FASHION & STYLE

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Father’s Day is this weekend and it’s time to show dad how much you appreciate all of his terrible jokes! No? Well, here is a round up of gifts sure to please any proud papa from the jet-setting businessman to the grill master with a sense of humor.

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Spring is a time for rejuvenation. Now that we have cleaned out our closets and added some fun new pieces to our wardrobes it’s time to update our nails to match. We checked in again with manicure expert extraordinaire Deborah Lippmann, founder and creative director of her namesake line of nail polish, to get the scoop on the top trends for nails this season.

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Women ask me all the time, “How can I wear trendier clothing without looking like I'm trying too hard?!” I tell them it’s pretty easy: pair trendier pieces with classics like straight-leg pants, dark wash or white jeans, a classic blazer or cardigan, white button-front shirts, and you can stay current while still feeling like yourself. My Kelly by Clinton Kelly Spring Collection incorporates some of this spring’s hottest runway trends in wearable silhouettes that anyone can pull off. No matter your age or body type. Read on for advice on how to rock three of my favorite trends.

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When I design my Kelly by Clinton Kelly line, I do it for real women—not models—who want to look their best, whether they're a size 2 or 24. I always include a jacket - this one combines lace and gingham for a knockout effect - because a great jacket is one of the most powerful pieces of clothing any woman can own. Jackets hide lumps and bumps, balance proportions and trick people into thinking your body is flawless, even if it's not. Read on to find out why a jacket can work wonders on virtually any body type. Kelly by Clinton Kelly Lace Jacket with Gingham Lining, $68.50; QVC.

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Hello. Dr. Kelly here. It’s time for an intervention. All those old, sad, ill-fitting clothes jammed into your closet? They’re ruining your relationship with your best outfits, wasting your time in the morning, playing tricks with your self-esteem and just generally making you lame.So here’s my five-step plan to transform you into the sort of ruthless bitch who’s 100% in control of her closet—and her life.

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Clinton Kelly How to Tie a Scarf

In the more than a decade I’ve been dressing women, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “How do I wear a scarf?” There’s a video out there that’ll give you 25 ways to tie one of these babies, but since no one has space in their head for 25 of anything, least of all anything scarf-related, here are your three best bets—that’s all you need to rock a scarf all year long.

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Clinton Kelly At Home Hair Repair

Picture it: You’re at the salon, about to spend gobs of money on a cut and color and then you’re offered a “treatment” because, let’s face it, your hair has been looking a bit limp, lackluster and dry. But an extra $50 for someone to massage a serum into your scalp? No thank you! Try one of these natural at-home remedies from Annie Strole, New York-based makeup artist and author of Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural Ingredients and save your cash for a celebratory cocktail.

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"You're moisturizing all wrong!" dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe told me. When the weather gets cold you need to change your skincare routine just like you change your wardrobe. Say what? The dry winter air combined with the hot, dry heat pumped into our homes and offices causes the moisture in our skin to quickly evaporate leaving our bodies dry, itchy, dull and wrinkled. Here are her quick tips for cold-weather skincare that will keep you smooth until springtime:

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I have traveled all over the country, making over thousands of women. And more times than I can count, I have been asked, “What can I do to look thinner?” So, I’ll give you some of my easiest tips right now, but please keep in mind, I’m approaching this from a purely objective standpoint. Nobody should ever tell you that you need to lose 10 pounds, not even your mother. (You should, however, check out my ideas on how to dress for your body type, which can make you feel better about your shape.)

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Finding a coat that flatters your body type might feel overwhelming -- enough that you’re tempted to just give up and wear a sleeping bag! But I’m here to tell you that you can stay warm and look stylish by finding a fit that flatters your shape. To help narrow it down, I’ve rounded up my favorite winter coats that are perfect for every shape. Happy shopping!

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I’ve made over a lot of women and the one thing they consistently ask me for is tips on how to camouflage their tummy—whether she's a size 24 or a size 4 mom of two. It’s just a fact; a lot of women are self-conscious about their stomachs. So as long as you remember that I think you’re beautiful no matter your size, I’ll share my top 5 style tricks to tame your tummy.

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Clinton Kelly Make Over Your Butt

I spend a lot of time talking to women about their butts - butts and boobs, butts and boobs, “How do I make my butt and boobs look bomb?” I’ve already given you my top tips on how to tame the ta-tas, now I’m sharing my secrets for taming the tush. And ladies, remember: I think you’re beautiful no matter the size of your butt or boobs.

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Every woman on What Not To Wear received a professional bra fitting before we took her on a shopping spree. Why? Because clothes won’t look fabulous unless they’re worn over a proper foundation. Almost all of the women were wearing a bra that was too big in the band (saggy!) and too small in the cup (bumpy!). Trust me, I’ve seen it all.

A well-fitted bra is one where the band, not the straps, does the heavy lifting to keep your girls in “the zone” (about halfway between the shoulder and elbow). Even if you think you know your size, I highly recommend you find a professional bra fitter in your area. This doesn’t mean a teenager at the mall who hands you lacy bits in between texting her BFF. You need someone who has been fitting bras since they were called brassieres and can guess your cup size on sight. But in the meantime, these are the top four bra offenses and how to fix them to get your boobs looking their best.

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Holiday Party Survival Kit Clinton Kelly

Some holiday fêtes require a fancy dress, but those are few and far between. Most of the time you’re running straight from the office to a local bar or restaurant, or maybe to a friend’s house. You don’t want to be under- or overdressed, of course, but most of all, you don’t have the time or energy to plan your outfits three weeks in advance. These five pieces should get you through 90 percent of the shindigs you plan to attend between now and the New Year. The best part: You probably have this stuff in your closet right now!

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Ladies, when it comes to bodies I can count on one hand the women I've met who are happy with their tummies. If you are like almost every woman I have ever made-over, and we are talking hundreds and hundreds, you probably feel that your stomach could use some work. But instead of beating yourself up in the mirror day after day, I say embrace your size and shape and let your clothes work for you rather than against you. So, as we head into the holidays (oy!) here are my top 5 tricks to tone down your tummy and add some glam to your holiday look.

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This year we've sourced fabulous gifts-at perfect price points-that you can buy from the comfort of your couch for Her, for Him and now, here's our list for Them. Here you'll find a gift for your Karate sensai, your baking coach and your kid's hip-hop teacher. Scroll down to see all 23 fabulous ideas, then read the lists for Her and Him.

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Here you will find 12 awesome gifts for those hard-to-buy-for fellas in your life. Whether he's working 9 to 5 in an office, roughing it in the woods, or something in-between, we've got ideas for him. Scroll down for all 12 gifts. Then, read our Gift Guide for Her and Gift Guide for Them.

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This year, we've made it so friggin' easy for you to delight every gal on your list with the perfect gift. You can shop it all online from the comfort of your bed, or your desk. I won't tell your boss, promise! Look out, he's right behind you! Scroll down to see all 16 gorgeous gifts. Then, read our guides for Him and for Them.

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In our Dress Your Shape series, we showcase chic women who live by my number one style rule—without fit, you don't have style—and give you the shape-specific tips to get it right, every time. This week we’re featuring Jennifer Henry-Novich, the founder/blogger of Just Add Glam, with tips on how to rock an hourglass figure. While hourglass has been the idealized shape for like, ever, (think: Marilyn Monroe then and Beyonce now) it’s still a struggle for some women to get right. One too-tight item, and your look will scream sex instead of sophisticated. To look your best, follow these 5 tips for dressing an hourglass shape. P.S. Click on each photo to learn more about the outfit!

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  • Boots are an autumn must: They go from day to night, work to weekend, and through just about every type of weather. And, because they’re pricey compared to shoes, they’re an investment. It’s a big commitment! To make your life easier, here’s my guide to why these 5 fall boot styles are right for you.

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Men have been wearing suits, with minor modifications in cut, for decades. Why? Because they work. A great blazer instantly strengthens your shoulders and makes you look taller, thanks to that deep V down the front. And a tailored pant can be much more forgiving than a skinny jean or jog pant. That said, menswear can be tricky on a real woman’s body. Here’s how to wear it to look on-trend but still flatteringly feminine.

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Alright ladies, it’s October. Maybe in September you could get away with stretching your summer wardrobe while it was still warm out, but now it’s really, officially fall. So here are seven things I suggest you pack up ASAP, because I don’t want to see them again until May. Okay?

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Fall is the season when fashion gets rejuvenated, but as you know, I don’t believe you should jump on every trend that’s out there. Here are my three picks for the most wearable trends for fall—plus tips on how to incorporate them into your own wardrobe.

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I’ve been dressing women for more than 10 years, and if there’s one thing I've learned women want, it’s clues to always look great—without the effort. Because let’s be honest: Even if the only thing you want to do in your free time is binge on reruns, having shortcuts to looking stylish will help you get out the door every day. So here are three styling secrets every woman should know. You’re welcome.

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I'm all about expressing your personal style, but there are some fashion choices that just don’t make sense on a first date. You may think you know the basics (if you don’t, here’s my handy guide), but there are a few mistakes I see over and over again. Don’t let bad style choices ruin a good time! Here are seven things you can strike right off your list.

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It’s not a secret that I’m no fan of leggings. I get it, they’re comfy. But they’re not actually pants! So in my fall Kelly by Clinton Kelly collection, I created a pair of pants that are just as comfortable as leggings but even more versatile. They’re thicker, hold you in where you need it (not that you need it), and have great style details like slash pockets and seaming that say quality. They work for anything from running to the grocery store to running a big presentation. Don’t believe me? Then I’ll show you: Here are 5 smart ways to style my Pull-On Ponte Pants ($52.50; qvc.com).

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Open your closet: What do you see? If the answer is a sea of black and grey, then it’s time for you to start taking some fashion risks! Color, pattern, texture and shine are the key ingredients to an interesting outfit. And I get it: Color, pattern and shine can be scary for the risk-averse (everything has texture, so most women are fine with that). Fortunately, my new Kelly by Clinton Kelly collection includes chic pieces that make it easy to plunge. Here’s how:

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All of us have a few go-to outfits—the ones you just throw on when you head out the door—but if you’ve been wearing the same “go-to” for years, you might be in a fashion rut. How do you know if you’re in a rut? If you’re wearing something that bland, dated or past its prime (yes, we can all see that moth hole!), then you’re stuck. Fortunately, my new Kelly by Clinton Kelly collection includes dozens of pieces that are modern, stylish and supremely wearable, the perfect upgrades to pieces you already love (or have loved to death). So here are three easy swaps—plus bonus tips to make fall fabulous.

P.S. Tune in to QVC at 11am EST on Monday, September 21 to watch me show my Fall 2015 collection live!

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When it comes to a first date (or even the tenth!) you always want to put your best self forward. Because when you know you look good, you’ll feel good, too—making it easier to make a great impression as the cool, confident woman I know you are. Here are my top five beauty musts before a big date.

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When it comes to dating, a lot of women are completely clueless about what to wear. Here are my five biggest pieces of advice to help you make the right first impression.

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In our Dress Your Shape series, we showcase chic women who live by my number one style rule—without fit you don't have style—and give you the shape-specific tips to get it right, every time. This week we’re highlighting an especially tricky body type: The pregnant frame. Jessica Quirk, the blogger behind What I Wore and author of What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style, found her pregnancy a particularly challenging time to get dressed. “It was so completely different from my shape before that I had to learn all new rules—it was a bit of an identity crisis!” she exclaims. These are the style tricks that work for Jessica. P.S. Click on each photo to learn more about the outfit!

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You can’t change your clothes for fall without updating your makeup! Even if you’re just transitioning out of your summer duds, a new swipe of color on your lips can instantly refresh your look. We reached out to makeup artist Emily Amick to break down this fall’s most wearable makeup trends.

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Not since the debut of the skinny jean has a fashion silhouette created so much intrigue! 70’s-inspired flared jeans, and their cousins culottes and wide-leg trousers, have been creeping into stores over the past year or so, and this fall, they’re everywhere. But since they’re literally the opposite of what women have been wearing for the last decade, they are confusing. Here’s how to get your flare right.

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By August you’ve got your summer pedicure down (staff favorites: Geranium and Haute in the Heat), but the change in seasons demands a whole new hue, especially with the prospect of peep-toe booties ahead. We reached out to celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann, founder and creative director of her namesake line of nail polish, to point you in the right direction. “The great thing about your feet is that you can get away with a lot more!" says Lippmann. Here are some ideas to try:

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Stop! Labor Day may be the official end of summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to chuck your favorite duds into storage. Here are five summer styles you can wear through fall—and how to make them seasonally appropriate.

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In our Dress Your Shape series, we showcase chic women who live by my number one style rule—without fit you don't have style—and give you the shape-specific tips to get it right, every time. This week we’re highlighting Alicia Jay, the blogger behind TallSwag.com, which chronicles her journey to stay chic at a stunning 6’6”. “I’ve been skinny and I’ve been heavier, but I’ve always been the tallest girl in the room,” say Alicia Jay. These are the style tricks that work for Alicia.

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When people ask me how to get a great hourglass figure, I always tell them that you must create symmetry with your top and bottom. More specifically, your bust and shoulders must balance your hips and booty. It’s the yin and the yang of the hourglass. Follow my guide below to get a strong, proportionate shoulder—then watch the heads turn.

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Wearing white separates is white-hot! And because white reflects sunlight, wearing white-on-white gives you the advantage of being a little more covered up while still staying cool—perfect if you’re commuting to an air-conditioned office, or at an event that lasts into the evening. But besides the obvious challenges (ketchup, mustard, kids), wearing white-on-white can be tough to get right without looking like you’re dressed as a sexy house painter. Here are three rules to keep you looking cool in this trend:

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As you know, New York City is full of stylish women—but when you ride the subway or walk to work, you have to be smart about how you dress when it’s in the 80s. We sent our intrepid intern Rachel to SoHo to see how these ladies keep cool, in style. Here, seven ladies share their secrets—click through the gallery!

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Trends may come and go, but there are some summer styles that will always look amazing. Here are five summer classics that everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Grace Kelly to Cindy Crawford has worn—and how to make them look modern and fresh today.

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The Odeon is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, in no small part because of its super-chic manager, Roya Shanks. She’s always impeccably dressed in clothing she finds at thrift shops and consignment stores. “I’ve been working here for 14 years, and our customers have come to expect my vintage outfits. It’s fun to dress up for them!” says Roya. Here, Roya models my rules on how to wear vintage without looking like you’re going to a theme party.

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I love blue and white in the summer. It conjures the ocean and sand, even when you’re in the office. This season, the dynamic duo pops up in pretty throwback patterns like florals, mosaic tile and porcelain print as a counterpoint to the usual navy and white stripe. Since prints can be tricky, here’s how to wear this feminine trend without looking like you popped out of Granny’s china cabinet.

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In our Dress Your Shape series, we showcase chic women who live by my number one style rule—without fit you don't have style—and give you the shape-specific tips to get it right, every time. This week we’re highlighting Cathy Anderson, the owner/blogger behind Poor Little It Girl. “I’m just under five feet tall, with no boobs and slightly wider hips,” says Anderson. These are the style tricks that work for her petite frame (and click on the images to go to her blog for more information).

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Is it possible to look chic when it’s sweltering? Sure, but you’ve got to hang up your LBD and try a new look. Here are 7 things NOT to wear to a summer barbecue—and what to rock instead.

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We’ve all had our bad experiences with cringe-inducing shorts at some point in our lives (see: the 80s), but that’s no reason to ban them for your wardrobe. I’m here to tell you that there are flattering shorts for you, as long as you know what to look for. So let me tell you:

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Interview Fashion Fails

Whether it’s your first job search or you’re hunting for something new, you’ve probably heard “you should dress for the job you want.” It’s a cliché for a reason: The way you dress tells the world how you expect to be treated and if you want to be seriously considered for a job, you need to take your interview outfit seriously. So what should you avoid? I talked to Adrienne Fretz, partner at executive recruiting firm OnPoint HR Solutions, about the fashion mistakes people make that keep them from getting the job of their dreams.

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You’ve seen it: The woman with raccoon eyes and foundation melting off of her face at the swimming pool. NOT attractive! To save you from this fate, we tapped our longtime makeup artist and friend Gaby for tips on how to change up your makeup routine for the summer. Here’s what she recommends:

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I get it. Not everyone has legs like Giselle (or me). But I don’t care whether you’ve got cankles or chicken legs—if you’re not dressing your legs right, they’re not going to look good. Here are the three biggest mistakes I see women making when it’s time to unveil their legs for summer—and how to fix them. Let the wolf whistling begin!

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I’m sick of seeing nip slips, bra straps and that weird chicken-wing dance women do when they’re hoisting up a strapless dress. So I asked a few of the women I know, sizes 34B-32DD, to try on a bevvy of bras that promised special skimpy-top solutions (backless, plunge, etc) to see which ones held up. Results below!

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Tropical prints are blooming all over women’s clothing! These exuberant patterns capture the fun of summer—but they’re a little scary if you’re not used to wearing bold prints and neon colors. Here’s are 5 tips to make tropical prints this summer’s most wearable trend.

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Nail Trends for Grownups

Nail art: Cute on teens, but you’re a grownup—does that mean you can’t have any fun? We reached out to Deborah Lippmann, founder and creative director of her namesake line of nail polish, to get the scoop on creative nail ideas that aren’t too juvenile. “I think a woman should wear whatever color she loves and feels most confident in, no matter her age,” says Lippmann. Here are three of her favorite easy-to-wear trends:

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Style Tips for Plus Size Women

In our Dress Your Shape series, we showcase chic women who live by my number one style rule—without fit you don't have style—and give you the shape-specific tips to get it right, every time. This week we’re highlighting Marie Denee, the mind behind TheCurvyFashionista.com, a website dedicated to finding great shopping options for plus-size women. “I’d call myself a fuller hourglass—I’ve got curves but a bit of a belly,” she says. These are the style tricks that work for plus size blogger Marie Denee’s fuller figure (and click on the images to go to her blog for more information).

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Top 5 beauty mistakes

Every once in a while you see a made-up woman and you think, something’s not quite right. Some you can spot a mile away—overdone eyebrows, streaky blush—but since I’m a fashion expert, not a beauty expert, I asked my friend and pro makeup artist Emily Amick to give me the skinny on the mistakes she sees every day and how to correct them.

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Best Swimsuit for your body

Hallelujah: The hottest swimsuits this season are one-pieces! (Now you can all stop sucking in your stomachs.) Besides being chic-er than a bikini, one-piece swimsuits give you more options to conceal and reveal to create the illusion of an hourglass figure, no matter what “shape” you really are. Now, the best way to find a swimsuit that works for your body is to try on a lot of options, but to save you as much time as possible under those fluorescent lights, I've put together some tips on which one-piece swimsuit silhouettes will work best for your body. Here’s what to look for, with a few options to consider for every shape.

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Make over your arms

Stripped of the cover of that winter parka, you may be self-conscious about your limbs—and alas, not everyone is blessed with Michelle Obama arms. Sure, you can launch into a crash course of biceps curls and triceps dips to get your guns in shape, but since I’m a style expert, not a trainer, let me tell you how to make your arms look fabulous—without lifting a single weight.

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How to Wear Fringe

Fringe! Fun! This young-at-heart trend has the flounce of a ruffle with a 70s spirit. But fringe can be tricky to pull off without looking like you’re playing dress-up or got lost on your way to a music festival. Here’s how to, er, rock it.

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Clinton Kelly Most Flattering Dress

There are three key details that a dress needs to create that enviable hourglass silhouette. Choose a dress based on my advice and odds are it will flatter you, no matter your shape. Here, my two lovely models—a straight size 4 and curvy size 12—show off why this dress is universally flattering. They’re both wearing my Sleeveless Dress with Ruffle Detail (shown here in Monet Floral and Black, $55, qvc.com) from my Kelly by Clinton Kelly collection at QVC.

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Clinton Kelly Day Sequins

Sequins! Formerly the domain of showgirls and 20-something's looking to rock their New Year's Eve, these embellishments have shown up on the runways for spring and fall reworked in a subtle way to add shimmer to an outfit any time of day. In fact, they’re so wearable I put them on no fewer than six of my shirts from my spring Kelly by Clinton Kelly collection for QVC. Don't think you can pull off sequins during the day? Check out these three outfits that show just what to do.

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Clinton Kelly 1 Blazer 3 Ways

The blazer is one of my favorite figure-fixers. It defines your shoulders, nips you in at the waist, and creates a flattering V at the bust that elongates your figure. So naturally I included one in my new Kelly by Clinton Kelly clothing collection for QVC. I styled three women with different body shapes in the gorgeous raspberry color to show you just how versatile—and flattering!—a blazer really is.

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Spring has sprung! Birds chirping, lovers swooning, and—dear God, is that leg hair or are you standing on top of a spider’s nest? As this warmer weather gets you shedding layers, here are 5 must-don’ts—and how to avoid them.

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Girls, there ain't no shame in shapewear! Do you need to wear it every day? Heck no. But it helps for special occasions or when you're feeling less than confident. Click here for my shopping tips and picks for different parts of your body.

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Carla Daphne Clinton Spring Trends

They may be fabulous Emmy-nominated TV personalities, but Carla Hall and Daphne Oz—my friends and co-hosts on The Chew—also happen to be real women who occasionally struggle with finding the most flattering styles for their body types. Click through the gallery to see how I got them looking their best in spring’s hottest styles.

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I love to iron—it's like valium for me. And when it comes to ironing a men's shirt, there's a very specific way to do it to get it just right. I wrote a song about it to help me remember. Let me share it with you.

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Clinton Kelly Don't Screw Up Gladiators

Gladiators are HOT! Hello… Russell Crowe in a loincloth. But here I’m talking about those flat sandals that lace up to the knee. Click through for tips to wear one of spring’s biggest trends without looking like you’re doing a post-toga-party walk of shame.

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Clinton Kelly Break Mom's Style Rules

Admit it: Your Mom was right about a lot of things (always write a thank-you note; that Trent was no good). But when it comes to style, some of that old-school advice she gave you is holding you back from being your most fabulous self. So here are 5 rules that no longer apply—and how to politely respond when Mom asks if you’re really leaving the house wearing THAT.

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You think, a jean jacket is just a jean jacket! Wrong! Today, jean jackets are wardrobe staples—but finding the style that looks best on you isn’t as easy as dipping into your boyfriend’s closet. To save you some guesswork, let me tell you what style of jacket works best on your body. The less time we all spend under fluorescent dressing room lights, the better.

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7 things to toss

Excuse me—yes, you in the white trainers and skirt suit—hello? 1988 called and it wants its fashion back. Now before you get mad at me for being mean, I’ll say this: I bet 99% of your wardrobe is filled with classic garments and trendy, age-appropriate pieces. But that last 1%? Buh-bye. Here’s my handy list of items to retire right now. No excuses. Just do it.

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For more than a decade, I’ve been telling you what to wear and what not to wear. But there is so much work still to be done. In our new series, Dress Your Shape, we showcase chic women who live by my number one style rule—without fit you don't have style—and give you the shape-specific tips to get it right, every time. First up: Christine Cameron, a 33-year-old personal stylist and fashion blogger (mystylepill.com). “I am slim but curvy, so I have to balance looking too sexy with totally hiding my shape,” she says. Click through for the style tricks that work for her figure.

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I’m about to drop some serious beauty knowledge on you: 99% of the beauty "wisdom" out there is just. not. true. Now, knowing the truth might not save your life (though it could!), but it could save you some time in the morning. Can you sort fact from fiction? Test your knowledge below.

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Clinton Kelly Tips to Look Taller and Thinner

So it’s been a few months… How’s your New Year’s resolution diet going? If you didn’t manage to lose those five pounds, then how about trying to gain three inches instead? Gaining is always easier than losing, and it’ll make you look thinner, to boot. (Don’t believe it? Think about how 130 pounds looks on a 5’4” frame versus one that’s 5’7”.) Here are five tips to look taller and leaner.

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Clinton Kelly Berry Lip

For a certain generation of women, lipstick was the answer to any outfit—slap it on and she’s done! But for some women, just saying the word lipstick feels fussy. Well break up with that notion and embrace color! “Lipstick brightens your face and instantly changes your look—think of it as a fun accessory,” says NYC-based makeup artist Emily Amick, who transformed the ladies for our The Clinton Kelly Treatment video series. Here are her expert tips for rocking lipstick like a modern lady.

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Clinton Kelly Trends Every Woman Can Wear

Women say to me all the time, "I don't want to look like my daughter—or my mother!" The solution is not so difficult: To stay current without looking like you're trying too hard, pair a trendy-ish piece with a classic: straight-leg pants, dark jeans, white jeans, a knit blazer, a solid cardigan, a crisp white blouse, walking shorts…you get it.

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Clinton Kelly Woman's Day Red Dress Makeovers

This week, I styled Shanna, Lindsay, Olga and Kim for the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards. These four women had each lost weight and cut their risk of cardiovascular disease—what an accomplishment! So I gave them the five-star celebrity treatment to get them ready for their big reveal. But since every woman has big events in her life she wants to look extra-good for, I thought I’d share the behind-the-scenes styling secrets we used to create the red carpet dazzle. Here’s how we got each woman looking her best.

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Ugh, sneakers. They’re back in style. The thing is, the sneaker trend violates two of my style tenets: (1) that they should never be work outside of a gym, and (2) that you should not wear a trend if you already wore it once. That being said, it’s a trend that may be too comfy to resist, so instead of ignoring it, I’m going to tell you how to wear sneakers without looking like you’ve totally given up.

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Sexy Spa Treatments

Who doesn’t love going to the spa? Hours of pampering, soothing scents, music that melts away all your troubles—until you get the bill at the end of your session and your blood pressure goes through the roof. So much for relaxation! Fortunately, you can get many of these effects at home, for a fraction of the price, and using ingredients you might already have in your house. So whip up one of these, lock the bathroom door and indulge—and emerge a sexy, serene version of yourself.

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Plaid is back, people. Formerly the domain of Catholic schoolgirls, lumberjacks, grunge band members and hipsters everywhere, plaid is today’s fashion darling. If the last time you wore it was 1994—or you just fear pattern—here’s how to not screw it up today.

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Best Spring Accessories

Don’t have the dough for a whole new wardrobe this spring? Try these three accessories to freshen up what’s already in your closet. These versatile pieces look good on any shape, size or age. Plus, they work with a range of outfits from workplace dressy to weekend casual. That’s a lot of splash for not much cash!

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Pale, pasty, drab and dry—winter skin is the pits. But it doesn’t take much to get that just-had-sex glow, thinking dewey and flushed. I tapped my makeup artist friend Gaby to tell us how to brighten up skin for winter.

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I’ve dressed women for more than a decade and I’ve answered this question for nearly as long: “How do I participate in a trend without looking ridiculous?!” My answer: Trends are tricky, but most trends can be tastefully incorporated into your existing wardrobe. That doesn’t mean that you have to try everything—save that midriff-baring fringe ensemble for the cabaret, thankyouverymuch—but if you add just a few little updates each season, your staples will always feel fresh. So here are what I consider the most wearable spring trends for 2015, plus tips on how to work them into your wardrobe.

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Clinton Kelly Gift Guide

These are my fun suggestions for what to buy the man in your life. I am not the best gift giver. Last year I gave my Aunt Thelma a smart phone case; she still has a flip phone. Whoops! It’s not that I don’t care. I truly do! But the pressure gets to me. So my staff and I thought ahead and pulled together this guide. It will introduce you to some creative ideas and small businesses that have impressed me over the past year. Happy shopping, giving and celebrating!

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Gift Guide Clinton Kelly

These are my fun suggestions for what to the buy the couples in your life (why should singletons have all the fun?) I am not the best gift giver. Last year I gave my Aunt Thelma a smart phone case; she still has a flip phone. Whoops! It’s not that I don’t care. I truly do! But the pressure gets to me. So my staff and I thought ahead and pulled together this guide. It will introduce you to some creative ideas and small businesses that have impressed me over the past year. Happy shopping, giving and celebrating!

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Clinton Kelly Gift Guide

These are my fun suggestions for what to buy the lady in your life. I am not the best gift giver. Last year I gave my Aunt Thelma a smart phone case; she still has a flip phone. Whoops! It’s not that I don’t care. I truly do! But the pressure gets to me. So my staff and I thought ahead and pulled together this guide. It will introduce you to some creative ideas and small businesses that have impressed me over the past year. Happy shopping, giving and celebrating!

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Party Shoe Road Test Clinton Kelly

To reduce your foot pain this holiday season—while maintaining your fabulousness—I instructed the three women I employ (Jill, Jackie and Alonna) to suffer on your behalf! (I’m thoughtful like that.) I had them order about 50 pairs of party shoes and stand around the office in them for as long as possible. If any woman’s feet throbbed, if she complained of numb pinkie toes or just plain fell over, the pair was returned to sender. Wow, that was a fun day at the office—for me! Here are the 5 styles that passed their distress test. (For the record, nobody in our office holds any financial interest in any of these brands.)

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The Clinton Kelly Treatment Surprise Makeovers

I miss doing makeovers. (Let’s face it, I was pretty good at them.) Sometimes I’ll walk through the streets of New York City and fantasize about turning cute women into drop-dead gorgeous ones, giving them the kind of treatment movie stars, musicians and models receive every day: expert hairstyling, gorgeous makeup, beautiful clothes and, to top it off, a professional photo shoot.

So I decided to indulge myself and offered a few unsuspecting women “The Clinton Kelly Treatment.”

I enlisted the hair stylist team at Rheanne White salon in TriBeCa, makeup artist Emily Amick and photographer Andrew Parsons—and with their help the ladies went from adorable to stunning!

Behold Marissa! Then take a look back at Adrienne and Laura!

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Are Your Jeans Making You Boring Clinton Kelly

Wake up. Brush teeth. Pull on dark wash skinny jeans. If that’s your daily routine, you might be stuck in a denim rut and not even know it. The fashion world has started moving on, which means you’ll have to bust out of your skinny jean comfort zone eventually. Here are five trends to add into your rotation.

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The Clinton Kelly Treatment: Surprise Makeovers

Sometimes I'll walk through the streets of New York City and fantasize about turning cute women into drop-dead gorgeous ones, giving them the kind of treatment movie stars, musicians and models receive every day: expert hairstyling, gorgeous makeup, beautiful clothes and, to top it off, a professional photo shoot. I miss doing makeovers. (Let's face it, I was pretty good at them.)

So I decided to indulge myself and offered a few unsuspecting women "The Clinton Kelly Treatment."

I enlisted the hair stylist team at Rheanne White salon in TriBeCa, makeup artist Emily Amick and photographer Andrew Parsons - and with their help the ladies went from adorable to stunning!

Watch Laura's amazing makeover! Then take a look at, Adrienne, the first woman to receive The Clinton Kelly Treatment.

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The Clinton Kelly Treatment: Surprise Makeovers

Sometimes I'll walk through the streets of New York City and fantasize about turning cute women into drop-dead gorgeous ones, giving them the kind of treatment movie stars, musicians and models receive every day: expert hairstyling, gorgeous makeup, beautiful clothes and, to top it off, a professional photo shoot.

So I decided to indulge myself and offered a few unsuspecting women "The Clinton Kelly Treatment."

I enlisted the hair stylist team at Rheanne White salon in TriBeCa, makeup artist Emily Amick and photographer Andrew Parsons - and with their help the ladies went from adorable to stunning!

Watch the video below to see Adrienne transformed!

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Best Looks For Your Body Clinton Kelly

Not a day goes by without a woman writing—or accosting me in the produce aisle—to ask, “Clinton! What should I wear?” The answer, of course, depends on a slew of factors including but not limited to her age, budget, profession, coloring and, most importantly, figure. Over the course of the next year, I’ll be doling out advice here on my website (in small chunks for easy digestion), and I’m starting with the basics: the one thing, above all else, that should be in your closet right NOW, based on your body type. For more detailed information on dressing to flatter your figure, consult your copy of my book, Freakin’ Fabulous On A Budget!

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Clinton Kelly Red Lips

Red lips are timeless. Elegant. Damn sexy and currently a huge trend. If, you can pull it off. But ladies, I see so many of you making errors in your application and I want to help you look your best. So don’t screw this up!

By all means, avoid wearing red lipstick if you have yellow teeth (it will only bring out the unfortunate discoloration), missing teeth or no teeth. In the case of the latter, maybe you need to consult a good cosmetic dentist. Also, gals with small lips are not a good match because there’s not enough surface area for such a bold beauty statement. Your lips will look even thinner. Here are the top 10 secrets to wearing the perfect red lip. Now go forth and make your pucker pop!

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Clinton Kelly's Style School

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, until it gets into that cute little noggin of yours: “What you wear tells the rest of the world how you expect to be treated.”

Trash your pilled leggings! Burn your droopy-ass corduroys! Damn that holey hoodie to hell! It’s time for your first day of Clinton’s Style School!

There are three main components of style:

  • Fit.
  • Proportion.
  • Appropriateness.
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Cute pajamas

You know, game night doesn’t have to be with a group. It could just be a change of pace for you and your honey, something to do instead of renting a movie or sitting on the sofa surfing the web together. And as long as we're upping the ante for a night in, how about some new pajamas? Because I have a feeling you might still be wearing the same ratty stuff you’ve had since college. Here’s some sleepware worth sporting when the lights are on.

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How to wear orange

Orange you glad this color’s in this season? Call it what you like—pumpkin, paprika, tigerlily—but orange by any other name can be a tough color to wear without looking like a Jack-o-Lantern. We took a trip to the Etsy offices in Dumbo, Brooklyn—hey, they’re creative, and their logo is orange!—and challenged a few staffers there to don the tricky hue so that we could learn from them. Here’s how they showed it off:

MORE: 3 Easy Upgrades for Effortless, Excellent Style

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Fall Shoe trends

I always say, the shoe sets the tone for an outfit, and a great shoe can elevate any look by a solid 2 points on a scale of 1 to 10. So if investing in a new pair or two will make every outfit you wear this fall that much better, isn’t it worth considering? Here are three new styles I’m seeing that you might try.

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While I was traveling through France with my family this summer, I was struck by how chic the women were. Yes, I know they’ve got a reputation for it, but it’s really true—the Frenchwomen always looked put together in an effortless sort of way, whether I encountered them at the crack of dawn buying croissants at the local patisserie or late at night at a lively brasserie. So what’s the secret? I reached out to Tish Jett, an ex-pat style writer and author of Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance, to find out—and turns out their secrets are the same tips I’ve been advocating for years. To wit:

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So you’ve probably got your basics from the Classic Cannon and your new key pieces for fall. Next step: Accessorizing. Just one or two new pieces of jewelry—and they don’t have to be expensive—can make the difference between that LBD feeling fresh or like the same old thing you’ve worn year in and year out. Here are three trends I’m loving for fall:

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Clinton Kelly Makeup

Sometimes, your makeup just needs a refresh. It’s easy to get caught in a routine of using the same old products, even if they’re not the best ones for you. Or you hit a life change that requires a makeup revamp (starting a new career, going back to work after baby, turning A Certain Age). So how do you start from scratch? Hit the beauty counter. We reached out to four top makeup artists that I’m honored to call friends to get their expert advice.

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When glasses first hit the streets as the geek-chic accessory of choice, the only real style option were thick black frames. And let’s face it, those statement-makers only really look good on a certain sort of high-cheekboned, model-esque face. Luckily, the look has evolved, and a now whole range of glasses are available that might actually look good on us mere mortals. For your most flattering frames, take a cue from your face shape.

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I love it when we get a fresh crop of fashion in the fall! There’s something exhilarating about seeing new colors and silhouettes, it makes me excited to get dressed up again. But with new styles come new challenges as you figure out how to work them into your current wardrobe. Here are three totally wearable trends I’m loving for fall, and how to make them work double-duty for you.

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In my latest book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget (out now in paperback!), I outline the 16 key pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe. If that sounds sort of limiting, it’s because you’re not considering the mix & match factor: Pop in a few trendier items and you can’t help but look timely. Don’t believe me? Consider these two remixes on classic pieces.

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This season, we’re big in to pattern. And I don’t mean just throwing on a scarf to dress up your jeans and tee, I mean using pattern as the main event and getting creative with combining a few, too. But let’s be honest: It can be a little tricky. Fortunately, there are just a couple simple rules to making it work. Here are some examples modeled by a few of our favorite bloggers.

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When it comes to the end of the season, there are some things you just want to hold on to, like long nights, ice cream stands and light-as-air fashion. I’m happy to say: no need to let go of the clothes just yet! Here are five summer trends we still love—and how to wear them into fall.

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Planning for a beach getaway? Try these tips for packing smart for the long weekend—or really, any length of trip. I want you to spend your days in the sun (properly hatted and SPF’d, of course) instead of in the doctor’s office nursing the shoulder you dislocated carrying an overloaded tote. Got it?

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Embrace a floral print this summer—without looking like a long-lost member of the Von Trapp family. Not convinced? Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start)…

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You know what’s hot? That hue on your pucker after eating some juicy fruit. You know what’s not? Watching shellack melt off a lady’s face. Combine these two concepts to get my favorite summer makeup look: Nearly naked skin, a berry lip stain and a swept-up topknot, as spotted on Amanda here along the Brooklyn waterfront. No need to mention that the dewy glow comes from perspiring—or the texture in your hair come from not washing it. Just accept the compliments as you look effortlessly chic on your way from the beach to the bar. Bonus: A bright lip instantly jazzes up an otherwise neutral ensemble, like a chambray shirt and jeans.

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Summertime’s when your inner teenage bohemian comes out to play—and this season, accessories inspired by that craft-corner staple, friendship bracelets, are in vogue. But here’s the deal: You’re not 13, your BFF 4EVA Christy slept with you boyfriend Chip, and you don’t really want your boss to know what went down at that music festival over the weekend. So here are a few rules to keep you in check:

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What to wear to the company picnic, backyard bbq or family reunion? Something stylish that’s still comfy when the mercury’s rising. Here are two looks I’m loving right now that are great for highlighting your best assets—but since I’ve seen ’em go wrong all over town, we’ve called on a few of our favorite bloggers to show us how to do it right. Hint: It’s all about balance!

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Going on a picnic? Whether you’re trekking up a mountain or just out the backyard, resist the urge to go fully-functional when it comes to your footwear. Repeat after me: No workout shoes outside of the gym! No rubber flipflops beyond the dorm shower stall! Here are three comfortable, casual summer shoe options that won’t have you sacrificing on style.

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This will always be my favorite picture of my mom, because it displays the sheer joy in her face as she reaches for her favorite present-- a roll of twenties. Happy Mother's Day, Terri. You really are the best! ❤️❤️❤️ (And Happy Mother's Day to anyone else reading this, if it applies. And if it doesn't, have a fabulous Sunday!)

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