Courtesy of Jason Wu

In the last few years, Jason Wu went from relative unknown to one of the hottest designers around—he’s been big news ever since Michelle Obama chose one of his creations for her husband’s inauguration, and Hollywood stars (like Diane Lane) have happily jumped on the bandwagon. So we were fascinated to see the tips he shared with InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein in the current issue: Click though our gallery to find out how to put a chic spin on your wardrobe without spending a dime.