How To Always Look Your Best, According To Beyoncé’s Stylist

Celebrity stylist Zerina Akers knows a thing or two about getting dressed under pressure. This woman was on-hand for Beyoncé’s historic Coachella performance, and sees to it that her clients (including Chloe x Halle, Dee Rees, and Niecy Nash) always look their best. Akers has a 360 approach to styling, one that doesn’t just focus on clothes, but one that focuses on pushing for more inclusivity, especially when it comes to her clietele.

“I try to incorporate [diversity] into my life as a stylist by working with all different shapes and sizes,” Akers, who recently partnered with Dove to promote its Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant, tells Refinery29. But it’s not just her list of stylish ladies that inspires her: Akers likes to pull inspiration from a variety of places, from the girls in the hood — “that’s where every designer is secretly pulling from!” — to older women. “You can tell they’ve have been at it for years,” she says. “Because their earrings match their dress which match their hat, bag, and shoes! That is fashion.”

Though Akers was tight-lipped when it came to the Secret Life of Beyoncé, she did offer up the styling tips she swears by, from keeping your clothes simple (think: blouses and a pair of button-front jeans or heels she can actually walk in) to the secret to always making your outfits look good. Reminder: We all have the same hours in our day as Beyoncé, now we can have her same approach to style, too.

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Go Bright Or Go Home

“I always try to mix colors and prints into my closet picks, so this year I partnered with Dove and Fashion Snoops to share what colors are trending in 2018 and how to wear them,” Akers says. “I love that the colors we chose are bold and vibrant and can liven up any wardrobe. You can make your wardrobe feel new again by mixing some of this season’s bright colors with pieces you already own in last season’s more neutral tones. Invest in some colorful accessories, like fun earrings or bright pumps, to refresh your favorite winter looks.”

Invest In A Tailor

“It’s important to make sure the pieces that you wear fit. Rather than spending a ton of money on certain items, invest in a good tailor that can take your clothes in.”

Find Your Trusty Standbys

“Identify what your staple clothing items are that you can always turn to: a good blazer or duster is a must-have for me. Whether you’re dressing it up like a pantsuit or dressing it down with a pair of jeans, there’s a certain level of power I feel when I’m rocking a good jacket.”

Wear What You Love

“Whether I’m dressing myself or a client, I believe it’s important to choose what works best for you even if it means skipping out on certain trends. If you try something on in store and don’t love it — don’t buy it. At the end of the day when you walk out the door, it’s up to you to feel good regardless of the trends. If you’re wearing what looks good on you, you’ll be confident. My personal favorite is a bright pantsuit!”

If All Else Fails, Reach For A Pair Of Topshop Jeans

“My favorite high-waisted jeans, that I feel like work for most body types, are the Jamie jeans from Topshop. They’re the best because they’re stretchy. They come in all different washes and rips and are perfect for curvy women and petite women.”

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