Impress for Less: Star Stylist's Tips for Smart Dressing

Sally Lyndley
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Impress for Less: Star Stylist's Tips for Smart Dressing

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Roll Up Your Sleeves

Ilaria Urbinati

"I always roll up the sleeves on a blazer. It makes it more hip."
-Ilaria Urbinati, who has has worked with stars like Zooey Deschanel and Bijou Phillips.

Tuxedo jacket, Necessary Objects, $78. Shirt, Gap, $44. Skirt, Victoria's Secret, $50.

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Do It Yourself

Tara Swennen

"I'm all about DIY stuff. I replaced the band on the fedora with a scrap of ribbon I pinned from the inside. You could also tie it in a bow or attach it with a brooch."
-Tara Swennen, who has worked with stars like Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus.

Fedora, Hat Attack, $65 with ribbon (stylist's own).

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Choose Soft Fabrics

Lori Goldstein
Time Inc. Digital Studio, Courtesy Will Star

"Anything soft seems expensive, even if it's not. That's a rule of thumb. If a piece is scratchy, that's usually a telltale sign of poor quality."
-Lori Goldstein, who has worked with designers such as Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera.

Jacket with faux-fur trim, Tulle, $85. Cardigan, Forever 21, $30. Fleece skirt, Ntice, $75.

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Play with Patterns

Tina Chai
Time Inc. Digital Studio, Jason Kempin/WireImage

"Mixing scale is a basic rule when combining prints. Here, the skirt's design is large, while the one on the blouse is small."
-Tina Chai, who consults for lines from Thakoon and Lela Rose.

Blouse, Banana Republic, $6. Skirt, Simply Vera Vera Wang for Kohls, $58. Sweater, Madewell, $68. Necklaces, Orion Fashions, $58 and $72.

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Look for Patterned Tees

Susan Joy

"A tasteful, elegant print can make something as simple as a T-shirt stand out"
-Susan Joy, who consults for brands like J. Crew and Gryphon.

Cotton shirt, Simply Vera Vera Wang for Kohls, $30. Silver-plated necklace, Yukester, $80. Metal necklace, Express, $25.

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Try a Vest

Keegan Singh

"Every woman should have a black vest in her wardrobe. It's a classic, versatile piece you'll wear 100 times."
-Keegan Singh, who is the stylist behind the advertising campaigns for Rock & Republic and Nike.

Vest, Quiksilver Women, $68. Cotton T, Uniqlo, $16. Necklace, Express, $35. Belt, Banana Republic, $45.

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Mix Patterns with Tweed

Mariel Haenn

"A bold pattern is what works next to tweed. A small print would just look messy. Keep everything in the same tonal family, so the effect is cohesive."
-Mariel Haenn, who has worked with stars like Kerry Washington and Lauren Conrad.

Top, Liz Claiborne, $39. Shorts, Gap, $50.

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Combine Textures

Anna Bingemann

"The easiest way to put together an outfit that carries from day to night is to combine textures—sequins, nubby knits, soft cotton."
-Anna Bingemann, who has worked with stars like Naomi Watts and Tina Fey.

Vest, New York amp Company, $50. Dress, Mango, $70. Scarf, Michael Stars, $48.

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Go Day to Night in a Mini

Leslie Fremar
Time Inc. Digital Studio, Courtesy Leslie Fremar

"A short hemline is the most versatile. You can put it with flats during the day but also do heels at night with the same outfit."
-Leslie Fremar, who has worked with stars like Julianne Moore and Jennifer Connelly.

Blazer, Mossimo for Target, $30. Dress, Dollhouse, $38. Scarf, AMI Clubwear, $15.

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Pull It Together with Denim

Rob Zangardi
Time Inc. Digital Studio

"A cropped denim jacket or vest is a great layering piece that brings structure to loose separates, which can look sloppy."
-Rob Zangardi, who has worked with stars like Rachel McAdams and Brittany Snow.

Denim vest, Levi's, $68. Pants, Studio M at Macy's, $79. Bag, Forever 21, $18. Scarf, Echo, $58.

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Pick the Perfect Bracelet Watch

Sally Lyndley
Time Inc. Digital Studio, Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

"Opt for links-and not a stretchy band-in a metal bracelet watch. It just looks more high-end."
-Sally Lyndley, who has worked with designers such as Costello Tagliapietra and Victoria Beckham.

Metal watch, Armitron, $55.

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