When it comes to classic styles:
Years ago a friend bought me a copy of "the Lucky shopping manual", a guide to building and improving your wardrobe piece by piece.
This book is amazing. Each chapter gives you advice on fit, styling, best choices for your shape, what pieces you need to build your closet, how to wear the pieces for each season, how to wear the same piece multiple ways, advice for what to look for when trying on pieces at the store, and some designer suggestions and a peek at their closet.
I have thrown this book into a fairly large purse and brought it with me shopping before. If that isn't an option I recommend browsing through it before leaving for the store to have a more successful shopping trip.
When it comes to trendy styles:
To find out what is in style this season take a look at magazines or the web. The ultimate is Vogue. You can find everything fashionable and fantastic in the advertisements. Look at the size of this thing! Most of it is advertisements that give a sneak peak at what will be hot this year.
What is hot for fall 2011:
- sparkly flats
- leggings are still in but if you want to step it up from last year look for some with texture in the material
- embellished blazers (metallic details, added sparkle, or lace)
- crop tops (only if you are very thin and please don't pair with the leggings)
- peplums (not my thing personally, but they are in)