What Not to Buy From Fast-Fashion Stores, According to a Stylist

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.

When it comes to shopping fast fashion, there’s one rule I swear by and recommend to my clients: Never buy something that’s an obvious imitation of a designer item. Instead, look for things that are simply inspired by the design and not a near replica of a runway look. You can also opt for clothing and accessories that stand alone as statement pieces.

Scroll down to shop my favorite fast-fashion finds right now.

This timeless blazer will never look out of style.

Available in sizes XXS to L.

Every girl needs these jeans.

Available in sizes 24 to 34.

Wear these on every vacation.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

This dress looks way more expensive. Plus, the color is everything.

Available in sizes 4 to 14.

Have you seen a chicer suede skirt?

Available in sizes XXS to L.

We can't wait to wear this on repeat next season. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

The shape and color on this are to die for.

Available in sizes 16 to 24.

White jeans are a major summer staple.

Available in sizes 24 to 36.

Just add your favorite gold hoops. 

Available in sizes 0 to 14. 

You'll get so many compliments wearing this beaded bag.  

No one will guess this top costs less than $100!

Available in sizes XS to L.

You'll get so much wear out of this simple top.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

This color is everything!

Available in sizes 2 to 10.

Sweater season is right around the corner.

Available in sizes 0X to 3X.

Opt for the most popular color of the season when looking for a simple wardrobe update.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

A great office staple.

Available in sizes 10 to 18.

This classic cami will look so luxurious layered under a great leather jacket.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

The perfect skirt for this season and next.

Available in sizes 0 to 14. 

We love the idea of wearing this blazer without a t-shirt underneath. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

You can't go wrong with a pair of classic cropped jeans. 

Available in sizes 24 to 34. 

Up next, shop the white t-shirt I always recommend to my clients. 

Up next, shop the three new wardrobe basics everyone needs. 

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