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Kim Kardashian Style Breakdown: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and How to Fix It

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Love her or hate her, the famous-for-being-famous savvy marketing queen and reality star known as Kim Kardashian has an army of stylists at her disposal and a wardrobe that can inspire envy. She has a distinct style — and our opinion on such is split right down the middle.

Kardashian has her signatures: slicked back ponytails, pouty nude-glossed lips and spider-leg eyelash extensions. It’s often a bit too much, but even when she’s overdoing it, she always looks pulled together — even if it took her about six hours to get her there.

Her style screams HIGH MAINTENANCE and she often looks like if you put her in a hot bath, she’d melt and go right down the drain (one can hope, anyway).

What’s Right:

Kimmy K. pulls off prints, like leopard, and thigh-high leather boots like nobody’s business.

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She also isn’t afraid to try a bold print, especially when it shows off her infamous assets.

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She won’t shy away from a geometric statement shoulder, either. Although we do hate that white-rimmed eye makeup; it’s too severe.

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She’s also unafraid of bold colors in unforgiving fabrics. You may remember that her frenemy Paris Hilton once compared KK’s ass to a big plastic bag filled with cottage cheese — but Kim clearly isn’t afraid of taking out the trash.

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Volume doesn’t scare Kim either, be it big hair or big fabric. And she’s an Olympic-level accessorizer — few can pair an amazing bag or leopard booties with basic black quite like she can.

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While she once regularly wore jeans, you pretty much never see her in them these days. Her version of “casual” is a pair of painted-on leather leggings.

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Here, she dresses up those leggings with a wide white cape. Again, those are two of her best style hallmarks: spicing up a casual outfit, and an ability to play with volume.

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What’s Wrong:

Oh, the excess. Her eyelashes are overkill, her lips look plumped via artificial means, and she routinely ODs on bronzer.

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Her tightly slicked signature high ponytails make her face seem too taut as well, giving her look an overall rigidity.

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KK is clearly proud of her curves (and good on her for that), but she often dresses them poorly, as in this gold and cobalt number. It’s too tight and too low-cut for a busty woman and gives her boobs the look of cantaloupe halves.

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Back in the “early days,” she showed a propensity for overdoing the whole matchy-matchy thing — and the overly-inflated lips.

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The short gold textured dress below reveals one of her rare accessorizing missteps.

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In case you weren’t sure what we meant by “rigid,” take a look at this dress. All the elements are in place. A white dress with interesting black piping, a topknot hairdo — and board-like posture.

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How To Fix It:

Some of Kim’s best magazine covers have been those where her makeup was scrubbed off and she looked fresh, so maybe she should put a moratorium on the spider lashes already. She just looks overcooked too often, and we can’t help buy wonder why she doesn’t go the soft route more often.

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Compare that to the look below — while it’s fashionable, it’s evidence of what’s right and wrong.

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Here you see Kardashian showing off her signatures without all the cardboard hardness. She’s casual in jeans but dresses them up with a leather topper, a loose shirt, fashion-forward booties, a statement necklace and a huge clutch. Her loose waves make her seem touchable and approachable rather than wax-figurine-like. This is an older photo, but she’d be well-served to pull some of that style into the way she looks today.

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