This Is What You Should Be Wearing, According To Lauren Conrad


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If there's one person we would let have total reign over our closets, it just might be Lauren Conrad. We caught up with the style icon, beauty guru, and author at Downy's Closet Love Affair event to get her styling tips for looking amazing in every setting.

At the Office:

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"It’s important if you’re in a professional setting to maintain your personal style, but avoid being too loud," said Conrad. "Your outfit should never distract from your work." So what are LC's key pieces for a killer work ensemble?

"For me a little circle skirt is the most versatile thing ever," she said. "It's comfortable, it's not super fitted, and it also gives you a waist, so it’s flattering." Conrad suggests pairing the skirt with a button down blouse of your choice, a light blazer or a cardigan layered on top, and whatever heel you're comfortable in. "But it should be a modest heel!" she insisted.

For a First Date:

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"I never want to ask where we’re going," she said. "I’m trying to play it cool, so I’m just like 'Yeah, whatever.'" (Sounds far too familiar, right?) To accomplish this casually cool facade, Conrad said her go-to combo for a first date is classic black and white.

"It can read nice, or it can read casual," she said. She suggests choosing either a black leather legging or pant, a simple woven shirt, and a jacket. As for accessories, the designer loves an armful of mixed bracelets and a few rings. And if you want to get really sassy, "You can add a lip!" she said.

(Fun fact: This is what LC actually wore on her last first date with now beau, William Tell!)

For Girls' Night:

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"OK, girls' night is the best, because you’re dressing for girls and not guys," she said. "And that’s so much more fun. I save my outfits for girls’ nights!" Her tips for a stylish girls' night are to opt for more fashion-y and voluminous pieces and to definitely involve a loud print. Oh, and don't forget the hair. Conrad said this is the perfect time to experiment with fun hair and makeup looks. "Girls' nights are just the best!"

Now that you know what to wear, how do you know what to spend your money on?

"Go for trendier pieces in more affordable lines," she suggested. "I think that’s where you take your chances, because if next season it’s not as popular, or you decide you don’t like it as much, it’s not that big of a risk."

However, she's adamant about investing in staples. "You invest in pieces you know you can wear with a ton of things," she said. "Whether it's a designer pencil skirt, or a leather pant, or a really nice jacket—those are the pieces you’ll wear this year, next year, and you’ll keep wearing them."

So there ya have it! We might not have gotten a total closet overhaul from LC, but this comes close.

Take a look at Lauren Conrad's lookbook in our gallery:
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