Lauren Conrad: The One Thing You Must Do Before Going Shopping

03/06/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Lauren Conrad polka dot RedbookCourtesy Redbook

If you have items in the back of your closet with the tags still on from, oh, a year ago, you’re going to want to read Lauren Conrad‘s interview in the latest Redbook magazine. The designer and PEOPLE StyleWatch contributor shares her simple tips to help “make [shopping] fun again.”

“Whenever someone comes up to me and says, ‘I’m having trouble shopping,’ I tell them to pull out their 10 favorite, most-worn pieces,” Conrad says in the April issue, on newsstands March 12.

“Figure out what you gravitate toward, what makes you feel good,” before hitting the mall, she advises, so that you you know exactly what you’ll actually wear before putting down any plastic.

The next step: “Build a wardrobe around [those 10 favorite pieces].” So if you realize you’re wearing tons of LBDs, you can zero in on accessories to pair with those specific dresses, rather than buying things on a whim and then realizing they don’t match anything you actually wear.

The designer also talks to Redbook about expanding her design horizons past her own personal style. “At first, I was just designing for myself,” she says.

“Then I started getting comments from women who didn’t have my body type, saying things like, ‘I have a larger chest and can’t wear this tent-shaped dress.’ So I’ve learned to make pieces that don’t necessarily flatter me but look great on someone else.”

Luckily, her go-to look, an A-line, waist-cinching style, happens to flatter just about everyone.

For more from Lauren Conrad, go to and pick up the April issue of Redbook, on newsstands March 12th.

Tell us: Do you like Conrad’s style? Will you take her shopping advice?

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Stephanie on

Sure, I’d listen to Lauren. She’s great and her advice makes a lot of practical sense for the everyday girl who is shopping on a budget.

Katee on

I love that dress!

Maria on

She doesn’t know squat about what’s wrong with my wardrobe. But I know what’s wrong with her hair: it’s three different shades.

Mimi on

And that would be called ombré Maria

Susan on

She has zero clue what the everyday working women needs . She is a celebrity with zero talent who built her business off a reality show.

beachchick3 on

Lauren has great style and carries herself very well. So what if she started on a reality show? Everyone had to start somewhere. She has worked hard to get where she is today. Team Lauren!!

Lacy on

Susan, actually Lauren is a graduate of FIDM (Fashion Insitute of Desing & Merchandising, so I’m guessing that makes her pretty qualified to dish out fashion advice.

tina on

I wouldn’t wear a dress sporting a faux Peter Pan collar, claiming to have advice for other women’s wardrobe.

seriously – I realize she’s young – but that neckline is for grade school girls.

tina on

ombre my fanny Mimi – it’s called ‘my dark roots are growing out and now it’s a fad’ .

this too shall pass.

Mimi on

Girls like that don’t let their roots grow out. She has a team, trust

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