This year resist the urge to go big with resolutions and instead focus on a few small changes that can make a big difference, like improving your wardrobe. It’s no secret –when you like how you look, you feel better about yourself. And isn’t that really what New Year’s resolutions should be about? Check out our suggestions for 3 easy and attainable New Year’s fashion goals that can help make your year better than ever.
If we had to guess we’d say there are at least one or two pieces hanging in your closet that still have the tags on them. You also may have more than a few formerly black shirts that have served you well but resemble something close to charcoal now. While the red tunic is your favorite fit, that random stain isn’t getting any lighter. 365 days is a long time to hang on to clothes that don’t make you feel like you’re absolute best. Start the New Year off right in two easy steps:
Step 1: Purge
Throw out the clothes that are damaged, faded, or stretched. Donate the clothes you know you’ll never wear again (or inherited from your friend last year when she did her own closet purge).
Step 2: Shop
Take this opportunity to replace those once white tees with crisp new ones. Replace those stretched out knits with new flattering sweaters and flowy tunics. And there’s no need to limit your shopping spree to winter threads. If you never got around to replacing that fraying swimsuit from summer take a stab at shopping at landsend.com for a new vibrant one-piece or tankini bathing suit. Hey, you never know when that coveted winter Jacuzzi soak might become a reality.
We know it’s not easy making yourself vulnerable – like wearing a dress in the middle of winter (talk about a cold front). This year do yourself a favor and step outside your comfort zone throw a few more dresses into your wardrobe rotation. Not only will a little feminine flare do you good for that self-esteem boost but everyone will appreciate the light you bring to those drab winter days. Pro tip: pair your dress with ponté knit leggings and a pair of leather boots. Stay warm this winter with a fashionable and functional sweater dress and a pair of tights. Or add a layer of warmth and luxury with a cashmere cardigan in an assortment of colors – perfect for the office or paired with a little black dress. And while you’re wearing more dresses, may we suggest investing in a fit and flare wool coat to protect your new look from those harsh winter woes? You know, to make everyone else think it’s easy looking this good.
Resist the urge to dress in blacks and grays all winter long and incorporate some vibrant blues, greens, and purples into your winter wardrobe. Pair a bright blue tunic sweater with charcoal black slim leg pants for work. Add a pop of color to your favorite jeans and white tee-shirt look with the help of a softly hued cardigan sweater heating things up.
If the idea of wearing more colors makes you uncomfortable then take it slow. Start by simply adding a colored layer to your outfit like a bright colored fleece jacket or sweater over a more comforting gray until you feel confident enough to make color your primary layer for the day. Also, take your time finding the right shade of color for your skin tone. Red may not be your color but that doesn’t mean all shades of pink are out. Be kind to yourself and have patience when discovering your personal color pallet. After all, the goal here is to feel good about how you look no matter how long it takes.
Sometimes it can be easy to continuously wear the same jewelry and use the same bag. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you have a jewelry box full of other earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, you should use them. Maybe if you have a favorite staple necklace, consider stacking it with others from your jewelry box. You can also stack rings and bracelets too!
You also probably have more than one purse, backpack, or crossbody bag as part of your wardrobe. If this is the case, consider mixing it up a bit. It can be a pain transferring items to and from different purses. So, get a purse organizer or organize your purse items into small storage bags so you can easily transfer them between your bags. This will make it much easier and seamless to utilize all of your purses.
Accessories are a great way to make staple pieces of your wardrobe not look like repeats too. So, don’t miss the opportunity to use everything your closet has to offer.
We know that pant shopping can be somewhat of a pain. The differences in fits, sizing, and fabrics can be tedious. However, if you’ve had the same group of go-to pants for several years, consider trying something new. If you wear jeans every day, consider trying some leggings. If you wear leggings every day, a new pair of capris or crop bottom pants might be a great fit for you. If it feels like too much to switch from your favorite type of pants to another, just get yourself a newer pair of what you wear every day. Colors, cuts, and styles change a bit every year. So, getting a new pair of pants is a great way to start your new year wardrobe on the right foot. Who knows–you might find a new favorite pair of pants!
At Lands’ End, we know that change can be scary. That’s why we offer a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes to help every woman look her best. Don’t miss out on the satisfaction of becoming your best self this New Year!