October 14, 2008 10:00 AM

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Celebrity stylist and How to Look Good Naked host Carson Kressley is getting set to make over America with a tour that has him stopping off at New York & Company stores throughout the country to host runway shows and give style advice. PEOPLE spoke with Carson, who gave us a sneak peek at the top tips he’ll be letting fans in on. At the top of the list working with what you’ve got. “Nobody likes ten pounds of sugar in a five pound bag,” Carson jokes. So ignore what the size on the label says and choose items based on how they fit your shape. And while wearing dark colors may be an easy way to trim off inches, he warns against falling into a common trap: “Monochromatic dressing doesn’t equal all black,” he says. Instead, go head-to-toe in a tone that flatters your complexion, like charcoal, chocolate brown or plum. Finally, he explains, “A great outfit is as great as its accessories. They’re the salt and pepper to your wardrobe!” Carson recommends that you fill your closet with basics and then “change up the bag, the jewelry, your belt your shoes. You can get a multitude of looks out of a couple staple pieces of clothing.” Check out more from Carson in person when he kicks off his tour in N.Y.C. on October 20th. Or you can click over to to nyandcompany.com starting today to ask Carson a question online, watch videos and more.

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