Interview with Phillip Bloch: 10 Things You Need in your Spring / Summer 2011 Wardrobe

So in addition to offering you tons of spring shopping options, I decided to also tap celebrity stylists to get their takes on what you must have for the impending warm weather.
My first subject? The fabulous Phillip Bloch, an accomplished wardrobe wizard who has styled hot names like Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Joy Bryant, and Salma Hayek.

The author of, “The Shopping Diet: Spend Less, Get More,” was kind enough to talk fashion with us and offer you the scoop on a few closet essentials.

You ready?

1. Slouchy dresses.

Phillip says, “This silhouette works for women of all ages and all body types. A lot of trends this season were actually great for camouflaging: accentuating your positive and hiding your negative. Tunic style dresses are endlessly versatile. Whether you belt them or leave them loose, you’re good to go.”

2. Off the shoulder tops.

“Everyone’s shoulders look good,” Bloch says, “Showing off one shoulder is the perfect way to be sexy without being slutty.”

3. Wedge Heels.

“Loving wedges!!” Blochs enthused.

4. Colorful Bags.

Bloch advises, “Bags are a great way to get that splash of bright colors. Try melons, oceanic blues, yellows, or citrusy colors. It’s hard to pull of a really colorful outfit depending on your skin type. Bags are a great way to incorporate color.”

5. Flutter Sleeves.

“Romantic sleeves hide that part of the arm that all women like to conceal–unless you have biceps like Madonna!” he joked.

6. Nude Shoes.

He says, “Loving the nude shoes! Every woman should have a nude patent. They’re very on trend.”

7. Super Sheer Stockings.

Bloch explains, “Really sheer hose are like makeup for your legs. After winter, your skin may not be ready to show off–it shows every little flaw you have. Sheer hose can stand in until you get your legs tanned up. Hane’s Ultra Sheer Silk Reflection works on all different skin types. They’re very thin, and they don’t run. It’s a great way to smooth the legs down, pull the tummy in, and perk up your butt a little bit.”

8. Investment Sunglasses.

Bloch says, “Spend a little money on the sunglasses. I have a few crappy pairs, but with the good ones, you can get them repaired and they’ll last you for years. Don’t keep buying the same silhouette. Find something that works for you.”

9. Anything Safari Inspired.

“Get a few functional utilitarian pieces,” says Bloch, “Anything with a rustic or country feel to it.”

10. Non surgical enhancements.

“I’m an advocate of chicken cutlets, padded bras, and anything you can add to uplift your look without surgery,”
says Bloch.

What do you think?
Get more of Phillip’s shopping tips in his book, “The Shopping Diet: Spend Less, Get More.”



Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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