It’s that time of year again when we all make our New Year Resolutions. You may plan to start a new diet, enrol at an evening class, embark on an exercise DVD or revamp your image. Some resolutions are easy to initiate – buying an exercise DVD or signing up for a new class – but where on earth do you start on the mammoth task of re-organising your chaotic wardrobe and revamping your look?
Don’t despair, Style Directions has listed all the resolutions you need to follow to guarantee that 2012 will definitely be the beginning of a ‘Stylish New You’ with that all-important, organised wardrobe.
DE-CLUTTER YOUR LIFE
Yes, you can have too many clothes – especially if there is so much crammed in your wardrobe that you can’t see what you’ve got and you never wear half of it anyway. Try some wardrobe surgery – take all the clothes out of your wardrobe/drawers and only put them back if they are:
- A good fit – the size on the label doesn’t matter!
- Current or classic style – not ‘old fashioned’
- Worn fairly regularly – over last 2/3 years
- Flattering – to both your shape and colouring
If anything doesn’t fit, is worn-out, old-fashioned, or has not been worn for two to three years, be ruthless and bag it up for the charity shop! If you find this difficult to do alone, employ the services of a trained Style Consultant who can also help determine your best styles and colours.
INVEST IN THE CLASSICS
Make sure your wardrobe has the essential items that suit all ages and lifestyles and cover all occasions. The following garments should be the best quality you can afford to last a long time and, therefore, be great purchases in the current Winter Sales.
- Little Black Dress – the simpler the better to accessorize
- Cotton Knitwear – can be worn in all seasons
- Coat/Raincoat – neutral colours are best
- Relaxed Tailoring – trousers, jackets and skirts to suit your shape
- Versatile Tops – plain or patterned to suit your colouring
BUY FASHION UPDATES
Just as vital as the classics, are each season’s ‘Must Have’ garments and accessories to update your look. These can be fun and inexpensive. If you are on a New Year diet, treat yourself to buying just accessories until you reach your target weight – use them as rewards! Accessories also make great bargains in the winter sales.
Print Dress – 40’s Tea Dress styles are flattering
Fur Gilet – a great ‘layering’ piece
Cape/Wrap – suits all shapes and size
Long Cardigan – belted or not to suit your shape
Hooded Parka – good for all seasons
Statement Necklace – the bigger the better
Large Cuff-Bracelets – stack them in multiples for best effect
Tie-Front Shoes – with opaque or woollen tights
Wedge-Heeled Boots – more stable than heels
Anything Leopard Print – always in fashion!
Most women wear 20% of their wardrobe, 80% of the time. So, always buy items which suit your lifestyle and will get lots of wear – the real cost of an outfit is it’s price divided by the amount of times you wear it! An expensive dress worn only twice is a waste of money. Remember the Style Directions Rule of Three:
Can is be worn in three different seasons?
Will it go with three other garments you already own?
Can it be worn in three different ways by accessorising?
FLATTER YOUR ASSETS
Resolve only to wear outfits that make the most of your good points and draw attention away from your not-so-good. For example, if you’re thick-waisted, don’t tuck in tops or wear belts. To highlight good legs, wear the new knee-length skirts and ankle-strap shoes. To show-off a good cleavage, wear lowish necklines and eye-catching necklaces. Balance large hips with epaulette jackets or puff sleeves. If you can’t be objective about your body, take Style Directions’ SHAPE TEST to find your ideal Outfit Shape – this can be money well-spent as it saves you a fortune in costly shopping ‘mistakes’.
ORGANISE YOUR WARDROBE
Re-organise how you hang the items in your wardrobe. If you buy a suit and hang it on its own together with the top you bought with it, the chances are that you’ll get less wear out of all three garments, Instead, hang your clothes in groups; all jackets together, all skirts together, trousers together etc. If you choose a different jacket, bottom and top each morning, you’ll be amazed at the range of new outfits you simply didn’t realise you had. Keep your accessories on display – not tucked away in drawers – to make sure you use them to change the look of your outfits on a regular basis. Here’s to a Stylish New You in 2012!
To find your ideal Outfit Shape or book a Personal Consultation with Lucy Garrett, go to www.styledirections.com
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