Tips and Tricks from 'The Real' Stylist
Allow Tamera Mowry's personal on-set stylist to boost your wardrobe—and self-esteem.
We can't all have the luxury of a personal stylist. Luckily, Tamera Mowry is willing to share her go-to fashion expert from her talk show, The Real. Corey Roché has his work cut out for him, coming up with fresh looks for the host each day, and now has the added curveball of dressing up her baby bump—Mowry recently announced she is expecting her second child with husband Adam Housley. Fortunately, Roché has some great tips for keeping it Real (pun intended) on and off camera. Read on to steal his behind-the-scenes secrets.
How would you describe your aesthetic? "I am a little edgy, but I like a classic look. If you look at any of the clients I’ve [worked with], you won’t see too much chunky jewelry. Things like that I don’t really gravitate towards."
How do you help your clients identify their personal style? “With any of my clients, what I like to do is have a one-on-one moment with them, either grab coffee, lunch or something light and just get to know them and have some good conversations, so I can know who you are as a person and try to exude your personality through your style. [I want to] make your style an individual look versus going by something that’s already been done. I don’t like my clients to say, ‘I want to look like Jessica Alba.’ I just get a feel for the person, try to bring their personality out and reflect it through the fashion.”
How do you reflect Tamera's personality through her on-set wardrobe? "She is a really down-to-earth girl; she loves boho-chic, but lately she’s been wanting to do a little more sexy, so we’ve been exuding that as well."
How will you address her newly-announced pregnancy? "I have to be honest, this is the first pregnant woman that I am styling, so it is a challenge. I’ve been using Destination Maternity because that is the only [retailer] I’ve found thus far that has high-fashion items. It carries Hudson, Seven and AG jeans, so it still is stylish—and expensive too. I didn’t know maternity clothes were that expensive!"
What are some of your tips for correcting wardrobe malfunctions? "I'm a vegan, and I incorporate that into my work [by trying] to use natural, effective remedies:
Treatment is just as important because you do not want to push the stain further into the fabric. [For] food stains, use the edge of a dull butter knife to gently remove residual food without rubbing the stain. [For] liquid stains, be careful not to rub the stain; simply blot it with a dry cloth, then attempt stain removal."
What advice do you have for our readers about finding their own personal style? "I always say, 'Be you. Be an individual.' Just because someone else doesn’t wear it doesn’t mean you can’t make it hot [or] that it won’t grab people’s attention. A lot of people get consumed with saying their style is what the designers and stylists convince the world, and that’s not the case. That’s our style, our interpretation. Your style is 100 percent naturally you, so you need to exude that."
Catch more of Roche's eye for fashion by tuning in to The Real Monday through Friday (click here for local listings).