Transcript: Fashion faux pas | Jun 29, 2001

(music plays)

A title appears inside the shape of a house: "More to Money." The opening sequence shows a wooden table with a small lit candle.
Fast clips show different sets of hands performing activities on the table such as pulling petals from a daisy, drawing a big red heart, tuning a violin, flipping through the pages of a book, cooking, and pouring a glass of red wine.
In animation, the title appears inside the shape of a house: "More to life."

Then, Maureen Taylor appears in a studio with textured yellow walls and the logo of the show in the background, which reads "More to life."

Maureen is in her late thirties, with wavy brown hair in a bob. She's wearing an off-white blazer and bouse.

Maureen says HELLO, EVERYONE. I'M MAUREEN TAYLOR. THIS IS "MORE TO LIFE." AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, THIS IS MY LAST SHOW. I'LL BE MOVING FULL TIME TO TVO'S "YOURSELF HEALTH." TO MARK THE EVENT, A FULL HOUR ON FASHION IN. A FEW MINUTES, WE'LL TAKE YOUR CALLS ON WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT. FIRST, POWDER, BLOT AND WATCH.

A clip plays on screen.

(Pop music plays)

Fast clips show clothes storefronts and women walking up and down sidewalks.

Maureen says YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT, GREAT STYLE. BUT WHAT MAKES A PERSON FASHIONABLE? IS IT BEING ON TOP OF THE TRENDS OR STICKING TO THE BASICS? CAN WE TRUST WHAT CELEBRITIES WEAR OR SHOULD WE TAKE OUR CUES FROM THE STREET? AND DO THE SAME RULES APPLY FOR WOMEN OVER 40? HOW DO MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN LOOK FASHIONABLE BUT NOT FOOLISH? THIS WAS A QUESTION I REALLY WANTED ANSWERED, SO I SPENT A DAY SHOPPING WITH STYLIST PAUL LANGILL IN TORONTO'S FASHION DISTRICT.

Maureen and Paul walk into a large workshop.

Paul, clean-shaven, in his early forties, with short dark hair, says HERE WE ARE. I COULDN'T THINK OF A BETTER PLACE TO BE THAN RIGHT HERE. THIS IS WHERE IT'S ALL MADE AND PUT TOGETHER.

Maureen says SHE'S A CANADIAN DESIGNER. THIS IS HER SPRING COLLECTION.

Paul says UH-HUH.

Maureen says YOUR JOB HERE IS TO SHOW ME SOME STUFF THAT WOULD BE SUITABLE FOR A WOMAN 40 UP, YOU KNOW, SORT OF CASUAL BUSINESS, PERHAPS, IS WHAT I'M THINKING.

Paul says RIGHT.

Maureen says SOMETHING THAT DENOTES FASHION BUT I DON'T WANT TO LOOK FRUMPY. I DON'T WANT TO LOOK FOOLISH. I DON'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE SOMEBODY WHO'S PRETENDING SHE'S 25 AND NOT.

As he picks out a skirt from a rack and shows it to Maureen, Paul says SKIRTS ARE NICE, ACTUALLY, BEAUTIFUL LENGTH. I'VE CHOSEN CRYSTAL TO SHARE WITH YOU. THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL.

Maureen says LINED SKIRTS.

Paul says ALL LINED.

Maureen says WHAT ABOUT...

Paul says A LITTLE TOP, MAYBE.

Maureen says YEAH.

Paul picks out a light gray, sleeveless dress and says THIS IS NICE.

Maureen says OH, I LOVE THAT.

Paul says MAYBE YOU COULD TRY THAT ON.

Fast clips show Paul picking out skirts, tops and other clothing items, then handing them over to Maureen.

Maureen says OKAY. OKAY. WHY DON'T YOU TAKE THOSE FOR ME. WE'LL GO TO THE CHANGING ROOM AND TRY THESE ON.

The step into another room, as a woman examines clothes on a rack.

Paul says WELL, HERE WE ARE.

The woman turns around and says HI.

She's in her early thirties, with feathery, shoulder-length brown hair. She's wearing an aubergine shirt and has a pair of sunglasses resting on her head.

Maureen says I'M MAUREEN. NICE TO MEET YOU.

The woman says NICE TO MEET YOU.

Maureen says YOU'VE GOT GREAT CLOTHES, GREAT COLLECTION.

The woman says THANK YOU.

Maureen says LET ME PUT THESE DOWN. CRYSTAL, THIS IS YOUR SPRING 2001 COLLECTION?

Crystal says YEAH, 2001.

Maureen says WHEN YOU DESIGNED IT, WHAT KIND OF WOMAN DID YOU HAVE IN MIND? WHO WAS IT FOR?

Crystal says SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO, YOU KNOW, PUT DIFFERENT AND INTERESTING THINGS TOGETHER. THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF CASUALNESS TO IT IN SOME OF THE PIECES AND ALSO SOMETHING YOU CAN WEAR TO WORK IN THE SUIT THEME. IT'S A GOOD MIX.

Maureen says DO YOU IMAGINE WOMEN OVER 40 IN YOUR CLOTHES?

Crystal says OH, ABSOLUTELY.

Maureen says OKAY. GOOD.

Crystal says ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE WOMEN OVER 75 WHO BUY MY CLOTHING.

Maureen says EXCELLENT.

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In a montage, Maureen tries on a sleeveless beige dress and looks at herself in a mirror.

Maureen says WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Paul says FANTASTIC.

Paul says THAT IS A NICE SHIFT.
I CAN ACCESSORIZE IT IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

Paul says VERY SIMPLE.

Maureen says OH, YEAH, THE JACKET.

Paul says THIS IS A LITTLE JACKET WE FOUND.

She puts on a matching jacket.

Maureen says TELL ME SOMETHING, FOR A MATURE WOMAN WHO FEELS SHE'S HIPPIE, CURVY DOWN HERE, WHERE SHOULD THE JACKET FALL?

Paul says WELL, A JACKET HAS TO GO OVER THE HINEY. AT THE SAME TIME, ELIMINATE THAT WAISTLINE THAT SHOWS YOUR HIPS.

Maureen says SO YOU'RE SAYING THAT EMPHASIZING THE WAIST WILL EMPHASIZE BIG HIPS?

Paul says EXACTLY.

Now Maureen appears wearing a gray pencil skirt, a striped white blouse and a gray vest.

Maureen says WOW!

Maureen says ANOTHER WINNER?

Paul says ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL OUTFIT.

Maureen says WHAT MIGHT A WOMAN PAY FOR, SAY, A BLOUSE LIKE THIS?

Paul says WELL, THAT PARTICULAR BLOUSE, IF YOU BOUGHT IT IN CANADA, WOULD BE WORTH ABOUT 295 dollars.

Maureen says SO JUST UNDER 300 dollars. SOME WOMEN ARE SAYING TO THEMSELVES, NEVER IN MY LIFE AM I GOING TO PAY 300 dollars FOR A BLOUSE. TAKE ME SOMEWHERE ELSE.

As they walk into a store, Paul says WE'RE RIGHT DOWNTOWN RIGHT ON SPADINA. HERE WE ARE.

Now they stand facing a rack of clothes.

Paul says WE'RE GOING TO START OFF WITH OUR BASE DRESS AND SELECT SOMETHING THAT GOES WITH YOUR SKIN TONE, YOUR HAIR COLOUR AND YOUR LIFESTYLE.

Maureen says OKAY.

Paul says THE FIRST THING I GO FOR IS YOUR SIZE.

Maureen says YEAH, THAT'S GOOD.

Paul says WE'RE GOING TO GO RIGHT HERE IN THE MEDIUM SECTION. SIX, MAYBE EIGHT SOMETIMES.

Paul says OKAY. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOOK. I SEE A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE SLEEVELESS DRESS, SIMILAR TO WHAT WE SAW.

He picks out a gray sleeveless dress.

Maureen says THAT'S TRUE. FOR 29.99.

Paul says OKAY. THERE YOU GO. LET'S PUT THAT IN OUR CART.

Maureen says OKAY. I SEE SOMETHING LONGER.

Paul picks out a long, flowy dress with a green pattern.

He says SOMETHING LONGER THAT GOES WITH YOUR COLOUR. OKAY.

He picks out more clothes, including a white sweater, and says SO A LITTLE SWEATER TO THROW OVER YOUR SHOULDERS FOR THE COOL NIGHTS.

Maureen says OKAY. I LIKE THAT LOOK.

Paul says YOU KNOW WHAT? FULL CART.

Maureen says I GOT TO TRY THEM ALL ON.

Paul says LET'S GO. CHARGE!

Maureen says OKAY.

Now inside a changing room, Paul says WHILE YOU'RE TRYING THAT ON, I TOOK TWO MINUTES AND PULLED A SLEEVELESS DRESS FOR YOU THAT I THINK WOULD BE APPROPRIATE.

Wearing a sleeveless gray dress, Maureen says THIS IS A NICE DRESS. I MEAN, THE CUT IS NICE.

Paul says VERY PRETTY.

Maureen says I COULD HAVE GONE A SIZE SMALLER.

Paul says LET'S TRY THE JACKET. REMEMBER, WE PULLED IT OUT.

As he helps Maureen put on a pink blazer, he says NOW, HOW PRETTY IS THAT? CUTE.

Maureen says YEP.

Now as he picks up a pair of sandals, Paul says VERSUS...

Maureen tries them on.

Paul says REALLY PRETTY. POPULAR DESIGNER.

Maureen says YOU WOULD NEVER WEAR HOSE WITH OPEN-TOED SHOES. HUGE FAUX PAS.

Paul says YEAH.

Now trying on the flowy green dress, Maureen says I LIKE THE COLOUR.

Wearing a quirky hat, Paul says OKAY. IT LOOKS GREAT. WHILE YOU WERE CHANGING, I PICKED UP A FEW THINGS.

Maureen says LET'S HAVE A LOOK.

Paul says OKAY. BEFORE WE DO THAT, LET'S TRY ON THE JACKET, VERY LIGHT, KIND OF FUN.

Maureen puts on a long beige jacket and says KIND OF BIG.

Paul says IT'S A LITTLE OVERSIZED.

Maureen says THAT'S OKAY.

Paul says WE CAN GET IT IN YOUR SIZE. ANOTHER THING I FIND REALLY FUN IS THIS IS JUST A SWEATER OVER THE SHOULDER.

Maureen says OH, I LIKE THAT. THAT'S A NICE LOOK, TOO.

Paul says HERE'S A COUPLE HATS... SUMMER HATS. I WON'T WEAR BOTH OF THEM LIKE YOU DID.

Maureen tries on a wide-brimmed summer hat, smiles and says OH, LOOK.

Paul says ISN'T THAT FUN?

Maureen says ISN'T THAT NICE. I NEVER THOUGHT I WAS A HAT PERSON.

Paul says YOU KNOW WHAT? THE HAT LOOKS REALLY GOOD ON YOU, GIRL.

Now Paul, Maureen and two women in her fifties stand inside an apartment by a rack of clothes.

Maureen says YES. PAUL, YOU BROUGHT ME TO YOUR APARTMENT TO LOOK AT SOME LEATHER.

Paul says YOU KNOW, I COULDN'T RESIST. I JUST COULDN'T RESIST. THESE LADIES, TANYA AND SUSIE, DESIGN LETTER THAT IS EXCEPTIONAL.

Tanya has short ash-bond hair and wears an animal print suit.
Suzie has straight blond hair and wears a striped black suit.

Maureen says TANYA, IS LEATHER FOR THE WOMAN OVER 40, TOO, OR IS IT THAT PUNK ROCK, YOU KNOW, 20s CHICK WHO SHOULD BE WEARING LEATHER?

Tanya says NO, WE MAKE LEATHERS FOR LADIES OVER 30, 40, 50. THE YOUNGER ONES WILL WEAR THINGS A LITTLE BIT TIGHTER, BUT THE OLDER ONES WILL WEAR IT A LITTLE BIT LOOSER.

Maureen says BUT EVERYBODY CAN WEAR IT?

Tanya says WE HAVE A LITTLE EDGE, BUT IT'S WITH CLASS.

Paul says JUST TO BREEZE THROUGH, THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY OF SAYING HOW THIS FEELS.

He and Maureen touch a pale blue leather jacket.

Maureen says SOFT. IT FEELS LIKE BUTTER.

Paul says EXACTLY. LIKE BUTTER. NOW, THE COLOUR IS EXCEPTIONAL.

Maureen says ROBIN'S EGG BLUE, I THINK.

Paul says GORGEOUS. LET'S START OFF WITH THE BASIC THREE-QUARTER BLACKJACKET.

Maureen says OKAY.

Paul says ABSOLUTELY LOVELY.

Maureen says YOU KNOW WHAT? IT MIGHT GO WITH A SKIRT.
I DON'T KNOW IF I'M A LEATHER PANT PERSON.

Maureen appears wearing a red leather skirt and a long black leather jacket.

Paul says GORGEOUS.

Maureen says I LOVE THIS.

Paul says VERY BEAUTIFUL. VERY BEAUTIFUL, HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOU TRY ON SOMETHING.

Maureen says OKAY.

Paul says SOMETHING I THINK GOES BETTER WITH YOUR COLOUR TONES. SKIRT. A WRAP JACKET. ISN'T THAT GORGEOUS.

Now wearing a short brown leather skirt, a long brown leather jacket and matching brown shows, Maureen says OKAY. THIS IS ADORABLE.

As he tightens the jacket around Maureen's waist, Paul says IT IS ABSOLUTELY LOVELY. AGAIN, SOMETHING YOU CAN WEAR SPRING AND FALL, NICE LITTLE WRAP JACKET. IT... IT HUGS THE BODY. POCKETS. ISN'T THAT LOVELY?

Maureen says IT'S SO SOFT.

A song plays that says
OH, FASHION.

Maureen says YOU'RE FULL OF IDEAS, GIVEN ME A LOT. NOW I WANT YOU TO SHARE THEM WITH THE "MORE TO LIFE" VIEWERS. I'LL SEE YOU BACK IN THE STUDIO AND YOU CAN SHARE THIS KNOWLEDGE WITH THE WORLD. GREAT DAY. THANK YOU.

They shake hands and Paul says MY PLEASURE.

The clips end and Maureen sits in the studio.

Grimacing humorously, Maureen says I WANT THAT LEATHER SUIT. TRUE TO HIS WORD, PAUL LANGILL IS BACK. PAUL IS WITH THE PLATINO GROUP, AN AGENCY THAT REPRESENTS STYLISTS IN TORONTO.

Paul is clean-shaven, has short dark hair and wears a loose blue shirt.

Maureen continues HE'S HERE TO TAKE YOUR CALLS. IF YOU WANT TO NOW ANYTHING ABOUT FASHION AND STYLE FROM HOW TO BUILD A CAREER WARDROBE TO THE MUST-HAVE ITEMS OF THE SEASON, GIVE US A CALL. IF YOU WANT TO DISH ABOUT FASHION FAUX PAS THAT TICK YOU OFF, YOU CODO THAT, TOO. HERE ARE THE NUMBERS...

A caption reads "416-484-2727. 1-888-411-1234."
Then, it changes to "moretolife@tvo.org"

Maureen says WELCOME TO "MORE TO LIFE," PAUL. HI.

Paul says NICE TO BE HERE.

Maureen says I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE BEEN ASKED THIS, YOU PROBABLY HAVE. DO YOU HAVE A DEFINITION OF FASHION? WHAT IS FASHION TO YOU?

The caption changes to "Paul Langill. Stylist."

Paul says I DON'T THINK I HAVE A DEFINITION TO FASHION. I FIND THAT AS I GET OLDER, AND I WORK WITH MODELS, I WORK WITH FAMOUS PEOPLE, I FIND THAT YOU HAVE TO DRESS TO FEEL GOOD. WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD IS, TO ME, IS WHAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS.

Maureen says IS IT IMPORTANT FOR A MAN OR A WOMAN TO HAVE A STYLE, DO YOU THINK?

Paul says YES, I DO. I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE YOUR OWN STYLE AND I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT IS WITHIN THAT STYLE, THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS YOU WOULD WEAR... THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS WOMEN WOULD WEAR TO A BUSINESS MEETING THAT MAKES THEM FEEL CONFIDENT, JUST LIKE THERE ARE CONCERN THINGS THEY'D WEAR TO A COCKTAIL PARTY, RESTAURANT, DATE, WHATEVER. THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS YOU KNOW MAKE YOU FEEL REALLY GOOD AND HOPEFULLY IT'S IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FASHION OF THE SEASON.

Maureen says LIKE THE SHIFT DRESS IS A CLASSIC STYLE OR THE LEATHER IS A CLASSIC.

Paul says THE THREE-QUARTER LEATHER COAT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT'S ALWAYS NICE DEPENDING ON HOW IT'S MADE. IT CAN BE WORN PRETTY MUCH ALL YEAR AROUND, YOU KNOW.

Maureen says WHAT IS THE BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE MOST WOMEN MAKE?

Paul says I THINK THE BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE MOST WOMEN MAKE IS WEARING CLOTHES THAT THEY FELT THAT WERE BEAUTIFUL ON THEM IN THEIR EARLIER YEARS IN LIFE AND THEN THINKING THAT THIS PARTICULAR STYLE OF CLOTHES OR HAIRSTYLE OR MAKEUP CARRIES YOU OVER INTO YOUR LATER PART OF LIFE AND IT JUST REALLY DOESN'T EVEN SUIT YOU ANYMORE OR YOUR LIFESTYLE OR THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU'VE BECOME.

Maureen says WE TALKED ABOUT THAT. LONG HAIR ON A WOMAN, SAY, OVER 50, I MEAN, GOLDIE HAWN'S GOT IT.

Paul says GOLDIE HAWN LOOKS GREAT.

Maureen says YEAH, SHE DOES. WHATEVER SHE IS, SHE DOESN'T LOOK IT. CAN MOST OLDER WOMEN CARRY CAN OFF LONG HAIR?

Paul says I MEAN, THESE MOVIE STARS, I KNOW, I'VE WORKED FOR FAMOUS PEOPLE, LET ME TELL YOU, THEY'RE WONDERFUL. THESE PEOPLE ARE PAMPERED EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. I MEAN, IN EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. I THINK AN OLDER WOMAN, IT DEPEND ON YOUR PERSONALITY. A WOMAN THAT HAS LONGER HAIR THAT TIES IT BACK TO GO TO WORK DURING THE DAY AND FEELS GOOD WITH IT DOWN MAYBE AT HOME OR IN HER PERSONAL LIFE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S GREAT. IN GENERAL, THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT HAIRCUTS, SO MANY GREAT HAIR COLOURS SO, MANY GREAT MAKEUP LOOKS, SO MANY GREAT THINGS THAT YOU DESERVE THAT IF YOU'RE OVER 40, TO VENTURE INTO THESE THINGS AND FIND THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF TOO, AS WELL. EVEN I, AS A MAN, I LIKE MY OWN COLOGNE THAT MAKE ME FEEL. A WOMAN OVER 40 HAS AS MUCH TIME TO MAKE HERSELF BEAUTIFUL.

Maureen says WE DO MOSTLY THINK OF WOMEN WHEN WE THINK OF FASHION AND STYLE? DO MEN NOT SPEND ENOUGH TIME, DO YOU THINK, THINKING ABOUT THAT?

Paul says YOU KNOW, I MIGHT HAVE AGREED WITH YOU TEN YEARS AGO.

Maureen says CHANGING?

Paul says OH, YEAH. EVEN IN MALE MODELS, IT'S NO LONGER TYPICAL... LIKE, THAT TYPICAL KEN DOLL LOOK. IT'S MEN WITH CHARACTER. MEN ARE DRESSING MORE CASUALLY TO GO TO THE OFFICE. I DON'T KNOW. I JUST FINISHED DOING HARRY ROSEN AND ALL THE CAMPAIGNS, I'M TELLING YOU, THESE CAMPAIGNS ARE EXCITING. THE MEN'S FASHION FOR UPCOMING FALL AND WINTER AS WELL AS SPRING AND SUMMER. THE COLOURS ARE BRIGHTER. MEN CAN MAKE BIG MISTAKES OVER 40, REALLY.

Maureen says AS WELL, YEAH. BACK TO A WOMAN. IF A WOMAN LOOKS AT HER CLOSET AND REALIZES IT'S JUST BEEN FILLED WITH MISTAKES AND SHE WANTS TO START REBUILDING, WHERE DOES SHE START?

Paul says WELL, I MEAN, THERE'S LOTS OF AVENUES TO START. IF YOU EVEN JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE PEOPLE YOU... YOU... YOU... YOU ARE WITH ALL THE TIME, THERE WILL BE SOME OF YOUR FRIEND ARE A LITTLE MORE CONSCIOUS ABOUT FAS FAA FASHION THAN YOURSELF. YOU CAN TALK TO THEM. THEY'LL PROBABLY REFER YOU TO MAGAZINES, DIFFERENT TALK SHOWS ON NEW LOOKS FOR THE SEASON. I MEAN, CANADA HAS ONE OF THE BEST FASHION TELEVISION SHOWS, TAKE A LOOK AT THAT. IT MIGHT NOT BE FOR YOUR EVERY WEEK OR EVERY DESIGNER. IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO CHANGE, THEN TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND YOUR LIFESTYLE AND HOW IT'S CHANGED AND SLOWLY START TO BUILD PIECE BY PIECE.

Maureen says YEAH, YOU KNOW, THAT STUFF ON THE CATWALK, LET'S FACE IT, PAUL, CAN YOU REALLY SEE ANYBODY ON THE STREET WEARING THE STUFF WE SEE ON THE CATWALK?

Paul says THE SUIT YOU'RE WEARING, I SAW IT ON THE CATWALK.

Maureen says REALLY?
THIS IS ROSS MAIER. DO YOU KNOW HIM?

Paul says YES, I DO. GREAT CANADIAN DESIGNER.
CANADIAN CATWALK. YOU CAN FIND... MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT LOOK TO THE CATWALK OR LOCAL SHOWS IN THEIR COMMUNITY. I MEAN, NO. LOOK AT MAGAZINES.

Maureen says YEAH.

Paul says THE MAGAZINE INDUSTRY IS SO... THERE'S SO MUCH OF IT THAT THERE ARE SPECIFIC HOCHELAGA... MAGAZINES FOR SPECIFIC WOMEN. GO TO THAT MAGAZINE AND LOOK AND USUALLY THE EDITORS ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY.

Maureen says OKAY.

Paul says ALL RIGHT. IT'S A GOOD WAY TO START.

Maureen says WE'RE TALKING FASHION AND STYLE THIS AFTERNOON WITH PAUL LANGILL. HE'S GOING TO TAKE EITHER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT FASHION THIS AFTERNOON, IF YOU NEEDED A VICE ON HOW TO REBUILD THAT WARDROBE, OR IF THERE'S A FASHION FAUX PAS, SOMETHING THAT REALLY ANNOYS YOU, WE WANT YOU TO SHARE US WITH... THAT WITH US AS WELL...

The phone numbers and email reappear briefly.

Maureen says LOT OF WAYS TO GET IN TOUCH. WE'RE OUT THERE. ALL RIGHT. HELLO, ERIN.

The Caller says HELLO. I'D LIKE TO SAY YOU LOOKED GREAT IN YOUR OUTFITS. YOU'RE DOING A GOOD JOB. I HOPE EVERYTHING GOES GOOD FOR YOU.

Maureen says THANKS VERY MUCH.

The Caller says MY SISTER AND I ARE BOTH VERY TALL, WE'RE 5'12." WE FIND IT HARD TO FIND CLOTHES THAT FIT US, LOOKS GOOD BUT NOT TOO... YOU KNOW, NOT TOO SEXY TYPE THING. I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU WHERE A GOOD PLACE WOULD BE THAT I CAN SHOP FOR CLOTHES IN MY SIZE?

Maureen says FIRST OF ALL, I ENVY YOU THAT HEIGHT. I'M ONLY 5'2" SO, WOW.

Paul says 5'12" IS ACTUALLY SIX FEET. START OFF BY ADMITTING YOU'RE SIX FEET TALL.

Maureen says QUIT TRYING TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE YOUR NOT.

Paul says THERE'S A LOT OF PLACES YOU CAN GO FOR TALL CLOTHES. MOST OF THE DESIGNERS, DEPENDING ON YOUR FINANCIAL RANGE, LIKE, AGAIN, YOU COULD START AT WINNERS. THEY HAVE A GREAT PETITE AND TALL-WOMEN SECTION. MY SISTER IS PETITE. THE FIRST THING SHE TOLD ME WHEN... SHE SAID RIGHT AWAY, GUY TO WINNERS ALL THE TIME.

Maureen says BECAUSE OF THE PETITE SHOP.

Paul says SHE LIVES IN SUDBURY. THERE'S WINNERS THERE.

Maureen says I WAS TALKING TO CRYSTAL SEEMANS ABOUT THE LENGTH. ALL HER PANTS ARE TOO LONG. SHE WISHES SHE COULD JUST SEND STUFF OUT INTO THE STORES NOT HEMMED AT ALL.

Paul says SOME PEOPLE DO.

Maureen says IS THAT RIGHT?

Paul says YEAH, SOME PEOPLE DO. THERE'S A CERTAIN STANDARD, TOO, IN PANT LENGTHS YOU CAN GET. FIRST OF ALL, AS FAR AS THE LENGTH OF THE PANT GOES, FASHIONWISE, IT'S ALL OVER THE PLACE. IT'S UP, IT'S LOW, IT'S TO THE KNEE. SAME THING WITH SKIRTS. I MEAN, YOU HAVE TO GET WHAT YOU FEEL LOOKS GOOD WITH THE SHOES OR THE BOOTS OR WHATEVER YOU'RE TASTE MAY BE. TALL WOMEN I THINK ARE PRETTY... ARE ALL PRETTY MUCH OFF THE RACK. I KNOW THERE MIGHT BE SOME CASES WHERE THERE'S JUST CERTAIN PANT LENGTHS THAT ARE NOT RIGHT AND STUFF. IF THEY FIT WITHIN A SIZE 10 OR 11 OTHER 12 SHOE THERE ARE FEWER PLACES, BUT THEY CAN GO TO TOWN SHOES. YOU CAN SHOP PRETTY MUCH IN EVERY STORE FOR ANY... CANADIAN OR INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER. THEY PRETTY MUCH HAVE UP THEM TO 5'11," SIX FEET TALL.

Maureen says IF THEY WANT TO GIVE THE IMAGE THEY'RE A LITTLE SHORTER, WHAT ARE TRICKS? THE WIDE BELT OR...

Paul says NO. I THINK GOOD TRICKS WOULD BE TO BREAK... AGAIN, THE THREE-QUARTER COAT IS REALLY GOOD, AND IT CAN BE USED BOTH WAYS, TO MAKE THEM LOOK SHORTER OR TALLER. I THINK MONOTONENESS IS GOOD FOR BOTH WAYS, AGAIN. I THINK THEY HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, LIKE, IF THEY HAVE A LONG TORSO, NOT TO PUT A LONG STRIPED TOP ON THAT WOULD ENHANCE THAT. IT'S LIKE A GIRL WITH A C CUP OR D CUP. YOU KNOW THAT SHE DRESSS SO THAT IT DOESN'T QUITE STAND UP. SHE WEARS LOOSER-FITTING TOP. SHE PROBABLY KNOWS WHAT SHE CAN WEAR AND WHAT SHE CAN'T WEAR. I THINK SHE JUST HAS TO GET OUT THERE AND GET OUT THERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. STORES THAT CARRY HER SIZE, ONE OR TWO PIECES, AFTER THAT, ONCE IT'S SOLD OUT, IT'S GONE. YOU MIGHT HAVE TO GET OUT RIGHT WHEN THE SEASON CHANGES.

Maureen says ANY MINUTE NOW WE'LL SEE THE FALL STUFF IN THE STORES, WON'T WE?

Paul says EXACTLY. SHE SHOULD GET RIGHT OUT THERE AND HAVE A LOOK. I THINK EVEN SHE'S LOOKING FOR SPORTWEAR, NIKE HAS GREAT THINGS, LIKE ALL THE NIKE STORES, AMAZING FOR THE... USUALLY GIRLS THAT ARE TALL LIKE THAT ARE USUALLY QUITE ATHLETIC, MAYBE, MAYBE NOT, BUT USUALLY THEY ARE. THE NIKE STORE IS A GREAT PLACE TO GO.

Maureen says OKAY, ERIN, GOOD LUCK. THANK YOU FOR CALLING.

Paul says I HOPE THAT HELPS.

Maureen says I'M SURE THAT DOES. WE HAVE ANOTHER ERIN IN ETOBICOKE. HI, ERIN.

The Caller says HI, THERE. I GOT A SPECIAL OCCASION COMING UP. MY BROTHER'S GETTING MARRIED AT THE ENDOV OF JULY AND I'M STANDING UP FOR HIM. I'M GOING TO BE THE EQUIVALENT OF BEST MAN. I'M NOT SURE WHAT TO WEAR.

Maureen says THAT IS GREAT.

Paul says WELL, LET ME TELL YOU. I COULD TELL YOU A LITTLE STORY. I WAS A FASHION EDITOR OF A MAGAZINE IN VIENNA AND MY SENIOR EDITOR WAS GOING TO A WEDDING IN LONDON. SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO BUY OR WHAT TO WEAR, AND SHE'S GOOD FRIENDS WITH PAUL TRACY, WHO'S A FAMOUS HAT DESIGNER. SHE CALLED PAUL AND SAID SHE WAS COMING TO THE WEDDING. HE SAID SHE WAS DESIGNING ALL THE HATS FOR THE WEDDING AND THAT HE HAD AN EXTRA HAT FOR HER. SHE WORE, WITH A BEAUTIFUL HAT, SHE WORE A PAUL SMITH SMOKING, WHICH IS KNOWN AS A TUXEDO HERE, BUT DESIGNED BY PAUL SMITH, WHO'S A GREAT MEN'S DESIGNER AND WHO DESIGNS FOR WOMEN. SHE WORE A CLASSIC BLACK SMOKING WITH A CREAM CAMISOL AND A PAUL TRACY HAT. IT WENT OVER REALLY WELL.

Maureen says NOW, IF SHE DIDN'T WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY ON SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND THOUGHT SHE'D NEVER WEAR IT AGAIN ARE THERE PLACES YOU RENT SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

Paul says YEAH, SHE CAN RENT. SHE CAN GO TO VALUE VILLAGE OR BUY A SECOND HAND MEN'S SUIT AND HAVE IT ALTERED. SHE CAN GET A SUIT FOR 20, 30 BUCKS SECOND HAND, GET A NICE CLOSED-TOE HEEL PUMP, WEAR IT WITH NYLONS, A NICE CAMISOL.

Maureen says ADD FEMININE TOUCHES.

Paul says RIGHT. CAMISOL, BROOCH. EVEN KNOW, BRACELETS ARE REALLY NICE. THIN GOLD BRACELETS. MIGHT SHOW 20 OR 30 WITH THE MEN'S TUXEDO.

Maureen says HAVE FRIENDS THAT END UP HAVING TO GO TO A LOT OF AWARD BANQUETS, THE GEMINIS, THE ACTOR AWARDS. THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO KEEP BUYING DIFFICULT GOWNS THERE. ARE SOME PLACES IN TORONTO WHERE YOU CAN GET EVENING WAERG FOR RENTALS.

Paul says YOU CAN BOOK A STYLIST LIKE OURSELVES.

Maureen says YOU WOULD DRESS THEM FOR THE NIGHT?

Paul says OF COURSE. THEY HAVE TO PAY A GOOD PRICE.

Maureen says I'M SURE.

Paul says NO, NO, THERE'S... NO, THERE'S A LOT OF SOLUTIONS, EVEN A NICE SMOKING, DIFFERENT HAT IN THE FALL, A PAIR OF GLOVES IT WITH, LIKE A BLACK SMOKING AND A RED LEATHER GLOVE AND A RED CLOSED-TOE BOOT.

Maureen says THE MEN WILL BE HOT IN THEIR TUXES ANYWAYS.

Paul says IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BLACK EITHER.

Maureen says NO.

Paul says IT CAN BE A NICE WHITE SUIT WOULD BE REALLY NICE.

Maureen says OKAY.

Paul says I THINK SHE SHOULD STAY AWAY, IF SHE'S ANYWHERE... IF SHE'S LIKE 34 B OR C CUP OR WHATEVER, SHE SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM SHIRT AND TIE. YOU WANT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO FALL SQUARE, AND YOU KNOW, CLASSIC.

Maureen says OKAY. I THINK YOU'D BE A REAL HIT IN THAT, ERIN, GOOD LUCK. JULIE IN LONDON SAYS, HI, I'M EXTREMELY SHORT WAISTED. MOST WAISTBANDS ARE RIGHT UNDERNEATH MY BREATHS. HOW LONG SHOULD MY SHIRT OR JACKET BE?

Paul says SHE'S IN LUCK. LOW-WAISTED PANTS ARE RIGHT IN STYLE RIGHT NOW. IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE LEVI'S AND ALL THE DENIMS.

Maureen says CLUB MONACO.

Paul says VERY MUCH SO. IF SHE'S GOT A FLAT TUMMY, LOW-WAISTED, I SAY HAVE FUN. LOW-WAISTED PANTS ARE EVERYWHERE.

Maureen says OKAY.

Paul says AGAIN, ANOTHER THOUGHT ABOUT... A SHORTER JACKET LOOK REALLY NICE WITH LOW WAISTS. REMEMBER WE TRIED ON THAT SHORTER JACKET?

Maureen says AT CRYSTALS?

Paul says YEAH. MOST PEOPLE THINK THEY HAVE TO COVER THEIR BUM. YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT. I THINK THE SHORT CROPPED JACKETS ARE NICE. LOW-WAISTED PANTS ARE IN STYLE AND CROPS THAT FIT TAILORED TO THE BODY TO A LOW-WAISTED PANT ARE AWE... AWESOME.

Maureen says KAY IS IN SCARBOROUGH. HI, KAY.

The Caller says HELLO.

Maureen says HI.

The Caller says HI.

Maureen says GO AHEAD.

Paul says HI, KAY.

The Caller says HI. I ENJOY YOUR SHOW.

Maureen says THANKS.

Paul says IT'S GOING TO BE SAD TO SEE HER GO. THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE. IT'S YOUR LAST SHOW.

Maureen says FIRST TIME YOU'VE SEEN THE SHOW.

The Caller says I HAVE ONE OF A KIND QUESTION I THINK FOR PAUL. THE OLDER LADIES THAT HAVE OSTEOPOROSIS AND THAT GET VERY ROUND SHOULDERED, AND, YOU KNOW, KIND OF HUMP BACK. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU COULD SUGGEST MAYBE TO DIMINISH THIS LOOK?

Maureen says HMM, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

Paul says SURE, SURE. AGAIN, I HIGHLY SUGGEST MONOTONES. THAT MEANS IF YOU'RE WEARING A DRESS AND A JACKET, MAKE IT ALL ONE COLOUR. YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE... ACCENTUATE ANY PART OF YOUR BODY. I DO THAT. I HAVE A LOOSE-FITTING SHIRT BECAUSE I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A TUMMY. I'M WEARING A BLACK T-SHIRT AND JEANS. I FIND THIS BLENDS IT ALL TOGETHER. THERE ARE MANY TRICKS. EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN LITTLE THINGS THEY DON'T FEEL GOOD ABOUT. THE OTHER THING THAT REALLY HELPS IS... OF COURSE, WATCHING YOUR POSTURE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND, TWO, A SLIGHTLY PADDED SHOULDER. NOW, IF YOU HAVE A JACKET THAT YOU USED TO WEAR THAT IS KIND OF A LITTLE BIT BIG BECAUSE YOU'VE STARTED TO SLUMP, YOU CAN TAKE THAT INTO YOUR LOCAL TAILOR AND IT'S A VERY EASY PROCESS TO HAVE PADS INSTALLED AND YOU CAN WORK RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR, AND THEY CAN INSTALL PADS TO A JACKET FOR YOU UNTIL YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BETTER POSTURE WITH YOUR BACK AND MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD. HOPEFULLY, THIS CONDITION WILL NOT GET ANY WORSE, HOPEFULLY IT WILL GET BETTER.

Maureen says YEAH.

Paul says THIS IS A GOOD SOLUTION SO THAT YOU FEEL GOOD SO YOU DO GO OUT.

Maureen says RIGHT. IN GENERAL, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO PADS IN SHOULDERS? I REMEMBER THE DYNASTY LOOK?

Paul says THEY COME IN AND OUT. IT ALWAYS COMES IN AND OUT. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, A CLASSIC BLACKJACK WET A SLIGHT PADDED SHOULDER IS ALWAYS IN.

Maureen says I NEED A LITTLE BIT OF PADDING.

Paul says RIGHT. IF YOU BALANCE OFF, SAY, YOU WEAR A BLOUSE AND YOU HAVE A LITTLE SCARF LIKE A HERMES SCARF TIED AROUND YOUR NECK. IT KIND OF FILLS IN THE WHOLE SHOULDER AREA WHICH KIND OF TAKES AWAY FROM THIS IF YOU HAVE A NICE SCARF, JUST TIE IT IN A TIE KNOT OR TUCKED INSIDE. SOMETHING THAT CREATES A LITTLE VOLUME AROUND YOUR NECK BALANCES OFF THE SHOULDERS WITH THE BIT OF a curved spine as well.

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