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Fall fashion with Clinton Kelly

Style icon Clinton Kelly visited Honolulu and shared tips for dressing better in the Islands

Posted October 9, 2012 by Melissa Chang

Macy’s Ala Moana had a special fall fashion event featuring Clinton Kelly of “What Not to Wear,” giving attendees a special preview of the season’s best looks for day, work, evening and dates. It was a bonus to be able to ask the style expert about more specific problems that we encounter in Hawaii, like dressing for year-round hot weather, being large petites, and breaking out of fashion ruts due to not having seasons.

Here are shots from the fashion show — note the captions, as we tried to include some of his tips!

Clinton Kelly's fall preview (1 of 27)

Clinton Kelly's fall preview

Before the show began, Clinton doled out advice to some audience members. In one very extreme case, he advised against washed-out capris, all-purpose workout shoes, and bland colored T-shirts. "Buy jeans to make your butt look cute," he said.

And, better yet, here are a few clips from his question and answer session after the fashion show:

No photos allowed, so here I am with Clinton and Stacy at the Mall of America in 2007.

Tyson Joines and I went to the show and, after absorbing some tips and trends, went off to find some new threads. (We wanted to get Clinton’s new book, “Oh No She Didn’t,” which was a gift with a $100 purchase that day.) We stood in line for his autograph and each got to ask him a personal fashion/style question.

Tyson, wearing a new trench coat (yes, in Hawaii) asked if it was okay to dress for fashion, rather than comfort. Clinton said it was most important to dress in whatever makes him happy, as that would show through more than the actual piece itself. And, for the record, Tyson wasn’t really sweating in the trench coat, so he wasn’t necessarily uncomfortable.

I had a ton of questions, but decided to ask Clinton how to dress for Nonstop Honolulu events so I could look fashionable without looking like an old person trying to look young. Since I’m older than most people who visit our site, I don’t want to emphasize that, but I don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard. He said the vibe he got was that I should dress in classic pieces, but dress them up and make them fun with dramatic accessories.

They didn’t allow us to take photos with Clinton, thus Tyson’s sad face after the event. We still had fun, though … and I walked away amazed that even after all these years of watching the show, I managed to learn something new. Then again, you’ve seen my lack of style, so there’s lots to learn!



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  1. bettydalycity
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Melissa, I love this entry due to I am into fashion designing freelance.  Was doing it when I was in Honolulu for a few years.  I also designed for Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco.  This season fashion is leopard prints contrast with soild fabrics.  Tunic wore as dress and also as tunic are great for wardrobes

  2. Melissa808
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    @bettydalycity wow, that’s cool! I didn’t know that….but yeah, I gotta buy more tunics! hard to find good ones……..

  3. snow
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    i love “what not to wear” and its hosts, clinton and stacy!  let’s see your WNTW outfits!  :)

  4. Posted October 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Oh how I missed this event. I watch What Not To Wear! Funny that Tyson wore his trench in HI. Last week, my hub teased me for wearing a parisian beret while in Aloha tower. So I echo what Clinton said “wear what makes you happy”. xo

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 12:02 am

    been years since i watched the show, forgot how funny he is! what did he say abt the opposite, long-waisted, short-legged women??

  6. Melissa808
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 4:34 am

    @snow haha I think I’m going to wear one today!

  7. Melissa808
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 4:35 am

    @Kath TheFabZilla haha I see women wearing berets or newsboy caps and IMHO it looks cute!

  8. Melissa808
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 4:35 am

    @nonstopmari You gotta go to the next event and ask him! No one asked that question, sorry!

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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