How I Shop: Tayshia Adams
The former Bachelorette and now franchise co-host reminisces about her favorite looks from the show (including that Rick Owens 'Men Tell All' moment), talks NYC-versus-O.C. style and more.
(plus, the aforementioned Rick Owens moment).The past year has been "a weird transition," Adams says, going from being the Bachelorette to becoming bicoastal to leading the franchise first as a mentor andnow, officially, as a co-hostfor the upcoming season — each of which has necessitated its own kind of wardrobe. As the lead on a network television program, the clothes may lean more feminine and less trend-based; but stepping into a new role within the franchise and having collaborated with
Cary Fetman, the show's stylist, on her on-screen wardrobe for back-to-back production cycles, she's been able to explore different facets of herself and infuse her sartorial sensibilities into what we see on Monday nights. "With Cary understanding my style and who I am like, he definitely can say, 'This is your rack and you will be the only one to ever want to wear these items,'" she says. "And he's right, because it's a little bit more daring. My style has definitely evolved to be daring, yet still classy and sophisticated."
That, and there's the fact that when she's not on the set of "The Bachelorette," she now splits her time between Orange County, California and New York City, where she lives with fiancé Zac Clark. Naturally, that's inspired another shift in the way she dresses. headtopics.com
"I was just down in Orange County, and the looks that I wanted to wear were very different than what I would typically wear. I looked at my closet like, 'Yeah, I've outgrown all of this. This all needs to change,'" she says. "I feel very much so myself in New York, which is amazing."
Ahead, Adams discusses how her approach to fashion has evolved over the years, reminisces about some of her favorite "Bachelorette" looks (and teases some of the fashion from Young's season, which is currently filming) and shares some of the recent footwear purchases she can't wait to wear in NYC. Read on.
Adams, wearing Oscar de la Renta (and her Neil Lane engagement ring!) at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted red carpet.Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images"I feel like my personal style is very feminine — I like dainty, sophisticated, kind of simple designs, if you will. I don't like anything that won't translate years from now. I like things that are really timeless. It could be kind of edgy at times. I will tell you, Cary [Fetman] did bring out some of the edge in me.
"That style came from a younger age. I didn't have a bunch of money growing up. I was a big bargain shopper. I always try to find clothing that can be worn a multitude of ways, and I learned that from my mom — just buying one top that can be worn with skirt, pants, jeans, this, that, this, that, and you can change it up with accessories and whatnot. That's how I've always been. Very simple. headtopics.com
"With Cary [on 'The Bachelorette'], it was my time to really embrace the fact that I was a woman, and really embrace my body, my curves, and feel powerful with it. I've never really been the type to even show off my breasts. I feel like they've been something that I've hidden. With him, it was like, 'Girl, let's fucking go' — excuse my language — he was like, 'You're looking for a husband. You love the body that you're in. You love the skin that you're in. Let's show it off.' With that, I found that there was a way to do it, but still in a classy, sophisticated way.
"I really loved that hot pink silk Galvan dress that wrapped around my neck and draped on my back. I felt very comfortable and confident with it, covering and being sophisticated in the front but also [being] able to accentuate sexy features, like your back and shoulder blades and everything like that. So I feel like that was probably one of my favorite dresses.
"Then also, my night one dress [by Randi Rahm]: I feel like it was something that was very different, that a Bachelorette really hasn't worn before, but, again, spoke to me and how I like to accentuate my body. I felt comfortable, being covered up but showing enough skin to feel like confident in myself. It's funny, I love a good set. To me, it kind of almost reminded me of a set; I had my top, I had my bottom, and it just went together really well. But I think it just flattered the most female parts of my body; my hips and my lower back are some things I actually like on myself, then my clavicles and my shoulders are some things I feel really good about — that's my favorite part of my body to show off. I was like, 'If we're gonna do this, let's think outside the box. Let's still be me, but push the envelope just a little bit.' Because that's what I like to do, and that's what that dress was. There were a lot of other gowns with skinny spaghetti straps and a low back, but this one was just a little bit more edgy and was me and how I wanted to really embrace this entire experience.
"I will tell you, they did tell Cary, because he'd been wanting to dress me for so long — him and I both drool over clothing — like, 'Fine, you want to go dress her? Here's your chance. Go all out, have fun.' And we definitely did. We definitely did. headtopics.com
Adams' "night one dress," by Randi Rahm.Photo: Craig Sjodin/Courtesy of ABC Read more: Fashionista.com »
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