Mom’s Style Do’s and Don’ts
“Just because it looks good on the hanger doesn’t mean it will look good on you.”
London: Never judge an item of clothing on the hanger. Clothes are presented that way only because hangers make it easier to store them. You must try them on to know whether the clothes fit and look good on you.
Laura Bennett, designer, architect, and former Project Runway finalist: If a pencil skirt doesn’t work with your body type, I don’t care how many pencil skirts you see in stores―just don’t go there.
Buchman: I would tell everybody to try something on. It’s all about the mirror, not the hanger. That’s why there are dressing rooms.
“Never buy something on sale you wouldn’t buy at full price."
Lyons: Brilliant! Everyone should live by that. It’s ironic: The thrill in finding something cheap is that it feels like a deal that no one else is getting. But there’s a reason no one else bought it―that's why it’s still sitting there.
Buchman: Absolutely. Sometimes moms are so right. If you don’t want it, you don’t want it―period. It will just take up time and space.
Nanette Lepore, designer: Actually, a sale is a perfect time to try out a new trend.