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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

Dawn's style picks for Therese

Therese works in a highly creative job that allows for some flexibility in what she wears. Her job requirements also vary from day to day and her needs change accordingly. We decided to focus on a couple of different looks for Therese to show how she makes her sartorial choices.

Mondays mean production meetings followed by shopping for the Hot in Cleveland wardrobe department.

1. Blazer with Sharp Details
Simple black, navy or gray blazers are great to have in any wardrobe, but consider adding pieces with interesting details. The contrasting trim on this one schoolboy blazer really makes it pop.
J. Crew “Schoolboy Blazer In Tipped Wool”; $268.00; available at

2. Striped Long-Sleeved Tee
Solid tops are perfectly fine for wearing under blazers but don’t be afraid to branch out. This horizontal striped top is versatile without being boring.
Madewell Structured Striped Pullover; $49.50; available at

3.Legging Jean
If casual is the dress code at your workplace, we think that this legging jean is a great option.
DL 1961 “Emma Legging Jeans”; $158.00; available at

4.The Go Everywhere Boot
If you’re looking for a boot that you’ll wear again and again, you might consider this short checklist: (1) a boot that’s tan or light brown in color (2) classic flourishes – like this crisscrossed ankle strap with polished gold hardware and (3) a heel that’s under two inches so that you can wear it all day long.
J. Crew “Parker Boots”; $358.00; available at

5.The Pendant Statement Necklace
When it comes to jewelry, it’s great to have a long pendant necklace (or two or three) in the rotation. It’s often just the thing you need to finish off a look built around a blazer. This one makes a statement without overwhelming.
Alexis Bittar Mod Long Circle Pendant Necklace; $205; available at

6.The Man’s Oversized Watch
This is one of Therese’s everyday essentials and there is a reason this look is so popular right now. There is a subtle sex appeal about a chunky watch that looks like you borrowed it from your boyfriend on a feminine wrist. It’s all about the contrast.
Michael Kors Oversized Watch; $275.00; available at

Show nights for Therese are less casual and the dress code is black. Because it has a tendency to get cold on set, a jacket or wrap is definitely in order for Therese.

7.Double Breasted Blazer
Blazers, blazers and more blazers. Blazers get worn at work again and again. They seem to be on everyone’s list, no matter what the dress code. But all blazers don’t have to look alike! A double-breasted blazer like this one is a great option to have in the mix.
Zara Double Breasted Blazer; $119.00; available at

8.The Bargain Finds
Therese is smart in that she shops at all price points. There are items that are definitely worth the splurge but there’s something so satisfying about a great bargain find. We love this H&M tee (Did you know you can shop H&M online now?) and Mango pant. These pieces are stylish but they won’t break the bank.
Tee: H&M Oversized Top; $9.95; available at
Pant: Mango “Crepe Suit Trousers”; $49.99; available at

9.The Gold Pendant
We showed you a different pendant for Therese’s first look. This is a simpler take on the long necklace. This particular necklace is a celebrity favorite for a reason. It’s the kind of piece that seems to go with almost everything. It’s sure to be in heavy rotation in your own wardrobe.
Stella & Dot “Rebel Pendant Necklace”; $79.00; available at

10.The Architectural Black Heel
We are all about the heel with something extra. The sculptural detailing adds interest without being flashy.
Enzo Angiolini “Caswell Pump”; $119.95; available at



Meet DawnDawn Cassidy is a fashion writer, personal stylist, and previously author of the blog Enterloop. She currently is expanding her Personal Styling services and plays host to intimate events in the NYC market. She is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology.

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