Step 2: Shop
This is the fun part. Follow these prompts – from the fitting room to your bedroom mirror – and never feel that buyer’s remorse again.
At the store
Ask: Will this fill a gap in my closet or create one? Think: of four outfits around the piece. “If you can only come up with one outfit for an item of clothing, it will most likely collect dust in the back of your closet,” warns fashion designer Misha Nonoo. Remember: “‘Classic’ is in the eye of the beholder,” says Chan. “Look for what works for you and your body.” Slow Down: “Be systematic about it,” she says. “Why have two just-okay blouses when you can have one really great one? It’s as simple as that.”
When you get home
Don’t leave that new blouse in the shopping bag for a week. It’s time to test out those outfits you imagined in the fitting room. You can even snap some mirror selfies of your looks—they’ll save you on those “I have nothing to wear” mornings.
If all else fails
Shop for “suitcase pieces”—the kind of easy-to-wear yet exciting finds (a tea-length dress, a suede moto jacket) that are the first things you pack no matter where you’re going.
Need some inspiration? Natalie Kingham, buying director at Matches Fashion, offers three trends to buy now and wear for years.
Old-school logos “I love the use of archive logos on accessories by Balenciaga, Gucci and Fendi.”
Fendi. Image by: Imaxtree
Sequin redux “Halpern has incredible sequined party dresses this season that I love to style with a classic black oversized Saint Laurent blazer.”
Summer boots “One of the surprising trends we saw on the spring/summer 2018 runways was summer boots – Margiela and Chloé had some Western styles that would be a reat investment for pairing with dresses.”
Chloé. Image by: Imaxtree
Ready for Step 3? Find it here.