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Your New Year’s Fashion Resolutions!

Last Monday I showed you my Top 10 Clothes, Shoes, Bags, and Accessories of Autumn/Winter 2011. However today, the first Monday of the 2012, I’m going to give you 10 New Year’s Fashion Resolutions. Here they are:

Try Something Different…

The first new year’s fashion resolution – step out of your comfort zone, try something different. Why? … It might turn out that you actually like it. So what do I mean?  If you are somebody who plays it safe, who buys the ‘easy option’ buy something or wear something daring and controversial. Well, maybe not controversial; that might be too much of a leap! If you are somebody who always wears designer, or always wears that statement, crazy, dress that is the epitome of high fashion – you need to try to tone it down a bit. Just once. Maybe buy a bit of high street. Wear jeans and a grey marl jumper. It’s all about breaking habits. I’m doing it too – previously I would make a dress for any party I would go to (white lace dress; orange, draped, backless dress), but this year I’m going to just throw something together from my wardrobe.


Your second new year’s fashion resolution is to invest in prints (that is if they haven’t wriggled their way into your wardrobe already). Prints are going to be big for Spring/Summer. Acne, Etro, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Sass & Bide, Stella McCartney, Versace, Peter Pilotto, Basso & Brooke, Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou are designers to watch for this trend. Birds, feathers, fruit, leaves, starfish (as seen at YSL), brocade patterns in bright colours, flowers, and just random patterns and shapes are all great; pack away the leopard print and snakeskin. If you must go animal, go zebra. Team a printed top with a colour block pencil skirt, or team a printed skirt with a plain grey tee.

Left box:
Blouse – Peter Pilotto – Printed Silk Blouse (£350).
Skirt – Christopher Kane – Stretch Wool-Crepe Pencil Skirt (£455).
– Gucci – Zebra-Print Calf-Hair Pumps (£485).
Right box:
Top – Kain – Modal and Silk-Blend T-Shirt (£70).
Skirt – Peter Pilotto – Ruler Printed Crepe Skirt (£435).
Heels – Jimmy Choo – Agnes Patent-Leather Pumps (£335).
All available from Net-a-porter.com.

Do the Colour Pop

Colour Pop is due to be a big trend, which is why it is your third new year’s fashion resolution! Colour Pop is basically teaming one bright (a neon green skirt, or an orange fluoro top) with neutrals. This is particularly effective, because it makes the colour stand out. A grey tee paired with the neon green skirt, focusses all the attention on to the skirt.

Top – Kain – Modal and Silk-Blend T-Shirt (£70).
– Christopher Kane – Pleated Stretch Wool-Crepe Skirt (£590).
Heels – Giuseppe Zanotti – Patent-Leather Pumps (£350).
All available from Net-a-porter.com.

Forget the Colour Rules

Colour is yours to play with this season; no rules. That’s why you should make the most of it, which is why it is your fourth new year’s fashion resolution. This is a great trend, you can clash, harmonise, contrast… whatever you feel like. You can: wear blues and greens together (a fluoro green skirt, and electric blue top), wear soft tones of yellow and grey together (grey skirt, and yellow heels or floaty top), or pink and black (hot pink scuba top, and black skater skirt). The message: play with colour while you can… this trend is not going to last forever.

Have a Wardrobe Clear Out

Clearing out your wardrobe can be beneficial in many ways, which is why this is your fifth new year’s fashion resolution.

  • The first way is that it frees up space for new clothes. No need to get a bigger wardrobe. Everybody has clothes that they don’t wear for numerous different reasons; you don’t like it, it doesn’t fit, it was an impulse buy and you have never worn it, it is old, it is falling apart, you can’t see yourself wearing it again, it’s not fashionable any more.
  • The second way a clear out is beneficiary, is because it makes you think about how much you have bought that has been wasted. This will make you question yourself in future when buying.
  • The third way is that it might actually make you feel better. If you have been putting it off for a long time, by clearing your wardrobe out, it will take the weight off your shoulders; you don’t need to think about it anymore.
  • The fourth way: it will make you realise what you love and had forgotten all about –  that top that had been at the very bottom of one of your drawers, or the dress that had been squished between two others, unnoticed in the midst of all your other clothes…
  • The fifth way: by donating all the clothes you don’t want to a charity shop, or a clothes bank, your unwanted items will benefit other people. This bring us on to our next new year’s fashion resolution…

Recycle Your Clothes

You can recycle in different ways, all of which are great for you, which is why this is your sixth new year’s fashion resolution.

  • The first: you can buy something from a charity or vintage shop. I know many people wouldn’t shop in a charity ar second-hand shop out of principle because of connotations, but really, some great bargains can be found. I once found a great, classic, LBD for £4.99 ish.
  • The second: swap clothes with friends. Someone else’s junk can be your treasure. Have a party where you all bring your unwanted clothes and then swap till you drop! Any unwanted ones at the end can be donated to charity.
  • The third: look through your wardrobe for any unwanted clothes, as suggested in ‘Have a Wardrobe Clear Out’, but before you get rid of them think; what don’t I like about it? Could it be fixed? Could it be altered? Could I change it slightly so that I like it more? In the past I have altered things so that I have a completely new up-to-date piece. A military jacket with jagged fabric round the edge, was transformed by simply cutting off the fabric and adding 6 gold buttons. A sequined LBD with a large ruffle on the hem, was transformed into a sleek mini dress by cutting off the ruffle. All this needs is a basic understanding of DIY fashion, and basic sewing skills.

Scuba Dive

Your seventh new year’s fashion resolution is to get in on the ‘Scuba Dive’ trend. From neoprene to wetsuit style tops… this is your way to make a cool, standout, statement.

Dress – Michael Kors – Stretch Wool-Crepe Racer-Back Dress (£955).
Watch – Nixon – Time Teller Rubber Watch (£55).
Heels – Jimmy Choo – Denton Neoprene Scuba Peep-Toe Sandals (£495).
All available from Net-a-porter.com.

Get Sporty

Your eighth new year’s fashion resolution is to get in on the sporty trend. Big last season, set to be big this season. From racerback dresses, to sports bras… Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant are the big names to influence this trend. VPL does sporty vests, bras, pants etc.

  • Get a sporty watch by Nixon, Toy Watch, Swatch or Ice Watch.
  • Get a classy hoodie; sweaters with hoods are great, or get a jacket with a hood.
  • Get a puffa jacket/windbreaker – this will keep you warm but keep you stylish too.
  • Get some luxury track suit bottoms. They will go with a lot, and last you a long time.

Get a Bold Silhouette

Bold silhouettes are your way of saying, “Hey look, I’m confident in what I wear.” That’s why this is your ninth new year’s fashion resolution. It’s all about being, and feeling confident in what you wear, and who wouldn’t want that? I know I have told you at the top of this blog to step out of your comfort zone… but you can still be confident even if you are stepping away from your norm. Shirts that are wide at the shoulders and go straight down at your sides, whilst remaining fluid, are the sort of thing you want to be looking for.

The blouse above is from H&M, and they also do other bold and shaped pieces. Trousers that are tailored slightly are perfect because they elongate your legs, and if you keep the silhouette clean – you automatically give yourself a style update. Blazers are good; linen and structured are the best ones to go for to keep cool for summer.

Mid Height Heels

And finally your tenth new year’s fashion resolution. Mid heels are perfect because they give you height and yet they are not skyscraper tall.

Mid heeled court shoes are classy:

These pointy courts by Jimmy Choo are a classic for your wardrobe:
Heels – Jimmy Choo – Abel Pointed Patent-Leather Pumps (£320).

Platform wedges are fun (even if they are not really mid heel height – except they would be if you cut the platform off):

YSL combines the wedge, the mid heel and a starfish print to make these fab sandals!
Sandals – Yves Saint Laurent – Suede Starfish Platform Wedges (£880).

Both available from Net-a-porter.com.

Check out my blog next Monday for Why I Love Acne (the fashion label not the ailment).

ewfashionblogger – Your online fashion stylist.

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