Monday, March 1, 2010

Fashion advice from Jeannie Mai

SheKnows sat down with celebrity style expert Jeannie Mai, an experienced makeup artist, fashion expert and actress, who currently hosts the Style Network's popular makeover series, How Do I Look?. We chatted about finding your personal style, what looks to avoid and how to look your best day in and out.

Fashion Tip #1: Use the trends to create your own style.
'I encourage gals to use trends to inspire their own style, don't follow ‘em!' says celebrity stylist Jeanine Mai. If you spend all your money on trendy pieces, you'll stick yourself in a style time warp, she cautions.

'Trends become what they are because somebody thought out of the box and did something thousands began to follow. Learn how to be that trendsetter. If you see a hot must-have, make sure you spend on the trends that can be versatile for work and every day and flow well with other things you own (the boyfriend jacket, skinny jeans, leggings). Then think out of the box by buying timeless pieces (button ups, pencil skirts) and pair them with pieces of your personality (patterned tights, belt buckles) to make your look signature.'

Fashion Tip #2: Spend Wisely
When you're watching your expenses closely, finding great fashion bargains is a must. But, you don't always have to look in the bargain bin. Think of your wardrobe as an investment, and look for pieces that are trendy this season but also timeless. Do they work well with what's already in your closet? Can you pair it with several different tops or bottoms and dress it up or down? Most importantly, is it high quality construction? If you answered yes, you've got a keeper.

{headline)Fashion Tip #3: Choose trends that fit your bodyBody type is a huge factor in which trends you can actually follow. Mai says blazers with emphasized shoulders work best on those with narrow or average shoulders. "The illusion immediately tapers any waistline," Jeannie says. Alternatively, fitted and double-breasted jackets are great for small busted or boyish-shaped women.

This season's must-haves
Mai says this year's ideal fashion pieces were the boyfriend blazer and the wrap dress. 'Both can be worn casually with flats, tights, leggings, or dressed up in heels. Both can be adjusted to suit any season. And both are ideal for any weight flux you're working with!' She calls the wrap dress 'the classic timeless trend for every woman, every size and every season.'

Forget about not mixing your metals, accessories these days are all about mixing and not-matching different sizes, textures and colors – think everything from chunky rings to piles of pearls. Jeannie tells us, 'Every woman needs an archive of the following accessory staples (in gold and silver): Long chain (at least 22 inches), short necklace (16 inches) with neutral colored or wooden charms, at least 2 chunky rings with in silver, gold, or a neutral color like amber or brown, hoop earrings, drop earrings in turquoise (these go with everything and brighten any face), and bangles. If you shop smart, you can buy all these accessories for under $100 through thrift shops, Forever 21 stores, Aldo stores, or even clearance racks at Nordstrom.'

How to wear leggings
Leggings have been big for several seasons now, and this trend isn't going anywhere. We love them – they are super-helpful for layering under spring skirts for winter, heels or boots, oversized shirts, or layering under long dresses to stay warm. Plus, they can be slimming and flattering to many figures! Jeannie’s advice: Invest in neutral shades of black, grey, and brown, and look for stylized leggings with riding patches of suede or leather, or fun shiny or sequined patterns for night.

How to wear CARDIGANS
Long or short, cardis are great and comfortable for any body type. Look for wrap style cardigans that flow below the waist to give a longer torso, and take it up a notch by throwing on a belt outside the wrap for a comfortable but fitted shape.

Mixing metals has been Jeannie's hottest and flashiest fashion fave: 'Whether in fabrics or accessories, blending bronze and silver or gunmetals and golds is just haute.' Start simple with silver and gold mixed necklaces or bangles first, then move on to mixing metallic fabrics for night. It's a super way to shine!


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