Celebrity Style-expert and author George Brescia of “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life Because You Can’t Go Naked!”, has appeared on NBC’s TODAY SHOW. His other television includes doing regular red carpet commentary and fashion and trend reporting for CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX. As Playbill.com’s “Best Dressed” columnist he covered the Tony Awards and several seasons’ Broadway openings and galas. His award-winning web-series DRESS-UP featured George working with Broadway’s top stars preparing them for their opening nights and premieres. He travels the country doing guest lecturing, special events, and regional television shows about current fashion trends and personal styling and has also been featured on NPR’s Market Place.
George is currently the brand ambassador for LOGO by Lori Goldstein on the QVC Network. His background includes twenty-five years working closely with top fashion leaders Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, and with the fashion directors at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Lord & Taylor. As the man behind “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life”, he’s also a top-tier NYC-based stylist and image consultant with clients ranging from A-list celebrities to everyday men and women looking to improve their appearance and gain confidence. His philosophy is that clothing is so much more than style.
In addition to his literary, styling and media corresponding projects, George also stars on the original reality series “Dress Up! with George B Style,” Every single thing you wear communicates something about you to the outside world. And it also has a significant impact on the way you feel. George says, “Your clothing has the potential to enhance your personal brilliance.”
You don't have to get rid of your summer wardrobe now that fall is around the corner. Style expert and author @georgebrescia shows you how to layer your favorite pieces for cooler weather without breaking the bank. #TODAYStyle pic.twitter.com/YrqjildKd0— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 7, 2019
T2C: How are you dealing with home containment?
George Brescia: Well, it’s been a roller coaster ride for me. One minute I feel fine, and like everyone else, the next minute, I start feeling very anxious. I have been confined in my apartment since March 21st, and I have been trying to be careful about only going out when necessary. I will say I have seen more of my friends and colleagues on Facetime and Zoom in the last six weeks than I have in person in the last six years! Although this crisis has been devastating, I am grateful to reconnect with people and to have the time to re-evaluate what is truly important for me in life.
T2C: What would you say is the difference of being in self-lockdown between NYC and Connecticut, your hometown?
George Brescia: Well, for me, if I was with my family in Connecticut, the difference is that I would have more space: I might be able to hop in the car and take a little drive for a change of scene. I’d have a backyard, and could go work in the garden or grill outside… and I would certainly enjoy my Mom’s great cooking! Yum! Yum!
T2C: What have you been able to accomplish in this time?
George Brescia: First of all, I’ve been able to get very organized in my life. I’ve spent the last two years traveling all over the country doing television and style events, so it’s been wonderful to finally be in one place for a while. (Who knows how long! LOL) It’s allowed me to breathe a little and get organized in my own home, my own closet, on my own paperwork, and even on my own diet… believe it or not! I’ve been able to accomplish making headway on some exciting new work projects.
T2C: What kind of emotions does this time bring out of you?
George Brescia: Oh my God! There are times I can barely say my name, and the next moment, I’m babbling a mile a minute. Sometimes I’m lying in the middle of the floor staring at the ceiling, and then I’m up and dancing to Beyoncé! I have been feeling so many emotions that it has actually made me dizzy. But what I keep coming back to is that this time has forced me to be more present to my life than I have ever been before, and I have realized that all we really have is the present moment and in that moment everything is okay.
T2C: If you were to equate this time to a song or song cycle what would it be?
George Brescia: “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
T2C: What message would you like to give the world right now?
George Brescia: To be Present. To be Mindful. To be Grateful. This is the time we MUST think of others in ways that we haven’t before, and do what ever it takes to overcome this virus and the devastating consequences of it.
T2C: What is the first thing you will do when we are no longer self-quarantined?
George Brescia: Run, not walk, to go hug my family and kiss them all over their faces!.. and then have a party to see all of my friends at one time and laugh ourselves into the next day!!… and then to run to every one of my favorite restaurantsand “mangia!”…
T2C: What are the things that are getting you through this time?
George Brescia: My absolute favorite thing to do here in NYC is every night at 7pm I come to my bay window with a pot, a wooden spoon, and a whoopee-whistle and join all my neighbors thanking all the service people that keep us going through this terrible pandemic. And even though I don’t know most of them, we sing, we wave to each other, we clap our hands, I blow the whistle and bang our pots, and it makes me feel so good and fills my heart with joy. I never miss a night. I always stop what ever I am doing, and make sure that I’m in that window at 7pm every night. And lastly, each night, before I go to bed, I tell my husband the things I am grateful for and he tells me the same. And I sleep much better feeling grateful.
T2C: What haven’t we asked you that you would like to say?
George Brescia: Well, I’m excited to say that I have become the full-time brand ambassador for LOGO by Lori Goldstein on the QVC Network. And I’d like to give a shout-out to Simon & Schuster for re-launching my book “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life” in paperback in August. So watch for that! I have re-written the forward based on what I have learned over the last few years working with hundreds of people coast to coast. Feel free to join me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and share my latest adventures!