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January 6, 2009

Find Your Signature Style

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woman in red jacket and black pants

Jacket, $595, 3.1 Phillip Lim; tank, $95, DKNY; pants, $128, French Connection; shoes, $775, Jimmy Choo; long necklace, $1198, Alex Woo; Hannaway's own Helen Ficalora star necklace.

Photo Credit: Perry Hagopian

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"I wear a lot of tailored, fitted jackets with skinny trousers. A jacket can make an otherwise plain outfit look special." - JENNINE HANNAWAY, VICE PRESIDENT OF PR, REVLON

THE LOOK: Minimalist

HER STYLE MANTRA: "Clean lines. Lots of jackets, especially with military-inspired details. A jacket can make an otherwise plain outfit look special."

WARDROBE STAPLES: "Solid pieces in gray, blue, black, or brown. Then I add a nice pop of color with a red shoe or hot-pink bag. I love scarves. And I wear a lot of tailored, fitted jackets layered over tanks with skinny trousers."

SO NOT HER STYLE: "Anything puffy. I don't feel comfortable in things that are billowy because they're overpowering. I don't wear one designer head-to-toe; I try to mix Phillip Lim and a great designer shoe with more affordable pieces from Uniqlo or Club Monaco."

HER INSPIRATION: "The sheer, neutral lip tints in our Beyond Natural collection - I think of them when I wear a sheer blouse under a jacket. It looks polished without trying too hard."

PUTTING IT TOGETHER: "Instead of wearing chunky jewelry, I'll take delicate pieces and layer them, two or three necklaces deep. And to change a work outfit to an evening one, I trade my big bag for a clutch and my flat boots for heels."

JENNINE'S STYLE TIPS:

  • Don't worry if your personal style isn't defined yet; mine wasn't until a few years ago. It comes about as you get comfortable in your own skin.
  • Go shopping by yourself sometimes. You learn to trust your own instincts and not rely on what others think.
  • Even if you can't afford what's walking down the runway, take notice: It gives you an idea of what styles to look for in stores within your budget.


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