A new year means a lot of things for a lot of people. Whether that be sticking to your new fitness goals you’ve set for yourself, planning to travel more or even just learning to take some time out of your day and just breathe a new year is the perfect time to set new and exciting goals for all that you want to accomplish or work towards to better yourself. One commitment I make year after year isn’t about being active or aspirational, it’s about digging a little deeper and thinking about how you want the world to see you and, more importantly, how you want to see yourself!
So this year, like many years in the past, I am setting the resolution of challenging myself to try new and exciting ways to style my everyday looks. And I want to share my tips with you as well. So, without further ado, here are my 3 tips on how to refresh your wardrobe for the new year ahead!
1) Challenge yourself to try new colours and prints
Before about 3 years ago you would never ever catch me in a black garment. I just never really got what made black such a comfortable colour to wear for so many people – mostly because I felt that colour and prints were the best way for me to express myself. I felt that black took away from my expression as an individual, but it wasn’t until I finally found that perfect first black piece (which I still own and cherish to this day) that wearing black became a regular part of my wardrobe. And I can even say I feel sexy wearing it now!
So my challenge to you is that if you find a colour or print that you have found hard to wear. Look for a piece that you feel comfortable wearing in a new shade or colour and inject that into your regular mix to see how you feel about it. Trust me, more times than not, you are going to see yourself in a completely different perspective and that’s what’s going to make you feel comfortable with starting to wear that new colour or print!
2) Mix and match the highs and the lows
It’s so often that people think that you either have to shop designer or fast fashion and then that’s what defines your style or style identity. But more than ever before, the phenomenon of fast fashion has allowed us to mix affordable everyday pieces with some of our more coveted designer pieces that we may not wear as often.
Furthermore, there are some fantastic replica pieces out there nowadays. This means that if there is a particular designer piece that has caught your eye, there is a high change that you can find an almost identical replica piece at a fraction of the price. A friend of mine likes to read fake designer websites review blogs for fashion inspiration and she often manages to secure herself a bargain. I can never tell whether her clothes or accessories are genuine pieces or replicas so it is well worth checking out some replica websites if you are shopping on a budget.
Listen, it’s 2018 people! If you think you can’t mix and match brands with different price tags, then you need to reevaluate what style really is. Style isn’t about what you wear or how expensive or inexpensive your clothes are – it’s about who you are and being able to tell the world without having to say a single word!
3) Don’t be afraid to try that new silhouette
As a stylist I often hear, “I can’t wear that because it doesn’t look good on me.” When in reality, you’ve probably tried something similar on once before in the past and then you or someone else told you, that it didn’t look good, so you gave up trying to make it work at all. Well I say you march right back into your favourite store and pick up that style of top, dress or pants and try it on again – but pair it with something that you’re comfortable wearing like your favourite white button down shirt or your favourite black sneakers.
Once you see a style or silhouette on you that you aren’t so comfortable wearing in a new way, paired with something familiar, that’s how you break the stigma of thinking that you can’t wear a certain kind of silhouette. Shopping is all about mind over matter and once you give your mind the perspective that you can rock that style of jean or that oversized knit, you open far more style possibilities and horizons than you could have ever imagined.
So now I challenge all of you to take the chance the next time your shopping and use one or all of these style challenges that I use whenever the new year rolls around to refresh my wardrobe. I hope that it helps you in accomplishing your goals of refreshing your look for 2018 as well!
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