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.

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