The Easy Advice I Give All My Friends Who Hate Shopping

As someone who literally shops for a living—and loves it—I’ve always been confused by my friends, relatives, or even readers who complain about how much they hate it or how difficult they find it. While it’s hard for me to imagine, I’ve come to accept that it’s a real problem people face. And, while my go-to answer used to be, “Tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll help you find it,” recently I’ve taken up less of a give a man a fish approach and more of a teach a man to fish response.

So what do I do?  It’s simple: I tell them to find a stylish celebrity whose body type feels similar to theirs, whose overall sense of style speaks to you, or even better, both, and buy either pieces you’ve seen them wear or ones inspired by their outfits. After all, armed with expert stylists and all the best brands vying to dress them, few people master both red carpet and street style quite like celebs.

If their next question is how to keep up with them and find out what they’re wearing, I go on to explain that this can be done a number of ways. You can follow them (or accounts dedicated to their style) on Instagram, regularly check fashion news sites such as Who What Wear (duh!), or even be your own editor and look at the same sites we do from time to time, like StarStyle and OutfitID for of-the-moment celebrity dressing updates.

Whichever avenue you choose, looking to a stylish star can change the way you shop forever and save you a lot of seemingly wasted time if shopping isn’t your favorite thing. To see what I mean, check out some It girls I’d like to steal some shopping tips from as of late, from a flattering shoe trend à la Rihanna or jumpsuit style that works for ladies on the shorter side inspired by Kourtney Kardashian.