5 Fashion Girls' Tips To Saving Big When Shopping

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
There are many myths and quandaries surrounding the fashion industry in the post-The Devil Wears Prada era. Plenty just get tossed out by misguided family members over dinner ("I hear that if you look that Annie Wintour in the eyes, four of your closest loved ones will fall ill in a fortnight — isn't that right, honey?"). But there's one lingering question that mystifies casual observers and fashion devotees, alike: How do editors always look so on point? We went straight to the source — some of the most stylish ladies in our office — to find out.

Given that the job description includes constantly scanning runways and retailers for the Next Big Thing, it's no coincidence that editors pay attention to what they wear. What they don't tell you about the fashion news cycle, though, is that once you fall in love with said Next Big Thing, you must immediately break up with it because you need to pay rent this month, and every month after that, when the thing will have long since gone out of style.

The trick is to find the Next, Next Big Thing before high-fashion designers catch on. And typically, that comes from the masses and the streets — the same exact accessible retailers that you're already shopping. The fashion girls we tapped illuminate exactly where to buy everyday basics, how patience can be rewarded with discounts, and more that will bring the looks you want within the budget you have. Ahead, tips to apply to your life (and shopping cart) ASAP.

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