With a resumé that includes reality television infamy, drunk driving arrests, and a teenage head full of multi-colored extensions, Nicole Richie has a past reputation that is all about tacky. As we see with her recent “Top Ten Style Tips,” that version of Richie is dramatically different from the graceful, chic, effortlessly stylish mother that she is today.
Viewed throughout the world as a huge fashion “do,” Richie is doing her best to erase all her past “dont’s.” Do you or don’t you dare see what fashion tips Richie has to share?
Nicole Richie shared her stylish insights with Australia Magazine’s Sunday Telegraph.
1.TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
If you aren’t in love with something, don’t purchase it.
“I wear what speaks to me – I ‘feel it in my bones’! No, I’m only kidding. When I shop, I know if it’s working or not. We all experience that thrill when we know something looks right.”
2. SPLURGE ON SHOES
Spend your money on the pieces that last, as opposed to the latest trends.
“If you’re going to spend on one thing, even when you’re on a budget, I’d say splash out on shoes. They make an outfit. And your feet don’t grow any more, so you can wear a good pair of shoes forever.”
3. BE COLOURFUL
A LBD (Little Black Dress) may be an important basic staple to have, but spice up your neutrals with some color.
“Don’t be afraid of colour – different prints and different colours.”
4 KNOW YOUR NATIONAL ICONS
One of the biggest mistakes on any fashion reality show like America’s Top Model or Project Runway is when a model or designer doesn’t know their local models or designers. A huge part of being stylish is supporting local brands.
5. EMBRACE FASHION HISTORY
Keep your wardrobe eco-friendly, chic and cheap with vintage.
“I’m a big vintage shopper and I love thrift stores. The beauty of anything vintage is that you’re not going to see lots of other people in the same thing. I like to be different.”
6. NEVER FORGET THE FINISHING TOUCHES
You can wear the same basic outfit many times if you mix up the accessories.
“I wear a ton of accessories. I love scarves. I’ve lost count of how many I have, but you can never have too many – they totally lift an outfit and make it individual.”
7. KEEP THINGS SENTIMENTAL
Having a signature accessory imbued with nostalgia can often lend an interesting story to your wardrobe.
“He [father Lionel Richie] gave me a Cartier Panthere watch when I graduated from high school, when I was 17. I still have it. It’s really special to me.”
8. ROCK A GOOD PAIR OF SUNGLASSES
Sunglasses make anyone look ultra-cool instantly. Plus they protect against wrinkles!
“The last amazing pair I found were white vintage Chanel. But you have to be quick. You have to dive on the treasure before someone else gets there.”
9. CHANGE UP THE WHOLE PACKAGE
When you change something important, like your hair-color, make sure you change the rest of you accordingly.
“I’ve always been one for changing my hair colour, because you can – right? When I went from blonde to brunette last November, I packed away my black clothes because they’re too draining on me with dark hair. But when I’m blonde – and lighter is my natural colour – I don’t wear much grey, because it washes me out.”
10. BULK-BUY BASICS
Nothing is better (and more cost-effective) than inexpensive basics mixed with pricier elements like shoes, bags, and jewelry.
“I wear a lot of singlets. I have them in a rainbow of colours. They’re the best because you can throw them on, wear them under something, dress them up with a scarf or jewellery, or dress them down. I like to mix and match.”
- What do you think? Is Nicole Richie a fabulous style icon? If not, who do you think has rockin’ lust-worthy style?