The First Lady is not afraid to wear a piece or even an entire head-to-toe look more than once in public, and you shouldn't be fearful of such acts either. Shopping in one's own closet has long been a secret of savvy fashionistas, but it is even more enticing in light of our current economy. Read on to learn how you too can skillfully mix and match pieces you already own like Mrs. O to extend the life of your wardrobe without spending a single penny.
To Everything There is a Season
Rethink your seasonless clothing and layer, layer, layer. Many of us were raised to stow away spring/summer clothes in the fall and put away fall/winter clothes in the spring. But Mrs. Obama has taught us that this is no longer necessary. Items that you've been reserving for cooler months can work now in the dead of summer with the right manipulation. Distressed boots with cut-off shorts and cardigans over sundresses for chilly nights are effective ways to pull this off.
Everything Old is New Again
Fashion is cyclical. Why not pull out pieces that you haven't worn in years and put them back into rotation? Wearing these items is nostalgic and adds some personality to a look. Always keep items that are classic (like a trench coat, pencil skirt or pearl necklace) because they are guaranteed to be more interesting as they get older.
Back It Up
Most of us are over-consumers. We have more than we realize, even those of us who are struggling financially. Go to the back of your closet and dresser drawer to re-evaluate what you own. We guarantee you'll find at least one item you can add to the wardrobe rotation that you had forgotten about and at least one other thing you can donate to folks who really don't have what they need.