The "What Not to Wear" host tell us about her favorite pieces -- and how to dress up your basics

By Kate Hogan
Updated October 21, 2011 02:30 PM

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True confession: we’ve dreamed of having Stacy London come revamp our closets. She’s stylish, sassy — and comes with a $5,000 gift card! But if we can’t have one-on-one time with the fabulous fashion expert, we’ll take a few words of wisdom. The What Not to Wear host graciously answered some questions for us recently during the Westfield Style Tour in Los Angeles; here’s what she had to say:

What key pieces should every girl have in her wardrobe for fall?

This season, the key pieces for fall are the leather skirt, the laminated jean, colored fur (or a neutral tone for a more conservative look), the relaxed pant and a bright pop of bold color (be it a coat, skirt or bag!). Accessories play a major role in completing your look, so be sure to add in pin-dot tights, an oversized satchel, brightly colored platforms and a geode necklace.

One of the season’s hottest pieces: the maxi skirt. How do you style it?

The maxi skirt personifies what we call “new bohemian” for fall, along with colored knits, floppy hats, boots and intricate beaded jewelry. Pick and choose how you want to make this look work for your lifestyle. Try pairing a maxi skirt or dress with motorcycle boots, a relaxed cardigan and beaded earrings or with a darker wedge heel and red lipstick for evening.

How can you dress up your basics this season?

Basics are the foundation of every wardrobe, and they are easy to freshen up with the simplest pieces. Pair a black pencil skirt with a geometric-print sweater or colored tights and a wedge bootie. Add flair to the button-down blouse with a fur vest and a statement necklace or cuff bracelet. Don’t be afraid to take what’s already in your wardrobe and mix it up with affordable, on-trend pieces.

Is there such thing as too many boots? What styles do you recommend keeping on hand?

You can never have too many boots! I’m loving the lace-up wedge bootie. They are the new boot to pair with everything from a skinny jean to a flowy dress and are coming in every height from conservative to sky high. Black ankle booties and the motorcycle boot are also two must-haves.

Looking ahead, what color coats do you recommend for winter?

Statement coats with a “ladylike flair” were big for fall, but they can appear overwhelming for some shoppers. If bright yellow or green isn’t for you, then try a neutral tone wool coat that emphasizes the waist and add a brightly colored bag or colored faux fur stole. Another option is a colored leather jacket … it’s the perfect layering piece for fall without retreating to the reliable black.

Tell us: Which key pieces are you loving this fall?