Carson Kressley Makes Over a PARADE Reader!

PARADE Modified: May 30, 2012 at 11:15 am •  Published: May 29, 2012
Fashion expert Carson Kressley may love his clothes and accessories, but that doesn't mean he's oblivious to the sometimes sky-high price tags accompanying them. "I had done so many makeover shows and I was always coming back to these same silhouettes but they were harder and harder to find and when we did find them, they were always in the more expensive stores," he told

This shopping plight of the every day woman is the driving force behind his new clothing line Love, Carson for ShopNBC (check it out here!). "I kept thinking how great it would be if someone made those clothes at a price anyone could really afford so I made a mental catalogue of these pieces and when ShopNBC came to me and asked if I had any ideas for a line, I did!" he said. "It really was that old adage of necessity is the mother of invention. I wanted to fill that need."

Kressley describes the line as "easy, instant, affordable glamour" with pieces that feel transformative but don't break the bank. As for his the most common fashion mistake people make? "The one I see often deals with size," he says. "A lot of times people are wearing sizes that are too large to camouflage things or too small and tight in order to be sexier."

Kressley kindly took a look at a photo PARADE reader Cynthia S. sent in and gave his tips on what items from his line might work the best for her:

1. "The biggest trend right now is colors," Kressley says, who focused on this orange cardigan and hot fuchsia maxi dress.
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