Louise Roe knows a thing or two about cultivating personal style from her years in the industry as a fashion journalist and television personality. Now, the fashion insider is compiling all of her tips and tricks of the trade in her new style guide available today, Front Roe: How to Be the Leading Lady in Your Own Life ($19).
From how to find the perfect jeans to the most important thing to look for in any garment, keep scrolling for our eight favorite lessons from the book.
“Your clothes should always express your personality, but also be eclectic enough to rock whatever mood you’re in that day.”
“The most powerful knowledge to arm yourself with when you shop is knowing your silhouette. Forget about fabrics, prints, and prices. You should be looking at the cut and shape of a garment.”
“Before you buy a piece, imagine how you would wear it in three different ways, using clothes you already own. Then it will actually get worn.”
“Getting into the right pair [of jeans] should be a bit of a struggle. If they go on too fast, they’re probably too loose. The waistband should feel snug, but not dig in. If you can fit two fingers down the back: perfect. If you can fit a whole hand: go down a size.”
“Accessories aren’t just a sidekick to your clothes: in my opinion, they’re even more important than your clothes. They make a statement, they are eye-catching, they’re a way to try out a bold new trend, print, or texture without having to cover your entire body with it.”
“Be strict with new purchases. Hang them at the front of your rail with the tags still attached and the receipts taped to the hangers. Only remove the tag once you’re heading out the door wearing it. If you haven’t put it on in two weeks after buying it, return it.”
“Too frequently, the women I make over forget the importance of underwear. The right bra and bottoms have the power to flatten your tummy, cinch your waist, uplift and boost your boobs or, conversely, make them smaller.”
“Let go of the constant quest for self-improvement, and give yourself a break. We women constantly overload and pressure ourselves. Once in a while, just stop. Treat yourself. Do what makes you happy right then and there. If that means skipping the treadmill, ordering the naughtiest option on the menu, drinking too much wine at dinner, or staying in bed watching TV reruns all day on Sunday, so be it.”
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