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Free Accessory #1: A Smile

"Hey hobo man, hey Dapper Dan
You’ve both got your style
But brother, you’re never fully dressed
Without a smile!"
- Annie the Musical

smileAfter my previous post about shopping I thought it would be appropriate to write about some free ways to improve your look. One obvious way to look good is to smile. You can be wearing $25 lipstick and $80 moisturizer, but if you’re scowling you’re probably not looking your most attractive.

As proof of the attractive power of a nice smile, look at the proliferation of tooth-whitening products and consmetic dentistry procedures advertised today. We want our smiles to look the best they can and are often willing to spend a lot of money on them. That’s not really necessary for most people, though. Just regular brushing and flossing will do a remarkable job of keeping your smile sparkling.

Even if you don’t have perfect teeth, a smile’s still more attractive than a frown. A small smile can even give you an air of mystery, and it’s cheaper than perfume.

Party for Less

pink dressAfter declaring that this blog will not be just about clothes and shopping, here’s a post about clothes and shopping. On Friday I went to a fancy black-tie party, wearing the dress pictured here. Pretty dresses are one of my weaknesses, and even though I always buy them on sale I still often spend more than I probably should for something that doesn’t get worn but a few times.

I am rather proud of this particular dress, however. I bought it at local vintage store Hip Wa Zee for $20 two years ago. It was originally ankle-length and I had it shortened, which probably cost around $10. (Normally I recommend doing your own hemming, but I was not up to the challenge of slippery pleated stretch polyester.) This is the second time I’ve worn it, bringing the Cost Per Wear (CPW) to approximately $15. That sounds like a lot, but consider that many people spend over $100 on cocktail dresses; you’d have to wear a hundred-dollar dress seven times to get its CPW down below $15.

While at the party, my friends Jean and Ann and I talked shoes. Ann was wearing lovely gold “Dancing with the Stars”-type shoes that she bought on I’d never heard of the site, but will definitely put it on my list of places to shop now that I know they have -$5 overnight shipping. That’s right: negative five dollars. Jean reminded us of Zappo’s 110% low price guarantee, which I had forgotten about. I don’t know how often people actually use it, but it certainly makes comparison shopping worthwhile.

Why I Started This Blog

Does the blogosphere really need another bargain fashion blog? I asked myself this question before setting up The Wardrobe Miser and decided that my blog will have a few things that make it at least slightly unique.

  1. It’s not about shopping.
    As a matter of fact, TWM mostly focuses on not shopping, reusing and recycling things you (or your friends) already own.
  2. I don’t live in a fashion capital.
    It’s a little bit easier to look fashionable on the cheap when you live someplace like New York or L.A., where there are great resale and discount stores. I think a fashion blog for all the people who, like me, aren’t even within driving distance of a H&M would be useful.
  3. It’s not just about clothes.
    I also intend to blog about beauty, personal style, and just plain looking good – without spending a lot of money, of course.

Thanks for reading. For more fashion and frugality, check out the sites in my blogroll. If you have a site that ought to be listed here, let me know about it.

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