"American Housewife" Star Katy Mixon Shows Off Her Fave Confidence-Boosting Looks

Get spring style inspiration from one of America's favorite funny girls.

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Kimberly Genevieve

You probably know Katy Mixon for her hilarious role as Katie Otto on ABC's American Housewife or from HBO's Eastbound & Down, CBS's Mike & Molly, and the film, Four Christmases.

Originally from Pensacola, Florida, Mixon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and is married to husband Greer, an Olympic javelin thrower, and they have one son, Kingston Saint Greer,1, and a little girl due this spring.

"When I had my son last year, I was breastfeeding plus working 60 hours a week, and I felt like somebody pushed me overboard and yelled, 'You're gonna make it — swim!' So I'm swimming," says Mixon. "Breaux and I are in love with our baby, and now we can't wait for our little girl."

Now, the actress and busy mom shares easy-dressing ideas that work Monday to Funday  — and her secrets to fearlessly loving her looks.

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Just add a band tee.
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It's a fun convo starter you can pair with anything from jeans to a pleated skirt.

"I do life fearlessly," says Katy. "You have to keep your eyes wide open and your head high and realize that you are going to be OK. I do this with work and with being a mom — I'm a true believer that it's OK to fail and that there is power in getting back up on the horse."

Jacket,  $149, . Shirt, $18, . Earrings, $98, .

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Live in a flowy maxi.
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It's easily dressed down with a jean jacket or dressed up with a pair of heels — no wonder this ultra-flattering style is one of Katy's cutest, comfiest staples!

Katy's bombshell hair is all hers. She uses  and and works pomade into the ends to tame frizz. "Then I blowdry and hot-roll, and I'm good to go." 

Denim jacket, $80, . Dress,$90, . Heels, $55, . Earrings, $150, .

STEAL HER LOOK: Dress, $100, . C/MEO COLLECTIVE top, $125, .Denim jacket, $98, . Amrita Singh Jewelry earrings, $20 (50% off using code gh50), . Bag, $69, . Candie's heels, $50, . Skirt, $34, . Pants, $60, .

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Pair florals with anything.
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Think of this season's bold blooms as a neutral and mix them with stripes, polka dots, you name it, in a similar palette for a fun, fresh look.

"I am an adventurer and love to do many different things, but right now life is simple and complicated at the same time," says Katy. Her top de-stresser? "I play Clash Royale. Breaux and I get in our big bed with our iPads, and I'm in heaven!"

Earrings, $48, . Trench, $230 ( 20% off using code yona), . Top, $42, . Eliza J skirt, $148, . SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker pumps, $350, .

STEAL HER LOOK: Pumps, $90, . Shirt, $50, . Top, $88, . Bag, $49, . Skirt, $80, . A New Day dress, $35, . Jill Jill Stuart pants, $99, . Earrings, $32, .

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Pile on the stripes.
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Why draw the line at just one stripey piece?! More is more — as in crisp shirtdress and matchy heels.

"I'm pretty simple. I have every product in the world, but I tend to use three things: cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I love La Mer, but I like to mix that with what I buy at Target," says Katy. 

Kendra Scott earrings, $70, . Rebel Wilson x Angels dress, $149, . Heels, $60, .


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Rock a bell sleeve.
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Dramatic arms add instant flair and a little romance to a simpler dress shape.

"[When I was growing up,] we did not have a cleaning service. On weekends, we would clean! We got allowance for it. To this day, I still don't have a housekeeper. I put on hip-hop, Adele, rap, anything, and go to town. I purge and donate things that don't bring me joy or that I haven't used in a year. My kids are going to do it too."

Dress, $111, .


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Fashion Director, Kristen Saladino. Hair, Aaron Light using R&CO at The Wall Group. Makeup, Molly Greenwald at The Wall Group using Elizabeth Arden. Manicure, Jenna Hipp for Jenna Hipp Clean Beauty at Nailing Hollywood. 

This story originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of GolfHr. 

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