Fashion icon Rachel Zoe reveals the six things you need to create enviable personal style

Fashion icon Rachel Zoe reveals the six things you need to create enviable personal style

Rachel Zoe was one of, if not the, first celebrity wardrobe stylist to establish herself as a household name.

She starred in her own reality series, “The Rachel Zoe Project,” launched multiple businesses including a clothing line, luxury subscription service, website, and more, to become one of the most successful and influential women in fashion ever.

It’s no surprise that her friends constantly text her questions like “Is this tragic?,” but fortunately you don’t have to be in her contact list to get some style pointers. Rachel reveals the five things you need to create an enviable look to DailyMail.com.

Rachel Zoe was one of, if not the, first celebrity wardrobe stylist to establish herself as a household name

Rachel Zoe was one of, if not the, first celebrity wardrobe stylist to establish herself as a household name

'I love glamour, I like being fancy, I like being polished, I like dressing up,' declared the founder of The Zoe Report at the Damn Fancy Styling Station in New York

‘I love glamour, I like being fancy, I like being polished, I like dressing up,’ declared the founder of The Zoe Report at the Damn Fancy Styling Station in New York

‘I love glamour, I like being fancy, I like being polished, I like dressing up,’ declared the founder of The Zoe Report at the Damn Fancy Styling Station — a one day only mobile pop-up celebrating New York Fashion Week — in partnership with Tanqueray.

For an afternoon in The Big Apple Rachel looked amazing in a black suit boasting crystal embellishments on the jacket sleeves and sizable chandelier earrings. 

While she’s known for her effortless take on glamour, Rachel believes feeling dressed up is a state of mind.

‘You don’t have to be in a ballgown, you can have a cat-eye or lip-stain,’ revealed the stylist whose past A-lister clients include Nicole Richie, Cameron Diaz and Anne Hathaway, to name a few.

Rachel was born in New York but currently lives in California with her husband Rodger Berman and two sons, Skyler, 12, and Kaius, 10. 

‘California style is a little more casual than New York, ‘ said the businesswoman with a fierce personal aesthetic. ‘Everyone in LA thinks I’m on my way to a black-tie event.’

In the mid-2000s Rachel’s signature bohemian look included: oversized sunglasses, a giant handbag, wavy hair and a plunging neckline.

And while her fashion choices have evolved in twenty years, one thing has remained the same: her attention to detail.

Rachel is a master at layering jewelry and uses accessories like shoes and handbags to elevate even the most laidback of looks. 

‘My five minute getting ready process is having a few things that add drama to whatever your outfit is.

‘So your uniform would be your favorite pants like a great black trouser,  great sweater or blouse with a good shoulder, then add a great coat, good jewelry and a little clutch or day-bag, and you’re good!’

'Your uniform would be your favorite pants like a great black trouser, great sweater or blouse with a good shoulder, then add a great coat, good jewelry and a little clutch or day-bag, and you're good!'

‘Your uniform would be your favorite pants like a great black trouser, great sweater or blouse with a good shoulder, then add a great coat, good jewelry and a little clutch or day-bag, and you’re good!’

'It's all about your coat, especially in the cold weather,' said the expert who treats white like the way she treats black

‘It’s all about your coat, especially in the cold weather,’ said the expert who treats white like the way she treats black

 1. It’s what’s on the outside that matters 

‘It’s all about your coat, especially in the cold weather,’ said the expert.

Rachel was spotted outside the Rodarte show during New York Fashion Week in an all-black look consisting of leather bootcut pants and a matching blazer, topped by a longline furry white coat resting on her shoulders.

She carried a quilted Chanel handbag and accessorized with large black sunglasses and rings on every finger.  

‘I like to treat white and ivory the way I treat black,’ revealed the professional tastemaker. But no matter the color, to take an outfit from “meh” to amazing, Rachel relies on details.

‘You can have a black coat, it just needs to have detail. Whether it’s tons of faux fur, faux snakeskin, or whatever, it just needs to have texture, drama, big shoulders, etc..’ 

2. More is more when it comes to jewelry

‘I’m a huge believer in jewelry, no matter what time of day. But that’s me, I’ve never been a minimalist, its just not how I’m programmed,’ admits Rachel.

She invests in the classics and has a extensive collection from brands like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari, to name a few.

For the Tanqueray event, massive circular earrings were are a part of the blonde-beauty’s ultra-glam sartorial statement.

'I'm a huge believer in jewelry, no matter what time of day. But that's me, I've never been a minimalist, its just not how I'm programmed,' admits Rachel. For the Tanqueray event, massive circular earrings were are a part of the blonde-beauty's ultra-glam statement

‘I’m a huge believer in jewelry, no matter what time of day. But that’s me, I’ve never been a minimalist, its just not how I’m programmed,’ admits Rachel. For the Tanqueray event, massive circular earrings were are a part of the blonde-beauty’s ultra-glam statement

3. Size doesn’t always matter when it comes to handbags

In the mid-2000s Rachael had a well-stocked closet of oversized handbags from high-end designers like Chanel, Hermes and Chloe. 

And while bag lovers have been ditching their spacious totes in favor of smaller carryalls in recent years, your bag does matter, according to the pro. 

‘If I’m not running around and going to 80 appointments then I don’t need a life-size bag.’

For the Carolina Herrera show, Rachel complemented her leopard-print dress with a small brown satchel from the New York-based label. 

'California style is a little more casual than New York, ' said the businesswoman with a fierce personal style. 'Everyone in LA thinks I'm on my way to a black-tie event'

‘California style is a little more casual than New York, ‘ said the businesswoman with a fierce personal style. ‘Everyone in LA thinks I’m on my way to a black-tie event’

4. Put your best foot forward (literally)

When it comes to footwear, ‘I think it’s whatever works for you; if your feet bleed when you wear heels then don’t wear them,’ she said.

‘There are so many great flats and mules, and lug sole boots that are comfortable and look cool.’

But for Rachel, it’s ‘platforms forever.’  

‘I’ve been in them since I was 13 and I don’t know anything different. That cute kitten heel, as much as I love them on other people, it just doesn’t work for me.’ 

5. Drink a classy cocktail

‘I love a French 75, it’s why I love Tanqueray. It’s very light and refreshing, you can drink it any time of day – brunch, lunch, cocktail or dinner.

‘It’s very chic to order a French 75, it just sounds good,’ says the OG influencer.

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