I’ve worked as a fashion writer and editor my entire career.
In that time, from writing about trends for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle to hosting a fashion podcast for Mamamia, I’ve learnt some valuable style lessons.
Like how every trend, no matter how dated, cycles back into fashion eventually.
But low-rise pants didn’t suit me in 2008, and they still don’t this time around.
And those fancy international editors aren’t purchasing the majority of their designer wardrobes, so don’t try to keep up.
Given it’s literally my job to shop, I’ve also picked up some helpful tips and hacks to deploy when you’re browsing – many you probably wouldn’t expect.
Speaking of shopping, how do you wear the biggest trends of the season? Listen to this episode of our fashion podcast, What Are You Wearing?, to find out. Post continues below.
Here’s what I have to share, from one shopping lover to another.
1. Make a shopping list.
Just like you don’t do the groceries when you’re hungry, you should try to avoid shopping when you’ve got no idea what you’re looking for – it just leads to impulse purchases. To avoid regretful spending, in the Notes section of your phone, write down a list of the pieces you’re actively on the hunt for or need to fill any gaps in your wardrobe. Then refer to it next time you hit the shops.
2. If you love something, let it go.
Like dating, only with clothes. You’ll know how much you want or need an item if you leave it where you found it (this applies to online shopping too.) My rule of thumb is to give myself a week – if I can’t stop thinking about that piece and all the outfits I’d wear it with, I know it’s a keeper.