August 17, 2010 05:50 PM

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While designers depend on Tim Gunn’s stylish words of wisdom on Project Runway, his best “make it work” advice may just be for the everyday woman. In Redbook‘s September issue, the style guru reveals his rules to dress by and his favorite fashionista: Michelle Obama! “I don’t have the adequate words to tell people how fabulous I think [she] is,” says Gunn. “I love that she understands how to dress for her size and shape.” And understanding proportion, according to Gunn, is key when it comes to fashion. “Think of your body as a series of thirds; the worst thing you can do is cut yourself in half,” he instructs. Next, balance your proportions. “If you have something loose and blousy on top, whatever you wear below should be sleek and well fitted to serve as a counterpoint, and vice versa,” he says. And finally, don’t wear clothes that are too big! “That’s the comfort trap,” warns Tim. Get more style advice from Tim in the September issue of Redbook, on newsstands August 24, or visit–Andrea DeSimone

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