By Andrea Conway Kagey
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.
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!