Make this the year that you change your wardrobe and your fashion attitude for more bling in your Birkin! Having great style and taste can be expensive (why is it that I always pick the most expensive option?). But even more costly are all the clothes and accessories in your closet that you don’t wear! If you can implement a few, if not all of these Style Resolutions, you’ll save some hard earned dollars with your fresh perspective and have a wardrobe that works for you!
1. Take the Time To Look Your Best.
Are you looking for the magic style pill? Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist and like all things that are worth having, looking and feeling your best does take some time and effort. That may mean setting aside thirty minutes in the morning to get ready or scheduling a day for shopping. Instead of feeling guilty about taking time for yourself, or putting it at the bottom of your “to-do” list, make your health and well-being a priority this year. With a little planning – (schedule those hair appointments and shopping days) – and commitment – (dress your best everyday, not just for special occasions), you will create positive habits that will require less and less time as they become second nature and part of your lifestyle!
2. Know Your Fashion Formula.
Just because printed pants are coming down the runway or your best friend owns five pairs, doesn’t mean that it’s a flattering look for you. A fashion forward style can fall flat if it doesn’t fit your body or your personality. Knowing what compliments your body is half the battle in having the polished, pulled together look we all long for. Recognizing what works for your lifestyle while enhancing your confidence is the other half. Anything less will make your outfit look more like a costume and have you feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable. When you know your fashion formula, you can pass on those potential fashion disasters and only pick the trends and styles that you love!
3. Show Off Your Sexy Shape.
If I had a dollar for every time a woman has told me she’s putting off her wardrobe until she loses 10 pounds, I would be a billionaire! Start looking your best now, no matter what your size or shape. If you keep waiting for the day you have the perfect body, you’ll never make a change because there is no such thing. With the right clothes, you can actually make yourself look taller, shorter, slimmer, bustier, etc. So no more stressing or hiding. It’s time to show some skin and start rocking everything from feminine skirts and dresses to body hugging jeans!
4. Invest in the Basics.
Basics may sound boring, but they are the backbone of your wardrobe and will help you maximize your investment. While there is no “one list fits all” for wardrobe basics – it depends on your lifestyle needs and body – having pieces that you can mix and match multiple ways is key. For example, the perfect neutral colored blazer can be dressed up or dressed down, be worn to multiple functions and will layer over several tops in your wardrobe. Thus, it would make more sense to spend $200 on a great blazer versus a trendy dress or top that can only be worn for a night out on the town. Spend 90% of your budget on basics and only 10-15% on trendy pieces and accessories. To get you started, check out my Wardrobe Essentials List!
5. Wear Your “Good” Clothes Now.
At some point, someone told you to save your good clothes for a special occasion and to splurge on the dress you know you’ll only wear once. It’s bad advice that’s been handed down from generation to generation. If you stop and think about the cost per wear, you’ll realize how foolish that sounds. Instead, splurge on something you’ll wear over and over. The perfect pair of jeans, a fabulous jacket, a sexy pair of shoes! Then, be sure to wear these clothes Monday through Sunday. That jacket you got in Paris, that you spent a small fortune on, deserves to be worn!
6. Take Some Risks and Move Outside Your Comfort Zone.
In the end, one bad fashion choice is just another day. Celebrities, who have access to personal stylists and designers, experience fashion hiccups all the time. Constantly playing it safe and by the book takes the fun out of fashion. Remember that fashion is a way to express yourself on the outside. It’s a OK to make a statement once in awhile and color outside the lines. Take the leap and try new styles, colors, and patterns that catch your eye instead of your wallet. You might be surprised at what you find outside of your comfort zone!