Kathy Kalesti, 47
vice president and general manager of Narciso Rodriguez
"I tend to get overwhelmed if there isn't a systematic approach to the shopping process."
- Kathy keeps a running list so she knows what she has to get on the weekend.
- For one-stop shopping for everything from T-shirts to toothpaste, she gravitates to megastores like Target.
- Forgo the dressing room; try clothes at home, Kathy advises. You're more relaxed and can see how they blend with what you've got.
- Kathy stocks her wardrobe with seasonless neutrals and old standbys (cashmere sweaters, tailored jackets) and splurges on accessories. "I stick to the basics and wear them to death," she says.