How To Score The IT Fashion Item of The Season

Rule #1: Cultivate relationships.

Treat your favorite boutique's salesperson like a friend, and visit her often. Even if it costs a little bit more to pick up a last-minute item there, do it: The store that knows you is the store that will alert you when they have a trunk show coming up or when the new collection arrives.

Rule #2: Shop a different city.

Women in Seattle, Atlanta, and Dallas tend to prefer a more classic look, so some edgy must-haves are more likely to sit longer on a shelf there than they would in New York City or L.A. Call department stores around the country to see if they stock the item you're after, or ask your local salesperson to do it for you.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Rule #3: Be flexible.

Most women want the exact item they've seen in a fashion magazine. So check with your friendly salesperson: Do those Manolos come in both a flat and a heel? Is the black Fendi bag also available in brown? A little bit of flexibility goes a long way.

Rule #4: Sales mean new arrivals.

If your favorite store is offering 50-percent off certain items, that means the hot new items for next season are in the back waiting to be unpacked. Ask to take a peek!

Fashion
Share
QUIZ: See if You Can Tell Which Bag Is the Expensive One
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but cheap is still cheap.​
Fashion
Share
Kim Kardashian Tries Out a New Kind of Naked Dress
Sheer genius.
Street Style
Share
Taylor Swift Takes Her Edgy New Look to the Next Level with This Outfit
The platinum hair was just the start.
Fashion
Share
14 Road Trip Essentials to Pack Before You Hit the Gas
For a foolproof vacation. *crosses fingers*​
GIF
Fashion
Share
Quiz: What New Swimsuit Should You Buy This Summer?
All of them. Just all of them.​
Fashion
Share
Every Single Mic-Drop-Worthy Outfit Beyoncé's Wearing on Her 'Formation' Tour
Get 'em, Bey.​
Fashion
Share
15 Affordable Bags You Need to Shop this Summer
Think smaller and lighter this season.
Fashion
Share
15 Times Kanye Didn't Get the Memo
Dress codes don't apply to him, okay?
Fashion
Share
Every Must-See Look from the 2016 Time 100 Gala
Where all the stars were literally 💯​.
Fashion
Share
A Comprehensive Timeline of Met Gala Dresses
Hits and misses and everything in between.