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4 Fashion Resolutions for the New Year


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Happy New Year, CF readers! To start 2012 off right, I’ve come up with four fabulous fashion and style-related resolutions for the new year. Scroll on down to check ‘em out:

1. Purge and organize your wardrobe.

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This is always a popular resolution, but for a good reason: having a clutter-free closet not only looks good, but makes getting dressed in the mornings a lot less stressful.

Start by getting rid everything that you don’t need or haven’t worn in over a year. This means parting with outdated trends, worn out items or pieces that no longer fit. Donate or sell the gently-used pieces and toss anything that’s beyond repair.

Once your closet is organized, keep it that way. Hang clothes back up, fold items neatly and always put your shoes back where they belong. If you take a few minutes every day to maintain it,  your closet shouldn’t get disorganized again.

If you need some help or advice before you start clearing out your closet, be sure to check out our past articles on wardrobe organization:

2. Discover your signature style. 

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This one’s a little bit tougher, but this year, try to develop your signature style. A signature style could be defined by a piece of jewelry, a style of clothing or a specific kind item you always wear, like T. Swift’s sequined dresses.

To find your signature style, think about what you like to wear or what kind of pieces your drawn to. Do you always wear dresses? Love your Converse? Like to pile on costume jewelry? Once you have an idea of what you’re attracted to, try making a style pinboard or binder for more inspiration and to further define your aesthetic.

For more on developing your signature style, see:

3. Challenge yourself, style-wise.

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Depending on your lifestyle, this resolution is open to interpretation, but the basic premise is to go outside your comfort zone when it comes to fashion. Check out these ideas below, or make up your own!

  • If you wear jeans 24/7,  try swapping out your beloved denim 2 or 3 days a week for skirts or dresses.
  • You can banish certain items from your wardrobe, like rubber flip flops or hoodies.
  • Brush aside those silly rules about what you “can and can’t” wear and wear what you want, however you want to.
  • Have you been wanting to start a fashion blog but never got around to it? Go to WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr and make one. Now!
  • Tackle a style challenge, like the 30 for 30 Remix (pictured above) or one of our other favorites.

4. Don’t be afraid to splurge every now and then!

I used to be quite the tightwad when it came to frivolous purchases, but lately I’ve realized that it’s absolutely okay to splurge once in a while. As Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation would say, treat yo’ self.

This year, celebrate acing your finals, scoring your dream internship or another special occasion by splurging on an item (or two!) that you’ve been coveting. Depending on your financial situation, a splurge could be $20 or $500, but whatever the budget, just remember to buy something that you’ll actually wear!

To get the creative juices flowing, here are three items I’d love to treat myself to in 2012:

2012 Splurge Items
Pour la Victoire Suede Pumps, J. Crew Cable Knit Sweater, La Mer Leather Wrap Watch

What do you think?

What are some of your fashion resolutions for 2012? What do you think of these resolutions? Will you be trying any of them out? As always, remember to leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

Posted on on January 1, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “4 Fashion Resolutions for the New Year”

  1. 1
    January 1st, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I LOVE those suede heels! The color is gorgeous and they look so comfy!!

  2. 2
    January 1st, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I recently organized my closet and gave away a bunch of clothes. I need to work on my signature style.

  3. 3
    January 1st, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I have heels as a trademark. I always get complements on how well I can walk in them. I also love statement necklaces.

  4. 4
    January 1st, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I’m really excited about trying to find a signature style this year. for years, I’ve been a jeans and t-shirt girl, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, I want to move away from it.

  5. 5
    January 1st, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    These are great resolutions! Mine so far was just be more daring with style like your #3 but I definitely want to do #1 & #2 also. Fabulous New Years post!

  6. 6
    January 1st, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with all these four resolutions! :) I think the most difficult one for me will definitely be trying to challenge my self, style-wise! I’m usually so safe and I tend to stick to denim a lot, but this year, I’m going to go purchase some nice new skirts and dresses and make them apart of my style! =) Oh and of course…. blog more! Can’t forget about that! Great tips! :)

  7. 7
    January 1st, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I don’t think splurging is generally necessary. While something may be cute, you can almost always find something similar at another store.

  8. 8
    January 1st, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Signature style – that’s a good one!

  9. 9
    January 1st, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I really like the idea of reorganizing your closet for the new year. It’s definitely on my list of things to do. Challenging yourself fashion wise is another good one. However, I’m not totally sold on developing a signature style. I like mixing things up.

  10. 10
    January 1st, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I’m really working on developing my personal style this year! I look up to celebs like Taylor Swift that have already developed their own! Starting a fashion blog is another great idea! Right now mine does not have outfit posts but once I can get a camera, you can expect to see some of my outfits on there!

  11. 11
    January 2nd, 2012 at 4:59 am

    I’m definitely doing all these for 2012. I’m doing #1 right now. Haha!

  12. 12
    January 2nd, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Spooky ! I just re-organized my closet this afternoon ! :D
    Personally, I’ll try to wear more colorful clothes as I almost always wear blue/black/grey…

  13. 13
    January 6th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    These are some great resolutions! I will definitely keep many of them in mind.

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