Credentials After launching Daily Candy’s Chicago edition in 2004, the Highland Park-born pioneer moved out from behind the computer screen to host The Shopping Detective on the Fine Living Network, which launched in the fall.
Must-haves for gals
Dress pants Theory pants like a wool gabardine pair (pictured, $235) from Neiman Marcus. “[Buying] cheapie black pants is crazy to me.”
Black dress “p.45 (1643 N Damen Ave, 773-862-4523, p45.com) buys in a way that’s in style but defies trend, and so when you buy a piece from them, you’re not just buying for the season.”
Trench coat Burberry for the classic or the A.P.C. version from Penelope’s (1913 W Division St, 773-395-2351) or hejfina (1529 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-772-0002).
Essential accessory An under- $200 handbag such as a mustard yellow bag (pictured, $165) from Stitch (1723 N Damen Ave, 773-782-1570, stitchchicago.com).
Best buys for guys
Jeans E Street Denim Co. (1876 First St, 847-433-8338) in Highland Park for its variety.
Suit “Buy the nicest suit you can afford.” Keep the prices down with end-of-season sales at Saks.
Jacket “This [look] never changes for guys, so it could be an investment piece.” Hunt down a casual, military-style blazer at Jake (3740 N Southport Ave, 773-929-5253; 939 Rush St, 312-664-5553, shopjake.com).
Essential accessory “The watch is a way to have individuality without going overboard.” Score a not-too-spendy leather cuff at The Silver Room (1442 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-278-7130, thesilverroom.com).