Mini Guide to: Style Dos & Don’ts in a Recession

January 30, 2009

The ever-fabulous Michael Kors was kind enough to give us fashion-loving-bound-by-budget WITs some great little Dos & Don’ts on still staying fresh & fabulous despite this recession that continues to blanket our lives. Many thanks to Glamour for sharing these!

Buy clothes only in seasonless fabrics
DO stock up on those that can be worn nearly all 12 months of the year, like silks, lightweight wools and knits, and sturdy, unflimsy cottons.
DON’T spend serious money on summer-only (linen) or winter-only (heavy tweed) fabrics.

Introduce yourself to the most useful accessory ever
DO play with belts to remake everything—a sweater, a dress, a jacket—in your closet. Gabrielle Union’s look is perfection, right?
DON’T attempt to cinch in lots of excess fabric. You’ll look like a paper bag tied in the middle.

Own a few cardigans
make sure you have several of these always-right sweaters in tissue-thin cashmere or wool like Kate’s, or a nice cotton. Wear them in place of jackets—they’re a whole lot cheaper!
WIT & Whimsy tip: Target is carrying loads of the cute and in-style “boyfriend cardigans” so you can grab yourself a few and not break the bank! The girls in my office love them!

Check out sales, but…
DO realize it’s OK not to wait for the markdown if you find a piece you love and will wear again and again and again.
DON’T get so caught up in the fact that something’s on sale for $7 that you squeeze yourself into a too-tight piece and say, “It fits!”

Steal Angelina’s insta-glam trick…
add a pair of oversize sunglasses to your wardrobe. They automatically lift you into “Wow—she’s chic!” territory.
DON’T bother with ones so huge you look like a bug. Keep ‘em in scale.

…and also Michelle Obama’s
DO know the power of jewelry. There’s nothing like a necklace with some dramatic, colorful gemstones (faux or not) to make a woman—you!—look like a million bucks.

photo thanks to Glamour

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