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Emily Baker of Aurora shows off her new dress while posing for a photo with television fashion personality Stacy London Saturday at Westfield Fox Valley Mall in Aurora. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 10, 2012 6:25AM

McKenzie Sheridan accessorized her black and white shirt and tailored ankle-length pants with a pink beaded necklace and turquoise faux leather handbag when she met fashion icon Stacy London at the Westfield Fox Valley mall.

“Stacy said I was very stylish,” said Sheridan, of Naperville.

The fashion stylist of the reality television show “What Not To Wear” on cable channel TLC made an appearance at the mall on Saturday to help women perfect their styles and stay current with trends.

Sheridan, 25, said she has been a loyal viewer of the show and was interested in meeting the co-host. “Stacy said she was expecting everyone to ask her for advice but found everyone already stylish,” said Sheridan, a speech pathologist by profession.

London was wearing tailored ankle-length black slacks with a white blouse and purple vintage looking cardigan that complimented her four-inch fuchsia-colored heels when she walked into a cordoned area in the mall’s center court.

After a personal meet-and-greet with London, 250 women had their photos taken with her and some of them had a 15-minute consultation with fashion stylists from her fashion company Style for Hire.

Deirdre Cooper works at an upscale resale boutique in Aurora and was interested in London’s suggestions for fall fashion trends for her customers and fashion advice she could take home.

Cooper was engaged in looking at clothes from the Westfield Closet with a New York stylist when London surprised her by asking what types of clothes she was selecting.

“Stacy is real down-to-earth,” Cooper said. Cooper said the New York stylist suggested pairing teal-colored slacks in a small houndstooth pattern with a silk graphic-designed brown blouse and faux animal print heels — something she would never have thought of.

“That would totally take me out of my comfort zone,” Cooper said.

Renee Moore of Naperville said she admires how London is positive and personal to talk with. “She said to mix patterns for depth in your clothing,” Moore said.

Carmen Guerrero of Aurora said she admires how London accentuates a person’s best qualities with the right style of clothes. Guerrero said she works in the health care field as a medical interpreter and has to dress in corporate attire. On Saturday, Guerrero came dressed casually in a magenta colored shirt and jeans.

“Stacy suggested I get rid of the long-sleeve shirt and get myself a blouse,” said Guerrero, 51.

“Women tend to dress bland,” New York stylist Kate Powell said. “Corporate women tend to wear a grey suit with a white blouse and call it a day — there is so much more to dressing for work that is professional and stylish,” Powell said.

Having your own identity in the workplace is invaluable, she said. She said women tend to get “conflicting messages” about how they should dress. “Women should find the right clothes for them — it is not a one-size-fits-all formula,” Powell said.

She said London’s philosophy is for no one to feel excluded from fashion. “It is important to accentuate your assets,” Powell said.

Sara Perry, of Aurora, said she was interested in meeting the television star but for the time being considers herself “fashion challenged” because she is expecting her first child. “I am four-months pregnant so I am lucky to find anything that fits,” she said.

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