Tis the season for grand vows about the big life changes you’re going to make, like setting a new gym target or vowing to tick off another bucket list goal by travelling somewhere exotic.
But this time around, instead of focusing on the impossible tasks you never do get around to accomplishing, focus your newfound positive energy on something useful – giving your wardrobe the TLC it deserves.
Yup, 2017 is the year for upping your style game, and today I’m sharing five fool-proof resolutions that’ll help you do exactly that – along with some of my own outfit pics from 2016!
#1: ditch your comfort zone
Whether you’re worried about being overdressed or underdressed, confused about a dress-code or internally debating if you’ve actually got the body to pull off a leather pencil skirt, it’s easy to lose confidence when it comes to fashion.
But this year, you’re going to quit the pointless worrying and ditch your comfort zone – you’ll feel (and look) much better for it, promise.
If you want to wear a black maxi dress to casual Friday night drinks or thigh-high boots to work, go for it. Channel Rihanna and walk in like you own the place.
#2: stop paying attention to sizing
Fitting into a size 10 pair of jeans in one shop, before moving next door to discover you can’t even squeeze into a 14, is the kind of soul-destroying incident that brings a Saturday shopping trip to an abrupt end.
Unless you do the sensible thing and vow to stop obsessing over high street clothing sizes.
Sizing is massively unregulated, meaning most people vary dramatically depending on where they’re shopping. Don’t worry about the numbers on the tag and instead buy whatever’s most comfortable.
#3: sort out your wardrobe
Although it’s fun to daydream about having Cher’s self-organising, self-styling Clueless wardrobe, until technology catches up with Hollywood we’re all stuck sorting through our piles of clothes by hand.
Pull your annual spring clean forward to January and spend an afternoon getting everything in order.
Seeing all your many clothes hanging in perfect colour coordination will make it much easier to pick out a chic outfit on rushed weekday mornings!
#4: buy a decent bra
Underwear can be expensive, so it’s tempting to shop for bras on the cheap, hunting through sales and ordering online to get the best price.
The problem is, all that bargain-hunting means you’re sacrificing on quality and fit – and wearing the wrong sized bra isn’t good. As well as giving your bust zero support, squeezing into too small a cup can also make you look bigger.
So go for a proper fitting, an independent underwear shop will normally provide much better service than a big department store, and treat yourself to a new, perfectly-fitting bra.
#5: invest in one quality item
Cheap and easy is the high street’s usual approach to fashion, which is great when you’re looking a party dress you’re only planning to wear for one night only.
It’s not so good when you’re trying to build a chic wardrobe that’ll last the ages.
This year, invest in one key piece that fits seamlessly with your personal style, like a handbag or pair of designer shoes, in a classic design that won’t date. Your future self will thank you for it.