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New Year’s resolutions in fashion – what are yours?

If you’re finding it hard to get into New Year’s resolution mode, worry not! I’ve written four resolutions for anyone to take into account when planning their fashion future … 1. Ditch the uniform We all have one: the go-to …

Tue, Jan 3, 2012, 15:30

   

If you’re finding it hard to get into New Year’s resolution mode, worry not! I’ve written four resolutions for anyone to take into account when planning their fashion future

1. Ditch the uniform

We all have one: the go-to lazy-day uniform that makes us feel, if not amazing, then, at the very least, good. For one woman it may be jeans and a chunky heel; for another, it’s a fitted dress; for him, it might be a pair of jeans and those suede loafers he’s had forever. This year, find an excuse to try something different. If you’re a jeans ‘n’ heels type, try a pair of ankle boots with a flirty dress, instead; if your failsafe is casual lumberjack, why not take a look at a more preppy aesthetic. You may eventually revert to your old faithfuls, but isn’t it common knowledge that everyone loves a trier?

2. Embrace colour

Spring / summer 2012 is all about bright, pastel colours, from Simone Rocha’s perspex-accented dresses to Paul Costelloe’s candied frocks, inspired by the 1960s film, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. While pastel is often a step too far for those of us whose complexions are more ruddy than rosy, we are far too slow to embrace colour, instead sticking to a reliable palette of grey, black and navy. This year, take a chance and brighten up your wardrobe with some coloured accents.

3. Downsize

No, this is not another fiscal lecture – we’re talking in terms of handbags. How often has your other half picked up your daily luggage and remarked on the weight of it? Reconsider whether or not you really need to bring your Filofax to the supermarket with you and make use of those clutches you had, until now, considered “going out” bags. If you just leave your camera at home – there’s one in your phone, you know – you can travel a lot lighter.

4. Try harder

While we’re not of the “you’ll get nowhere dressed like that” camp – just look at Helena Bonham Carter – there is no doubting the power of a good show to make you feel as good as you look. Let 2012 be the year you ditch the Uggs, leggings, men’s hoodies and your penchant for jumping into your pyjamas as soon as you get in the door. Dress as the person you want to be, not the person you think you are.

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