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Inside Stacy London’s Closet

She’s comfortable going through other people’s closets — now style guru Stacy London is opening up her own.

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Stacy London, the snarky and sweet co-host of TLC’s hit makeover show “What Not to Wear,” has become known as a fashion maven. And with nearly 300 pairs of shoes and a resumé boasting styling gigs for celebs, designers and advertising campaigns, it’s no wonder.

The 39-year-old New York City native got her start at Vogue before becoming senior fashion editor for Mademoiselle and later landing the TLC job, where she helps the fashion blind find polished looks that match their style and personalities. The professed shoe addict says the right heel, flat or boot can make all the difference in creating the right fashion statement.

“I have a wonderful pair of round-toe, rhinestone-embellished emerald shoes from Prada that have very short heels. But with the perfect lady-like dress, they’re fantastic,” London said. “If you’re going for vampy or modern or architectural, the higher the heel, the closer you are to God. That’s my feeling.”

London has starred on TLC for six seasons and said her on-screen look has her in sky-high heels almost all the time. But when she’s kicking back in her Brooklyn neighborhood, making the rounds of her favorite shops, she has a much different shoe persona. “Flats are kind of my secret Brooklyn look,” she said. 

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recently caught up with the style expert at her home and took a look inside her sprawling walk-in closet.


Brands owned: Christian Louboutin, Dior, Eley Kishimoto, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Mike & Chris, Nine West, Sergio Rossi, Steven by Steve Madden and Via Spiga, among others

Organizational strategy: London gutted a spare bedroom to create her walk-in closet, which includes two walls for shoe storage. “I thought I had built a large enough space, but I was mistaken. I have 200-something shoes in my closet, but had to put the rest in storage.”

Oldest pair: A pair of vintage Anne Klein cork wedges from 1974 bought on eBay about 10 years ago. “Those are definitely the oldest made, [but] I’m a big recycler. There are shoes I’ll hold onto because I love them, but I try not to be sentimental about things. I never hold onto things because it’s like, ‘Oh, I wore that to my prom.’ That kind of attachment keeps you from moving forward and evolving stylewise.”

All-time favorite shoe: “Right now, it’s probably the 6-inch platforms from Christian Louboutin with the rounded toes. That man is a rock star.”

Most comfortable pair: Mike & Chris combat boots.

Most uncomfortable pair: “If a shoe is completely beautiful and tall with a super-high heel, I’m willing to suffer. [But I did have] a pair that I had to get rid of, and I sold them at a charity event. They were Givenchy gold, open-toe, 6-inch heels, and the reason they were uncomfortable is because they were at least a size too big, and it was impossible to manage the heel height and the size. It was so hard — so hard — to let them go because they were such beautiful shoes.”

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