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WEAR THE OUTFIT.
DON’T LET THE OUTFIT WEAR YOU.


Wear Your Clothes


Now that we’re in Award season, here are some of the trade secrets I’ve learned over the years that help celebrities look great on the red carpet. You can use them too when stepping out on your own red carpet. I realize some of these may seem obvious. But in the busyness of our lives, they are easy to forget. 

1. The foundation of any great outfit is, well, the foundation! So don’t skimp on your undergarments. A good bra or great pair of spanks can make or break an outfit…just make sure you can still breathe.

2. Choose a color you feel great in. 


3. Try the piece on with no make-up and before doing your hair. If it looks good then, it will be amazing on the big day.


4. Take a selfie. The mirror is great. But a selfie always gives you a different perspective. 


5. If the outfit needs a little alteration, don’t skimp here. Spend the money. In other words don’t be penny wise and pound foolish (pun intended).


6. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a great basic or classic dress. You can always individualize it or change its vibe with accessories.


7. Make sure you can walk in your shoes and dress. Practice if necessary. 


8. Don’t overdo the jewelry. Sometimes less is more.


9. Don’t let the outfit own you. You need to own the outfit.


10. Remember, use make up to make yourself up not different.


If you do all these things, when you make your entrance, people will say WOW, YOU LOOK AMAZING, and not WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING OUTFIT. Because indeed, you will be wearing the outfit and not the other way around. 
 
Get this great look here:


Marbella Long Dress in Silk Chiffon $99, jcrew.com
Oscar del la Renta 'Circular Crystal' Frontal Necklace $690, nordstrom.com
Jude Frances Lisse Elongated Drop Earrings $800, saksfifthavenue.com
Oscar de la Renta Ornate Clip-On Chandelier Earrings $325, saksfifthavenue.com


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And the award goes to...








THE ENVELOPE PLEASE….



And the winner is….YOU! 


It’s awards season. So it’s time to award yourself with some glamorous new evening wear. And get a babysitter for that little Oscar of yours and do the town. 


p.s. Metallic is “in” this season.

Get your glamorous new evening wear here:


Rachel Zoe Della Fringed Open-Knit Mini Dress $495, net-a-porter.com
Alice + Olivia Carisa Metallic Plisse-Crepe Gown $715, net-a-porter.com
Lace Pump (similar)  $109, amazon.com
Freida Rothman Pave Aqua Crystal Geometric Triple-Drop Earrings $130, lastcall.com
Sole Society Glitter Minaudiere $27, solesociety.com
Jimmy Choo Romy Flats $625, jimmychoo.com


 
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Reigning in the Rain








When it pours, YOU reign.


Reigning in the Rain

You know how it goes. You never think to check your roof until it’s raining cats & dogs. And by then, it’s usually too late. Well, the same goes for your closet. And if you’re like me, you’re finally getting around to checking out all your fowl weather gear right in the middle of a rain storm. Well, no worries. The sun will come out tomorrow. Yeah, right! Have you seen the weather report?

Get your rainy-day look here:

Ilse Jacobsen Rain 7 Hooded Water Resistant Coat $329, nordstrom.com
Kate Spade New York Clear Stripe Umbrella $38, nordstrom.com
Sakroots 'Rhythm' Waterproof Rain Boot $48, nordstrom.com
Women's Sorel Tivoli Boots ON SALE $125, jcrew.com
 
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Give your wardrobe a tune-up.








GIVE YOUR WARDROBE A TUNE-UP


Get a Wardrobe Tune-Up

Now that the holidays are over, my tip is to give your wardrobe a tune-up. There are some great sales out there still. But you shouldn’t buy just to buy. It’s only a good deal, if it’s something you’re going to use. So go into your closet and start with your favorite goto items. Be honest. Is it time to retire them? Are they just a bit too worn out? Or, because you’ve changed or evolved, have you out worn them? Now for me, I’ve had a favorite pair of buckle booties and long cashmere cardigan that I loved so much I could have kissed them every time I put them on. But now it’s time to kiss them goodbye. 


Get new boots and a new sweater here:

Born 'Trinculo' Bootie $129, nordstrom.com
Pyrene Long Cashmere Duster ON SALE $339, calypsostbarth.com


 
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How to know what to wear.








HOW TO KNOW WHAT TO WEAR
TO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING 



As a costume designer, I’m challenged daily to find the right outfit for the right situation in the story. If you think about it, what I do in Hollywood directly translates to how we should approach dressing for all our personal stories as well. (Not just those occasional “major” dress-up moments.) 





I need to consider a character’s personality, physical assets and the situation they’re in. And where these three converge, the outfit — perfect for the character and perfect for the scene — is found. It’s that simple. Well, guess what? The same is true for all of us. 





Here’s what I mean. Remember those crazy Venn Diagrams we all did in grade school? You know, the line drawings with the interlocking rings? Well, I finally found a good use for them. (No disrespect to you fabulous mathematicians out there.) So, take a look at my Dress Circles. 



Simply switch out your personality for the character’s. Change out your event or situation for the circumstance. And plug in your own physical assets. Now you can use my Dress Circles to dress for the production of a lifetime—your own unfolding story. 


Get these great looks here:

Levi's Striped Surf Tee $34, anthropologie.com
Levi's Denim Trucker Jacket $90, anthropologie.com



 
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Fleece-Lined Sweatpants $69, jcrew.com
Double Hem Blazer $148, anthropologie.com


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