1 PANTY HOSE WITH OPEN-TOE SHOES
Normally the doyenne of decorum, MARTHA STEWART did a bad thing by wearing stockings with sandals to a Manhattan gala in April. Emme, host of El’s Fashion Emergency, offers Stewart a helpful hint: “Take off the hose and get a pedicure.”
Evening dress. Daytime boots. Uncoordinated bag. What’s wrong with this picture? “The dress is strong, so the accessories should be minimal,” says celebrity stylist Eric Berg of JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT’s ensemble at a Manhattan fashion show last February. “A nice heel and some sort of small black bag would have been more appropriate.”
3 SOCKS WITH SANDALS
“Celebrities do sometimes go out without “their stylists getting ahold of them,” explains fashion writer Cynthia Nellis of the tube socks and sandals BRUCE WILLIS wore through London’s Heathrow Airport last year. “And this is what happens.”
4 INADEQUATE SUPPORT
“The wrong bra can destroy how you look on the outside,” warns fashion consultant Betty Halbreich of Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan. KATHIE LEE GIFFORD (in L.A. last January) joins the 70 percent of women who, according to the Intimate Apparel Council, wear ill-fitting brassieres.
5 HIGH-WATER PANTS
For the American Fashion Awards in June, I Saturday Night Live‘s I JIMMY FALLON least that’s what fashion industry analyst Tom Julian hopes. “If the pants’ hem hits above the ankle, they’re too short,” he says.
6 HAIRY UNDERARMS
When in Rome (or in many other places in the world), fine. But in the U.S., women with unshaven underarms, such as GILLIAN ANDERSON’S at an April pro-choice rally in Hollywood, are “associated with
not well-groomed,” says Cindy Barshop, attan-based hair removal guru to celebs and models. “It’s a cultural thing.”
7 VISIBLE PANTY LINE
Beneath her formfitting gown, Sex and the City’s CYNTHIA NIXON messed up her lines at the show’s May premiere party in Manhattan. This “ruins the line of a dress,” says Barbara Lipton, vice president of intimate apparel for Saks Fifth Avenue. “If anything is knit or has Lycra in it, wear a thong.”