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LET ME COUNT THE WAYS!

The benefits of mixing and matching from your closet:

Focusing on substance doesn’t mean forgetting about style. We love our clothes, shoes, purses … the lengthy list continues. This section includes the details that fashionistas and frugalistas will appreciate: how to dress your body’s shape, local boutiques featuring the best finds and a run-down of what’s in style. Make this section your first stop for new ideas to freshen your wardrobe and help you put your most fashionable foot forward!

With the recession still in full swing, saving money is a popular New Year’s resolution! It’s a tough challenge for those of us with an appetite for the latest trends in fashion. Here’s a fresh idea for my fashion divas: the old method of mixing and matching from your closet.

Remember all those individual items you bought on a whim here and there? Now’s the time to pull them out and mix them up with your everyday pieces. This is a great way to save you time and money, not to mention help you explore new looks.

After all, who has the time to run to the mall or stop by a boutique for every occasion or event? Mixing and matching your current wardrobe allows you to spend more time at home preparing to go out. You can dig through your old stash and try out your more recent items in between cooking, doing hair and makeup, or just listening to your favorite music. Now that’s a great way to start a fun evening!

In addition to saving time, consider the amount of money you’ll be reserving for a better cause. Instead of buying that $100 pair of shoes or the $50 dress, you can put the saved dollars toward that beautiful $300 sofa you’ve been wanting. Or start saving for the vacation you’ve planned. Don’t you feel better already just considering the extra cash in your wallet?

Saving time and money is good, but my favorite benefit to the old mixing and matching trick is the ability to explore new looks. Try on that old ruffled skirt with a new button- down blouse, or that multi-colored waist belt with your favorite little black dress. You’ll be surprised at the new results. There’s no limit to the outfit possibilities!

Next time you need a new outfit, mix and match to discover the benefits for yourself. Who knows: You may be the next trendsetter of the year!

Muniyra Peyton

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