How to Match Your Outfit to Your Meal

Pairing red wine with red meat is a given. Pairing the right outfit with a meal...that's trickier. Help is on the way: Take these style cues from Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC's <em>What Not to Wear</em> and author of <em>Freakin' Fabulous</em>.
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THE SCENE: Football Tailgate
THE MEAL: Buffalo Wings
"Ditch the baggy sweatshirt and support your team without looking like a shapeless lump. Layer for warmth and wear team colors under a structured jacket. Cotton and corduroy are easy to wash, in case hot sauce lands on your lapel. Need more spirit? Buy a foam finger!"

Football Tailgate

Buffalo Wings

THE SCENE: Shopping Lunch Break
THE MEAL: Pizza
"A comfortable (but fabulous) shoe is essential for power-shopping. I recommend a heel: You'll be able to tell what the clothes you try on will actually look like. A cashmere sweater and knee-length skirt are easy to take on and off in the dressing room, but still look neat."

Pizza

THE SCENE: Date Night
THE MEAL: Surf and Turf
"That's easy: a pencil skirt and a ruffled blouse. It's down-to-earth (that covers the turf part) but still flirty and flowy (like the sea). And, by the way, no lobster is worth ruining your blouse: Ask the chef to shell it for you. You'll also spare your date from watching you dissect it."

Surf and Turf

THE SCENE: Hosting a Dinner Party
THE MEAL: Penne alla Vodka
"Wear a dress when hosting. It's one piece to throw on and looks fancy. Go for something sleeveless to keep cool in the kitchen, and opt for a big cocktail ring instead of bangle bracelets -- they'll make a distracting clanging noise while you're stirring the vodka sauce."

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