Whitney Port Has Fashion Advice For You

The designer and former reality TV star talks her upcoming wedding, beauty rituals and the red carpet blunder she regrets most.

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The days of catching The Hills and The City marathons on MTV are long gone, but we are still watching its stars closer than ever. No one can stop talking about former co-stars Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad and Olivia Palermo, especially now that all three have weddings planned in the same year (Palermo already tied the knot this June). We had the chance to talk with Port at the launch of her bridal stationery collection for Wedding Paper Divas, out August 14. While the designer kept hush-hush on her nuptials, she did share her current must-haves and doled out some valuable style tips.

Do you find any crossover with your stationery line and your fashion sense?
"You see in these collections that there's a lot of color, it's playful and it has a lot of shape and texture. I think that's really representative of my personal aesthetic."

With your upcoming wedding in mind, are there any classic wedding dresses you admire? 
"I do love Grace Kelly's. It's really, really pretty. Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's is really classic too."

Will you be designing your own wedding dress?
"I plan to design it with another designer who specializes more in evening wear. I haven't quite gotten there yet. I'm planning the day more first and that will tell me what I want to wear."

Port with her collection for Wedding Paper Divas.
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What are your go-to beauty rituals for when planning for your big day starts getting stressful?
"I think the week before I'll try to eat healthy, work out and take good care of my skin, and get a nice long manicure and pedicure."

At the end of the day, it's important to be comfortable and to really make sure that what you're wearing is an expression of you, not because it's trendy.

–Whitney Port

Any beauty product you currently can't live without?
"There's nothing I can't live without but there is Lucas' Pawpaw ointment, which is made of papaya. It's good for any burns or scratches and it's also really moisturizing for your lips."

What fashion trend is on your radar right now?
"I'm loving the sporty vibe. I just got these Nike slip-ons, kind of like old-school basketball slip-ons that you see people wearing to practice. They're so comfortable—and cute!"

What's the best fashion advice you've ever received?
"I think at the end of the day it's important to be comfortable and to really make sure that what you're wearing is an expression of you and not because it's trendy or because someone else tells you that you should wear it."

"I looked like a lady bug...it was terrible!"—Port on this look from 2007.
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Speaking of which, any look you've worn that you really regret?
"Yeah. A bunch. More from earlier on, when I was doing The Hills. There was this red dress with little black polka dots that I wore and I looked like a lady bug. I wore it with black tights on the red carpet and it was terrible! The photos keep coming back and I'm like what was I thinking. Maybe at the time it was trendy, I don't know."

How would you say your style has evolved since then?
"As I've gotten more confident, I can take more risks."

Former Associate Editor at StyleBistro. Willing to try any workout trend. Green beauty junkie. Fan of overdressing. Proud member of the cult of Beyoncé. Twitter/Insta: @kristinarodulfo Follow me: Google
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