I usually don’t make New Year’s Resolutions but this year I have decided to make a few fashion related resolutions as well as pass on to you, a few good ones to make in order to have a more fashionable new year!
Clean Out Your Closet:
If your closet is like mine, cluttered, crowded and disorganized, really take some time to go through it piece by piece. Try on everything and make piles of items to throw out/donate, items to get altered/repaired, items you don’t wear but want to keep for sentimental reasons and items you love and wear constantly.
Bag up the items you need to donate and find a local charity (homeless shelter, battered women’s shelter or the Salvation Army) to donate them too. Bag up the items that need to go to the tailor and put them in your car so when you are out running errands you can make a detour to the tailor. Wrap items that you no longer wear but want to hold on to, in tissue paper and place in a cedar chest or a big, clean plastic box. Then take the time to go through all the items you want to keep and organize them in your closet either by outfits or by item (for example hang all shirts together grouping them by sleeve length, hang all sleeveless tops together and follow with short sleeves, then 3/4 sleeves, then long sleeves). Hang all your pants together grouping jeans together and dress pants together and then organize your skirts by length followed by dresses and coats.
Keep a notepad and pen handy to make notes of items you need to complete your wardrobe, for example you have a skirt that needs a top, write down what that top should be and keep it with you when you are shopping.
Fill In The Gaps:
There are certain fashion staples that every woman should have in order to make dressing easy. Resolve this year to make sure all your fashion basic bases are covered. I am guilty of not always having these items in my closet and often wish I could reach for them when I need them.
Here is a list of items to have:
White or Black Button Down Shirt (I need one)
Black Pencil Skirt and Black Dress Pants
Black and White Cami
Black and White Short Sleeve Tees
Great Fitting Boot Leg and Straight Leg Pair of Jeans
Black Sweater or Cardigan (I need a black v-neck sweater)
Simple, Timeless Black Dress
Black Knee High Boots and Black Pumps
Black Jacket or Blazer
The secret to every great look is to make sure you are wearing the proper undergarments. Even the most beautiful dress can be ruined by a visible panty line or visible love handles. Take the time now to make sure you have the proper undergarments for a wide variety of outfits instead of waiting until you have an event and have to rush around trying to find what you need.
Every woman needs to make sure she has a good fitting strapless bra or convertible bra, mind you this is no easy task and needs time to try on lots of styles to find the perfect one. Make sure you have at least one sleek, nude thong and one pair of nude boy shorts, they will ensure you will never have a visible panty line. Invest in a great full body slip by Cass & Co or Spanx to smooth things out and look sleek. Always keep a new pair of black tights in your drawer, you never know when you may need them.
Shop The Sales:
One good side effect of this so-so economy is the breadth and depth of sales. There are a lot of great bargains to be had. I am the first to admit that I am a terrible sale shopper but I am resolving to be better about browsing for a good bargain this year.
You can be a savvy sale shopper by be-friending sales people at your favorite stores and asking them to call you when items get marked down (when I owned my store I had a few sale shoppers that I would call the day before I marked merchandise down so they could get first dibs). Also troll the web looking for new markdowns on your favorite websites and ask your friends to send you e-mails of good deals they have found. Keep in mind though, don’t just buy something because it is on sale, make sure it fits, you really like it and you will wear it.
Happy New Year!