When Michelle Obama first started campaigning for her husband, the media narrative was that she was an angry snob and that the average American, particularly the average American woman, would have a hard time relating to her. Fast forward a year and some change, and the first lady is now hugely popular. And contrary to that negative narrative from the campaign trail, one of the things that people love most about her is her relatability. She's a loving mom. She walks the dog. She volunteers in her new Washington D.C. community. She jokes. And she does something that many famous women who are photographed as much as she is wouldn't dare to do -- she proudly re-wears her favorite outfits and accessories.
During a time when the average Americans' clothing budget has probably been reduced to nothing, we can all take a lesson from Obama's versatility and creativity when it comes to her wardrobe. That Erickson Beamon brooch she wore to the Democratic National Convention? She brought it back nearly a year later during a casual stroll in Rome. The Gap cardigan she wore with a conservative skirt to have lunch with Nancy Reagan? She wore the same sweater with pants and sneakers to work with local schoolkids in the White House Garden. Obama might live in the White House, but her fashion philosophy -- to buy a few versatile pieces and get as much wear out of them as possible -- is one that both everyday shopaholics and paparazzi-loving celebrities can adopt.
Below, check of the first lady's notable fashion repeats.
Regardless of whether you have a wonderful sized meal plan, your fridge may come in handy with leftovers or when you feel like stocking it with bottled drinks.
The convenience of a computer is essential when sending your kids off to college. Forget the hike to the computer lab across campus students need a computer in the comfort of their room. A printer comes in handy as well. Depending on whether your child plans to carry his laptop around campus, you might opt for a desk top since they're lighter on the pockets.
You will surely survive with off of a meal plan but it doesn't hurt to stock up on snacks when you don't feel like leaving your dorm room. Bottled water, pop corn, cereal and Ramen noodles are all low budget snacks to stock up on. Just be weary of the freshman 15.
Things from home
Some college students suffer from homesickness the first year. It's best to surround yourself with things like photos of the family, pillows or even stuffed animals. Anything that reminds your child of home.
With all the stress that comes from school and exams, sometimes it's nice to block out the chaos in your life and even your roommate with music. It's nearly impossible to find students walking to class who aren't jamming to tunes.
Students who enter college often come in at the ripening age of 18. A great time for credit cards. Parents beware, your child may end up ruining their credit at a young age
When you're in college you don't have the luxury of getting awaken by your parents. It's now your responsibility to get to class on time so alarm clocks are a must. But keep your roommate in mind. You shouldn't wake him up ever morning with a blow horn alarm.
Now you don't necessarily need to bring in the rubber gloves, mop and gas mask but it doesn't hurt to bring along Clorox all purpose wipes for spills or dust. Vacuums and brooms come in handy too depending if you have a carpeted dorm.
What most parents aren't aware of is that most college beds are twin sized but extra long and require special sheets. When shopping keep your eye open for sheets that clearly state 'extra long' or else your child may come up short.
You really don't know what some people do in the shower these days. College showers are known to be creeping with germs so spare yourself the fungus and purchase flip flops for the shower. You'll thank us later!
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