Clinton Kelly, co-host of What Not to Wear on TLC and Style Expert on ABC’s The Chew pulled thee women from the audience recently and showed them how to accessorize according to their body types. All the accessories he used were from Stella & Dot!
Clinton recommends a simple formula: 1, 2, or 3 bold accessories for the day plus 1 more bold piece at night. Take a look:
I put together sets based on each woman in the video clip. I tried to find dresses that were close in color and style to the ones the women were wearing, and I used most of the same accessories as Clinton. I added handbags and shoes, because what woman would leave the house without the most important accessories of all?
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First, I recreated the petite outfits:
Clinton used a different pair of earrings for this outfit (Deco Drops), but I liked the matching earrings and necklace for simplicity since the bracelets are very bold together. I could DIE for those shoes!
I switched out the earrings to our Glint Flower CZ Studs because I thought they worked better with the bold necklace. I played by Clinton’s 1 bold + another for night rule, but I would probably leave out the bracelets and substitute a colored clutch in a contrasting color so the focus is on the stunning necklace.
Next, I dressed the medium frame:
Since the red belt was bold, the earrings take center stage in this outfit. I opted for black ballet flats and a brown – yes, brown! – handbag. I didn’t want the shoes, dress, and purse to match, and I didn’t want to use another bold color because it would take away from the red. I think the touch of red in the bag relates to the belt, so it keeps everything in balance.
For the nighttime outfit, Clinton added blue to the mix with the Bahari Necklace, which is why I matched the shoes and the handbag to the dress. The Chanel bag has gold chains, which ties in with the gold in the jewelry. This outfit shows that blue and black do look good together, and it’s also a good example of how to wear blue and red without looking like you’re going to a 4th of July Parade.
Finally, I adorned the curvy figure:
I had a hard time finding a dress like the third audience member’s – I loved the way her dress gathered at the side and draped over her curves. I ended up using a plainer (probably less-flattering) dress in a similar color. Clinton put the Campari Necklace – one of my go-to pieces this season – on this model and used the Aurora Cocktail Ring and the Garbo Link Bracelet in gold to complete the set of three accessories. The gold Garbo Link was a limited edition, and we are sold out, so I used the leopard kitten heels for the third bold accessory and kept the handbag neutral.
For the nighttime version, I switched the studs for the Valentina Chandelier Earrings. I don’t really have a fourth bold item, unless you call pairing the black pumps with the ivory bag bold!
I went to lunch today and followed Clinton’s rules for accessorizing. Since I’m a curvy girl, I used three bold accessories. I tried to take a picture of my outfit, but my arms are too short to hold the camera far enough away for you to see my jewelry, and I don’t like those cheesy “picture in the mirror” poses. So I created a set with the pieces I wore (or similar.)
I wore this Michael Kors top; dark, flared denim trousers; and wedge sandals similar to these. I wore all jewelry as shown. At lunch, the man next to my table started to reach over, like he was trying to grab something. I thought he wanted the ketchup. He said, “Those bracelets are so pretty!” and his wife chimed in, “They are so sparkly!” The couple oohed and ahhed and I told them I sold the jewelry, and they asked me to mail them a catalog. They don’t have a computer. Can you believe that?
I should write Clinton Kelly a thank you note. Not only did I learn some great styling tips, but I also got a lead on a potential customer!
What is your body type? What one, two, or three bold accessories would you wear during the daytime? What would you add at night? Leave a comment and tell me how you would style your jewelry to flatter your figure!