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Meet Therese McDonough

Peek inside the closet of Hot in Cleveland’s costume supervisor and shop the look designed by our stylist.

  • By Katie Karlson, plus tips from our expert stylist partner, Dawn Cassidy
  • September 18, 2013

Therese McDonough

“I love my job” is the first thing Therese McDonough said to us. And for a fashion fanatic, it’s a good one: Therese is a costume supervisor for television and a personal stylist with plenty of red carpet styling experience. She currently works on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, making sure, as she puts it, that all elements come together before the cameras roll.

Here’s how Therese brings all elements together for her chic, laid-back, L.A.-influenced style.

What’s your daytime work style?
My look is casual professional with a fun flair. Since I don’t do the same thing every day, I adjust my wardrobe accordingly. On Monday, I go to a production meeting then out shopping. I’ll wear dark skinny jeans tucked into boots or with wedges or flats, and a simple tee. I add a fitted blazer and throw on a scarf or a bold piece of jewelry to make it my own. I always wear a man’s oversize watch (I have one in silver and one in gold).

The day we do fittings, I’m on my feet all day. I’ll wear comfortable boyfriend jeans, a tee and cardigan, and sneakers or ballet flats. In fall or winter, I might wear a dress and cardigan with tights and motorcycle boots.

On show night, we shoot in front of an audience and have to wear black, so it’s the day I get most dressed up. I’ll wear black pants and heels or black skinny jeans tucked into high-heeled boots. I always wear a black jacket or wrap of some sort because it gets cold on stage.

How do you take your look from office to evening?
Los Angeles is generally a casual town, so a lot of my daytime looks can translate into evening easily. I always have a heel, clutch, cuff, and sparkle. I swap my flat boots for high-heeled booties and change my T-shirt to a colorful camisole or more feminine top. I trade my big daytime handbag for a clutch and pop the cuff on my wrist and a little sparkle in my ear—and go.

What’s your weekend style?
I love to play with clothes and rework pieces in my closet. I lean toward boho chic. I like to wear long, flowy dresses with chunky, earth jewelry and wedges or flat, strappy sandals; cutoff denim shorts with ethnic-print tops, cozy cardigans, and vintage accessories; short dresses with high boots; and cuffed jeans with slouchy sweaters, simple studs, and ballet flats.

What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
If you have any clothes that you don’t love, debate about, feel self-conscious in—get rid of them. Don’t buy anything you don’t love, even if it’s on sale for $5. If you don’t feel good about what you are wearing, you won’t bring your best self forward.

Many people think you have to have a lot of money to look good, but that is not true. I shop at all levels. If I love it, I buy it. Some of my favorite items are from stores like Target. I actually think it’s more fun to create a look on a shoestring budget.

We are in a very fun time for fashion. There are no specific rules to adhere to. Explore, be creative, and express yourself. But ultimately, if you can, always have a good pair of shoes and a nice handbag.

See our stylist's picks on the next page.

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