OK!'s 'Ask Heather' Advice Column: The 'RHOC' Star Answers Your Burning Q's Every Week
Real Housewives of Orange County star, actress, mother, wife, and entrepreneur Heather Dubrow is dishing her best advice each week in our OK! column: Ask Heather!
Last week Heather solved your relationship queries and this week she's tackling your wardrobe must-have q's—read on for her pearls of wisdom...
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OK!: What are never-go-out-of-style items that you should always have in your closet? —@lori_antone
Heather Dubrow: One great black blazer, a pair of dark denim jeans, a very simple black skirt, a black dress, and a pair of black ballet flats. You want pieces that you can wear over and over again and change the look of them with your accessories.
OK: And any particular brands that you love for ballet flats?
HD: Personally, I love Chanel and Valentino, but there are so many great designers that now design for places like Target, Kohls, and Walmart. Also H&M and Ann Taylor have great stuff. The thing is, when you go to look for a piece, you have to look at how it’s constructed.
OK!: I have a lot of dark blue jeans in my closet. Which wardrobe staples can I pair with them? —@Jensosinfull
HD: Dark denim is a neutral, so you can put on a silk blouse and heels and fabulous jewelry and go out. Or you can wear flats, a cute t-shirt, and a little black blazer and dress it down. I love the trend of putting leather pieces on jeans too.
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OK!: How do you incorporate color into your wardrobe?
HD: I’m trying to incorporate more colors for myself, but when I incorporate color, I look best in jewel tones. I think people should wear colors that make them happy.
OK!: Which three staples should you splurge on and which three should you save on? —@bravosphere
HD: A great handbag—like a medium-sized bag for day or night. Black ballet flats—I live in mine and if you take care of them, you can wear them for years. Lastly, a good watch. It doesn’t have to be an expensive watch, it just has to be attractive. There are so many great watches out there. Michael Kors makes great watches. I like a simple face with a leather strap; that’s a timeless watch.
OK!: And the three that you would save on?
HD: A maxi dress for summer, flat sandals, and a beach bag. I feel like those three items always end up being one season items.
OK!: What was your biggest fashion splurge?
HD: I did small work acting work when I was in high school and I saved the money and I bought myself a Chanel belt.
OK!: Which accessories would you consider to be staples?
HD: I think everyone should have a pair of diamond studs and honestly, if you cant afford the real deal, the fakes look just as good. Bangles are always great in gold or silver, a simple gold or silver chain you can put around your neck and a pair of hoops is good too.
OK!: Which three items in your own closet could you not live without?
HD: My black Chanel toggle coat, my Valentino tote bag that's camouflage with red accents, and my collection of Hermes scarves. They are just so beautiful—it’s like wearing a work of art.
OK!: What’s one item that people would be surprised to find in your closet?
HD: Some of my pajamas. I change what I wear, but sometimes I like wearing those pajamas that look like men’s pajamas.
OK!: Do you have any great packing tips?
HD: I’m a little anal, but I make little lists of how many days we are going to be there. What we’re doing. And then I pack appropriately. Terry will make fun of me and will go, ‘Oh my gosh, Heather. What are you wearing on Tuesday at 3o’clock. I like to be prepared. I write a list of what I’m doing and pull outfits according to that. Then, I learn from my stylist to take pictures of everything. I’ll put outfits together with the shoes and the bag and the jewelry, and I will take a picture of it so I have I on my phone. After I'm done packing and I get there, I can just look at the picture. It makes it a lot easier to pack and makes it a lot easier to dress while you are there. I also wrap everything in white tissue and use shoe bags for my underwear, bras, swimsuits, etc.
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