Brad Goreski's Broke-Girl-Friendly Styling Tips

We here at Broke Girl’s Guide are not-so-secretly in love with celebrity stylist Brad Goreski. If we could figure out what we’d bring to the table in the equation, we’d totally propose some sort of three-way marriage situation with the It’s a Brad, Brad World star and his handsome leading man, known to us only as Gary. Alas, we’ve yet to figure out how to make it work with one good man, let alone two. However, we were able to pick Brad’s brain for some broke-girl-friendly styling advice. After all, it’s like mom always said, “If you can’t be with him, be like him.” Or maybe it was, “If you keep falling for men who aren’t straight, you’re going to die alone.” In any case, here’s Brad:

BGG: Can you name a few basics every woman should keep in her closet?

BG: 1. A good belt can fix anything — it can give you a waist when you feel you don’t have one, give shape to an otherwise shapeless dress or add a bit of personality to an outfit. Try one in a fake skin or patent leather for some extra punch.

2. A black pencil skirt should be in every woman’s wardrobe. If you buy one with some stretch, it will give you support and help shape the body.  You can wear this to the office or for a night out. Throw on a pair of patterned tights or hose with a nice heel and you are good to go! If you are more of a flats kind of girl, try the pencil skirt with a pair of lace-up oxfords and a denim shirt for a chic and relaxed day outfit.

3. I am crazy about denim shirts right now. I wear them under everything…sweaters, blazers or with jeans. I am Canadian. I love a denim tuxedo! Just don’t wear cowboy boots with it unless you are going to a hoedown.

BGG: What trendy spring item should every girl be out buying right now?

BG: A colorful bag or clutch.  It’s an easy way to incorporate color into your wardrobe and take your outfit to the next level.

BGG: Are there “rules” for adding a pop of color to an outfit?

BG: The trick to adding a pop of color to an outfit is to pick the item that is going to be the color and then center it around basics — a white t-shirt, denim, black trousers, etc.  If your jeans are red, I would pair them with a white tee, black blazer and chic black pumps or ankle boots.

BGG: It’s hard to be budget-conscious when it comes to shoes and handbags. Any advice?

BG: For me, bags and shoes are investments.  They’re where I put my money.  With bags and shoes, you really get what you pay for in terms of materials, design and overall look.  But there are great alternatives out there for cool, less expensive bags and shoes. Try Kate Spade or Steve Madden.

BGG: Are there any up-and-coming designers you have your eye on right now (that we should get in on while the price is right)?

BG: I love Heidi Merrick. I think her clothes are fun and cool without trying too hard, and my clients love her.

BGG: You’ve said a client didn’t want to pay you because you pulled clothes from H&M. We love H&M! Are there other broke-girl-friendly stores you like to pull from?

BG: I love Uniqlo. I always stop in there when I’m in NYC. They have great basics that are good quality. Their house slippers are my favorite, and they have great socks.

BGG: Your personal style is so distinct. Do you have any tips for girls who want to make their personality pop via their wardrobe?

BG: It’s really all about following your instinct and not being afraid of what other people are going to think of how you look.  If you are feeling yourself and loving the way you look, who cares what other people think?  If your outfit turns out to be a disaster, then you know for the next time!  I’ve had many questionable outfits. You cant always get them right — that’s part of the fun!

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