I am a big gigantic proponent of only owning a simple, minimalistic set of high-quality shirts, pants, and dresses. It saves money in the long run, it’s versatile, it’s good for the environment, and it takes a lot of the guesswork, time, and agony out of getting dressed in the morning. My day-to-day wardrobe consists mostly of two pairs of black leggings, two pairs of jeans, and multiples of tank tops, T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts that I bought in a few neutral colors. Everything fits right, and everything matches everything. Voilà.
However, I’m also sensitive to the fact that women both are expected to adorn ourselves more prettily than that, and that many of us like to. I like to! I just don’t want to do it through my clothes anymore. The solution I’ve come up with is to buy interesting jewelry that’s bold enough to change the whole look of my outfit, making it appear as if I own more than basically four or five outfits. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to spend much money on it, and if you ever feel like getting rid of a piece, you can trade a friend for a different piece of jewelry. Frugality! Check out these inexpensive bracelets, necklaces, and body chains for inspiration.
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As it begins to slowly inch from winter to spring, we’ve begun to reexamine our wardrobes, pulling out some of the light coats and spring dresses that have been shoved in the back for so long. The savviest fashionistas among us have a dedicated plan for switching from winter to spring. One thing I like to do — I do an end-of-season boot/shoe examination. Any shoes with busted soles or worn-down heels get taken to the cobbler ASAP. That’s because there’s nothing worse than waiting until the first cold day of fall to realize all of your boots have busted heels.
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If you were forced to choose just six items of clothing to wear for one whole month, could you do it? And more importantly, which pieces would you pick? While Sheena Matheiken devoted herself to wearing just one dress for an entire year, there’s a new challenge on the blogosphere, thanks to Six Items or Less. It’s pretty straight forward; chose just six pieces of clothing to wear for 30 days, document your experience, and learn how clothing choices affect you. While you’re limited to those few options, in the interest of being clean you can have multiples of one item. Work-out clothes, work uniforms, underwear, jackets, and accessories don’t count, so technically, this undertaking is much easier than Sheena’s year long effort. Yesterday was the first official day of the challenge, and already a wide variety of people have submitted blog posts and pictures, ranging from stay-at-home moms to students to CEOs, which should provide for an interesting sartorial experiment. [Six Items or Less] Keep reading »
Anyone familiar with my fashion philosophy knows that I advocate frugality. Whether you’re buying a coat, sandals, or jeans, there’s no reason why you should ever have to spend more than $10 per article of clothing (with three exceptions to this basic rule: 1) you are investing in a rare or very high quality fashion find, 2) you have medical needs that require you to wear special attire, like therapeutic shoes, or 3) you feel like splurging on something because you absolutely love it and have been dying to own it).
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