I was really hoping for more.
There is one reason and one reason alone I watch any of these shows, and that is to see different styles of clothing on different body types, in order to train my eye.
Tim is trained so he can look at a dress and know that it is too short or long, and explain why. Those of us who are not Parsons trained need to have some examples of what the right proportions look like, so we can learn.
Give me more of that, and less garbage-bag therapy, and funhouse-mirror crapola.
Show me the shopping!
And especially give me less of the 'let's make fun of the old wardrobe and throw all the clothes on the floor / in the garbage can'.
Most of us don't have the money to go out and buy stuff all over again, so show us how things can be re-worked if they are almost right, or passed on if they are good clothes but the wrong clothes (as in 'this dress would be fabulous on someone else, but it's not right for you' or 'this dress would be fabulous if you took it up an inch').
If you were cleaning out your closet at home, in an ideal setting, you'd hang the giveaways up on a standing rack so they wouldn't get wrinkled and icky from being thrown on the bed or on the floor. Oh, yeah, the people at Dress for Success are going to want clothes that look like 'wadders' (the stuff that you wad up and shove into the most inaccessible corner of your spare closet). NOT!
I would happily go shopping with Tim Gunn, Carson, Leon from Fashion Emergency
, or Isaac Mizrahi -- but if I'm going to do that, I already know my current wardrobe sucks, so don't waste my time rubbing my nose in what I already know.
P.S. as for What Not to Wear, the UK original -- while Trinny and Susannah are really good at picking out clothing that is the right LINE for someone to wear, they are AWFUL at how they put clothes together. I despise the look where you throw on a dress over a pair of trousers -- whether it is a flowy dress pretending to be a top tossed over jeans, or a flowy dress pretending to be a top over dress pants, I don't care, you look as if you never learned how to dress yourself. And they put together outfits that look like this kind of train wreck all the time.
I can't blame Tim Gunn for saying
to the leggings. He probably feels the same way about that look as I do about dresses over pants.