Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When to Wear the Fishnets; Trinny and Susannah Are Full of Advice on How Not to Look like a Slapper

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When to Wear the Fishnets; Trinny and Susannah Are Full of Advice on How Not to Look like a Slapper

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Byline: INDIA KNIGHT

WHAT NOT TO WEAR FOR EVERY OCCASION PART TWO by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine (Weidenfeld, [pounds sterling]14.99)

WHAT Not To Wear 2 is rather better than Trinny and Susannah's first book - there are superior tips, and some pieces of information that immediately lodge themselves in your head, such as the fact that the duo wax their toes and belly buttons before going on holiday, like yaks or hobbits (forget the Brazilian - meet the Bilbo).

The pictures are funnier, too, with S&T- "Ha ha, you said 'ST'", they might cackle, in their not entirely of-the-people way - delightedly embracing the concept of hideousness.

Like its predecessor, the book might accurately, if unkindly, have been called Stop Looking So Common: T & S's mission basically consists of ridding Britain of all-over Burberry checks, unsuitable minis, bare midriffs, grubby thongs, tootight dresses, unscaffolded cleavage and so forth.

They are also very good at telling you how to stop looking Sloaney, which is no great surprise - after all, they should know.

The various sections are split into entries for "smart", "trendy" and "casual", so that, for instance, you are advised on exactly what to wear to your child's school play if you want to go from Clapham hausfrau to Yummy Mummy.

There's a good section on going back to work after a spell at home, which should help avoid that demoralising "Why do I look all porky and weird?"

feeling.

You want to sneer at this kind of thing - we all like to think we can get dressed all by ourselves - but the pictures tell it like it is: the garment you're supposed to avoid is not only the maroon Crimplene slack with static gusset (down, boys), but stuff we all have lurking in our wardrobes, stuff we all buy. …

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