Remix What You Have
Go to the tailor and make your favorite dress that is now a little too snug in the hip area a top. Cut a pair of jeans at mid-calf and wear them with knee-length boots in the fall. Wear your favorite adjustable waist skirt as a dress over a turtleneck in the winter. Break up a suit or twinset like Mrs. O—it's okay to wear that blazer or cardigan with jeans instead of the skirt you purchased it with every now and then. Switch out the belt of your favorite dress or coat for one that is a completely different color or texture.
Host a Swap Party
Folks have been raving about swap parties for a few years, so why not plan a fiesta like this on your own? Everyone brings a designated number of items to the party at a set retail value and the attendees then swap items that they no longer want or need for someone else's. When done correctly, everyone leaves happy, no one has spent any money and it is a great way to declutter!
Mix It Up
Don't be afraid to wear something spanking-new with something that has been in your closet for multiple seasons. There is no need to wear a brand-new head-to-toe look for every special occasion. As the First Lady has demonstrated, intermingling old and new items can be both fun and fashionable. Plus, you're less likely to see anyone wearing your exact outfit at the next barbecue if you take heed to this tip.