Nicole Richie On How To Dress For Anything Life Throws At You

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Nicole Richie has already established herself as a major style muse of ours. She’s also arguably one of the greatest early-aughts fashion-reinvention case studies around, reminding us to have a sense of humor and some perspective on our most questionable sartorial choices. But soon, Richie is about to be your holistic life guru: On November 8, she and seasoned producer and talent executive Ramey Warren are launching Pearl xChange, a series of events all about empowering women. So, she might as well put her guru pants on early to help us solve some of our most pervasive fashion quandaries first, right?

"Pearl xChange is a platform for women who are just starting to understand their own power,” Richie told Refinery29 of her first foray into live-events programming. “We will be talking about conscious living, health and wellness, building your business, friendship, fear, change, and science.” Richie has quite a tight knit support group in her personal life, so it makes sense that she’d want to create a forum for other women to connect and empower one another. “My girlfriends are family to me — some have been in my life since I was as young as 2 years old. These women know me inside and out,” Richie says.

So, what kind of sage wisdom do you receive if you’re lucky enough to be in Richie’s inner circle? “We women need to be looking at our differences in a positive light… Everybody has their own strength, and it’s by joining our strengths that will lead us to evolution,” Richie says of the advice she’s dispensed recently.

You’ll have to hang tight for a few weeks to experience Richie’s female-empowerment extravaganza, but you can snag your tickets to Pearl xChange now (with a special deal, valid through October 25, if you roll through with a pal). We've got something to tide you over while you’re awaiting a potential complete life overhaul thanks to Richie: The star dispensed some candid advice to answer that seemingly perpetual question, “What do I wear to…?” Whether it’s a rowdy bachelorette bash for those averse to sausage-casing-esque minidresses, or a birthday shindig for the single-digit age demographic, Richie has a few getting-dressed ideas for you. “Fashion is a space for me to be an individual,” she says. “It’s the ultimate form of self-expression.” Amen to that.
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“I would go the route of wearing a tuxedo. [There] are ways to look great without feeling uncomfortable. Comfort is everything to me. I cannot walk out of my house, be out for seven hours, and not feel like I can break into a dance at any moment, so it’s about finding that fit you’re comfortable in. Everyone can find it; it might not be what everyone else is wearing, but it is out there!”
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“You want to look sophisticated, comfortable, and young. My go-to outfit in general is a white T-shirt, black slacks, hair pulled back, and a red or orange lip, depending on the season. Or, you can’t go wrong with all black.”
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“I can’t promise the outfit is going to not make you want to kill yourself the next day! But just find creative ways to be dressed up. You don’t have to wear the super-short dress. You can wear something a little longer — and flats, so you’re not face-down in a puddle of tequila.”
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“I think this question to myself all the time! My first thought is, put on jeans. My next thought is, I hate jeans. They’re uncomfortable, and after hour four, who wants to feel like that? I’d go with jean shorts, if the weather is appropriate. Or maybe a jumpsuit — Raquel Allegra makes really great jumpsuits.”
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“Oh god, I don’t know! Black? Just black.”
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“Just take a change of clothes and change on the plane. My dad [Lionel Richie] has always done that — he gets on the plane in his sassy outfit, then he changes into sweats during the flight, and puts his sassy outfit back on after. It makes sense! I do it all the time.”
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“Wear your favorite pair of skinny jeans and a white T-shirt, because everything you’ll be trying on looks good with that. And if you’re trying on clothing, wear a little slipdress or something you can get on and off easily.”
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“I can’t imagine who wouldn’t want to go all in for Halloween! Put on scrubs and say you’re a doctor or nurse, I guess.”
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“Who even wants to go to a kid’s birthday party if you don’t have kids? You’ll be there for an hour-and-a-half; wear whatever you want to be wearing for the rest of your day.”
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“Wear a printed jumper. That way, no matter what kind of sauce you spill, no one will know.”
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