What the? Trinny and Susannah Once Told Us to Dress Like This

In the early noughties, taste in Britain was largely dictated by two women: Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. The straight-talking double act stripped women naked, placed them in a stark 360-degree mirror and chucked most of their wardrobes in black bin liners during the process of the often brutal BBC TV show What Not to Wear. I imagine most households received at least one of their spinoff handbooks for Christmas, so as we are experiencing a '00s resurgence, I decided to revisit their style advice to see how their rules stand up in 2017.

The particular book I found at the back of my own family bookshelf was What You Wear Can Change Your Life, which focuses on identifying your body shape, effectively clearing out your closet and finding the colours that suit you. There are many passages throughout this book that I can't quite believe were ever allowed to be printed—according to their philosophy, finding "Mr Right" has a lot to do with the right outfit, and words like "podgy" and "saggy" are commonplace, highlighting quite how much has changed in how women talk about other women (and themselves) over the last 15 years. Their show was all about making women feel confident and empowered, despite the often searing language. My mission, however, was to focus on their trend advice, so ignoring some eye-raising rules on the difference between big bones or small bones and the chapter where they wear fake baby bumps, keep scrolling to revisit what Trinny and Susannah once wanted us to wear.