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Defining your style: Shopping and styling tips for your wardrobe

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Clothes that match your personal style

Do you find yourself making impulse purchases at the mall, only to have a "what was I thinking" moment as soon as you get home? Let us help you define your personal style so you can spend more time looking fab -- and less time in the return line!

Do you love designer brands and keep up with all the latest trends? Or perhaps you prefer classic looks that never go out of style? Let us help you define your personal style and stock up on the essentials to help you look great in a flash.

1Trendy fashionistas

If you live for New York Fashion Week, consider Rachel Zoe your style icon, and watch Gossip Girl more for the fashion than the plot, then your personal style is a trendy fashionista. To get the most bang for your buck, mix basic essentials, such as flared jeans, heeled boots and colorful solid tops, with trendy items, such as a faux fur vest and printed skirt. A well placed accessory, like a pendant necklace or cocktail ring, will instantly give your look an added flair. One word of caution: Make sure you pick one or two trends to wear; otherwise, you risk looking like you are trying too hard.

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Rachel Zoe


2Classic, yet cool

If you follow Goop goddess Gwyneth Paltrow's style advice, or love Kate Bosworth's simple, yet modern looks then your style is cool and classic. Look for simple dresses that fit impeccably -- then give your style a modern edge by adding an eye-catching belt or colorful brooch. Splurge on luxurious fabrics, such as leather or cashmere, and pieces that have a more tailored or structured look to them. The new classic style embraces color without going overboard. Pair a camel-colored dress with coral heels or lavender nails for a look that is classic -- yet cool.

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Gwyneth Paltrow


3The girl next door

If your favorite outfit is jeans and a t-shirt, you prefer flip-flops to high heels, and have always rooted for Jennifer Aniston over Angelina Jolie then your style is casual and fun, like the All-American girl next door. A casual blazer looks amazing paired with a solid tee, and relaxed fit cuffed jeans or skinny leg jeans. A chunky necklace or colorful scarf knotted around your neck gives your basic jeans and t-shirt a pop of color. Throw on a fedora and cool suede booties to give your look an edge.

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Jennifer Aniston


4Bohemian babe

The '70s style has made a comeback in a huge way, thanks in part to celebrities like Kate Hudson and Drew Barrymore who always look fab in flared jeans, wedge heels and feather earrings. Embrace your bohemian style by pairing bootcut jeans with a tie-neck blouse and cool hiker booties. A poncho is the perfect accessory for fall while a fringe purse completes your look. And a printed maxi dress is a must-have for every bohemian babe.

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Bohemian babe

Also check out: How to dress your body type >>

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