I have always loved Rachel Zoe, her style is so impeccable and she uses trends just right. I agreed with every single one of these do's and dont's. DO tread lightly on trends. You have to interpret what’s hot to make it work on yourself. If tweed suits are in but you’re not a suit kind of girl, wear the jacket with jeans and a pair of Converses. The idea is that you wear it the way that becomes the most you. For example, skinny jeans couldn’t be more in style, but they make my legs look really short, so I only do them with thigh-high boots. DON’T wear pants the wrong length. Something that’s very painful for me is when people wear pants that are too short. I can’t, you know what I mean? Here’s the rule: Unless they’re cropped to ankle length on purpose, your pants should always skim the ground, like just a quarter-inch above the bottom of your foot. In the luxurious life, we would have different pairs of the same style hemmed for heels and hemmed for flats, but most of us don’t, so you have to choose. If you’re going to make the commitment to wear heels, your pants have to skim the ground. Please just commit. I can’t bear too-short pants. They make me crazy! DON’T mix hardware Let’s say your bag has silver metal, but your jacket and your belt and your shoes have gold. No. I don’t love mixing. DO go for “pops.” Accents of color always brighten you up, whether they’re from a trim, a bag, a shoe, jewelry, a hat, or a whole article of clothing. If you have on a pair of black trousers, and you do a great printed shirt with some beautiful floral print or a bold red color, your whole face can really come alive. The same goes for animal prints or sequins and glitz. But I call it a pop because you should only wear one piece like that at a time. I’ve seen more women in allover looks, and I’m sorry but you just can’t. Pick one. DO copy people Take someone in the public eye whose style you admire or whose body you think yours is most similar to, see what they do, and try to emulate it. It’s not bad to copy a celebrity—God, no! That’s what they’re there for! DON’T get discouraged by a limited budget Listen, some of the people I know with the smallest spending accounts have the biggest style. The key is creativity in mixing and matching what you wear. Even the girls with Balenciaga bags or Lanvin flats pair them with H&M, Anthropologie, and Topshop. At this point fashion is so accessible, it’s easy to be on trend for very little money. DO think big picture Getting dressed is a head-to-toe experience, so you have to think about how your hair and makeup play into what you’re wearing. A ponytail always works. A pony, a braid, a messy topknot, please. Everyone in my office on any given day has a messy knot or a messy pony. DON’T bedazzle. Seriously. Anything bedazzled should be gone. I can’t. With the spikes and the bedazzling and the script writing in rhinestones? No. We have to get rid of it. DON’T rely completely on the mirror. I’d love to be able to say, “Look in the mirror to see what works best, and you’ll know,” but most people don’t know. Sometimes I don’t! We’re just not the best judges of ourselves, because we’ve been looking at our reflections for our entire lives. I thought blue looked like crap on me, and one day I wore a navy jumpsuit, and everyone was like, “Why don’t you wear more blue?!” The mirror might not always be the most helpful thing, but cameras don’t lie. DO remember that the best accessory is always attitude. I’m super self-conscious about my knees—they’re kind of chicken-y—so I haven’t worn a miniskirt or shorts since I was about 17. The point is that in order to look good, you need to feel good. If someone’s saying to you, “You look amazing in that skintight dress” but you’re miserably uncomfortable, it will show. You have to find the compromise between what looks best on you and what’s going to give you the most confidence. Half of beauty is the belief that you’re beautiful.