September 21, 2009 12:00 PM

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LAUREN CONRAD‘S 5 RULES OF STYLE

The reality star—who launches a new clothing line at Kohl’s Sept. 15—reveals her fashion and beauty secrets

My favorite fashion trick is … to shorten my minis

“I have short legs, so I have the tailor take them up another inch.”

LC LAUREN CONRAD FOR KOHL’S

Boyfriend cardigan ($44) and Ballet top ($40); kohls.com

The colors I love to wear are … neutrals

“I really like color, but I tend to gravitate toward neutrals. [For my new line] we wanted to do really good basics that have a more relaxed fit.”

EASY CHIC

My go-to date outfit is … jeans and heels

“I don’t go on a lot of fancy dates. My dates are like casual sushi and a movie, so it’s normally jeans. It’s nice to have that feminine look but not like you’re trying too hard.”

On a fat day I would wear … something belted

“I’ll wear something oversize but belted, because you have room in there but you have a waist. If I put on a big balloon outfit, I’ll just go and eat more, and that won’t make me feel any better.”

My signature braids … were an accident!

“I tried to cut bangs myself, and they were really unfortunate looking, so I just started braiding them back. I started wearing the braid every day to hide my lapse in judgment. My hairstylist and I overdosed a bit on the braids!”

$15 DRESS!

STREET CHIC

KATE BECKINSALE is a fashion mix-master, pairing her $15 Susie Rose dress (walmart.com for stores) with a $3,675 Bally python hobo bag in L.A. Sept. 2.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO’S LATEST PROJECT

Project Runway’s fiercest alumnus is now working it at the mall: Christian Siriano’s makeup line for Victoria’s Secret and accessories for Payless are in stores now. “My fall fashion collection is very Egyptian-inspired—I kept thinking of this strong, dramatic Cleopatra type,” he says. “[My lines] begin with that fantasy and end with wearability.”

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FOR PAYLESS

“Strut” pumps, $34.99; all items available at payless.com

“Shanbag” clutch, $29.99

LIMITED EDITION

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FOR VS MAKEUP

Clockwise from left: Silky Eye Shadow in Oasis, $12; Lip Gloss in Sublime, $12; All-Over Bronzing Powder Brush, $18; Bronzer/Highlighter Trio, $16; Silky Eye Shadow in Royalty, $12; all items available at victoriassecret.com

HOT TREND: SEQUINS

Don’t be afraid to take a shine to sequins this fall. Here’s how to make the look work for day or night

DAY

EXPRESS

Racerback sequin tank, $29.50; express.com

TIP

“Pair with skinny jeans,” says stylist Basia Richard.

TOPSHOP

Flower-sequined cutwork tee, $90; topshop.com

TOPSHOP

Open side top, $90; topshop.com

NIGHT

TOPSHOP

Tall cosmic sequin dress, $170; topshop.com

H&M

Sequin dress, $39.95; hm.com for stores

TIP

Keep accessories “minimal and simple,” says Richard. “Skip big, chunky pieces.”

FOREVER 21

Sequin craze mesh tunic, $22.80; forever21.com

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