These Stylist Tricks Make Clothes Look Amazing in Photos and IRL

It takes a special talent to style a runway show for a major fashion week. Yes, the new collection of clothing may take center stage, but a stylist is a person who helps showcase how to wear it. They're also the ones who know how to make the clothes look great walking down a runway (or street) or captured forever in a photograph. That's the kind of styling advice we can get behind, too.

With this in mind, we asked Ronald Burton III to share some of his tricks of the trade. Fresh off having styled Claudia Li's first runway show this New York Fashion Week, he told us a few of his favorite ways to piece outfits together that always look as impressive in a photo as they do in the flesh. What's more, Burton's tips also pair unexpected pieces that you may have not considered could "go" together.

Below, take a look at the tips we're stealing for our own wardrobes ASAP.

Modest Hemlines

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Claudia Li

"A more conservative hemline doesn't have to read too mature or overtly feminine. To give this look a bit of a cool factor, I love the idea of juxtaposing a feminine pleated skirt with a more masculine-inspired shirting top and a flat shoe. It still feels dressed but in a much more modern way." — Burton

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Claudia Li

We love this tied-up button-down over a most demure skirt, as well.

Delicate With an Edge

Photo:

Claudia Li

"What I love about this look is that this dress is most appropriate for evening occasions; however, anything paired with denim instantaneously brings the cool factor and gives it a much more daytime approach." — Burton

Photo:

Claudia Li

Not into denim? This structured jacket–and-lace pairing also feels equal parts delicate and strong.

Versatile Outerwear

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Claudia Li

"What's nice about the spring/summer season is versatility when it comes to outerwear, that is not just limited to outdoor settings. Statement outerwear doesn't just apply to the fall/winter seasons. Find the perfect light layer and make it the conversation piece of your outfit. In the show, I liked belting it, celebrating a feminine silhouette." — Burton

Try this trick with all manner of jackets: trenches, anoraks, blazers, duster coats, etc.