TV personality and fashion expert Jill Martin is the go-to girl for all things style. She is a regular contributor for NBC’s Today Show and is known for her popular “Ambush Makeovers” and “Steals and Deals” segments, and sports interviews for the NY Knicks. She is also the NY correspondent for Access Hollywood landing all big celeb interviews. I love that Jill always shares her insights on the latest trends and how best to shop on a budget. She also offers great advice through her fashion self-help books, “Fashion for Dummies” and New York Times best seller “I Have Nothing to Wear.” I caught up with the style maven to get some fashion and beauty tips, tricks and product picks!
MM: How do you best describe your look or style?
JM: Classic. I am most comfortable in jeans, a white t-shirt and ballet flats. The second I am done covering a red carpet, the heels come off and the Uggs go on!
MM: What are some recent purchases you are loving right now?
JM: My ALC Leather Dress (from 25Park.com), Alexander Wang long sleeve white t-shirt, fab turquoise earrings from Jennifer Miller Jewelry and hot pink Jimmy Choo sandals that I got at Bergdorf’s for 70% off!
MM: What is one timeless piece all women need in their wardrobe?
JM: A great pair of jeans!
MM: Who are some of your favorite designers in different price points and why?
JM: I love designers at all different price points: Dior, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Robert Rodriguez…and if you want a real deal, Zara has great pieces!
MM: What should every women splurge on?
JM: A great “schlep” bag!
MM: What are some things we can all do to de-clutter our closet?
JM: Go into your closet and take out your favorite things: blouse, jeans, sweater, slacks etc., and lay them on the bed. Then take out every other piece from your closet and if they don’t match up to the way you feel in your favorite items, then it’s time for them to go! I would rather you have 30 amazing pieces than 300 that are just “eh.”
MM: What are some tips for shopping smart?
JM: One-in, One-out (or for my mother, one-in, five-out). You shop smarter when you know you have to let something go.
I like to describe my every day personal style as classic with an edge. Here’s my take on a total rock star look… it’s casual without trying too hard and will be perfect for running around Fashion Week. First, start with a pair of your favorite skinny jeans. Wear something with skulls like this t-shirt underneath a cropped black blazer. Your shoes and accessories make all the difference when creating a rocker chic look. A pair of black suede booties add just the right amount of edge and they look fab with a variety of outfits. As for jewelry, I love to stack a few gunmetal-colored cuffs with studded details and funky rings worn on my index finger. And of course, a dark purpley-gray color on my nails!
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Shop the Full Story: Look Fab for The Fourth of July
It may be summer, but black blazers are a must in chilly air-conditioned offices and to ward of nighttime breezes. Haven’t worn yours this summer? Then with fall around the corner, it’s time to update this chic classic. Enter Madewell’s Cascade Blazer. Girly yet refined, it feels fresh and new. The slouchy cascade front is fun and can dress up any outfit in a snap. Grab one and listen to all the “oohs” and “ahhhs” pile up.—Johana Langi
I just got this cute navy shrunken blazer by Vince. I’m planning to wear it with my Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans and a little striped tee underneath with a wedge cage shoe.