’s like The Secret—for your wardrobe. In this groundbreaking how-to book, style expert George Brescia shows you how to transform yourself from the inside out. More than a style guide, this revolutionary book by a seasoned stylist teaches a method of conscious dressing that begins with a powerful internal change. Instead of just grabbing for whatever’s on hand, you’ll learn to set your goals for the day, determining how you want to be perceived, and then dress in a way that helps manifest those intentions. Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life reveals the true power your clothing has to affect your life, showing how this second skin impacts your job prospects, your romantic life, your income, and even your deepest sense of self. Translating his styling methods into a philosophy anyone can apply on her own, Brescia also delivers tips and tricks of the trade to help convert even the most hapless dresser into a happy and educated shopper. Because the goal is to have you not only looking great, but feeling more confident, too. From major closet overhauls to a whole new philosophy on color, this is a comprehensive manual for anyone who’s ever looked at her closet in despair. Accessible, direct, honest, and thought-provoking, Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life takes an eye-opening look at the intersection between our clothing and our emotions, hopes, and dreams, showing us how improving our external appearance can have life-changing effects on how we’re perceived by others—and more importantly, on how we perceive ourselves.

30 review for Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can't Go Naked

  1. 4 out of 5

    Polly

    It may well change your life to change your style of dressing. I am not sure, however, that I want to change my clothes on the recommendation of a man who apparently thinks being cat-called is a pleasant experience, or that it necessarily means one is looking one's best (the sort of men who think that's acceptable are not what I'd call masters of style). Plus, I once owned a pair of nude pumps and I do own a little black dress (yes, this is that kind of style book), and far from finding them ind It may well change your life to change your style of dressing. I am not sure, however, that I want to change my clothes on the recommendation of a man who apparently thinks being cat-called is a pleasant experience, or that it necessarily means one is looking one's best (the sort of men who think that's acceptable are not what I'd call masters of style). Plus, I once owned a pair of nude pumps and I do own a little black dress (yes, this is that kind of style book), and far from finding them indispensable, I never once wore the pumps and have once (in three years) worn the LBD. So if you live the kind of life where pumps and little black dresses could be daily wear, and in which you enjoy being whistled at and cat-called, this is the style book for you.Personally, I do not.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I read this but wished I hadn't. It was an unlucky find at the library. Such an emphasis on appearance and clothes as the determiner of worth. I was particularly frustrated by how much he pushed shoes with heels as "absolute necessities" for women's wardrobes. Never mind that an elevated heel does all kinds of bad stuff to women's physical health, including aggravating pelvic floor dysfunction and not to mention their really bad history of sexualizing women's bodies. No, if I don't wear heels, t I read this but wished I hadn't. It was an unlucky find at the library. Such an emphasis on appearance and clothes as the determiner of worth. I was particularly frustrated by how much he pushed shoes with heels as "absolute necessities" for women's wardrobes. Never mind that an elevated heel does all kinds of bad stuff to women's physical health, including aggravating pelvic floor dysfunction and not to mention their really bad history of sexualizing women's bodies. No, if I don't wear heels, then I clearly don't care about the way other people perceive me and therefore am a zero in the fashion department. I only wear zero drop shoes now so I wonder what he'd think about me? Nik kept telling me to stop reading it because I was so outraged at times but I had an oddly sick fascination with it and couldn't stop until the end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Esme

    Whether or not you care about fashion, what you wear is going to make an impression on people. This book asks the reader to be intentional about what they wear, and to be aware of how what they wear affects how they feel and how people view them. This book is about presenting the best version of yourself to the world, regardless of your size, shape, or age. I don't agree with everything in the book (such as high heels are essential for all women), but for the most part I appreciated the informati Whether or not you care about fashion, what you wear is going to make an impression on people. This book asks the reader to be intentional about what they wear, and to be aware of how what they wear affects how they feel and how people view them. This book is about presenting the best version of yourself to the world, regardless of your size, shape, or age. I don't agree with everything in the book (such as high heels are essential for all women), but for the most part I appreciated the information and the friendly tone of the author. I found it a very pleasurable and inspiring read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I don't think this helped, I was hoping for a recipe book like: If you want to have three dogs and live on a farm wear birkenstocks! If you want to have your mom live to 102 wear green heels! I don't think this helped, I was hoping for a recipe book like: If you want to have three dogs and live on a farm wear birkenstocks! If you want to have your mom live to 102 wear green heels!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Hurford

    There are nuggets of useful information to be found here, but those same tips can be found in other, better, books without having to slog through the classist and ableist rhetoric contained in this book. Classist because the author assumes the reader has the funds to have a nice pair sneakers for the gym in addition to a less nice pair for yardwork; or that the reader does not do any sort of hard labor for a living, preventing them from wearing nice outfits at work. He expects us to always wear There are nuggets of useful information to be found here, but those same tips can be found in other, better, books without having to slog through the classist and ableist rhetoric contained in this book. Classist because the author assumes the reader has the funds to have a nice pair sneakers for the gym in addition to a less nice pair for yardwork; or that the reader does not do any sort of hard labor for a living, preventing them from wearing nice outfits at work. He expects us to always wear a "perfect 10" outfit, which is not always possible outside of the white collar workspace. Ableist because he refers to supportive shoes as "a hideous pair of orthopedic-grade clunkers" without sparing a thought for why someone might need to wear those shoes in the first place. the author is welcome to spend a day in heels, or even to experience a foot issue as simple as a bunion or hammer toe, and reevaluate his stance. The insistence on straight hair and blowouts as the only way to make a polished or sexy impression, with curly hair dismissed as "friendly and approachable," is smething I thought died out somewhere after the late 90s. Imagine my surprise when I flipped to the copyright page to find this book had been published in 2014! This book, with it's entirely outdated views, is simply unacceptable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    I want to frame this cover and put it on my wall. I'm obsessed. The book is about making sure you have the clothes in your closet that make you feel confident. The author loves color. The goal of this book was to remind us that we should wear clothes that make us feel amazing and that reflect who we are. It's not as much about getting a compliment. It's more about how do you want the world to see you? The author talks a lot about self-care and that when you become more present in how you dress, I want to frame this cover and put it on my wall. I'm obsessed. The book is about making sure you have the clothes in your closet that make you feel confident. The author loves color. The goal of this book was to remind us that we should wear clothes that make us feel amazing and that reflect who we are. It's not as much about getting a compliment. It's more about how do you want the world to see you? The author talks a lot about self-care and that when you become more present in how you dress, you connect more to yourself. But we all have to take the time to think about ourselves. It's a clothing empowerment movement. I don't think that everyone pauses to think deeply about what they're wearing, their style versus who they are, but it's something to think about. How do you want to present yourself to the world? This is not about glamour. It's about feeling good. The author says, "You have to look in the mirror every day and just look at yourself and say, I'm enough. I am enough because you are." He's like a wardrobe therapist. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/geo...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Some good advice in this book. Use as a guide for a closet maintenance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    L

    The book goes over more of Brescia's philosophy to clothes which do have some good takeaways. - All pieces in your closet should be a 10. - Clothing should fit, flatter, be in good shape, not dated, worn recently, makes you feel good and convey a message you like. He goes over; - The importance of looking good and feeling your best. - Achieve harmony between hair, makeup and clothes. - Must have basics (LBD, glam dress, pencil skirt, black dress pants, ultimate pair of jeans, silk blouse, 3 perfe The book goes over more of Brescia's philosophy to clothes which do have some good takeaways. - All pieces in your closet should be a 10. - Clothing should fit, flatter, be in good shape, not dated, worn recently, makes you feel good and convey a message you like. He goes over; - The importance of looking good and feeling your best. - Achieve harmony between hair, makeup and clothes. - Must have basics (LBD, glam dress, pencil skirt, black dress pants, ultimate pair of jeans, silk blouse, 3 perfect tees, cashmere sweater, 2 perfect cardigans, fitted blazer, fitted trench, winter coat, 1 black pump, 1 nude pump, ballerina flat, city click sneaker, giant black wrap, colorful scarves, good jewellery, neutral handbag, sunglasses, 3-4 good bras - Beginner's guide to color coordination. - Cleaning out your closet - Be aware of how your inner attitudes are affecting the way you dress. - Shop at a department store (unless you find a cheaper alternative), prioritize splurges and go in with a battle plan. - Do not lower your standards because of a sale. - Take your time to build the perfect 10 wardrobe. - Dressing well is a habit to develop. - Have fun! While I really enjoyed some of the tips and even psychological aspect of it, I can't help but feel that the specific target audience is more of an affluent, New York City kind of girl and with a focus on Caucasians (by it's blatant focus on blondes, brunettes, redheads and silver. There was one black girl photo in the color palette section but other wise, no explicit mention). The tone, while funny at times, can be condescending sometimes. I still enjoyed the read but I think more photos would be vastly more helpful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life George Brescia Really? Someone at Simon & Schuster thought this book added to the canon of style advice? Thank heaven I borrowed it from the library. But I’m wondering why I wasted any time on this book. George Brescia, who is described as “a top-tier New York City-based image consultant,” may be worth consulting in person, but he offers nothing new in this book. His biggest innovation seems to be that he has renamed the Color Me Beautiful charts, which were ba Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life George Brescia Really? Someone at Simon & Schuster thought this book added to the canon of style advice? Thank heaven I borrowed it from the library. But I’m wondering why I wasted any time on this book. George Brescia, who is described as “a top-tier New York City-based image consultant,” may be worth consulting in person, but he offers nothing new in this book. His biggest innovation seems to be that he has renamed the Color Me Beautiful charts, which were based on seasons. The only color in the book is an insert showing color suggestions for Honey, Caviar, Copper, and Silver women. Otherwise, he recycles what anyone who has ever watched What Not to Wear already knows: give yourself a waist, wear colors that compliment you, wear memorable accessories, spend money on basics, mix and match, etc. You might be able to change your clothes and change your life, but this book will not change your life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Han Lee

    This book doesn't have any problems, but the problem is my expectation! The book supplies you with foundation of fashion, interesting point of views, but if you expect something inspiring & game-changing, then you would get disappointed (like me) I can apply some of many techniques that the author introduced. However, to be honest, I did not enjoy my time reading this book (Maybe I'm not a fashion-a-holic). Sad but true :( This book doesn't have any problems, but the problem is my expectation! The book supplies you with foundation of fashion, interesting point of views, but if you expect something inspiring & game-changing, then you would get disappointed (like me) I can apply some of many techniques that the author introduced. However, to be honest, I did not enjoy my time reading this book (Maybe I'm not a fashion-a-holic). Sad but true :(

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne Pettinelli

    Reread this tonight because George makes me feel happy. I wish he'd get with the program and write some more books. Reread this tonight because George makes me feel happy. I wish he'd get with the program and write some more books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    Goodreads First Read This book was excellent and I would recommend to every girl, lady or woman. I was never into fashion growing up. I wanted to wear a t-shirt and jeans every day and it didn't matter the size or age of either. Just as long as I thought it was comfortable. As I went through college though the jeans and t-shirt look was not going to cut it any longer. Not only just in my social life but also in my academic and professional life. I did not know where to start though and was consta Goodreads First Read This book was excellent and I would recommend to every girl, lady or woman. I was never into fashion growing up. I wanted to wear a t-shirt and jeans every day and it didn't matter the size or age of either. Just as long as I thought it was comfortable. As I went through college though the jeans and t-shirt look was not going to cut it any longer. Not only just in my social life but also in my academic and professional life. I did not know where to start though and was constantly depressed about my wardrobe. I wish I found this book back then. I have it now though and am taking all the lessons and applying it to my closet and shopping decisions and already I am getting those compliments on my choices that send me into a good mood regardless of all the work stacking up on my desk! I still have a lot to improve and need to find my own personal "George" to help me but I am finally on the right path (and have the promotion to go with it too!).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Romany

    It's hard to know what to say about this book because it didn't really say anything to me. It works as a long list of dos and don'ts and was therefore a calming bedtime read. But really... this stuff has been said elsewhere better. Black dress good. Nude shoes good. Old stuff bad. The horrible bit was "fashion is disposable. Keep buying forever". What bullshit. I'm continuing to only buy secondhand and to ignore all this advice. It's hard to know what to say about this book because it didn't really say anything to me. It works as a long list of dos and don'ts and was therefore a calming bedtime read. But really... this stuff has been said elsewhere better. Black dress good. Nude shoes good. Old stuff bad. The horrible bit was "fashion is disposable. Keep buying forever". What bullshit. I'm continuing to only buy secondhand and to ignore all this advice.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Relyn

    With such a great title and a great cover, I was really expecting a lot out of this book. It was only... Meh.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vaiva

    I believe clothes might chance your life but this book didn't I believe clothes might chance your life but this book didn't

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I've read a lot of these kinds of books. This one doesn't add much. I've read a lot of these kinds of books. This one doesn't add much.

  17. 5 out of 5

    kglibrarian (Karin Greenberg)

    Is there such a thing as clothes therapy? I think I just found it. George Brescia’s gem of a book is the style pep talk I didn’t know I needed. I’ve always struggled with my sense of fashion, never quite knowing how to dress or what image I was going for. Back in the 90s, when I was in my 20s and working at Seventeen magazine, I wore black velvet babydoll dresses with clunky patent leather shoes, and grungy skirts with thick tights. I dressed for the crowd at the Violent Femmes’ Knitting Factory Is there such a thing as clothes therapy? I think I just found it. George Brescia’s gem of a book is the style pep talk I didn’t know I needed. I’ve always struggled with my sense of fashion, never quite knowing how to dress or what image I was going for. Back in the 90s, when I was in my 20s and working at Seventeen magazine, I wore black velvet babydoll dresses with clunky patent leather shoes, and grungy skirts with thick tights. I dressed for the crowd at the Violent Femmes’ Knitting Factory performance or a night at the Wetlands on Hudson Street. But I also tried to fit in during family dinners at restaurants on the Upper East Side, where one time my cousin Robyn asked me “What the hell are you wearing?” when I showed up in a long sleeved chambray button down with a tapestry-like design up the middle that buttoned up to my neck. My clothing choices became more refined once I had three children but I’ve never felt put together. George Brescia, in a conversational, humorous tone, lays out all the reasons it’s crucial to pay attention to the way you dress. He gives practical solutions to perfecting your wardrobe and cleaning out your closet (“Yes, it is wonderful that that black velvet Esprit jacket circa 1992 has survived the test of time. We’ll give it an extra-nice eulogy when we consecrate it to the giveaway pile”) and also provides a color insert in the middle of the book to help you decide what colors work best on you. As a high school librarian I got a kick out of his two mentions of librarian style—the matronly bun and the sexy pencil skirt, neither of which I’ve worn to work. This entertaining guide is a must-read if you want to improve you style and be excited about getting dressed every day, even during a pandemic when casual is the only logical choice.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Antoinette

    I had been tired of all my clothes for some time and when I read Emily Keller's review of this book I immediately ordered a copy and read nonstop. This is not a book about fashion or style. It's about your relationship to your clothes and how to change it to make it better. I recommend doing the written exercises and the closet clearing ones too. I now have a plan to enjoy my clothes. Fun. Who would have guessed? I had been tired of all my clothes for some time and when I read Emily Keller's review of this book I immediately ordered a copy and read nonstop. This is not a book about fashion or style. It's about your relationship to your clothes and how to change it to make it better. I recommend doing the written exercises and the closet clearing ones too. I now have a plan to enjoy my clothes. Fun. Who would have guessed?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Klein

    My style and body size unfortunately seems to always fluctuate. I want to be able to follow his guidelines, but I still don't know if I believe enough in myself to follow his rules. There were a lot of good tips and he often says not to hesitate to contact him through Twitter with questions including sending a picture to ask an opinion so maybe I'll actually be brave enough to try that one day. My style and body size unfortunately seems to always fluctuate. I want to be able to follow his guidelines, but I still don't know if I believe enough in myself to follow his rules. There were a lot of good tips and he often says not to hesitate to contact him through Twitter with questions including sending a picture to ask an opinion so maybe I'll actually be brave enough to try that one day.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Best book I have read so far about changing what's in your closet. First book that didn't have me rolling my eyes with all the trite bullshit. Very entertaining, but also insightful. Now I just need to find my Rent-A-George. Best book I have read so far about changing what's in your closet. First book that didn't have me rolling my eyes with all the trite bullshit. Very entertaining, but also insightful. Now I just need to find my Rent-A-George.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This book is not progressive in any way, and I disagreed with the author about a lot of things (turtlenecks have no place in a woman's wardrobe? ..as if), but it was a super fun read and made me think a lot about my wardrobe and when/why I chose to wear or buy the clothes I do. This book is not progressive in any way, and I disagreed with the author about a lot of things (turtlenecks have no place in a woman's wardrobe? ..as if), but it was a super fun read and made me think a lot about my wardrobe and when/why I chose to wear or buy the clothes I do.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Houser

    What a great book this was! It was helpful and entertaining and should be read all! Whether you're looking for a whole wardrobe revamp or simply a little direction with color, you'll find this book beneficial to read. What a great book this was! It was helpful and entertaining and should be read all! Whether you're looking for a whole wardrobe revamp or simply a little direction with color, you'll find this book beneficial to read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Roopa

    Good tips on style. It costs a lot less to not have pictures however you need that for a book like this. A little bit dated on why women should be fashionable so need to read past some of the book’s messages.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carmel

    A few good tips. I'm not a fashionista (by any stretch) but there are some good reminders in here for anyone who puts clothes on every day. A few good tips. I'm not a fashionista (by any stretch) but there are some good reminders in here for anyone who puts clothes on every day.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Trang Le

    If you can not built your own style, let read this book

  26. 5 out of 5

    Greer H

    I never understood why I had to dress well. I always thought it was just my parents being annoying. He laid it out in a clear way. I appreciated his warm writing style, positive message, and doable approach. He does a great job of meeting me where I am and explaining my misconceptions.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rosyivy

    I read the Chinese version and there are certainly something lost in translation. I can tell it by the more or less weird wording. Perhaps I would like this book more if I read the English version?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karla Winick-Ford

    This made me smile Lovely quotes Uplifting positive read I’d highly recommend it

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Good, but.. What is said is good, but I needed him to explain further.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cora Lavender

    Nothing really groundbreaking.

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