"I look at my closet like collecting art, in a sense," Cristina tells us. "Collecting key pieces that you’re going to watch come and go [in and out of style]." Aside from holding onto a few pairs of flared jeans from the past ("When flares came back, I didn’t have to buy a single pair!"), she also stores items she knows will be on the trend rotation, such as animal print.
"If you have the one really great animal-print blouse in your closet, you might not wear it for a moment," Cristina admits. "But if one day you’re putting on that black suit and you’re like 'I want to do something different,' you might say, 'I want to put on my leopard blouse with it to spice it up.'"