08/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Spanx Founder Sara Blakely On Luck, Gwyneth Paltrow, And Wearing Wigs

Balance also plays a role in Ms. Blakely's personal sense of style. A tomboy as a child, the entrepreneur (and one-time "Rebel Billionaire" reality-show contestant) is partial to jeans. But with the television appearances and business meetings she has these days, she's learned to pair low-key separates with high-end couture.

"I'll mix a lot of things," says Ms. Blakely, who is also a judge on ABC's "American Inventor." "I'll wear a Temperley dress with flip flops, or I might be in head-to-toe Gucci and have on a ring that I got from a gumball machine for 50 cents."

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