CLOTHES THAT DON’T FIT:
This seems obvious, but “it’s the biggest mistake everyone makes,” says Kelly. “Shoulder seams need to fit on the shoulder. Jackets need to close. Trousers should be a half-inch off the floor.”
If pants fit perfectly in the hips, but not the waist — take them to a tailor, he says.
“It drives me crazy that women expect to walk into a store and find a suit that fits off the rack. A man will buy a suit and it’ll be checked in 10 different places.”
MINISKIRTS OVER 35:
“Let the 20-year-olds have their fun,” he advises. “When you’re 40 and trying to look 20, it looks sad. Part of the beauty of getting older is that you have a certain self-confidence and self-respect, and if you portray that in the way you dress, it’s really powerful. Trying to chase every fad reeks of insecurity.”
TOO MUCH FABRIC:
“A lot of women over a certain age put on extra weight in their tummy. They tend to drape themselves in a lot of fabric and hope it’ll go away. But you sort of forget what’s underneath and that allows it to grow bigger,” Kelly says.
PJs IN THE PRODUCE SECTION:
“You don’t wear pajama bottoms to the supermarket,” he says. “You don’t go to work in torn jeans. You don’t show your bellybutton at work.”
They make legs look shorter, says Kelly. So do chunky shoes and pants that grip the ankle. Tapered shoes and dark, straight-leg pants make legs look longer.
A-line skirts, says the co-host, are more flattering to most body types. — A.T.