As I mentioned earlier, I had the pleasure of speaking to my fashion hero, Clinton Kelly, who is as funny, warm, and down to earth in person (okay – over the phone, but still) as he is on his hit show, TLC’s What Not To Wear. Clinton is also a cohost of ABC’s The Chew, the author of Freakin’ Fabulous, and my bedside fave, Oh No She Didn’t! Clinton has partnered with Macy’s since 2005, conducting style seminars around the country, and on May 5, Clinton and Macy’s will celebrate spring with an event at Orlando’s Mall of Millenia. We discuss how What Not To Wear has changed over the years. “We have definitely evolved. At the beginning we were sassier and poked fun at people, but I’m a different person than I was nine years ago. I am 43 now. I only want to help people who want to be helped. The comedy part has worn thin for me.”
Clinton agreed that style advice differs for moms. “I’ve seen the way the average mom dresses,” he says, and a lot of moms have given up. Their kids are first, so they can’t be anywhere near the top of the list. I’ve seen moms make the mistake of wearing the mom uniform: a sweatshirt or a hoodie over a one size fits all t-shirt, a mom jean or cropped pants, and a cross trainer sneaker. Those are probably the biggest mistakes, and there are very simple alternatives that will really increase your style quotient exponentially.”
His suggestions? “Instead of hoodies and sweatshirts, casual jackets give the same warmth and comfort and there is shape built into them and they are inherently more stylish than sweats. If your body is not built like a rectangle, why put rectangle shapes on your body. Instead of that t-shirt that clings to every lump and bump, try casual blouses. A blouse doesn’t have to be fancy, but just a top that is made for women with seams or darts or details like a ruffle. And there’s nothing wrong with a cropped pant necessarily, just as long as it’s not a copout, so they don’t have to hem their pants. They are not for every height or at every length; a walking short is generally preferable and more polished,and it hits just above the knee, or the pedal pusher just below the knee. There are so many alternatives to cross trainers, like ballet flats with an arch are really comfortable, or sneakers that are cute for running around town, or flats or sandals.”
Tomorrow, the truth about yoga pants, the essential items for every woman’s closet, and Clinton’s suggestion for a new, improved mom uniform!