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Best Dressed

There are people who have effortless style, who always look polished and put together no matter the occasion. Then there are the rest of us. Personal stylist Jill Marinelli (who is decidedly in the …

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There are people who have effortless style, who always look polished and put together no matter the occasion. Then there are the rest of us. Personal stylist Jill Marinelli (who is decidedly in the former category) has made it her life’s work to teach people how to dress better – though it didn’t always come naturally to her, either. “As a kid, I was always self-conscious about my clothes and appearance, and I spent a lot of time distracted and worried about how I looked,” she says. “When I started figuring out what worked for me (and what didn’t) and why, a whole world opened up to me.” With her company JM Stylist, the process is extensive, involving questionnaires, mood boards and personal shopping; she also does closet consultations that are a lesson in what to keep, toss and donate out of an existing wardrobe. Marinelli is a fixture on The Rhode Show, has a new radio gig every Wednesday morning on 92 PRO FM, and is in the process of developing a hush hush television show that will premiere locally this fall. “There is a freedom that comes with looking and feeling good,” she says. “You’re no longer obsessing about clothes, and you can focus on the things that really matter. I love helping other women discover this. It’s incredibly empowering."