Julie Matos

Julie Matos

Julie Matos is well known for her signature styling.

The famed fashionista has suited up the likes of Demi Moore, Jennifer Hudson and many more stars for red carpet and editorial appearances, keeping her A-list clientele on trend with her twists on the latest fashion looks.

As for her take on fashion, the Boston-born stylist says it's making fashion statements isn't about rocking the most expensive designer's duds, but rather mixing high and low end brands.

"You don't need to wear expensive clothes to be stylish, you just have to wear the right combination of things and accessorize," she told Lookbooks.com.

Check out Julie Matos' three hard, fast rules to making a fashion statement on the red carpet!

Gotham, Julie Matos


1. Indulge in Color: "Don't be afraid to use COLOR," Matos said.  "A single colorful piece or accessory can instantly update your look." Pantone, known as the global authority on color, predicts that the spring color palette of 2014 will be a "color equilibrium" of soft pastels paired with vivid brights. Therefore, think soft purples and minty green against bright yellow, bright blue and yellow. "These color pairings give you liberty to playfully mix and match colors and pieces, of the same or even different textures," she continued.

2. Get Eclectic with Jewelry. "I don't believe in playing it safe with jewelry," Matos also said. "As a matter of fact, the greater the statement you can make with your jewelry, the better. The beauty of jewelry is that it takes your look to the next level with the simple layering of one piece, transforming a look from great to spectacular."

Matos says every girl should own at least one statement necklace and bracelet, and that oversized rings are "awesome assets" to have. "You'd be surprised how often you can wear them," she went on.

To find statement-making accessories, the style maven frequents vintage stores and estate sales to score her best and rarest pieces. "Some have been with me for countless years," she said.

Elle Canada, Julie Matos


3. Unique Shapes and Textures: "The more unique the jacket, skirt, purse, shoes or any other garment or accessory, the better," Matos said. "A striking, different silhouette is what makes it one of a kind for the person wearing it. I am daring with my personal style and impart that on the people I work with."

Matos is always looking out for "the coolest, most memorable and unique pieces to infuse into any look." And it's okay to balance those out if it feels a bit overwhelming. For example, she says, "if you come across a unique fur coat, you can keep it simple underneath with a tone on tone dress and heels to balance the overall look."

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