Rachel Zoe’s Style DOs and DON’TsGlamour got Rachel Zoe, A-list dresser, designer, and star of The Rachel Zoe Project, to share her ultimate fashion DOs and DON’Ts.
DON’T bedazzle. Seriously.
Anything bedazzled should be gone. I can’t. With the spikes and the bedazzling and the script writing in rhinestones? No. We have to get rid of it.
DON’T rely completely on the mirror.
I’d love to be able to say, “Look in the mirror to see what works best, and you’ll know,” but most people don’t know. Sometimes I don’t! We’re just not the best judges of ourselves, because we’ve been looking at our reflections for our entire lives. I thought blue looked like crap on me, and one day I wore a navy jumpsuit, and everyone was like, “Why don’t you wear more blue?!” The mirror might not always be the most helpful thing, but cameras don’t lie. They allow you to step outside yourself and see an outfit with an objective eye, so take pictures if you’re not positive about a look. And make sure you get lots of different angles.
DO remember that the best accessory is always attitude.
I’m super self-conscious about my knees—they’re kind of chicken-y—so I haven’t worn a miniskirt or shorts since I was about 17. The point is that in order to look good, you need to feel good. If someone’s saying to you, “You look amazing in that skintight dress” but you’re miserably uncomfortable, it will show. You have to find the compromise between what looks best on you and what’s going to give you the most confidence. Half of beauty is the belief that you’re beautiful.
DON’T let yourself go fashion bananas…on your baby.
OK, I admit it: I’m totally obsessed with dressing my son, Skyler. I no longer shop for myself; I just shop for him. But my biggest regret was buying him very expensive clothes when he was a baby baby. A cashmere onesie, furry lace-up booties, Bur-berry, Gucci—he outgrew it all in, like, 10 days! I’m certifiably insane. It’s embarrassing. So please, learn from my mistakes and don’t spend much money on clothes when they’re so young. I’m hopefully going to have another child, and I’ll definitely be taking my own advice.
But the most major DO of all?
Being happy! Now that I’m a mother, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. Honestly, I’m a much different person than I was a few years ago because I just don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. The things that really used to sting, like people judging me? Now I’m able to recognize what’s truly important in my life—my son, my family—and take the high road. Hate is a very exhausting emotion. Trust me, I’ve felt it time and time again, and I still feel it for a select few people. But all hate does is turn you into someone that you’re not. In the end, taking the high road is so much more chic.
—As told to Amy Spencer.
I agree whole heartedly regarding the length of pants, however as the SHORTEST of the women in my family at 5'9" (with a 33" inseam), most stores DO NOT cater to tall women!!! I can remember many clothing campaigns where the petite woman was referred to as "the forgotten woman!" Give me a break...they can always have pants hemmed. I can create what isn't there! Many of the stores that DO carry tall sizes feature styles that are for the "older" woman. I could never find a nice pants suit for my corporate job without looking like Grandma Bush! Please, let a designer dedicate some time to us!!!
celebrity style: the who, what & where of celebrity fashion
Reality TV: such a mindless guilty pleasure, mostly filled with questionable spray tans and insane hair extensions. But in honor of the season premiere of one of our favorites, The Real Housewives of Orange County, we decided to celebrate a select few reality stars who’ve displayed legitimately great hair and makeup. Yes, there actually are a few! And we had to go all the way back to The Real World of the mid-’90s to find our first.
In feel-good fashion news of the day: Victoria Beckham will design a set of mommy-daughter dresses to benefit Born Free Africa, a non-profit with the mission to end mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015.
See Duchess Catherin's perfect beach look.
And before you ask, sorry, the $325 dress is SOLD OUT on Matches.com and DVF.com—you snooze, you loose.
She dishes on the routine that keeps her looking polished, even when she's pulling up to the <i>Mad Men</i> set at 5 a.m. Plus, the fragrance that helps Christina get her Joan on.
Prince William thought Kate Middleton looked like a banana in this dress (plus one more royal tour outfit)
After a jam-packed week in New Zealand, Kate Middleton and Prince William finally enjoyed a day off, but as of last night (or this morning..? Ah, time change!) they're back on the road again.
Neatly sidestepping high fashion, the smiling, cheerful Kate Middleton is fast becoming the Duchess of Normcore.
When Madonna posted an image of herself wearing a full on Game of Thrones Khaleesi costume on Instagram last week we weren’t exactly surprised—this is the woman who rolled into the Grammy Awards wearing a tuxedo and a grill earlier this winter, so why not celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with a leather corset and a pair of tiny dragons? Still, we were hypnotized by her white-blonde, braided Daenerys Targaryen hair. Functioning as a bleached out cultural weather vane of sorts, it tapped into multiple obsessions at once—the return of "Game of Thrones" to HBO, spring’s new extreme hair lengths and, most notably, fashion’s current platinum mania. Our own love of ice-blonde hair—which transforms any look from everyday to extraordinary—has been well documented of late, but last night’s Game of Thrones premiere sent our platinum fever into overdrive. In celebration of fashion’s favorite hair color, a look at the best platinum moments in history.
While you were sleeping, fast retail chain H&M H&M announced that its next designer collaboration is with Alexander Wang.
Get inspired to try one of the long bob haircuts with the best cuts in Hollywood.
Last year’s beauty buzz may have been all about J. Law’s cropped cut, M’Obama’s bangs and Miley Cyrus’ pixie, but we’re not even halfway through 2014 and we’re pretty sure we’ve already topped 2013. From Margot Robbie’s glossy brunette dye-job to Katie Holmes’ irresistible set of bangs, we’re obsessed with all these recent celebrity transformations—all of which are perfect inspiration for a new spring hairstyle. Click through above to see a round-up of our favorites!