Emmett McCarthy, Project Runway star and owner of NYC boutique EMC2, gave iMag his tips for style success.
Coat classics
A classic coat should keep you warm, looking fashionable and last you season after season. Make sure to invest in good fabrics like cashmere and try out different styles and lengths.
Shorter coats may scare you, but the right fit will look beautiful, like Emmett's Olivia cape cut coat.
• When buying a classic coat also pay attention to details like buttons, lining and collar styles. Emmett's Natasha coat is a perfect example.
Style staples
With Spring around the corner, buying a warm weather wardrobe may be tempting, but your budget may disagree.
• There are certain pieces that can be worn from season to season like Emmett's Jackie O and Eva keyhole dresses. When looking for transitional styles shop for lightweight fabrics that can be layered upon and neutral colors that work all year round.

Fashion Rules to Live By
1. If it doesn't fit, don't wear it.
No one looks good in tight clothes! Don't be afraid to size up and have a good tailor.
2. Invest in classic pieces.
Splurge on wardrobe staples that never go out of style such as a great coat, an amazing suit or a perfectly fitting dress like Emmett's Peggy jacket and Mia skirt.
3. Find comfort in fashion.
Feel comfortable in skin AND your clothes. No matter how hot a trend, if you're not comfortable you'll never look fabulous.
4. Accessorizing is key.
Incorporate trends with accessories. A great shoe, like Emmett's suede stiletto or strappy peep toe, will spice up a classic ensemble.
5. Add color.
A splash of color is a great way to add pop to a neutral outfit. This season try shoes and bags in great neon colors especially yellow and fuschia.
• For more of Emmett's designs, go to www.emmettmccarthy.com and for more fashion tips from Project Runway designers, click on fncimag.com