Marisa Lynch's Dress a Day before and afterPhoto: courtesy of Marisa Lynch

Some people only visit thrift stores for special occasions, like ridiculous sweater parties or Halloween. They often have the stigma of smelling musty and being filled with gems like the recently retired muumuu your Great Aunt Mildred had been wearing since 1974.

Sure, there’s been a resurgence in recessionista style lately, but the world would be better off if we could all take a stitch in nine like Marisa Lynch — and save ourselves from a time of overconsumption. What’s her deal? She’s fashioning herself a “new” wardrobe only from what’s already been owned:

The only shopping that I’ll be able to do is that of pieces that have been used and worn already. So long to mall trips and hello to sifting through piles of vintage pieces at flea markets and at neighborhood garage sales. Each day for the entire year, I’m going to introduce a new piece into my existing wardrobe that I’ve found from these places. On top of this, I’m giving myself a budget of $1 a day.

Every day for a year (since last November) she’s been picking up the clothing offal of society, diy-ing it with the touch of her magic sewing machine, and blogging about it (a la Julie & Julia) on Dress A Day.

As you can clearly see, her frugal fashion is the kind that saves the world from Mildred’s muumuus — and from too many toxic textiles. Sew what are you waiting for?


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