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How to Dress on a Budget According to Stylist Leslie Fremar

Photo by Shannon Perry
Photo by Shannon Perry

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We joined Leslie Fremar, Hollywood's "most powerful" celebrity stylelist, at a T.J. Maxx breakfast to talk empowerment through fashion yesterday. There, we learned that the ever-wise Cher Horowitz's question "Do you prefer 'fashion victim' or 'ensembly challenged'?" is irrelevant these days; According to T.J. Maxx science, 87% of women don't feel controlled by fashion anymore.

Fremar offered us some tips on getting empowered without spending like a Clueless character. "Recycle a lot of basics," she explained "No need to spend money on new items when you can find them in your closet." Instead, "focus your spending on new accessories. Wear all black and add an interesting shoe. You don't have to buy everything new every season." We're wondering if those are the same rules Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, and Reese Witherspoon live by. —Shannon Perry
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