"The cheapest way to redecorate a room is to move the furniture around. The same goes for clothes," says Carolyne, who applies her trademark flair to everything from flowers to food, gift wrap to interiors. Recently she picked up some fabulous clothes at the Japanese chain Uniqlo, known for its cool, inexpensive sweaters—like the chic "boyfriend" cardigan she's wearing here ($49.50). "The colors are wonderful, and my splurge didn't cost an arm and a leg," she says. Although tank tops are one category you can always buy cheaply (Aerie by American Eagle Outfitters, $15.50), pants can be trickier if, like Carolyne, you're fussy about fit. But she was crazy about these wide-leg, high-waisted trousers with a "power mesh" liner for smoothing and support (Shape Fx, $59). A huge accessories fan, she liked the "shock" of yellow shoes (LifeStride, $35) and a vibrant flowered scarf (Old Navy, $12.50), plus richly textured hammered metal hoops (A.N.A. by JCPenney, $15).
Tank top: $15.50