Fall 2010: Tips on Shopping for the New Season

Fall FashionStarting with my sneak preview of Kmart's impressive fall 2010 line yesterday, I'm excited to finally start filling you in this week on the hottest trends and smartest buys for the upcoming season.

Sure your average fashion blogger has been dishing on fall 2010 for months now -- I opted to wait because, frankly, who wants to think about cold weather clothing smack-dab in the middle of swimsuit season?

If you're anything like me, you're not ready for fall fashion talk until school and soccer season start up -- well, around here, anyway, now's the time.

So let's get cracking!

Below, check out my top tips for buying smart this fall and winter.



1. Try to resist buying a look until it's actually cool enough outside to wear it.

I get so excited about new trends that I sometimes end up buying into them the moment they hit the store shelves, often a month or two before I can actually wear them. If I wait until the weather gets cooler, though, the same items are generally on sale -- after all, by that time they've been out for months!

2. Buy with an eye for the classics.

Each season, certain trends will remain in style long after the craze for them has ended. Try to pick these types of pieces up if they work for you. Denim jackets, for example, are hot now, but they never really go out of style. The fact that they're trendy simply means you can find more options that might work for you at better prices.

3. Invest in timeless pieces.

We all love inexpensive finds at discount chains, but trust me when I say that it's worth it to spend more on your classic pieces. Whether you're buying a black blazer, a tailored pair of pants, or a pretty red coat, spend up on the clothing that's timeless. If you take care of it, it will last years.

4. Shop for here-today-gone-tomorrow trends at discount chains like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe.

Looking for something that you know will be totally out of style this time next year? Don't shop for them at J.Crew -- stick with the discount chains.

5. It's more important to look good than to look fashionable.

This is perhaps the most important tip to remember, mostly because so many women who are interested in fashion seem to forget it. If you're trying to choose between an outfit that's "on trend" and one that's incredibly flattering, go with the flattering one every time. I mean it, ladies. EVERY TIME.

Got any of your own tips to add?


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