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Stacy London, the snappy co-host of TLC’s “What Not To Wear” has been bopping around malls around the country on the cross-country Westfield Style Tour, bringing her styling tips to the sartorially hapless—one mall at a time. On the last stop, she popped in on San Diegans Sunday at Westfield North County where she was greeted like a rock star by hundreds (or maybe thousands) of fans who packed all three mall levels to get a glimpse of the beloved tough-love TV stylist, who donned a swingy gray lace overlay knee-length dress and showed the throng looks from chain shops like Bebe, Forever 21, H&M, and Sears.
What nuggets of fashion wisdom did we glean in between free mini cupcakes, mocktails and suburban moms screaming “I love you”?
·Use pops of color or animal print to liven up a work outfit.
·Contrast the military look with feminine touches like lace tights.
· Wear shoes the same color as your skin to lengthen your legs.
· Cuffs are back in a big way.
· If you wore a trend the first time around, you don’t get to wear it the second time around.And our vote for the most compelling piece of advice: If you don’t support your chest properly and don’t cinch your tummy, you end up with a bummy, where there's no discernible separation between chest and torso. Hello, genius! London also fielded hard-hitting questions from the crowd, which included: Can you wear tights with open-toe shoes? Answer: Yes, as long as there’s no ghastly seam at the toe. Question: I have a large caboose. Should I cover it with a jacket? Answer: No, be proud! If you cover it, people will think you’re ashamed of it.
There you go. What did we learn here, besides the fact that a mocktail makes a poor drink? That suburban moms have a scary reverence for a woman who wants to throw out their clothes. And if you have a large caboose, be proud. — Christianna Ablahad
· What not to Wear [Official Site]