WHAT TO WEAR: Shopping

What to Wear

Whether shopping is your way to blow off steam or your personal calling, it’s an art to be perfected. A successful outfit is most definitely the byproduct of a successful shopper. For most of us it’s a skill cultivated on our own, no personal Rachel Zoe to be found. But what better way to find the next killer outfit or that missing piece to your wardrobe than dressing to impress? If Blake Lively can dress the part of Karl Lagerfeld’s muse with no stylist, us “mortals” can surely pull something together for the mall.

While it’s no basic training, shopping can sure get your heart racing, and dressing for it is a must. One important thing to consider when pulling together an outfit to go shopping is the unavoidable reality that you will be trying things on. Sticking with basic layering pieces is the way to go. Your best bet is wearing a light, fuss-free sweater that can easily be taken on and off. This Fashionista wears an oversized Brandy Melville knit.

It’s also always smart to pair your top of choice with a tank top of sorts. Imagining a possible purchase with its options within your preexisting closet is much easier to do when seeing it first hand. Whether it’s a sweater, jacket or vest you’re trying on, wearing layers to the mall gives you instant options to visualize a piece’s versatility. This is a simple tactic for any shopaholic.

The outfit you choose to wear on a shopping trip typically falls into the category of simplicity. Don’t confuse simplicity with boring; any look can be dressed up with the addition of accessories. An oversized watch is an everyday piece that every Fashionista relies on. Here, a gold Michael Kors is paired with an Alex and Ani bangle to give this look an extra pop.

Shopping brings a lot of literal baggage with it, and your purse need not be included. An optional shoulder strap is a necessity when digging through racks, and running to and from. This kate spade midsize bag is the perfect size to hold any of the day’s essentials without dragging you down.

Wherever you happen to fall on the shopaholic spectrum, we can all agree that practice makes perfect. (My apologies to my bank account for the previous statement.) Few of us are at Carrie Bradshaw’s level, but we can all take a page from her book. After all, you’ll never get to the Manolo showroom before brunch with the girls wearing yoga pants.

One Simple Change: Pairing this outfit with boots can instantly take this look from day to night. Or looking to head to class? Just swap the purse for an oversized tote and you’re ready to hit campus.

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