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How to get a cheap fashion thrill
The Chiconomy Wardrobe

SHARON MOSELY
Creators Syndicate
Modified: September 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm •  Published: September 26, 2012
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-Lay a foundation. "If you can only spend one hundred dollars and want to change your wardrobe, buy a dress or some brilliant pants (not jeans) or a vintage coat, then, as money trickles in, build the wardrobe up from one (or all three) of these items. Personally, I am a coat-and-dress girl. The coat covers all (including much cheaper clothes) and the dress banishes the need for an outfit, spanning the seasons with bare legs and sandals in the summer, and tights and boots in the cooler months.

-Invest and splurge. "The truth about modern fashion is that practically anything you see at the top of the style food chain proffers a knockoff discount version further down the line in almost no time at all. My wardrobe is about ninety-percent vintage and select (ethical trade) el cheapo glamour, and a precious handful of items that are the real thing. Basically I fake everything except the handbag, the coat, and the shades."

-Wake up your wardrobe with surprises. "A functional, reliable wardrobe is comfortable, but a little low on surprises," admits Johnson. "For this reason I am forever stocking up on scarves, vintage costume bangles, berets, hosiery in rainbow colors, and classy (but easily faked) details such as oversized sunglasses or a large men's watch. Wearing uncluttered, slightly plain clothing with very clean lines gives you the head-space and the confidence to go bold with accessories. I call it good fun and even better fiscal fashion sense."