Isaac Mizrahi’s top 10 wardrobe essentialsWith his new book, How to Have Style, about to hit stores, we asked the style-savvy Isaac Mizrahi to ID 10 closet essentials. Armed with his list of must-haves, we point out a few stars who’ve been rocking their Mizrahi-worthy wardrobe.
1. A little black dress
While the LBD comes in all silhouettes, Mizrahi recommends the versatile “little black sack dress…that you could wear either with a belt or not.” Hayden Panettiere sports a beltless version, but we bet she’d look just a cute with it cinched!
2. A slim skirt
To look super sexy if you’re plus-size or petite, “stick to slimmer shapes” and simplify by keeping your look to a few key colors, says Mizrahi. Seems that’s a rule Victoria Beckham abides by as well.
3. White jeans
“I love a white jean right now,” says the designer. “If you work a gorgeous blazer or a gorgeous sweater set with white jeans and some kind of a big shoe, you’re ready for the office.” Whether you’re into skinny white jeans like Cameron Diaz or wide-leg, trouserlike styles, don’t wait for Memorial Day to roll around before you break out the white denim.
4. A good sturdy loafer
London fashion insider Alexa Chung sports feminine loafers with a sweet dress—no doubt Mizrahi would approve of her flirty mix-and-match style.
5. A matching sweater set
America Ferrera hits the town wearing a Mizrahi must: a cardigan-and-knit-top combo.
6. A white button-down
Elle Macpherson turns a basic white oxford shirt into a great going-out look by pairing it with skinny black pants and heels.
7. Sunglasses that flatter your face
Classic Ray-Bans like the pair Penélope Cruz favors tend to flatter all face shapes and hairstyles.
8. A snug-fitting blazer
Katie Holmes—who seems to have everything on Mizrahi’s essentials list in her closet—looks cool, calm and collected in a tailored black jacket.
9. High-heel sandals
“I think you could probably live without a flat sandal,” muses Mizrahi who favors high-heeled versions. Clearly, Kelly Ripa agrees!
10. The perfect bra
As Blake Lively demonstrates, looking polished in a T-shirt and jeans is all about having a bulgeless and seamless bra.