For this very special edition of celebrity style reconstructed, we break down the personal style of America’s favorite personal finance advisor, the amazing Suze Orman.
There’s no doubt that Suze Orman’s style comes from, well, Suze Orman. And nothing is more stylish than a woman who understands and develops a personal style that comes from within herself (versus some hired stylist).
From her love of a good jacket to her stylish and easy short hair-do, Suze’s style reflects her bright personality and the realities of being a financial advisor to millions, without drowning herself in traditional banking blue. While we want our financial peeps to be fiscally prudent, Suze shows that as financial person, you don’t have to carry that prudence over to your wardrobe.
How to dupe Suze Orman’s clothes and style
The Suze Orman jacket strategy
Suze’s love of jackets is well documented (Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig does a HILARIOUS send up of Suze and her love of a good jacket). Jokes aside, Suze’s strategy of focusing on colorful tops and simple bottoms is great for those who either don’t like to shop or find styling themselves each morning to be one step above getting a root canal.
Applying the Suze Orman jacket style strategy to your closet:
- Create three sections in your closet.
- Cut three pieces of cardboard, sized 3 inches tall by 4 inches wide.
- Label the three cardboard pieces “jackets,” “tops,” and “bottoms.”
- Cut a slit in each piece (big enough so they can fit tightly on the bars/railings in your closet)
- Divide your closet into each of these sections. Pants go in the bottoms section, shirts go in the tops section, and so on.
- When shopping, focus on purchasing tops in colors that work for your skin tone. Keep your pants, skirts, and as basic as possible. That means solid neutrals like black, grey, and navy blue.
Buy pieces you can wear on repeat
Take a page out of Suze’s style book and buy pieces that you love and will wear time and time again. I can imagine Suze applying cost-per-wear to her purchases at the local Chicos. By the looks of it, she’s mastered the contept.
Now I’m pretty sure that the bronze shaw collar jacket wasn’t exactly budget, but as you can see Suze is working it on the red carpet, at a photoshoot (color change due to photo editing), at the Human Rights Campaign’s Annual Dinner in 2008, and on the red carpet as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people.
Suze Orman hair: Short, highlighted
Busy, mature fashionistas should pay particular attention to Suze’s easy, nonsense short hair do. Things to note:
- Highlights reduce the contrast between your face and your hair — which in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
- Long hair draws attention to your neck, which is a problem area for many fashionistas of a certain age.
There are a few more takeaways from Suze Orman’s clothing choices and style. e your own woman. Wear what you love. Authenticity automatically looks amazing on you.
Let go of the old reluctance to re-wear your pieces too often or to more than one big event. One, be your own woman. Authenticity automatically looks amazing on you. Two, let go of the old reluctance to re-wear clothes too frequently or to more than one big event. And finally, pick your signature piece. For Suze Orman, it’s the jacket. What’s yours?