I still have a bit more to share about meeting What Not to Wear’s Stacy and Clinton at the Discovery Communications 25th anniversary gala, which tells you just how gracious, charming, and generous they were.
Our conversation focused on how today’s busy woman can maintain a stylish look and how important it is to do so. Fans of WNTW know that Stacy and Clinton view style as a means for women to take control of their lives, and we can all benefit from this empowering message. After all, we can’t always control how long we wait at the pediatrician’s office, how much unexpected car repairs cost, or how many hours a frustrating work project takes, but we can certainly make sure we look good while we’re dealing with it!
Stacy was adamant that investing in yourself is really about time, not money. Since time is in short supply for most of us, a few simple guidelines can help you make the most of the moments you spend thinking about style. We’ve been talking about Clinton’s 4 Items That Don’t Belong In Your Closet, and here are the final two:
Item #3 That Doesn’t Belong In Your Closet = MOM Jeans
So it’s a common enough phrase, but what exactly makes something a MOM jean? It’s kind of like the old joke about pornography- you know it when you see it. Remember Jessica Simpson’s high-waisted disaster from last summer?
She’s taken such a beating for this look, so I’m not going to criticize her (much) here. But seriously, if those jeans can make someone so pretty look like that, I don’t want any part of them.
The waist is the major problem, but those oversized envelope pockets (which might as well be pleats, aesthetically speaking) don’t help. And the way the legs are tapered wouldn’t do anyone’s thighs any favors.
Instead, Clinton recommends jeans with the following characteristics:
- Mid-rise, which hits at a universally flattering point
- Dark wash- not only flattering but also polished and chic
- A bit of stretch (to keep things clean and tailored)
- Either a straight leg or bootcut, classic silhouettes that look both modern and timeless
Of course, there are thousands of jeans in the world, and if you want to find the right ones, you’ve got to try, try, try. On WNTW, participants sometimes try on 25 pairs before finding the right ones, but it is so worth it. We all know how fabulous our favorite jeans feel, and the confidence and comfort we have while wearing them.
So follow Stacy and Clinton’s instructions, and give yourself the gift of time. They specifically recommended three hours a month– just three hours away from kids, jobs, and other responsibilities. Three hours are attainable, and they’re all you need to find that perfect pair of jeans. Because I know we all love shopping online (believe me, I LOVE shopping online), but for this mission there’s no substitute for the dressing room.
In order to maximize your shopping trip, though, you can definitely go online for information about specific brands, cuts, etc. FH’s own Jaime exhaustively covers this topic on her blog Denim Debutante, so read up and shop prepared!
Item #4 That Doesn’t Belong in Your Closet = Sneakers
Okay, obviously we all need sneakers for certain occasions. But Clinton says think twice before wearing them outside the gym. His easy substitutions?
- A great flat for anytime
- A sandal for summer
- A boot for winter
That’s it! Three shoes and you’re ready to take on the world! And if you’re ever wavering (as I was this weekend), thinking, “Well, I’m just dashing to the store so my running shoes are fine,” remember that Clinton calls that look “Richard Simmons”.
Now, I have such a soft spot for Richard Simmons, who truly has been a fitness pioneer, but no. None of us need to copy his style.
Just a sampling of the more polished options Clinton suggests, in neutral colors and classic styles that can be worn for many years (and all on sale!):
Many, many thanks to Stacy and Clinton for such wonderful tips! And if (like me!) you can’t get enough, remember to watch the new season of What Not To Wear, Friday nights on TLC!
Lucie Amberg is the Director of ZinaBeverlyHills.com.
RS image from xomba.com.