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

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Courtesy 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?