In a store where there’s a seemingly endless supply of all the items one could covet at any given time, how does one possibly make up their mind when it comes to figuring out what to buy? And when the destination in question happens to be one of the most iconic department stores in the world—Saks Fifth Avenue in New York—and the current season happens to offer some of the most enticing pieces in recent memory—pouffed Stella McCartney skirts, color-blocked Balenciaga dresses, oversize Gucci butterfly glasses—how does one decide without going into overwhelm overdrive?
“I think it’s all about letting the clothes speak,” says Soo Joo Park. “I’m definitely an impulse shopper—I let the clothes call to me.”
The Korean-born, California-raised Park has always taken an instinctual approach to clothing. Thus, she was the obvious choice when it came to living out what must be every fashion-lover’s fantasy in the video above: In an after-hours, no-holds-barred, dream-wardrobe shopping spree at Saks where nothing is off-limits and every treasure is up for grabs. For Soo Joo, it all began on The Main Floor, continuing straight up the famous escalators to the recently renovated; Designer on 3; pausing for just a moment to ham it up between the bellman’s carts on The Advance on 5; then playing it up in the exclusive Personal Styling Suite on 4 just before heading out in the timeless, wood-paneled elevator in a brand new ever-so-chic pink Miu Miu car coat.
As far as strategy, Park is more about keeping things light than anything else: “I don’t like to plan my shopping ahead,” she explains. “There’s a certain magic to seeing a garment in real life and feeling the fabric—and anyway, oftentimes when I have something in mind to buy, I’ll go into the store and come out with something completely different.”
Still, when it comes to committing to the lucky clothing that catches her eye, Park does follow a few self-imposed rules. Below, her tips for picking the right statement piece, selecting the right investment pieces, and avoiding buyer’s remorse should you decide to go on your own exploratory spring shopping mission.
Start With Small Statements
“Accessories are the best because you can tone them down. Even the craziest accessories look good with simple things like jeans and a T-shirt.”
Consider Real Life
“When it comes to big statement pieces, there still has be some percentage of practicality. If it’s difficult to think of what you’d wear it when you’re not doing a full maximalist ‘look’, maybe skip it.”
Invest in Outerwear
“The easiest way to refresh your wardrobe? A new jacket or coat. The older I get the more I’m loving different kinds of coats. You can wear the same basic stapes underneath—plain T-shirts, jeans—but cool outerwear makes all the difference.”Read more at:plus size evening wear | cheap formal dresses