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Are You Truly Stylish Or Just Trendy?

Here’s a 5-point guide to help you stay ahead of the pack.

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Stick to the basics
French model and long-time Karl Lagerfeld muse Caroline de Maigret doesn’t veer far from her uniform of white tees, black blazers, beige cashmere sweaters and tapered trousers. For this author of How To Be Parisian Whenever You Are, glamming up involves brushing her hair and adding siren-red lipstick. Why fix what ain’t broke?

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Know what works for you
Understand your body shape and stick to cuts and styles that work for you, says French fashion ed Carine Roitfeld. Her form-fitting just-below-the-knee skirts elongate her body proportions and show off those slender pins.

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Develop a formula
American artist/photographer Tasya Van Ree doesn’t leave home without her signature hat. It helps draw attention to her deep-set Hawaiian features and adds a unique touch to her personal style.

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Take calculated risks
Writer, stylist and photographer Margaret Zhang is no stranger to sartorial rules but defying them is what makes her ensembles interesting. An asymmetrical hem here, an unfinished seam there can make all the difference.

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Dare to dream
Fashion stylist Tina Leung is one gutsy lady as she seeks to surprise every time. To do unexpected well, the key is to role-play: biker chick today and screen goddess tomorrow. You can be whoever you want to be.

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