By Jaime Page with Kimmie Smith
Bravo TV‘s cameras roll non-stop and capture moments in the lives of pretty unique women in the Real Housewives‘ franchises. While their personalities differ, most of the ladies on the series have one commonality: a wicked sense of fashion style. TBB recently caught up with fashion stylist, Kimmie Smith. Ms. Smith, a regular on HSN, is the Editor-in-Chief of the fashion and style site, Kitten Lounge on the Sugar Network. She has also been featured in several publications, including Elle.com and Huffington Post Style. Below Kimmie share’s tips for Housewife inspired styling that can be utilized by anyone, no matter what their budget. Read on to get a dose of style savvy from your favorite Housewives‘ city.
The Real Housewives of Miami
The Real Housewives of Miami are all about great structure in their garments but done in a way that is very easy to wear. You’ll find that these ladies of the South East are prone to wearing bikinis, fabulous caftans (embellished of course) and palazzo pants when they do lunch or head to the beach. This is in an array of hues from neutrals to vibrant colors. Of course, when it’s time to turn it up, the ladies are all about body conscious numbers that have ruching, plunging V-necks and scalloped edges. As an Accessories Expert, I have to say that Lea Black is known to wear stunning statement necklaces and cuffs that are quite pricey; fortunately, the same effect can be replicated by wearing studded, natural stone or Swarovski Crystal bib necklaces and chain link role bracelets with pave Swarovski Crystals. These can be worn with dresses, rompers and jumpsuits, which are a fave of these ladies. In recent seasons, dresses by designer Jay Godfrey, can be spotted on many of the Miami ladies.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
In the land of Jersey (and I always say I am half Jersey as I grew up there during the summers), it’s all about big hair that’s red carpet ready for the ladies, fabulous lashes when you’re running errands, inviting people over for a glass of wine or even plotting against a fellow enemy. All of this can be done in chic workout gear, kimono sleeve tops paired with leggings and even a tracksuit, as long as it’s embellished! When it’s time for a night out sequins are a must, whether it’s off the shoulder, a body conscious look or a low cut back. Fortunately, there are a number of boutiques online and in your favorite stores that cater to this look, as shimmer is always fun to wear no matter the season when you’re dressing Garden State inspired. Skye tops and dresses designed by Black Halo and Herve Leger are popular among the New Jersey franchise. In terms of accessories, it’s about gorgeous bracelets that can be stacked and statement rings!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Georgia peaches are about their Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutins and these go with everything from a simple slub burnout T over a pair of leggings and jeans, all the way to an eye popping day dress or stunning gown. Looking glamorous from day to night is easy by finding bags that have classic shapes, such as hobo bags, clutches and the satchel. When it comes to your shoe game, everybody knows that a sky-high peep toe heel or a rounded shoe with amazing prints and textures is the quickest way for everyone to assess how amazing your outfit looks. To complete your “Gone With the Wind Fabulous” look. It’s definitely about the hair, whether you change it every day or have a cut that is eye catching with a signature hue, volume and texture.
The Real Housewives of New York
The ladies of New York know a thing or two about being chic as their days include lunching, going to charity events and having power dinners. These socialites like high end labels (Dolce and Gabbana is a favorite of frenemies Aviva Drescher and Sonja Morgan). However, you can have that NY look for less. It’s a simplicity that pays homage to classic sheath dresses in black and blush that could be worn from day to night and of course, owning a classic white shirt, is an essential. Keep your look crisp by stocking your closet with a classic little black dress, little white dress, oxford shirts, tailored denim and a great pair of heels.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills has a number of styles within this cast of ladies. While Kyle is known for wearing Bohemian looks that consist of wide leg pants, maxi dresses, kimono tops and more, Lisa always has a perfect sheath or day dress to wear when she is off to Sur. Although the styles may range greatly, the accessories anchor an easy way to replicate their style. This cast’s signature look is defined by their sunglasses, whether they’re aviators or large ovals. Once again, Jay Godfrey is also a favorite amongst the West Coast crowd.
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Orange County girls blend a casual style of denim with fun flirty tops, yoga gear for the daytime and of course, body conscious dresses. These ladies enjoy wearing jewel tones and pastels in slimming styles. Fabulous makeup, highlights and an array of shoes and jewels are a great way to rock their sun kissed style. Previous seasons have shown these California girls sporting flirty styles from designer Marisa Kenson. In addition, long waves with loose, tousled curls are a must to complete the look.
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