Star Style Makeovers
"She's made a career out of bad dressing," stylist Phillip Bloch says of Tara Reid (left, in Las Vegas in August; right, at the Billboard Music Awards in December). Bloch suggests the actress look to Jennifer Lopez as someone who's "stylish and knows how to do it with class." Adds stylist Danna Weiss, "Reid is always showing too much of something. We don't want to see her bra and we don't want to see all of her cleavage – we just want to see a hint of it. Less is more."
The Desperate Housewives star's mermaid-style dress (left, at a Beverly Hills gala in October) makes her look like "it's time to go back in the water," says stylist Cary Fetman. "There are prettier shapes to show off her body." Adds Weiss about her "cutoff prom dress" (right, at an L.A. party in October), "She looks like she's stuck in the '80s. She has to modernize herself a little bit. She needs to think more elegantly because she's a woman, not a girl."
Ashlee Simpson's attempt at rocker-chic ends up looking "messy and unkempt," says Bloch. She also appears "heavier than what she really is" with her choice of clothing, adds Fetman. The singer-actress (left, at the Radio Music Awards in October; right, at the MTV Movie Awards in June) would do better with clothing that fits her shape and accentuates her best features, like her legs, says Weiss. "She shouldn't wear things that are so focused on her waist."
American Idol judge Paula Abdul's tendency to over-accessorize is her major fashion downfall. "She's added too much because she's afraid it won't be enough," says Weiss of Abdul (left, in New York in September; right, at a Beverly Hills luncheon in December). Advice for Abdul? Go simpler and sleeker. "Because of her small size, less ostentatious clothing is best," says Bloch. A more body-conscious dress would "make her look taller and slimmer," adds Fetman.
Tennis star Serena Williams (left, in Hollywood in July) isn't scoring any points for her personal style, even though she has her own fashion line (Aneres, which is "Serena" spelled backward). "She's got a great butt, but it doesn't need to be accentuated," says Weiss, adding of her Fashion Rocks event look (right): "If she did this gown in full-length, it would look so much better." Says Bloch, "I'd like to see her a little more ladylike."
"When you're in the eye of the public, you have to realize that even on your day off, you're still on duty," says Bloch of the singer's sloppy off-hours attire (left, in L.A. in December). Her micro-minidress at the Billboard Music Awards (right) didn't fare better. "It makes her look really boxy," says Weiss. What would flatter her? A classier appearance. "She would look great in cigarette pants, stilettos and a beautiful blouse," adds Weiss.
The host of The View has lost considerable weight, but her tendency to wear skin-tight frocks (left, at the Emmy Awards in September; right, in New York City in July) isn't the best way to showcase her hourglass figure. "She could wear something that isn't so clingy," says Weiss. Suggests Fetman of her Emmys look, "The fabric is wrong." His advice? "Look at Oprah – she has learned to dress beautifully."
"She so pretty and angelic and really needs to work that aspect of herself more," says Bloch of Medium star Patricia Arquette. "The clothes overpower her too much." With her love for bright patterns (left, at a charity gala in October; right, in New York in May), she's suffering from "print overload. The clothes are wearing her, she's not wearing the clothes," says Weiss. What to do? "Go for understated," says Bloch.
For Mariah Carey (left, in New York City in June; right, in L.A. in September) to undergo a style transformation, she has to learn how to balance her body. "If you're going to show a lot on top, don't show a lot on bottom," advises Weiss. And, suggests Bloch, "More clothes, less skin. Stop cutting every gown into a minidress. You don't have to always show cleavage."
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"A walking fashion felony" is how Bloch describes Anna Nicole Smith (left, in New York City in February; right, at the World Music Awards in September). Weiss agrees: "When someone has a very voluptuous figure, you don't have to be overtly sexy. It already is sexy. Tone it down a little bit." How should she overhaul her image? Turn a new corner in "slim pencil skirts, great suits and fitted jackets," says Bloch. "Then you can wear a sexy bra under a fitted jacket and it's sexy without looking trashy."
Shania Twain's mix-and-match approach to fashion isn't doing her toned figure and stunning looks any justice. "You have a top from one group and a skirt from another – get the outfit," says Fetman of the country star (left and right, at the CMA Awards in November). "She looks great in a tuxedo suit and it's an outfit she can't really mess up," adds Weiss.
Overdoing it is Christina Aguilera's biggest fashion faux pas. "She tries desperately to be different," says Bloch, who notes that the pop diva (left, in Hollywood, in September; and right, in New York that same month) has made some fashion adjustments for the better lately. But she still needs work: "Pare it down. If she's going to do retro hair and retro makeup, then she should keep it simple with the clothing and have fun with accessories," advises Weiss.
Though Paris Hilton (left, at an L.A. gala in October; right, at the MTV Video Music Awards in August) has a "beautiful body," her need to flaunt it is past its prime, agree the stylists. "People are never going to take you seriously as an actress if you're always in a sexy dress," says Bloch. Adds Weiss, "Her hair doesn't have to be so platinum and she doesn't need so much blue eye makeup and pink lipstick." A more natural-looking Paris would be a welcome sight. "Stop going for the outrageous and start going for the pretty," advises Fetman.