Carson Kressley’s Chill Wardrobe Updates

Above: Carson Kressley, the snappy-looking guy third from left, pauses for a moment with participants in the Miracle Makeovers event at the new Outlets of Des Moines.

By Lacy Brunnette

The Outlets of Des Moines celebrated its grand opening with a full lineup of family-friendly events this past weekend. One of the highlights was a “Makeover Miracles” fashion show, which gave five people fresh fall looks, including hair and makeup updates from Trixie’s Salon & Spa and wardrobes from Outlets of Des Moines stores. Celebrity stylist and Emmy Award-winning TV personality Carson Kressley emceed the event.

After the show, we caught up with the uber-stylist for a quick Q&A:

What are your favorite trends for the season?
Square-toe heels and Lucite heels. I just saw a great pair today; one of the girls in the show had on a two-tone cap toe [with] a great square chunky heel. New accessories are one of the most exciting things for this season, and for every season, because they can be changed up. We don’t want to throw out all of our clothes, but we do want to get a statement shoe—or bag or necklace.

What are some easy ways to transition your wardrobe for cooler weather?
I love fall because you can layer. I think layering is smart, and it looks good. This is that tricky time of year when you’re like, ‘Is it going to be 80 or 40?’ You have no idea, so I like great basics like leggings and jeans. Leggings can change anything. You can take a flirty, summery dress and [wear it] in early September with just a simple flat. Then for fall you can add leggings and a taller boot; you also can add a short moto jacket in [materials like] suede. Layering scarves is another fun thing.

What are your favorite coat styles? There’s long and wool; there’s short cute and puffy…
Your outerwear piece is really the workhorse of your fall and winter wardrobe. It’s one of the few things, along with the handbag, that you wear every day. Almost everything else you wear once a week or every two weeks, but your coat is your go-to. I like coats that are a little longer, so if you’re wearing a dress, the coat gives you coverage. Puffer jackets are cute; save those for your second weekend warrior jacket. But if you’re going to invest in one coat, have it be like a wool or wool-felt with some length. And do a chic color! You don’t have to [stick to] black, gray, taupe or brown. You can do a beautiful baby blue or a soft pink. You could do an Hermés orange. [Color is a] fun way to make something that’s [utilitarian] look fresh and fun.

Lacy Brunnette is a Des Moines-based writer and concept producer, who frequently contributes to dsm and wishes that Carson Kressley visited Des Moines more often.

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