Change Your Life By Changing Clothes

By Nedra Rhone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

How often do you look in your closet and discover you have nothing to wear? According to New York City-based image consultant George Brescia, it probably happens more often than you think.

“A lot of women … wear a small percentage of their closet, as little as 5 percent. They have a full closet, but they don’t know how to wear what is in there,” says Brescia, who will be in town later this month at the Decatur Book Festival to discuss his new book, “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life; Because You Can’t Go Naked” (Gallery Books, $22).

I don’t have to tell you how much money we waste on clothing that doesn’t fit or that we never wear.

Brescia’s goal is to help you build a closet full of perfect 10s — clothing that looks great on you no matter where you are going or what you are doing.

Getting there does not require you to follow trends or rules or to spend a lot of time and money shopping. It means deciding what you want to communicate through your clothing and using your best assets to do it.

“People don’t have a closet full of 10s because they don’t realize every aspect of their lives is important,” Brescia says.

Forget shopping for clothing to “run around in,” he says. And don’t bother consulting magazines so you can stock up on seasonal trends.

“You always want to accentuate your best assets whether it is your blue eyes or your great legs. Maybe that is not the trend, but it is what you look good in,” Brescia says.

The whole process can be overwhelming, but a good place to start is with Brescia’s list of 22 items every woman should have in her closet. Here are a dozen of the items on his list:

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