This is not to say you should pile on layers of makeup or deck yourself out in a bodycon dress and platform heels for your trip to the mall—your daily beauty routine and a chic, easy-on, easy-off outfit (a T-shirt dress and Nikes) will do just fine.5. (We can't all be as naturally gifted as Cher Horowitz, try as we might.) So in an effort to put all my practice to good use—and hopefully lessen the number of terror-filled days you spend at the mall this season—I've compiled a couple of tips to live by. I have found this "rule" to be the absolute most important…and also the hardest to follow.Check 'em out below, and if you still have unanswered questions, speak up in the comments—I'll be sure to get right back! We've all fallen down the slippery slope of a less-than-kept-up wardrobe and have gotten to the point where suddenly we need a new version of : black pumps, black pants, jeans with a flawless fit, a classic bootie, a blouse, a blazer, and so on.From there, you really just need one thing to wear it with and you're good to go. You really don't know how something is going to look on you until you try it on…for better or worse.This will encourage you to shop outside of your comfort zone, and chances are, you'll start finding more things that will go with that new piece. Sometimes a piece is stunning on the hanger but just doesn't look right on your frame and sometimes it's the other way around.
Styles evolve—don't hold yourself back by choosing the same things over and over again.4. Trust me, if there's anyone who'd much rather shop in her sweats with no makeup on, it's me. Think about it this way: If you're trying on a pretty date-worthy dress over a sports bra with a nest of unwashed hair on your head and a shiny T-zone, you're sort of setting yourself up for failure. It's also important to try on a variety of silhouettes (midi skirts, high-waisted trousers, boxy tees, crop tops, shift dresses, etc.), so you have an idea of which styles tend to work best for your body. In other words, beautiful prints, lu leather handbags, meticulously designed shoes, and avant-garde silhouettes look as expensive as they are. Save your cash for that perfect Christopher Kane print, and score your tank tops and leggings at H&M.That's when you get yourself into "nothing looks good on me" territory, which we all know is never fun. This'll help when you're shopping online, too.6. The key to a balanced wardrobe (and budget) is to have a mix of high and low designers and brands. Or maybe you have a family wedding this weekend and need to score that perfect modest-but-cool-but-also-elegant dress in two days.Whatever the case, if you're looking for something specific, chances are, you're not going to find it. The key is to shop often and not in bulk, so when you happen to stumble across a denim vest that you can literally wear with everything in your closet, you buy it…even if that wasn't what you had in mind for the day.
Some people say you should be able to think of at least three items you can pair it with in order to make it worth it, but I say as long as you can think of one, you're all set.
Here's why: If you've already got Tip #2 down, then you love it, and that's the most important thing.