Rachel Zoe Will 'Never Wear' Sneakers

08/11/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Rachel Zoe Shares Her Top Style Tips
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Thinking of wearing a kitten heel out this weekend? Ba-na-nas. According to Rachel Zoe, you have to stick to flats or go sky-high. And wide-leg jeans? So in. The celebrity stylist is sharing these gems and more in the September issue of Redbook, which features Zoe’s seven principles of style. Want some free advice from one of Hollywood’s fiercest fashionistas? Here are some tips:

Wide-leg jeans or boot-cut jeans are surprisingly flattering. “They really elongate the leg,” she tells the magazine. “People think they have to wear everything skin-tight to look smaller, but that’s just not the case. I wear my jeans with a vintage Chanel jacket and an LNA tee: It’s glamorous, but also really comfortable.”

Try a tuxedo jacket for fall if you’re feeling trendy. “It’s flattering for every size — and every age — and it can be worn seamlessly from work to a night out,” says Zoe.

Accessorize to boost your outfit impact. “It can turn a good outfit into a great one,” she says. “But edit — if you wear a necklace and earrings and a crazy bag and a crazy shoe, you’ll look like you have on a costume.”

When it comes to shoes, go high or low, just don’t go in between. “I like flats and I adore a high heel, but I don’t love a kitten heel,” she says. “It’s neither here nor there. And the one shoe I will never wear is sneakers.”

For more from Zoe (including her favorite beauty buy), pick up the September issue of Redbook.

–Kim Peiffer


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Addie Monroe on

I feel vindicated. I don’t own a pair of sneakers, either. I wear ballet flats instead for running around, which are very comfortable, or go barefoot (also very comfortable). There’s just something about sneakers that are unpleasant to look at.

Susie on

Really? well,, in the REAL World us Mommies cannot do the daily grind in 3+ inch heels sooooooo on that note-she’s neither believable or certainly realistic.I take offense to the whole kitten heel topic as I have seen another Magazine state the same thing– get this ZOE: these little heels are #1 practical #2 look fabUlous w/ dark jeans and #3 add a little class and height without breaking our legs all the while as we grocery shop/do laundry / mop/taxi/etc….. Plus–I am starting to dislike all these models/fame mongers who have made it impossible for the Normal Woman to get dressed–I mean the prices they say are for a “budget” ??? Please stop bashing the heels! I love em’ and I’ve got Prada to prove it!

Paula robinson on

Why people can be so negative and cruel , she is a fashion designer period like other people has other talents for other things she is free to express her view as an artist , why we can express our opinion without bullying ???
Rachael you are a great artist and I think you have a unique interpretation of fashion and remember people if you don’t have any positive to say better don’t say nothing

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