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Since she wrapped up her reality hit, The Simple Life, five years ago, Nicole Richie has grown up and glammed up. The mom of two has reinvented herself as a style icon and launched well-regarded clothing and accessories lines (Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960, respectively). Now that she’s headed back to the small screen as a mentor for NBC’s new reality competition show Fashion Star — alongside Jessica Simpson, designer John Varvatos and host/executive producer Elle Macpherson — American Way quizzed her for her three best style tips.
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Go Bold with Accessories
“If I had to choose what I’m going to splurge on, I would always go for a great accessory. You can have a great pair of shoes with jeans and a T-shirt, and it’s the shoes that make the entire outfit. Sunglasses, a great bag — these small things can really make your look unique.”

Have Fun with Fashion
“I think of fashion as a form of expression. People shouldn’t take it too seriously. Have fun, experiment and be OK with the fact that you’re going to look back in 10 years and laugh at yourself.”
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Choose Classic Pieces
“Some things are always in style. I’m a big jeans-and-T-shirt person. If you have a great classic white tee, I would not get rid of it. And there are other staples, like a great blazer, that you’re always going to use. I wouldn’t be so quick to throw things away, because you never know what kind of mood you’re going to be in.”