For “What Not to Wear” Fans and Would-Be Contestants

About two years ago, I won a BIG contest. The prize was an all-expenses-paid trip to Santa Monica and a $1,000 shopping spree with a wardrobe consultant. My husband and I flew with our baby and stayed at a swanky hotel, dined on fine cuisine, and I had my hair done at a ritzy Beverly Hills salon where I was served bubbly champagne while the stylist worked his magic. 

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The whole experience was fun, but the best part was having a wardrobe consultant while I shopped. I literally just got to wait in the dressing room while the consultant brought clothes in my size that she thought would look good. Then, I tried them on and she’d hum and haw and ooh and ahh…just like on What Not to Wear! For the most part, I thought her advice was spot-on for my body type (hooray for pencil skirts, bootcut/flare pants, fitted tops, high heels, and vertical stripes!). 

All I have to say is celebrities have it made in this area. It’s so great to have an honest voice and a fresh opinion while you shop. But not all of us can afford such services. So, what’s a girl to do? 

box set  150x85 For What Not to Wear Fans and Would Be ContestantsWell, for starters, you can take a peek at the Wardrobe 911 blog from time to time for fashion inspiration and advice. Secondly, you might want to pick up a Wardrobe 911 Recipe Box, a little kit with “cards that easily show you how to dress and develop the perfect wardrobe for your body type.” Each kit contains:

  • 15 Wardrobe Recipe Cards with 24 designed outfits, plus 6 recipes for avoiding disaster
  • 5 Wardrobe Basics Cards that show you what to have in your closet
  • 16-page Wardrobe Guide that provides step-by-step instructions for dressing 
  • 10 Recipe Outfit Cards that help you notate your favorite outfits
  • 10 Shopping List Cards to keep in your purse to guide you while shopping
The Wardrobe Recipe Boxes are available for four different body types (you can take a body type quiz to find out yours…) and retails for $30.  

WIN IT! One winner will receive a Wardrobe 911 Recipe Box for her body type. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, October 13 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

*UPDATE* The winner is #3 MaryBeth. Congratulations!

  • http://www.wayefamily.blogspot.com Becca

    My husband is a grad student and I’m a SAHM, so it’s been years since I’ve bought myself clothes that weren’t from a clearance rack. But he’ll graduate and get a job in a couple of months, and I’m going shopping! I’d love to win this prize just in time to put it to good use.

  • Michelle S

    I am currently working on losing weight baby weight & weight gained from a very stressful business endeavor we took on for two plus years and would LOVE this Wardrobe 911 recipe box. I’ve been in plus clothes for some time now and will not know the best way to dress myself once I drop all this weight! :) I’m excited as I’m on a great road to being healthy! I can’t wait to go shopping for a new wardrobe and could REALLY use the tips! Thank you, this is a great give-away.

  • http://foursillysisters.blogspot.com MaryBeth

    I would love to win this… I’ve been telling my DH that I wish they would come and wisk me off to What Not to Wear even though it would be embarrasing for everyone in the free world to look/laugh at my current wardrobe! I did try to figure out my body type and the 911 system was unable to determine based on my measurements, hum?!?

  • Erica

    I’ve always wanted to go on one of those shows! As embarrassing as they might be, I’d love the money to get a wardrobe that fits me properly (rather than the three different sizes I have in my closet) for both my size and body type. Which I can’t even name…I’ll have to take that quiz. Anyway, I’d love this since I doubt they’ll ever come to whisk me away to New York! Thanks! :)

  • Janel

    I could really use this. I lost 40 lbs. a couple years ago and could really use this to pin down what style looks the best on me. Thanks!

  • http://growingalife.blogspot.com Damselfly

    Lucky you! Very cool. Your hair is gorgeous!

  • Jas

    Would love to have this–the only issue I face is that I wear non-synthetic clothing, so that cuts down my options.

  • Julianne

    How funny! I won a big gift card to Saks and I went to the store and felt like I had NO IDEA which clothing looks right on my body type. I did not buy myself anything. My teenage daughter did not get my body type so she can pretty much wear anything and looks great. This sounds really cool. And I loved hearing about your win/trip. You deserved the sweet blessing!!!

  • http://rockinmama.net Caryn Bailey

    Wow….what an awesome experience you had! They did a fantastic job! : )
    I have no time to buy clothes and I have no idea what to do with what’s there. It would be so nice to know what the essential are for my body type!

  • Andrea McMann

    Wow, Stephanie! That is the coolest! I’ve often wished I could get a fabulous prize like that, without having to be humiliated on national t.v! That is a really cool story! :)

  • Polly

    Hi Mama – thanks for the 911 link. You and I are at the same stage of our pregnancies ( although I think my tummy’s bigger since I’m having #5) — I look forward to seeing what you wear this winter.

  • Shannon

    How fun to win a big prize like that! And fabulous you go to take your family along!

    I’d love to win a Wardrobe 911 Recipe Box!

  • Lisa

    As a single mother with two children, I do not have the time or resources to buy anything other than clearance. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • http://fitnessformommies.net/ Rachel

    That trip sounds awesome. Would love for someone to do my hair and makeup and make me look great.

    Glad to see you are back online and healthy.

  • Shaunda

    Hi, this prize is right on time. I am endeavoring to open a daycare and I would love to have the Wardrobe 911 Recipe Box to help me pick out a wardrobe that will make me look professional and lovely at the same time. I am short, 4′ 11″ to be exact and I am still carrying baby weight plus some. Sooo, needless to say I have been having a hard time picking out clothes. I no longer try them on and often when I get home they are too big or too tight. I would like for shopping to be fun again. Plus hubby and I are trying to lose weight. ;)

  • http://scrappyd.blogspot.com Ginny

    I’d love this, what a great prize. I took the quiz & learned that I am a triangle. I never knew that, thanks for the great resource!

  • Whitney A

    What I would’ve given for this when I sprouted hips way back when. I would’ve saved a lot of money on clothing that wasn’t right for my body type and my poor husband from the dreaded question, “Does this (insert clothing item here) look good on me?”

  • Tiffany

    I took the quiz and even though I guessed at the measurements I think I am a trrangle – especially since nursing has left me with an A– chest size and too much weight in my tummy. I really need to get that weight off.

    I could use some hints with clothes because I always wear the same thing – jeans and a tee shirt.

  • http://allisonsays.com Allison

    Oh I could *so* use this.

    Congrats on winning that contest! That must have been absolutely amazing. I keep saying that I want to be featured on What Not To Wear. I would LOVE to have that help getting a new wardrobe–not the mention the 5000 dollars!

  • http://www.mycup2yours.com genny

    I would absolutely appreciate this, as I’ve started some work for a publishing co recently and I’m needing to figure out a more “professional” wardrobe than my at-home “jeans and t-shirt” writing uniform. LOL. I loved reading about the trip you won…lucky you!

  • Amy Meyer

    The past few days I’ve been going through my closet trying to figure out what to wear now that it’s getting colder. I’m in Minnesota so I’m starting to get out my sweaters that have been boxed up. My closet is desperate need of updating so this would be the perfect thing to make sure I pick the right wardrobe pieces!

  • Ann

    What a fantastic prize you won. I wish I had a friend or somebody that could help me out some more with my wardrobe. Mind you I’m still loosing weight after my 3rd child was born so I need to wait some more before I go shopping anyway. Thanks for this giveaway!

  • Karla

    I so desparatly need help with my body type…

  • Mary Casper

    I could really use this thanks

  • melinda

    This would be wonderful. . .MKW

  • jeannine

    this would be great i could really use something like this especially knowing i need to get new clothes since i lost over 100lbs this would help alot seeing i was never small and really have no clue to putting together small stylish clothes

  • amy nelson

    what can i say,my clothes are bronding.Am from ms that should say it all.

  • http://www.musesofmegret.com Megret

    Oh, I could so use some help in this department. :) Thanks,
    Megret
    musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

  • valerie mabrey

    I would love to try this

  • http://apronstringsaflutter.com/ Nicole

    What a cool idea. I’m not always very good at “what’s hot” and “what’s not”. I love your “What Not to Wear” photo shoot. That would be so fun! Thanks for all the fun girlie giveaway! SOOO glad you’re back. :)

  • susan varney

    totally awesome hope to win

  • Gina Stratos
  • C. Clemens

    I want to win this.

  • shannon Baas

    I really could use this.

  • http://www.fashionfling.com Hil’Lesha

    This is a very neat idea. :)

  • Terra Heck

    I could definitely use this. I need new, fresh ideas on what is right for me to wear.

  • Kathy Scott

    I have been working from home for the last five years. My wardrobe consists of warmups. I really need to become a little more classy.

  • david basile

    we could use it

  • charline stanley

    This would be great for this stay at home mom. My wardrobe only has tshirts and jeans

  • ab

    I’ve dreamed of a consultant like that! (Although I’d never be brave enough to go on what not to wear – not even for the $5000 shopping spree!) This seems a great way to get some sound advice though. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • veronica sandberg

    want to win this

  • hetal g
  • Terri D

    Nice prize. Count me in.

  • Angela J

    What a nice idea, sounds good to me.

  • Laura Lee

    Sounds like a clever product. As long as I don’t have to post my measurments here- I’m in!

  • CATHI RUSHING

    love it ~ thanks

  • Jill Miller

    I recently joined Weight Watchers and have lost 10 pounds (45 more to go!). I know I’ll need an entirely new wardrobe, and I am absolutely terrible at choosing clothing that looks good on me. I could really use some help!

  • Noelia Gutierrez

    this is great, thanks

  • Arden

    Oh, I need this! Thanks!

  • Tonya Froemel

    very cool count me in please

  • Kayce

    count me in.

  • Belinda

    Please count me in on this one. I could use some advise on my wardrobe sometimes. I think I really need to just let some things go and update on fashion. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Charlotte Winters

    If anyone’s wardrobe needs a rescue 911 it’s mine. Please enter me to win. Thanks.

  • Clifton Wade

    My wonderful but disabled wife of more than 38 years would just love this prize.
    Thanks for this great contest and prize!

  • Rosanne Morrison

    this body can use all the help it can get

  • http://www.writingthewavesmama.blogspot.com Kelli @ writing the waves

    I have seriously been wanting to nominate myself for “What Not To Wear”, but I would settle for this! haha

    How fun that must have been for you. Your pics look great!

  • Amy

    My daughter keeps saying I should be on “What Not To Wear”, which tells you why I could really use this prize.

  • Laura G

    our girls keep telling I need to dress younger (?) I’m guessing I must dress like a granny or something?

  • Kari Follett

    Im a lounge pants and t-shirt kinda girl, yes I should own stock in American Eagle Outfitters. I really need this, you can tell Im a stay at home mama!

  • chris swanson

    WOW that sounds like something I need. I am looking for a job and really don’t know what to wear. Thanks for the chance.

  • Teresa M

    I took my youngest daughter to her first day of school and the teacher asked me if I was her grandma. I am only 33. I seriously need help.
    Unfortunately, this is not the first time someone has mistaken me for my daughter’s grandma.

  • Lisa L.

    Breadwinner lost job…no clothes ….need help!

  • Lisa Fosses

    What a great product – this would help me a lot

  • R Hicks

    I COULD USE ALL OF THE TIPS I CAN GET.

  • Jennifer Hedden

    enter me

  • http://www.weightingforperfection.blogspot.com Tara

    Oh this is great! I have lost 45 lbs so far .. have a million more to go but with the weight loss I am more confused then ever on what to wear.. ect.

    Tara
    cloudspassby78 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Juliette Johnson

    Boy, do I need wardrobe help…

  • Paula Harmon

    My sister is a huge fan of that show and recently got promoted at work and is trying to dress better-I’d give this to her.

  • terra jones

    ohh how I’d love & do need this!!

    I’m a sahm mom to two young boys (18 months & 2 months) & my hubby is a seminary student. I’d love to have something to help me dress non-maternity, lol :)

  • Stephanie Bruce

    Working mom of two boys we would love this thanks so much!

  • http://1momjustsaying.blogspot.com Mia

    Oooooh, I love that show. I have so wanted someone to put me on that show, my closet is a wreck with clothes I bought 15 years ago when me and my husband went on our first vacation together as a dating couple – worst part is I’m still wearing them. How sad. So this kit would definately help me to not look so much like a dumpy mom and more of a woman.

  • Sarah Berry

    This would be fabulous. I have a beautiful one year old daughter who has changed my life in so many ways. Sadly she also got my waist line.(such a small price to pay for such a wonderful little person). Although, I would love to know what clothes flatter my new found figure. This sounds like a great product thanks so much for the giveaway.

  • http://www.thezenofmotherhood.blogspot.com Mama Zen

    That is so cool!

    kelli at pfrog dot net

  • Peggy Gorman

    This is great because if I buy on sale or not it is going with my body type . Count me in

  • hazel hunt

    Nice prize. Count me in.

  • Elizabeth M.

    I visit that site all the time and love it! I would absolutely love one of their recipe boxes then I wouldn’t have to covet it anymore.

  • Hesper F.

    Awesome prize. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  • Ed Nemmers

    Sweet niblets!

  • Laura Cutshall

    I envy your win! I’d love to benefit from the wisdom of these cards!

  • Heather

    I would LOVE to win this, thanks!

  • http://danitime.blogspot.com/ Dani

    This would be great to me. I always have issues putting outfits together and I really want to build a wardrobe of great basics.

  • Kathleen

    This would be amazing, and a great confidence booster for me.

  • Amy L

    What a great idea! I need this. Especially after a baby.

  • http://www.teamimhoff.com/ Natalie Imhoff

    I am the tragic stay-at-home-mom and wife. I was small in college, and after I had my baby (1 year ago) I am still trying to get down to my old weight. Everyday I look at the clothes in my closet and WISH that I could fit into them. So, my solution … I still were maternity clothes … it’s so sad. I am not huge, so these clothes just look rediculous on me … making me look short and stumpy. HELP please!!!

  • Heather C

    This would be awesome! Thanks!

  • http://jenchambers.blogspot.com Jen

    WooHoo! Love that show & would love to have that cool experience!

  • Helen

    I could use all the help I could get with my wardrobe!

  • Carla Pullum

    Wow this is cool and different!!

  • diana hogle

    I hope I get lucky and win

  • DENISE

    My clothes are in need for this!

  • http://mommyhoodisthankless.blogspot.com/ Rebecca C

    This would be very awesome to win!

  • dee

    This is a GREAT idea! My mom is ALWAYS telling me I dress to frumpy and am not as big as I think I am. The other day while i was in the dressing room of a store she handed me a size six and I just laughed at her….but tried them on anyway…and they FIT!!!! She says I’ve lost all the style I had after I had my son, and she’s right because I see myself so different now! I could definately use some help!

  • http://www.forevercherishedproductions.com aaron

    I want to really win this for my girlfriend!

  • kathy pease

    PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

  • http://kevnjacks.blogspot.com Jackie H

    I’ve been watching “What Not to Wear” for years now and always wanted to get some style help without being on TV! This would be great, esp after babe #3! :)

  • Dawn Horns

    This is a good idea

  • Melissa B.

    I so desperately need this!

  • Veronica Garrett

    I would love to win a recipe box.

  • Sylvia Belle

    I could use this prize because I am due for a fashion update

  • Nicole Lopez

    Sounds like you had a great trp! You are so lucky!

    Id love to win this conest. Thanks!

  • Francine Anchondo

    What a great giveaway. Sounds like you had a great trip. Thanks :)

  • http://bluedotfrog.blogspot.com reeva

    i’d love to use this! i need serious help in the style department.

  • Talitha Lee

    Thanks for the contest!

  • Kathy Conley

    This would be a great fun for a girls night out!

  • A Casson

    Great and please enter me !

  • Frances Watson

    I would love to win this thanks for the chance

  • Erika Sternberg

    My husband is a teacher and I’m a SAHM, so it’s been years since I’ve bought myself clothes that weren’t from a clearance rack.

  • Gianna

    I would love to win, I just had twins. I took the quiz and i’m an hourglass. Please enter me :)

  • Janet

    I could really use this thanks

  • Janice Wright

    This would be wonderful to win. I’m clothing & make-up challenged & this would help my self-esteem so much.

  • Donna K

    I really need this.

  • Lily Kwan

    Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!