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Fashion advice from Jeannie Mai

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Fashion & style tips

SheKnows sat down with celebrity style expert Jeannie Mai, an experienced makeup artist, fashion expert and actress, who currently hosts the Style Network's popular makeover series, How Do I Look?. We chatted about finding your personal style, what looks to avoid and how to look your best day in and out.

Woman wearing wrap dress

How to LAYER ACCESSORIES

Forget about not mixing your metals, accessories these days are all about mixing and not-matching different sizes, textures and colors – think everything from chunky rings to piles of pearls. Jeannie tells us, 'Every woman needs an archive of the following accessory staples (in gold and silver): Long chain (at least 22 inches), short necklace (16 inches) with neutral colored or wooden charms, at least 2 chunky rings with in silver, gold, or a neutral color like amber or brown, hoop earrings, drop earrings in turquoise (these go with everything and brighten any face), and bangles. If you shop smart, you can buy all these accessories for under $100 through thrift shops, Forever 21 stores, Aldo stores, or even clearance racks at Nordstrom.'

How to wear leggings

Leggings have been big for several seasons now, and this trend isn't going anywhere. We love them – they are super-helpful for layering under spring skirts for winter, heels or boots, oversized shirts, or layering under long dresses to stay warm. Plus, they can be slimming and flattering to many figures! Jeannie's advice: Invest in neutral shades of black, grey, and brown, and look for stylized leggings with riding patches of suede or leather, or fun shiny or sequined patterns for night.

How to wear CARDIGANS

Long or short, cardis are great and comfortable for any body type. Look for wrap style cardigans that flow below the waist to give a longer torso, and take it up a notch by throwing on a belt outside the wrap for a comfortable but fitted shape.

how to mix COLORS AND TEXTURES

Mixing metals has been Jeannie's hottest and flashiest fashion fave: 'Whether in fabrics or accessories, blending bronze and silver or gunmetals and golds is just haute.' Start simple with silver and gold mixed necklaces or bangles first, then move on to mixing metallic fabrics for night. It's a super way to shine!

 

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