Fashion & Style Resolutions for 2009

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New Year's Resolutions

It's almost a new year, and that means a fresh start and a chance to set some new goals. Whether you're a seasoned fashion addict or you're still developing your own style, new year's is also a great time to set some style resolutions for the year ahead.

Here are some style resolutions you might want to make for 2009!

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Buy more quality items and fewer cheap "fast fashion" pieces. This is one of my resolutions - I'm always tempted to buy a bunch of cheap clothing items instead of splurging on quality, but I know it's not the right way to shop. This year, I've promised myself that I'll control my H&M addiction and spend my money on fewer clothes that will last a little longer!

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Think before you buy. Do you impulse-purchase a little too often? Make it your 2009 resolution to stop and think before you make a purchase. Ask yourself "do I really need this?" and "how often will I wear it?" If you need to, resolve to wait 24 hours & see if you still want that item the next day. If you do, you'll know it's not just an impulse!

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Develop your own sense of style. This was one of my resolutions a few years ago, and it's an ongoing process I work at every day. In fashion it's so important to have your own point of view instead of blindly following trends. What's your personal style? I wrote an article about how to find your own sense of style if you want some tips on how to get started.

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Start making your own clothes. If you've always thought it'd be fun to be a fashion designer, why not get started learning how to make your own clothing? Pick up a book on sewing, grab some fabric and borrow your mom's sewing machine. You'll save a bundle, be able to customize every piece you own, and who knows - maybe you could be the next big thing in fashion!

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Learn more about the fashion industry. Become a whiz at fashion industry trivia - learn about the history of all the big designers, who worked for whom, and even the difference between different fabrics. I just picked up a copy of The Fashion Game Book and it's essentially a textbook on everything you could ever want to know about fashion. There are quizzes, pop-out pages, designer bios, quotes, and so much more. It's amazing and highly recommended if you want to learn about the industry!

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Start documenting your style. If you want to get an accurate picture of how your style is evolving, try taking a picture of your outfit every day next year. You could keep the pics private for yourself or start a blog about your style like Rumi at Fashion Toast. Taking outfit photos daily is a great way to see how things really look on you, keep your style fresh, and find new ideas for how to wear things. It's also a lot of fun!

Those are just some of my ideas - what are you going to do to make 2009 your most stylish year ever?