New Year’s Style Resolutions

January 4, 2009 • Magazine

New Year's Style Resolutions

New Year's Style Resolutions

Fri, 2009-01-02 09:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Another year, another set of resolutions. Every year people resolve to lose weight, save more money, be more organized, or otherwise better themselves, but it is rare that this self-improvement binge extends to the wardrobe. However, changing your look – whether it involves a complete makeover or simply deciding to stop wearing jeans all the time (you know who you are) – can lead to many positive changes in other aspects of your life as well. And hey, if your life still sucks, at least your clothes are glamorous. There are three essential types of “style resolutions”. The Total Overhaul, the new desire to Wear the Rainbow, and the Minor Upgrade.

The Total Overhaul is typically precipitated by a major life event, such as a breakup or drastic weight loss, and it involves an entire assessment and resulting change in one’s appearance that may or may not include a new hair cut or color and makeup routine as well as a more stylish appearance. Sometimes it also involves going in a new style direction, like switching from boho chic to a more elegant and pulled-together look, or becoming riskier with one’s fashion choices and picking up a few pieces from avant garde labels. Women aiming for classic good taste are best served by investing in a few timeless pieces, like the perfect cashmere cardigan, a strand of pearls, or a chic handbag like this quilted shoulder bag from Banana Republic. For the opposite effect, something like this Lutz & Patmos Cardigan would add some edge to a dull closet.

The need to Wear the Rainbow comes from a different place. Many of us have probably had that moment where they look at their wardrobe and realize everything is a neutral hue, and resolved to dress in a more colorful fashion. One of the easiest ways to do this is to start wearing bright bags, shoes, and jewelry; it is also fairly low commitment for those who know they will always go back to black. That said, black does look amazing with many vivid shades, including the vibrant turquoise and emerald tones of this Elyse C. Bec scarf.

Last but not least, there is the Minor Upgradethe desire to buy fewer but better pieces and generally step up one’s fashion’s game, but not make any significant changes. Now is one of the best times to indulge this craving thanks to all the major sales and deep discounts, and sites like Bluefly and Yoox always cater to the desire to upgrade your essential items. Trying buying better versions of your staples, like high end jeans, the perfect cashmere turtlenecks, or luxe leather boots like these Loeffler Randall Double Zip Platforms. You will notice the difference in not only the appearance, but the quality of your new pieces.

Happy New Year, and best wishes for a fashionable 2009!

1. Banana Republic Drake Quilted Small Shoulder Bag $89.99
2. Lutz & Patmos Peplum Cardigan $425
3. Elyse C. Bec Emerald Wrap $145
4. Loeffler Randall Double Zip Platform Boot $895

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