Ask Toni: Style Advice from Our Associate Editorial Director

Words by Jody Hume | 1.30.18
Instagram. It’s a great place to get inspiration, (maybe too much inspiration?), as you endlessly scroll through the feeds of celebrities, influencers and stylists. But beyond inspiration and FOMO, there is advice. Now you can get it in appropriately instant form by, say, posting a poll in your story about a particular look, but sometimes you have a more abstract question, or one best handled by an expert — an expert like our Associate Editorial Director, Toni Lessler Mills. She’s picked up more than a few fashion lessons in the trenches at Burberry, as a bright young thing at Swarovski, and now here at The RealReal. We invited our Insta followers to DM us their style questions, and they didn’t disappoint. Scroll through to see Toni’s answers.

Q: Which investment bag should you blow your savings on?

This was a popular one, and for good reason. Some people were contemplating their very first big handbag purchase, some were leaning towards Chanel, and others wondered whether to go full-blown Birkin. Toni broke it down with three options for different investment bag needs.

Shop Céline; Shop Gucci; Shop Hermès

Q: Do you really need to wear ugly shoes this season?

With the recent bomb cyclone on the East Coast, questions abounded about footwear that’s both warm and chic (although are UGGs chic? A question posed by both Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Rihanna). Toni’s tips: stick with classics that can be winterized if necessary.

Shop combat boots; Shop chelsea boots


Q:How do you build a wardrobe of classics once you can invest?


One lucky Instagrammer had landed a job that finally allowed her to indulge in designer pieces. She wondered how to spend her new fashion budget wisely on high-quality classics, and Toni shared her go-tos.

Shop denim; Shop trenches; Shop totes


Q: How do you style your trench for spring?

There was a lot of interest in perhaps the most key of transitional garments: the trench. In addition to her tip above about picking out a style that’s oversized and easy to throw on over anything, Toni demonstrated what she tells us is an official Burberry trench styling tip.

Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for the next Ask Toni, and in the meantime shop more editor-approved picks here.
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