Style Expert Lindsay Albanese Shares Her Shopping Secrets
The celebrity stylist and vlogger is helping us transition into fall for less.
With summer not-so-slowly slipping out of our hands, we're (reluctantly) starting to think about our autumn attire. To help us turn a new leaf, we met up with stylist and vlogger Lindsay Albanese at TJ Maxx and Marshalls in West Hollywood to get her transitional tips and how to save on designer duds. See what the fashion expert, who has worked with celebs including Emily Deschanel, Audrina Patridge, Kathy Griffin and Ali Fedotowsky, had up her perfectly polished sleeves.
How would you describe your personal style? "I am a balance between a modernist and a classicist. I admire and wear modern trends, but I always pair them with classics, so there’s always a thread of polish in all of my looks. You’ll never see me in a crazy dress [or entire outfit]; I’m not like Anna dello Russo. There’s definitely a balance between trendy and classic."
Is there anything you won’t wear or try? "Jelly shoes I can’t handle. And then I see them with socks—unless you’re in junior high and under, okay. But junior high kids are now looking like college kids, so even then, no. Also, the distressed jeans that are cut out [and expose entire thighs] with the fray—that just doesn’t look good on anybody; it’s too thrashed."
What are your tips on how to transition wardrobes from summer to fall?
1. Go with your gut. "When shopping for new pieces, it’s always that excitement you feel or when you’re drawn to something. That’s [also] what I always say about organizing and getting rid of stuff in your closet. If you’re trying to edit and you’re looking at something wondering, ‘I’ve had this for awhile. Can I imagine feeling excited about it again?’ and your gut is saying no, get rid of it—unless it’s a basic. More times than not, you will not miss it."
2. Use inspiration. "Use the inspiration that you see with bloggers and celebrities and figure out whose look you are very drawn to. Take those photos, and go shop for those pieces. That will help you. I think walking into a store is very overwhelming, especially when you don’t have a true sense of what you want. You might not know what you like on the spot, but you do when you’re looking at pictures, so try to imitate that. Using inspiration is huge."
3. Don’t fret over trends. "My big thing is personal style, which has nothing to do with trends. It’s who you are and what you feel your best in, and that has nothing to do with what’s cool or current. It’s how you feel great going out into the world—obviously things have to be appropriate for the occasion."
4. Don't pack away your summer clothes just yet. "When I think of summer months, neons and brights come to mind. But transitioning to fall should be colorful, too. Add a muted black or cream blazer to those key quality pieces, like pretty pink pants or a yellow shift dress, for a more toned down effect. Neutral or camel are my go-to colors because they mix so well with prints and patterns. You can [even] keep rocking your signature airy summer look, like that floral dress or romper, for a bit longer. Just add menswear-inspired oxfords, dark ankle booties or closed-toe d’orsay flats to give it that touch of fall. Lightweight duster coats that hit just below the knee [also] give off a big style impact when worn over your summer staples."