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Shopping Tips

The Best Shopping Hack Ever

Fashion moves so fast these days it is hard to buy a backup of any of your favorite clothing or accessories before the season is over and the designer pulls it from the store. Thankfully certain brands, such as M.M. Lafleur, ATM and Rag & Bone, repeat some of our favorite client picks season after season, but most do not.

I recently did a Google search for “Nike Siren Snakeskin Sneakers,” and hit the jackpot on Poshmark for my favorite but quickly disintegrating sneakers. A client and I were lamenting the passing of the Alberta Ferretti di Philosophy store we used to frequent in Soho, of which I found a treasure trove on Thredup. Are you, like many women out there, trying to scoop up as many pieces of Celine by Phoebe Philo as you can, now that Hedi Slimane has taken the brand in a whole new direction?  Then The Real Real is for you.

No longer do you have to regret not catching something in store, because somehow not only are your favorite sneakers out there in your size, but you may even score them in a few new and fabulous colorways too!

Happy Shopping!

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Poshmark allows you to list items from your closet to create a small boutique of your lightly used clothing. You can search particular items by brand, size, and description, which is how I scored my beloved snakeskin Nike’s. Find someone’s boutique who happens to have the same size and taste as you and go to town!

Marc Fisher Flats, $25



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The Real Real focuses on designer pieces. It is a great way to purchase discontinued luxury bags, like the Phoebe-Philo-era Celine bags every fashionista is dying to have. It is also a great way to unload past season’s designer mistakes. Have more than a handful of items and they will even come to you!

Celine Tricolor Trapeze Bag, $995





ThredUp is a huge online consignment store with all levels of brands. You never know what you’ll find, which is part of the fun. They also have a program whereby you can send them a bag of clothes and they will list them for you.

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, $133.99




Ebay has always been a go-to for finding discontinued styles. Kyle once lost her favorite Madewell blazer but found it again years later on Ebay in her size. It was a fashion miracle. Don’t take this resource for granted just because it has been around for a long time!

J.Crew Corduroy Campbell Blazer, $58

So what item do you wish you could replace? Let us know what you find!

Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to become a personal stylist? Learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

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