'The Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger: 'I am a busty girl. I have had two reductions'

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It takes a certain amount of bravado -- and the right body and bank account -- to pull off a bejeweled bustier.

Patti Stanger of Bravo's "The Millionaire Matchmaker," airing Thursdays, has all, and a lifelong love of clothes. Plus she makes quick judgments about people from their clothes and knows that everyone else does as well, so she pulls her look together.

The third-generation matchmaker from New Jersey comes by her love of fashion genetically, even if she does have a stylist.

Stanger describes her father, who wore monogrammed shirts, as "half Tony Soprano, half metro. He dressed Sinatra style when I was growing up." Her mom shopped in New York, and Stanger learned how to put together outfits on her own terms.

She's well aware of her body type, curvy and now slim, and tells Zap2it, "I live in fitted [clothes]. I don't like boho. I am a busty girl. I have had two reductions. You don't lose it in your boobs like everyone thinks you do."

The vintage bustier came from a boutique in Los Angeles that also makes clothes for royalty. Her jeans are 7 for All Mankind, and the blazer is Guess.

"I am a jeans girl to my heart," Stanger says. "I am now obsessed with Mother jeans. I am always looking for the boot leg. I like to mix vintage with modern-day apparel. I just spent $4,000 at my favorite little store. The glitter shoes [are] Le Silla."

Giovanni gowns like this one are not insanely expensive and fit so well. "I go to them when I need that va-va-va-voom dress," Stanger says. "I am not the girl who can wear the Kate Hudson gown. I am more like a Sofia Vergara girl."

In addition to handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces like the bustier, Stanger also has Target tops such as this Mossimo tank. Here, she pairs it with a BCBG skirt. The necklace is a vintage find. "I collect Indian vintage jewelry. It's really hard to find these days. It's either crappy or really great vintage stuff." Stanger wears a lot from designer Alka Vora. Basic black Louboutin pumps complete the outfit.

From a gown to a miniskirt to no skirt, Stanger is a huge fan of bodysuits, particularly this one from Dolce & Gabbana. Now there are not many occasions calling for just a bodysuit, but Stanger considers is an essential layering piece. "The first act of defense is when I have to hit the carpet, I do it with Dolce & Gabbana -- they come up with a million bustiers and bodysuits."

"Bodysuits go a long way," she says. "You don't need a bra. It opens at the bottom, and [you] can still go to the bathroom. These are fitted, and these are pieces that can stay in your wardrobe a long time."
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