Rachel Roy has come a long way since her days at Rocawear. She has since launched two labels and always manages to look smartly dressed. She chatted with Forbes magazine about what it takes for Clutchettes to always look good.

She mentioned how we all can look good and what 5 items every women needs in her closet:

“Definitely a trench coat. I wear them as dresses, and they instantly make me look thinner, pulled together, sharp. Think Diane Sawyer. A great pair of flats, though I’m not a believer in toe cleavage. A men’s blouse. Like what Sharon Stone wore to the Oscars [in 1999]. I have one from Jones Apparel that I wear all of the time. It doesn’t wrinkle. Buy one in a smaller size than you would normally wear. Cardigans. I button mine all of the way up and wear them backwards channeling Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s, and pair it with a pencil skirt. And a turtleneck, which you can wear year round. Wear it with a strapless dress or a wispy spring dress right now.”

And as for women trying to keep up with the latest trends, Rachel offered this helpful words:

“When I was younger, I always wanted to be trendy. I always wanted to have the correct trend that Kate Moss was telling us to wear in a magazine. But if she’s saying skinny pants are in, and I know they are going to make my hips stick out, now I know better than to wear them. Instead I’ll go for high-waisted pants, and channel Katharine Hepburn. It’s all about trend editing yourself.”

What do you think of Rachel’s advice, Clutchettes?

– Channing Hargrove

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  • Ash

    These are great staple pieces, but it seems to me, we should each develop our own staples and what works well for our personal sense of style and body types. She says not to follow Kate Moss, but if we all start following Rachel Roy it will all be the same. Just be the best you.

    • binks

      Agreed on doing what best works for you and your personality not everybody wants to be safe with their fashion or have a classic style so her advice isn’t realistic eithet

  • twan

    wait wait wait…. a backwards cardigan? i had to google that cause it sounds weird… and looks weird. LOL