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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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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
ex nay on the outfit!
pandatours pandatours 9 years
I think Project Runway's judges are the strongest panel for a reality show. Nina and Michael Kors always add really great commentary and insight, though I do think that sometimes MK is a little too biased in his own vision of things.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Umm, for someone who gets all kinds of judgmental every Wednesday night on ProjRun, she might to rethink that ridiculous sequined feather duster that she's wearing.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I just wish, really wish, she would DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH HER HAIR!!!!!
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I like her take on "it" bags. They're too ephemeral. Take Ashley Olsen, she's always carrying the same black crocodile fendi bag. Because it is timeless.
caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 9 years
I am not a big fan of Nina - I think she has a nasty attitude. And my Gawd, that dress is horrible!
whtevjenny whtevjenny 9 years
I know another fashion don't! Her hideous dress!
mommie mommie 9 years
I agree, that dress does not flatter her.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Nina, what are you wearing??
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
Good. now I don't feel bad when i buy every handbag in Black and chocolate. Every now and then, I go for a pop color. but mostly i stick to what i can wear with anything in my closet and i don't get sucked into being a trend whore; Know you're own style ladies . . .
TASTEthiss TASTEthiss 9 years
terrible outfit, great answers.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
It seems like she really took the time to answer these questions, which is wonderful. Although I think it's worth mentioning that lower heels improve one's posture, but higher ones definitely don't. It's nice to know that she's 5'4", though 'cause I'm only 5'2"!
dannysf dannysf 9 years
Nina is too, too Fab! Love it!
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 9 years
We shouldn't be taking fashion advice from someone who's wearing that (but I love her style most of the time :))
mrsk02 mrsk02 9 years
I think her outfit is ugly.Too much black.She looks like she is going to a funeral instead of a party.
fruityjen fruityjen 9 years
I love Nina and I think Elle is really sensitive to women's (and girl's body and self esteem issues! I know that I'm no runway model...but that's OK for me! I don't expect mags to be filled with "real women". And if I'm not feelin "it" one day, it's not bad self-esteem! I'll just use bubbles bodywear to make my butt look better, nu-bra to give me boobs, my fave H&M hat for bad hair ays...and I eat well to make sure that I look good naked too! I agree with Nina...classics are always the answer - with a touch of a trendy accessory or personality in an outfit. Wear what flatters your body most and don't worry about trends!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea, i don't really like ehr choice of an outfit here...
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