Were you also obsessed with TLC when the makeover show What Not To Wear was on? I know I was dying for the next episode to come out. Sadly, the tenth season was its last, and the show concluded in 2013. There was something about the show that was so addicting! But, it was also a feel-good show, as we saw guests change their lives through their outfits. If you’ve ever been curious about the behind-the-scenes and everything else, hop in to find out some juicy details about this show.
If you are a fan of makeovers, here is one that will not leave you the same.
1. What Not To Wear did change a lot of lives, and reached much further than what the women were wearing.
Clinton said that the show improved the lives of a lot of women as it practically gave them confidence. One woman on the show, who was transgender, said that Stacy, Clinton, and the whole experience gave her a big boost of confidence. That’s genuine passion and true emotion!
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2. Stacy and Clinton are that nice irl.
According to several users on Reddit who have been on the show, both Stacy and Clinton are down-to-earth and cool. Of course, we also saw that on camera!
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3. It’s true that all of the old clothing has to go, but it is actually donated.
Sometimes, if a piece of clothing had sentimental value, Stacy and Clinton allowed them to hold on to it. That’s perfectly understandable!
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4. Guests were allowed to purchase practical clothes.
It wasn’t shown on the show, but some of the money given could be spent on normal, casual clothing like denim and basic tees. This was especially true for mothers.
5. Ted and Carmindy are genuine, nice, and work to help fit the specific needs of each woman on the show.
The makeup and hair people, Ted and Carmindy, are also nice in real-life as they are on television. One woman who was on the show said that they taught her what to do in great detail.
6. Some people had to address their personal, psychological issues.
There are some people who dress a certain way because of issues like body dysmorphia. In that case, looking at oneself in a 360-degree mirror with total strangers can be traumatic, but one woman who was on the show said it was quite helpful.
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7. Each episode takes over a full week to film.
“It was all real, just condensed. They collected two weeks of secret footage on me prior to my trip to NYC and then I taped every day for a full week while in NYC and back home in my hometown all for the creation of a 45-minute show,” one guest of the show said.
8. Guests had to shell out the cash for taxes on the clothing.
Yes, guests get a $5,000 shopping spree to go and get a new wardrobe, but the taxes came out from their own pocket. If you ask me, it’s a good bargain.
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9. The two shopping days are long.
One user who was on the show said the following: “We shop for the better part of two full days and it takes forever and we go to a ton of stores and at the end of the day you are EXHAUSTED.”
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10. People featured on the show are genuinely surprised and have no idea at first.
Some people have reported that they felt like they were being followed for the first week when they are getting secret footage. And, no, no one tells them a thing. It’s a real surprise.
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11. Tailoring is an additional cost that comes out of that shopping spree money.
According to one Reddit user, all clothing purchased is tailored to fit you.
“At the end of the week the seamstress comes to your hotel room, you try everything on, she pins and marks it all and a few days later everything is all returned to you with the perfect fit. You pay for that service out of your $5000,” she explained.
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12. What Not To Wear ended in 2013, with a total of about 350 makeovers.
All in all, the series ran for a total of 10 years. Crazy, right? Are you still secretly watching it?