The 4 Golden Rules of Shopping at Urban Outfitters

We like to think of ourselves as being pretty well-versed in all things online shopping. Considering we spend a good part of our day traipsing new-in sections looking for the latest must-haves (for professional purposes, naturally), our brains are like an intricate fashion filing system. Sometimes it can help us spot a new trend that's coming to fruition or a celebrity wearing something we swear we saw at H&M two weeks ago.

This retail back catalogue has certainly served us well, but in an attempt to remain at the top of our game, we've taken it upon ourselves to ask some of our shopping buddies for tips on how they find the best pieces on their favourite websites. Alex Steadman of The Frugality previously took time to show us the ropes over at Next.co.uk. Now we've set our sights on Urban Outfitters, and Hannah Crosskey from A Fashion Fix is graciously offering to serve as our guide.

From It dresses to vintage Levi's, keep scrolling to discover our expert tips on how to shop Urban Outfitters like a pro.

1. DENIM SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST GO-TO

"I think Urban Outfitters has one of the strongest denim collections on the high street. I have the same pair of culottes in a couple of colours, and I absolutely adore them," Hannah Crosskey tells us.

Contrast stitching is a key detail in Urban Outfitters' denim collection. It also just so happens to be a microtrend for A/W 18 too.

Change up your blue denim in favour of rust or this luxe emerald hue.

Bestow yourself with It-girl status by wearing this skirt with a checked blazer and black loafers.

2. EXPLORE THE BRANDS IT STOCKS (OFTEN BEFORE ANYWHERE ELSE DOES)

"Urban Outfitters manages to secure so many exclusives from my favourite brands, so it makes sense I check there for new wardrobe additions before I even think about shopping elsewhere. It's also my secret hot spot for finding pieces that have sold out everywhere else. My Faithfull jumpsuit, for example, was totally sold out in my size on Net-a-Porter, but I managed to track it down at UO," reveals Crosskey.

Hannah's must-have Faithfull jumpsuit now comes in burgundy. Loaning itself more to autumnal styling, try layering a roll-neck underneath.

Coats don't come more classic than the trench. We guarantee you'll wear this for years to come.

As far as boots go, they don't come much more versatile than tan Chelsea boots.

3. THE DRESSES ARE JUST SO GOOD—ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMER

"While you'll likely find me in separates and tailoring, if I'm in a dress, chances are I got it from one of three places, Urban Outfitters being one of them. I wore this green tea dress to death during the summer, but now I have my eye on a few new styles," says Crosskey.

Just when we thought our leopard-print obsession couldn't get more intense, UO gives us this dress. "Need" is an understatement.

Slip dresses are still going strong. Wear this ochre number with a black leather biker to give it a tough overhaul.

Tea dresses aren't just for summer. This frock will work in winter paired with sheer black tights, chunky boots and an oversized cream cardigan.

4. DON'T IGNORE THE VINTAGE SECTION

"One of the ultimate Urban Outfitters highlights is the Urban Renewal section. I don't have the patience to shop for vintage pieces, and online, I have no clue where to start, so I always head straight to Urban Renewal to get my fix. My favourite find? My vintage Levi's, but I also love how they take old fabric and turn it into something new. As I'm becoming more conscious about my clothing's sustainability, it's great to see such a prolific brand doing the same," Crosskey tells us.

Buying vintage denim is good for two reasons: It's significantly better for the environment, and you'll never find the same hue in other stores.

Now that we're familiar with Urban Outfitters' latest additions, let's see what other shops have in their new-in sections this week…