“If your wardrobe is rotten, you can’t just throw on a cute shoe and think it’s going to work. Throw out the garbage and start replacing it with pieces that work.”Clinton Kelly (1)

Panama-born and Long Island-raised, Clinton Kelly’s resume reads: fashion expert, author, designer, and television personality. Best-known for co-hosting the hit TLC series, What Not to Wear, with the lovely Stacy London, Kelly’s superfluous sarcasm has charmed fans. London and Kelly’s mission? Find the fashionably-impaired and help boost their confidence by teaching them styling tips and tricks before sending them out shopping — total makeover included! Since the show began in 2003, Kelly has appeared in over 250 episodes.

In 2005, he began a partnership with Macy’s. The partnership, which entails some fabulous national commercials, also has Kelly going out on the road to hold style seminars around the country. In 2008, Kelly expanded his style repertoire by joining forces with Denim and Company to launch his exclusive line for QVC, Kelly by Clinton Kelly.

But, even fashion experts have a fashion faux pas here and there: “I owned a pair of pleated-front, acid-washed Z. Cavaricci jeans in high schoolin my own defense, it was 1987 and I am from Long Island, the capital of scary fashion (in the 1980s, that is).”  If you’re going to learn anything from the stylish Mr. Kelly, it should be that you have to build your wardrobe from the bottom up with pieces that will work with the rest of your wardrobe. And, like all mistakes in life, a fashion flop makes a great story.

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Written by MaryKate Guidry from LIM