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South County Chic for Her

Styled by Jill Marinelli, with clothing from Robin B. Clothier

So Rhode Island Magazine ·

“My goal is to make every one of my clients feel like a more powerful version of themselves,” says personal stylist Jill Marinelli. “When you can teach women what works for their bodies, how to shop for it and how to create a style they love, they feel empowered and ready to take on other areas of their lives.” She offers online classes, in-person events (her next is October 13 in Providence) and one-on-one styling. “My fashion philosophy is when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good.”

Tell us about this outfit.
This is actually an upgraded version of my own personal “uniform” – jeans and a white tee. I wanted to choose a look that would be a beautiful, chic option as we transition to fall (because we don’t actually go straight to sweaters and boots in September). The cream top and microflare jeans are simple and classic, but made edgier by the belt and metallic clutch. I always think in terms of color, pattern, texture and shine – including at least one of each of those elements is the simplest way to create a multidimensional outfit that looks rich and interesting.

What’s your favorite trend for fall?
Vogue calls it “Biker Babe.” It’s moto jackets with zippers and leather. Everything is edgy and tough, but pair those elements with florals or a flowy dress and you have a beautiful balance of naughty and nice. I think every women should have a leather jacket in her closet for fall. A classic leather jacket is an investment piece, but faux leather is fine and won’t break the bank.

How do you take this outfit from day to night?
Add a pair of heels and, you guessed it, a leather jacket in an unexpected color like cognac.

When you’re dressing a client, what do you want her to know?
Dress for your body type: know what you’re working with and how to flatter it. Don’t wear clothes that make you feel bad about yourself.
Purge your closet. Everything in your wardrobe should be a reflection of who you are. Keep only the things that fit you, flatter you and make you feel fabulous.
When shopping, avoid “sales goggles.” Lots of us are easily wooed by a sale price, but neglect to make sure the item is actually something we’d love. I see too many closets that are stuffed with not-quite-right clothes that have never been worn.

Robin B. Clothier: 175 Main Street, East Greenwich. 885-9400,

Get This Look
Lola & Sophie Chiffon Top, $126
Henry and Belle Mini Micro Flare Jean, $148
Chapa Handmade Leather Clutch, $209
Brave Handmade Leather Belt, $92
T. Jazelle Handcrafted Bracelets, $48
T. Jazelle Handcrafted Crystal Necklace, $42

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