About Nina Garcia
Nina Garcia is the editor in chief of ELLE, the No. 1 fashion magazine brand in the world, with 46 international editions. She began her fashion media career at Mirabella and served as fashion director of ELLE from 2000 to 2008, after holding other roles with the title since 1995. Before her return to ELLE, Nina was the creative director of Marie Claire, where she introduced franchise editorial sections and award-winning fashion content.
Responsible for covering the designer fashion markets of New York, Milan and Paris, Garcia is an elite authority of the industry who has cultivated an adoring global fan-base of fashion “insiders.” She has hosted the red carpet for ABC’s Oscar telecast, has been a judge on the Peabody Award-winning show Project Runway since it launched in 2004, and serves as a style expert on programs including Good Morning America, The View, Today, CNN and more.
Garcia is a New York Times bestselling author of four books on style. She was honored by Fashion Group International in 2010 with the prestigious Oracle Award and in the same year, received the Individual Achievement award from the Hispanic Federation. In 2015, Garcia received the Champion of Educational Excellence Award from the Oliver Scholars Program. She accepted The Daily’s Magazine of the Year Award in 2018 after her first year as Editor-in-Chief of ELLE.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, she is a graduate of Boston University and Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Golden Rules of Styling
It took Nina Garcia years to develop her unique style and vision, so it’s okay if you don’t feel confident in yours quite yet. To get you thinking like a professional stylist, here are a couple tried-and-true fashion guidelines (in no particular order) that will have you looking great in no time.
- 1. Price doesn’t matter as much as arrangement. If you can pair an expensive blouse with outlet jeans in a way that makes sense, then more power to you!
- 2. Don’t be afraid of color. If you feel like there’s something missing from your outfit, you have permission to throw a red purse, blue shoe, or yellow jacket into the mix. But, at the same time…
- 3. When in doubt, black it out. Black really does go with everything. Plus, if you’re really in a fashion pickle, know that head-to-toe black will never not be fashionable.
- 4. Accessories can complete any outfit, but stick to the less-is-more mentality. Avoid pairing big earrings with a large statement necklace or standout hair clips — it’ll overwhelm your whole look.
- 5. Above all, confidence is key. Even when you’re not sure it’s a home run, if you saunter outside in your outfit with swagger, you’ll be a fashion champion every time.