Any woman wearing killer heels when she's on camera from the waist up is a fashionista. Giada De Laurentiis is such a woman.
De Laurentiis looks fabulous; admittedly she starts with the advantage of being beautiful and keeping her petite frame thin. Her passion for fashion is evident on "Food Network Star" Sundays, and "Giada at Home" Saturdays on Food Network.
De Laurentiis describes her style as "casual chic." Just before shooting the season finale of "Food Network Star," her makeup artist touches her up with Chantecaille foundation, Jouer makeup and Bobbi Brown liner.
De Laurentiis has always been interested in fashion, and her husband, Todd Thompson, is a clothing manufacturer and designer for Anthropologie. She shops there and at Elyse Walker, an L.A. boutique. She buys jackets and sweaters at J.Crew and separates from Madewell and Zara.
"I like to funk it up a little bit and not be so traditional and conservative," she says. "I can't wear Gucci and Prada everywhere. My favorite is to put a pair of jeans on and a nice comfortable blouse. That makes me feel sensual. Those are the images that I conjure up for cooking - sensuality and elegance - and a sense of ease. You want to convey a sense of ease but still feel great."
For jeans, she wears Rich & Skinny, Paige and J Brand. For dresses, De Laurentiis wears Isabel Mirant, Vanessa Bruno, Tucker and Rebecca Taylor. On "Food Network Star" she wears Fendi and Prada.
"I am always looking," she says. "I have a petite body. At 40, I finally figured out what finally looks good. There' s a sense of confidence that comes at 40 that I didn't have in my 20s and 30s."
Though she pads around barefoot at home, De Laurentiis loves shoes.
"I try to change my shoes as often as possible," she says. "I feel that will protect my back. I switch it up. On hot days I use patent leather black Birkenstock sandals that I love and look great with jeans."
"I have a friend who designs for Nike, who sends me the newest and latest designs, so I try to switch it up because I stand for 15 or 16 hours a day at 'Food Network Star,' and I wear heels."
"I do not wear Crocs in any way, shape or form," she says. "They make my feet like boats."
"I just want to be as comfortable as possible but still look sexy and confident," De Laurentiis says. "Women are so afraid what is going to happen to us, and as we get older, we get more confident, and that makes us better."