We all have secrets: the lowbrow Netflix shows we binge or the fact that we (too often) eat the whole carton of Cherry Garcia in a single sitting. But when it comes to fashion, we're of the impression that "secrets" are really better shared. Those of us intimately involved in the industry—editors, designers, and buyers alike—have picked up plenty of tricks to squirrel away for our own personal use. But good news: We're happy to share them. We tapped a few in-the-know fashion insiders to spill the style secrets they turn to in times of need. Whether it's the sneaky ways to get clothes to fit just so or hacks for shopping the next big trends no matter the budget, these tried-and-true tricks are ones to hold onto.
Curious to see what made the cut? Read on for a look at the fashion secrets these cool women utilize but don't often share!
"I love high-waisted jeans, but the size fits around my butt doesn't always fit my waist—so I like to get my jeans tailored to ensure the right fit." — Chrissy Rutherford, senior digital editor, Harper's Bazaar
"Buy a good third piece, like a really chic blazer or jean jacket. [I'm] looking for an oversize gingham blazer at the moment. Change out the third piece seasonally." — Lisa Williams, founder, Lisa Says Gah
"I love to roll up the sleeves of my blazers for a more lived-in look, but sometimes the sleeves of the silkier ones fall immediately down. My hack is to put hair ties over the sleeve and then scrunch them up so you can't see the hair tie. They stay in place all day long!" — Kat Collings, editor in chief, Who What Wear
"Wrinkled clothing can be an obstacle, especially when traveling. Quick fix? Just put them in a dryer with a damp cloth for a few minutes. No iron or steamer required." — Adele Tetangco, co-founder, Garmentory
"If you're investing in a pair of pricey shoes—especially flat ones like Gucci loafers or Chanel ballerinas—go get them resoled immediately before wearing them. That will keep them looking new for so much longer and will help you avoid holes and/or tears in the soft leather." — Alyssa Vingan Klein, editor in chief, Fashionista
"One secret I hide vehemently is the state of my sunglass collection; it's what some may describe as out of control. But it's because I find sunglasses to be the easiest way to completely revamp or change the attitude of an outfit." — Aemilia Madden, editor, Who What Wear
"When I'm lusting over a certain piece from a designer collection but clearly know I will never be able to afford it, I check eBay and Etsy. I never type in a full sentence, only keywords that really call out the product that I have in mind, and most times I find something very close to what I was thinking of just cheaper! It's also better to practice upcycling than buying new all the time." — Gabriela Pelletier, assistant buyer, Lisa Says Gah
"Lately I've been getting creative with styling sleepwear for daywear (aka the lazy girl's weekend wardrobe). Tucked into high-rise Levi's, tied loose at the waist with cute miniskirt, worn open over a bikini to the beach, worn under a blazer with heels to drinks—it really takes the weekend lifestyle to a new level." — Marissa Vosper, co-founder, Negative Underwear