Jeremy Clarkson achieved national fame and popularity thanks to his time on the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’. In the years that followed his 1988 debut, fans grew to love his sarcastic quips and cutting comments while he reviewed cars. The host, who moved to Amazon Prime to front ‘The Grand Tour’ in 2016, showcased a number of “quirky outfits” during that time including Tommy Bahamas shirts and an array of leather jackets. When questioned about his dress sense by fashion gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, he claimed to not have time to find clothes that he liked and felt “disappointed” by his appearance. Recently, the star revealed all his energies during those years were being ploughed into keeping ‘Top Gear’ on-air. With Jeremy, James May and Richard Hammond even paying the studio audience to watch the show to the end, according to ‘The Drive Through’ podcast. He confessed that their struggles to keep viewers entertained led them to deploy a number of stunts that the show would later be known for. During this time it’s suspected his fashion fell by the wayside, as he became determined to make the motoring show a success.
Jeremy Clarkson clashed with Trinny and Susannah, the makeover professionals, during a 2002 episode of the TV show ‘What Not to Wear’.
He candidly revealed that he feared looking “like a berk” and that prevented him from going to buy new clothes because he didn’t know where to begin.
After being challenged about whether he realised how out of date he looked, he explained: “I do care but I don’t know how to do it and I haven’t got the time to do it.”
The then-‘Top Gear’ star, who would leave the show after an altercation 13 years later, claimed to feel that he had “always disappointed” himself on television.
Jeremy Clarkson accused Trinny and Susannah of being ‘bullies’ during a TV makeover show
Jeremy Clarkson was presented with a number of choices by Trinny and Susannah but didn’t like many
During the makeover show, the trio had a number of uncomfortable exchanges as Jeremy refused to try on clothes picked out for him.
After finding one outfit that he liked, Trinny tried to reassure him that it looked great and to “take a compliment” rather than putting himself down.
Jeremy joked: “I would take a compliment but you’re wearing scuba shoes.
“It’s difficult to take somebody seriously when they’ve come out shopping in a pair of scuba shoes.”
Jeremy Clarkson was part of ‘Top Gear’ with James May and Richard Hammond until they quit in 2015
At the show’s finale, he admitted that he “didn’t despise” a tailored suit made specifically to fit his measurements – after he claimed no shops had clothes large enough for him.
Jeremy confessed that it wasn’t “completely horrible” and that he would wear it again before he moaned: “That’s enough, let’s get out of here!”
It all culminated with the presenter accusing his fashion advisors of being “bullies” in a half-joking comment on their pushiness.
He said: “Trinny and Susannah, well they’re bullies that’s the most important thing about them.
“Sweet bullies, can you be a sweet bully? That’s what they are, sweet bullies.”