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Fashion Resolutions for 2013

Posted: 11/01/2013 00:00

So the New Year has rolled around once more, and along with it comes the expectation of a brand new you. Whether it's joining the gym or giving up chocolate, we all make resolutions that quickly fall by the wayside and are long cast into the dust by February.

So, how about making this the year that you turn your attentions to your style and give your wardrobe a makeover? Here we bring you our top fashion resolutions to kick off 2013.

Clear Out Your Wardrobe
The best way to start your new and improved wardrobe for 2013 is by purging yourself of everything you already own - but that you never wear. If you're feeling a little strapped for cash after the festive period, you can sell your unwanted items on sites like eBay, or, if you're feeling a little gluttonous and spoiled already, donate your clothes to charity! After this fresh wardrobe start, make a resolution with yourself to keep the cycle going and get rid of one unworn item of clothing every time that you buy a new one.

Try a New Trend
The New Year is a great excuse to push your personal boundaries and try something new. Don't feel the need to wear a trend head to toe, but by incorporating a little part of it - whether it's an on-trend bag or a hyped-up new shoe - you'll be pushed out of your comfort zone, as well as feeling super cool. We hear that big news for 2013 are the likes of stripes, ruffles, sheer materials, the sporty look and the Japanese influence. Online stores such as Miinto are a great place to browse for style inspiration.

Ditch the Jeans
It's easy to fall into a style rut and rely on your trusty jeans day after day. Instead, make it your mission for 2013 to put them aside - even for just a few days a week - and indulge in something new. Whether it's a skirt, a dress, a pair of tailored trousers or even some shorts, there are a ton of clothing options out there that'll wake up your style and force you to think outside of the fashion box.

Move Away From Black
As slimming and as sheek as you think it is, wearing all black, all of the time, can quickly get tired. With spring just around the corner, why not indulge in some lighter, brighter colours? Try some pretty pastels or airy whites - you could even treat yourself to 'getting your colours done' - a process where an expert tells you the colours that suit your skin tone and that should be a part of your wardrobe. Don't forget pattern too, stripes are big news for 2013 and florals are always a hit.

Fix Up Your Clothes
Got a skirt that needs hemming? A pair of shoes in desperate need of reheeling? A dress you swore you'd wear once you'd cut that bow off? The New Year is the perfect time to get your mounting list of repairs and alterations done. If you're not a dab hand with a needle and you can't force a friend to do it, a cobbler or a tailor can be cheaper than you think. While you're at it, clear out all your lonely odd socks, tights that have seen better days and anything that used to be white.

 

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