September 05, 2006 04:00 PM

Before she started dating Nick Lachey, I hadn’t given Vanessa Minnillo or her wardrobe much thought. But now, thanks to her hot love life, the TRL cutie is suddenly in the fashion spotlight. Though she’s casual and adorable in her off time, her red carpet looks are another matter. She veers towards shiny, too tight (left, at the Emmys, and right, at the VMAs) fabrics, a look more fitting for a prom queen than a star on-the-rise. Here’s my completely unsolicited advice for Vanessa: Hire a stylist. It doesn’t have to be Rachel Zoe, but get a professional to help you play up that amazing body of yours in some beautiful designer duds. Or at the very least, ditch the sparkly satin. Everyone is going to keep comparing you to your boy’s ex, Jessica Simpson, who is known for her spot-on style. The good news is Vanessa’s hair and makeup already look lovely, and she has the ultimate accessory with Nick by her side. — Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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