You can’t buy taste. That’s why there’s a whole category of celebrities who look good on camera thanks to a team of stylists… but don’t really have a strong personal fashion point of view or style aesthetic worthy of admiration.
It’s for that reason that when so many stars these days launch their own platforms — apps, sites, columns, newsletters — their authority comes into question. (Looking at you, Blake Lively, who just last week announced she’s shuttering her e-commerce and lifestyle website, Preserve.)
But on the flip side, there are those celebrities who always manage to express originality and personal style — including through their wardrobes, homes, and other lifestyle preferences — despite Hollywood’s pressures and homogenizing tendency. And those are the people we’re all about listening to.
Here are the stars with personal style sense worthy of admiration… and whose tips — whether formally offered through media properties or just set by example — are worth taking!
1. Mindy Kaling
One of entertainment’s top comediennes du jour, Mindy Kaling marks a rare breed of inspiration in Hollywood: She fears no pattern or print and seems to truly have fun with more-is-more fashion sense on the red carpet. But she equally lives for flats and flattering T-shirts, making for a relatable example of high-low fashion you can actually live in. But even more importantly, she’s all about preaching about female empowerment against odds — for instance in Hollywood, where the chips are stacked against women. That’s one of the big themes in her brand new book, Why Not Me?, which debuted at No. 1.
2. Reese Witherspoon
Sure, Reese is a boss babe in Hollywood, running her own production company. But she’s also been unwaveringly true to her Southern-girl origins, and she pays tribute to them with a new fashion, home, and lifestyle blog known as Draper James — sweetly named after her ever-hospitable grandparents. (If your dream #ootd includes pearls and white gloves worn while driving a white Cadillac — this one’s for you!) The Draper James retail brand centers on fashion, accessories and home decor, all inspired by the south. Oh and by the way? Just yesterday that sweet little Southern brand announced the closing of Series B financing in the amount of $10 million.
3. Lilly Ghalichi
The Shahs of Sunset alum may look like another fashion plate — but she’s got the entrepreneurial bona fides that back up a growing style empire. A degree-holding attorney, she’s also a powerhouse in the fashion design world. Plus, she created a line of hair extensions, Lilly Hair, and lashes, Lilly Lashes — beloved by big-name celebs capable of catapulting her success: Lady Gaga wore them flawlessly, and Kylie Jenner even shouted them out by name on Instagram… to the tune of 1 million likes.
4. Kyle Richards
We love Kyle’s style because it’s always pulled together and chic — with a dose of glitter that’s just enough to keep it ever exciting. Not quite as bling-tastic as some of the other members of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she seems to effortlessly skate that line between sophistication and exuberance — makes sense for a former accessories designer — and that’s an inspiring balance. She demonstrates her fashion prowess at her high-end shop Kyle by Alene Too in Beverly Hills, which also has an e-commerce presence.
5. Lauren Conrad
We’re not going to lie: When we’re browsing genius style finds on Pinterest, we always seem to encounter links back to Lauren Conrad’s site, which is truly inspirational on topics including fashion, beauty, wellness, and general lifestyle. No surprise here: The legit fashion designer has an authentic aesthetic worth emulating. And an empire worth emulating too: Her name is attached to a powerful brand in the media and merchandise space, including a collection with retail powerhouse Kohl’s offered in 1,200 stores around the country.
6. Gwyneth Paltrow
Few things in this world are as divisive as Gwyneth Paltrow, but her well-known lifestyle website Goop is frankly filled with tons of gems (which are to be taken with grains of salt amid all the entitlement and privilege). Through her site, homegirl offers interesting perspectives on travel (for instance on how to fly better here) and parenting (like how to get kids interested in fitness), which are in some cases relatable and actually eye opening. And she’s always true to herself — love her or hate her, she knows who she is!
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