The Pieces I Always (and Never) Wear for a Long Day of Shopping

Preparing for a big shopping trip (and when I say big, I mean big—think military-level planning and execution) might seem unnecessary to some, but trust me, if you want to see the best results, with maximum cost-efficiency and minimum mental breakdown, it's the only way to go. This is coming from someone who is very familiar with the inside of a high street changing room cubicle. Picking a budget, figuring out your wishlist (which has been cross-referenced with your existing wardrobe, of course) and mapping out your shopping route are the obvious first lines of defense, however, in my experience, deciding what to wear can be one of the most essentials elements of a successful mission. From arming yourself with a fit-in-everything tote bag to choosing a uniform of simple separates, with pay day on the way, I've come up with my 5 key dos and don'ts for choosing a shopping outfit. Scroll down to see my styling rules.