Michelle Obama has claimed she was a bargain shopper before she became the first lady. She's even been spotted at Target since her husband took office, completely dressed down and incognito. But just as Mrs. Obama has shown that you can still look chic in cheap threads, she also knows when it's time to put on the glitz. She's regularly wears designer-made clothes to state dinners, for example.
For most people, buying expensive clothing for daily wear isn't practical. That doesn't mean you can't splurge sometimes. Find a few signature pieces that cost a little more, such as a little black dress or a spring jacket. By selectively choosing pieces that you know look great and will last a long time, you're adding both fashion and practicality to your wardrobe -- without breaking the bank.