There’s a lot that most of us don’t have in common with Emma Roberts. She’s been on multiple hit TV shows, is often walking the red carpet for major Hollywood events, and has a duo of stylists—Brit and , to be specific—helping her plan her next sartorial moves. But it’s when the actress speaks frankly about her personal style that we find some real common ground. And the below pieces of advice, straight from the actress herself, can prove it. Smith
During Who What Wear’s recent photo shoot and interview with Roberts for our Spring Issue, we dove deep into the details of her fashion POV and found some sage wisdom when it comes to feeling confident, comfortable, and excited about whatever you’re wearing. And it doesn’t take a generous budget or professional help, either.
Ahead, check out the five best pieces of style advice we gleaned from one of our favorite fashion girls.
Make it a balancing act
“I love being girly, but I find I can’t go full girly. I need to have something—whether it’s mismatched earrings or a bag with a chain on it—to keep it from being too precious. Even just a cool necklace will work. I have an Isabel Marant silver chain necklace with a gold lock on it, and I’ll just throw that on with a little summer dress to make it feel a little different.”
Keep it spontaneous
“My stylists and I were at the Chloé store picking out a bag before the show at Paris Fashion Week, and I just saw these glasses on the way out. And I said, ‘Oh, my god. Do we love these or are they too much?’ And Brit was like, ‘Just bring them in. We’ll see.’ They were actually so good with everything and made the whole look.
“Those are the best moments—when I’m walking out the door and just grab something at the last minute, or put on a swipe of lipstick or throw my hair up. It often ends up changing the look in such a great way.”
Don't always shop in the department you're supposed to
“My new trick that I’ve been doing lately is buying kids’ Hanes tank tops, cutting them, and wearing them with pants. I love all the great pant trends out there right now, like flares, boyfriend, and cargo styles. But it’s so hard for me to wear a T-shirt with them because I’m short, the proportions are off. So I do the cutoff boys’ Hanes tank. That way, it’s all about the pant. And then you can go with either a L’Agent bra under in a great color or no bra. Go try that.”
Accept and own what you've got
“I started incorporating flats and sneakers when I moved to New Orleans to film American Horror Story: Coven. I started wearing my Converse everywhere, and then I started even wearing my New Balances out at night. And then it just started flowing over into my life in L.A. I realized: ‘You know what? I need to own the fact that I’m short and not always try to be tall because guess what? I’m not.’
“So I own it. It’s more comfortable. I feel I was dressing for other people until I realized, ‘You know what? I want to wear sneakers. That feels more me, it feels more fun and more comfortable.’ New Orleans changed my perspective on that.”
Wear something even if you're the only one who likes it
“I have a rainbow tie-dye vintage shirt that I wear all the time. And [my stylists] said, ‘We know you love it, but maybe you don’t need to wear it so much, and not when you’re going to get photographed.’ It’s my favorite shirt in the world. I wear it when I work on Scream Queens because no one sees me in my real clothes. I wear it to set every day. … I think we all have those things that just make us happy. And you kind of have to wear it, whether it’s a ratty college sweatshirt or … I have Free City sweatpants that literally changed colors from being washed with the wrong things. They’re a mud color now, and I still wear them.”
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Be sure to check out our complete Emma Roberts interview—and stunning photo shoot—in Who What Wear's Spring Issue.