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Nina Garcia Answers Our Fab Questions, Part II

Ta da! Here's more fashion advice from Fab-favorite Nina Garcia. Seeing as how she's the ELLE fashion director and Project Runway judge, we should be all ears to what she has to say. She is doing a blog tour and answering all of our fashion and Project Runway questions. As promised, Nina delivered and here's the second set of Q&As. Enjoy!

I would love to get your thoughts on accessory don'ts. Are there things, trends, etc. that we should not do when accessorizing?

I think It bags are an accessories don't. Season after season women become so enchanted with these of-the-moment fads and spend a great deal of money on a look that has the shelf life of 3–5 months. Instead, I think investing in a classic bag that, historically, has stood the test of time: Louis Vuitton Speedy, Hermes Birkin, Chanel 2.5. Another accessory don't is when women get too excited with their accessories and wear them all at once! Wearing the statement ring, statement necklace, and statement earrings all at once will not make a statement, but look too much. Keep it to two pieces, like a chandelier earring and cuff or a more dramatic necklace and cocktail ring to personalize your look.

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I know people still wear flares in a skinny-jean world, but do you think flares/bootcut jeans will ever make a comeback? Or should I go get all my Sevens tailored to a skinny fit?

Stop! Your prayers have been answered. As with everything, fashion is cyclical and what is old is almost guaranteed to be new again. The same goes for flares. Some of the best designers — Prada, Cavalli, and D&G — all featured flares down the runways for Spring. So save your money and rest assure that you are ahead of the trends this winter by wearing your flares before Spring hits the stores.

Do you think the fashion world helps or harms women's sense of self (especially about weight) in a size-zero-model world? This especially pertains to young women who aspire to this unrealistic body image. What can (realistically!) be done to change that?

At ELLE we have always made a conscious effort to work with models of different sizes that represent a healthy body image. We have always celebrated real women, and I think that the fashion industry has initiated awareness of the problem by certain designers having a weight requirement for models that are cast for runway shows.

I would like to know how being a new mom has affected your style?

I do not think that becoming a mother has really affected my style that greatly. I think that my approach is a little more organized because I have little time to do so.

Which do you prefer more, heels or flats and why?

I prefer heels because at 5'4" I was not exactly born at a supermodel height but love the feeling of being tall. Heels naturally give you a leaner silhouette, improving posture and elongating legs, and who wouldn't want that? I love flats as well! I have many Grecian sandals and ballerina flats in my closet when I want comfort.

Stay tuned for Part III and to see more answers from Nina on our blogger friends' sites check out Fashionista, BussBuss, Coquette and Fashiontribes.


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