Get the look: Fashion Star episode 5

That super chic dress you’ve been eying in the department store window is now easily shoppable as the Fashion Star contestants create eye-catching designs for window spaces on this week’s Fashion Star.

Nikki Poulos' red maxi dress

Wondering how to create your own version of your favorite look of the night? I take my favorite dress and show you how to get the look for less as your personal stylist and resident style guy.


Fashion tip

Yes, a maxi dress can be tough to wear, but believe me; it is doable no matter your height. The number one rule to keep in mind is to elongate your legs. If you’re shorter, there is nothing worse than having too long of a dress, which will end up making your body and legs look short and stumpy. Invest in a fabulous pair of platform wedges to give you the height you need to pull off the length. If you’re scared about wearing a higher shoe, you’ll love a wedge because it’s just like wearing a flat shoe — there’s full support on the foot. Score!

If you are taller (and I mean at least 5’9″), you can definitely wear a flat strappy sandal because you already have the long legs for the dress. However, if you’re in the mood to spice it up, try a heel to get those “legs that go on for days.”

You know you’ve truly made it as a designer when you see one of your designs displayed in a storefront window. I mean, who doesn’t drool over the Bergdorf Goodman windows on New York’s Fifth Avenue? I know I do. Well this week, the contestants worked in groups and proved they can really tell a fashion story when they presented their stunning window-worthy collections.

I would absolutely stop and run into the store to buy one of Nikki Poulos’ eye-catching vintage-inspired maxi dresses for one of my girlfriends. Seems as if Saks and H&M agreed with me when they started a bidding war on the “goddess” gowns. This look is definitely a must-have for spring.

Get the look:

Fashion Star -- Episode 5

Topshop Bright Red Jersey Maxi Dress $55,
Jessica Simpson Stevania Wedge $98,
Target Xhilaration Blue Flap Crossbody Handbag $15,
Forever 21 Glimmering Painted Bangle Set $6

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Photo credit: Tyler Golden/NBC