Shopping Tips From a Pro


MARC JACOBS dress and cropped sweater, Marc Jacobs in the Forum Shops at Caesars. ALEXANDER WANG backpack and VINCE black leather hi-tops, Neiman Marcus in Fashion Show.

Style editor Melinda Sheckells talks holiday shopping on 97.1 the Point. Listen to the broadcast below.

Lindsey McKane

Women’s personal shopper, Neiman Marcus Fashion Show

What’s the most sought-after product right now?
Fall is all about accessorizing. You can take any outfit and maximize its potential by adding a killer shoe, chic handbag and the right jewelry—be it a crystal Chanel necklace or chunky Lulu Frost that sits perfectly on the collar of your boyfriend’s sweatshirt. Style enthusiasts are looking for key pieces that they can mix and match—accessories that turn their clothes into outfits.

What is the color of the season?
Aubergine—think the deeper the color, the bolder the statement. Pair it with other rich emerald and gray hues, and you’re set for day or night.

Who are the most popular designers?
Chanel is a must-have for women of all ages. Helmut Lang transcends seasons. Vince is the easiest “go to” a girl can have. And a piece of Isabel Marant belongs in every women’s closet. The most important thing is mixing and matching your designers, from the world of CUSP across to McQueen and Dolce in fine apparel. Keep people guessing and wondering how you always look so put together!

What is your favorite item?
All women must have the perfect jacket. It can be a Moto leather jacket from Joie or Balenciaga, the perfect blazer from Vince or Dolce & Gabbana, or a timeless Chanel tweed. A great jacket can be worn dressed up for dinner or casual for a great lunch. It’s the only proper way to leave the house!

What is a staple item for the season—how should I look today?
Today you should be layering—never leave the house with less than three pieces of clothing and accessories. It could be a cashmere sweater with a hint of ruffle underneath, a jacket over your shoulders, and as much jewelry as your mind can imagine. As Ken Downing, our Neiman Marcus fashion director, would say, “More is More!” Don’t ever be less than the best-dressed person in the room.

Photos by Danielle DeBruno
Styling by Lauren Molasky
Hair and Makeup by Natalie Lane using M.A.C. Cosmetics
Produced by Heather Vincent
Shot on location at SON STUDIOS
Model: Rachel (no ties management)

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ALAÏA crocodile coat, Neiman Marcus in Fashion Show. DELVAUX handbag, Barneys in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and the Palazzo. VANS checkerboard slip-ons, Vans in Fashion Show.