Does your wardrobe have that wow factor? If not, in her new book, The Wow Factor—Insider Style Secrets for Every Body and Every Budget, celebrity style expert Jacqui Stafford can show you how to achieve it. The fashionista believes that a woman should be fashionable from her head to her E-reader cover, so she teamed up with the lifestyle brand Built and designed a fab, limited-edition python-inspired Kindle Fire case. Everything She Wants chatted with Stafford for her must-have style tips.
|Style maven Jacqui Stafford.|
Everything She Wants: What is the wow factor? And how can every woman incorporate it into her everyday look?
Jacqui Stafford: It’s that feeling you get when you walk into a room and you know—and feel—that you look the best YOU ever. I want to help every woman achieve that—regardless of whether she's a size 2 or 20, or whether she has a large budget for clothing or not. One of the style tips I help women understand is that one of the fastest ways to look sensational is to ONLY wear what flatters your body shape—and nothing that doesn’t. To make it easy to get dressed, I came up with five specific body shape silhouettes in my book: Lipstick, Cocktail Ring, Sunglasses, Fragrance Bottle and Heart Pendant—and they’re the body shapes that every woman can identify with. Get your shape figured out, and you’ll be able to get dressed —and look amazing—within minutes.
ESW: What are your favorite budget brands and why?
JS: I shop everywhere from outnet.com (designer pieces at ridiculous prices) to QVC (I appear as a style expert on QVC with Isaac Mizrahi) to Uniqlo. One of my secrets to style is to add accessories to the simplest of looks—and they honestly don't have to be expensive accessories. Small touches—like adding a python-print belt, a vibrant scarf or a bold cuff—make you instantly stand out from everyone else who doesn't bother with adding those finishing touches that make all the difference. And python is my most versatile print, which is why I created the Kindle cover from Built with it.
ESW: What are your favorite designer brands and why?
JS: Theory and Max Mara for beautifully cut work wear, Tadashi Shoji for ultra-flattering cocktail dresses, J Crew for inexpensive great color combos, Issa London for draped dresses, Catherine Malandrino for sexy evening pieces, Diego Rocha for exquisite handbags, Charlotte Olympia for amazing shoes, Rachel Zoe for her brilliant tailoring, Moschino Cheap & Chic because the prints are always fun. And shopbop.com and Nordstrom.com are great ways to shop online.
ESW: What's the one fashion item you splurge on?
JS: An exquisitely made scarf in a gorgeous fabric. It’s the one accessory that has the most stylish impact—and I never leave home without one.