Carson Kressley, the Emmy-winning TV star and fashion savant, has released his latest style guide, Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?, which is his very first book geared toward women. Carson, who started his career as an independent stylist with major designers like Ralph Lauren, says it’s a roadmap for all of us to build unshakable body and fashion confidence. The former Queer Eye For the Straight Guy star covers everything from navigating the beauty counter, to where to score the best deals, and consigning your old clothes. While chatting with Carson at his recent book signing at the Ridgewood Woman’s Club, he shared with me his 5 style tips he says every Jersey girl must know and abide by.
1. Make sure it fits “Everything that fits and is the proper size is always going to look better and more expensive, cleaner and more sophisticated than things that are the wrong size.”
2. Have a style role model (Carson’s is Grace Kelly) “You are either born with a great sense of style or you have to learn it. If you’re a student of style and you get magazines, or you follow someone on Instagram, find someone whose style you really admire. It could be a person that works at your favorite clothing store, it could be a favorite celebrity, or it could be someone in your family. And when you’re out there shopping, think like is this something Grace Kelly would where. That’s what I do.”
3. Learn how to be a bargainista “One of the thing’s that holds us back is great stuff is expensiveness. We all love to have this gorgeous wardrobe but we also want to have food, and a car, and health insurance. All those pesky necessities. I think if you learn how to mix the high and low, it’s more fun and it’s more practical, and you can get more bang for your buck.”
4. Embrace color “A lot of people get in the it’s very simple to just wear black, or black is slimming rut. And it’s easy to do that same look with monochromatic, like all camel, all grey, or all red. Color has such an affect on our mind, our mood, our complexion, so color is very powerful. Don’t underestimate the power of color.”
5. Find your uniform “You’ll see great style icons like Katherine Hepburn or Grace Kelly, and even modern day people have a signature look. I’ll do a black suit, white shirt, black tie, and then I’ll do a sparkly shoe or red patent leather shoes, or a crazy sneaker. And it just makes it easier because you kind of don’t have to think. When I’m in a pinch, I go to my go-to uniform.”
For more tips and oh so fabulous style advice, pick up a copy of Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big? which is available online and in stores now.