Stylist George Brescia Helps Improve Self-Esteem Through Fashion

Stylist George Brescia Helps Improve Self-Esteem Through Fashion

When you’ve deliberately dressed to impress and your efforts are met with a flood of compliments, there’s no denying that’s a good feeling. In his new book, “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked,” stylist to the stars George Brescia explains that (consistently wearing) the right outfit not only turns heads but can also empower and improve long-term self-esteem.

This past week, I learned all about the dos and don’ts of fashion during Brescia’s panel discussion, Fashion on Broadway, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. At the event, Brescia discussed his new book—which he penned because he loves women and wants to empower them—what to wear, and how it makes you feel, with several Broadway stars he’s personally styled, including: Kate Baldwin, who will star in Cole Porter's CAN-CAN at the Papermill Playhouse next month; Courtney Reed, who currently portrays Jasmine in the Broadway production of Aladdin; Elizabeth Stanley, the lead in On the Town; Leslie Kritzer, recently seen in Piece of My Heart; and The Metropolitan Opera singer Isabel Leonard. Fashion designer Randi Rahm also joined the conversation.

The lively discussion was peppered with back-to-basics fashion tips, so, for all the ladies out there taking notes, here’s what you need to know: a black stiletto heel is a must, gold earrings are a blonde’s best friends, you can’t go wrong with a variety of camisoles, and throw in a statement piece or two for good measure.  

Having applied the above tips and more from Brescia (his book also includes sections on what colors work for brunettes, blondes and redheads, purging your closet—which is the window to your soul, makeovers for men, a list of essentials, and more) the leading ladies shared their personal style stories. “I always think a contrast is what’s surprising and most interesting to people,” Baldwin says of her transformation from Broadway stage to Big Apple streets. “When you come out of the stage door, you want to look different. It’s a way to define yourself from what you do for work. It’s a way to show who I am.” While Kritzer adds that if she does her hair and puts on a beautiful pair of pants it truly makes a difference. “I don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard, I just want to be true to who I am,” she says. Rahm also shared a similar sentiment, later stating that the most important thing in fashion is to make the woman feel comfortable. Leonard added that, to her, fashion means being who you are and loving yourself. When point blank asked what fashion means to her, the talkative Baldwin exclaimed, “it’s about having the exterior taken care of so then people can see who you really are.”

So ladies (and fellas), when you’re deliberately looking to turn heads, the statement you want to hear is “that looks amazing on you” not “I love what you’re wearing.” The former goes a lot further in the long run.

For more from Brescia, check out his book, available here, as well as his web series, Dress Up! With George B. Style, and the September issue of Where® New York magazine.

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