Tips from Phillip Bloch

Celeb stylist Phillip Bloch (and scribe—Bloch penned The Shopping Diet: Spend Less and Get More) has tips to spare when it comes to the modern woman's wardrobe and outfit arsenal. 

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Rule #1

Everything in your closet should be worn a million different ways. Start with a simple piece, like a little black dress or a pencil skirt, and mix it up.

 

Ann Taylor knit wrap dress, $128;  anntaylor.com

Photo courtesy of Ann Taylor

Rule #2

A basic, white shirt is great, but make sure you buy one that has a little something special to it, like a great collar, or exaggerated French cuffs.

 

White House Black Market ruffle front shirt, $78; whbm.com

Photo courtesy of White House Black Market

Rule #3

Look for fabrics that will afford you a lot of wear. Light weight wool gabardine really is a four-season fabric.

 

J.Crew wool garbardine pant, $138; jcrew.com

Photo courtesy of J.Crew

Rule #4

Accessories can entirely change a look. Go bold—either in size or color—and wear with everything.

 

Chico’s Palmira necklace, $48; chicos.com

Photo courtesy of Chico's

Rule #5

Textured tights are a nice alternative to a plain pair. Just make sure the design is small and subtle.

 

DKNY crochet tights, $15; nordstrom.com

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Rule #6

Wear jewelry in layers, and feel free to mix metals.

 

Grayce by Molly Sims layered necklace, $28; hsn.com

Photo courtesy of HSN

Rule #7

A light weight leather jacket is a great topper for dresses and pants. It’s more modern than a cardigan and more casual than a blazer.

 

Banana Republic leather jacket, $350; bananarepublic.com

Photo courtesy of Banana Republic

Rule #8

When dressing up for a party or date, bare legs are sexier than any hosiery. If you can bare it (pun intended), you should.

 

Talbots winter lace sheath, $115; talbots.com

Photo courtesy of Talbots

Rule #9

Nothing amps a look more than sexy heels. Period, end.

 

Salvatore Ferragamo “Gilia” platform heels, $580; bloomingdales.com

Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Rule #10

Try mixing layers in an unexpected way: wear a cozy knit over a work dress, top jeans with a silky, sheer blouse, try motorcycle boots with a shorter skirt.

 

Anthropologie cardigan, $148; anthropologie.com

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Rule #11

Stock your closet with great basics (thin turtle necks, cashmere sweaters, tights in different colors and textures) so you always have them when needed. These are items to buy on sale, so be on the look out for the good deals.

 

Aqua cashmere cabled crewneck sweater, $55; bloomingdales.com

Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Rule #12

If it doesn’t fit, don’t wear it!

 

Kenneth Cole draped knot dress, $199; kennethcole.com

 

Another thing to try and incorporate this season: try playful pops of coral, shown by actress and Broadway star Idina Menzel.

 

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Photo courtesy of Kenneth Cole
First Published February 1, 2011

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