Image Consultant top tips for a New Year Wardrobe

So this week has started with ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year. It’s no wonder when you look at how dull the Sunday supplements have become. Gone are the luscious fashions, recipes and gift suggestions that we saw before Christmas. Now all we have are pages of detox and diet plans – I counted five alone in one magazine. Whilst the New Year is a time to take stock and maybe try to become the person you have always wanted to be, let’s not totally renounce the lighter side of life. Forget the caveman diet, toss aside the cottage cheese and settle down to making a list of New Year Style Resolutions that will put a smile on your face, help your budgeting and make you look good and feel great!

1   Weed that wardrobe – if it doesn’t fit, doesn’t suit or doesn’t match then review your options. The 80:20 rule works for clothes as well as for the rest of life so be decisive – if you haven’t worn something yet despite the biblical weather variations then you need to seriously think about its future in your wardrobe. Consider having garments restyled or altered to fit.  If they’re no longer flattering think about fighting that muffin top with shape wear.  Don’t be afraid to put something away for review next autumn – then you can decide on its future without compunction. If you love that skirt or top but haven’t anything to wear it with then think again – is there a colour combination you haven’t considered? If not, spend a penny to save a penny – for the price of one new top/bottom you will then have two items to wear.  Don’t feel guilty about getting rid of something you’ve hardly worn – give it to a charity shop and help others.

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2   Sell, sell, sell – after a successful bout of wardrobe weeding you should end up with four piles – keep, give away, throw away and sell. If you haven’t ever looked there is a thriving market on eBay for nearly new clothes – especially high street brands like Monsoon. Photograph them well, describe them fairly and you may be surprised how easy it is to turn that fashion disaster into cash for a new shopping expedition. And of course something might just catch your eye whilst you’re online researching your ad!

3   Do sweat the small stuff – start the New Year with an underwear drawer to be proud of. Lose all those grey and saggy panties and those bras that don’t quite do it for you any more. Make sure that you have a range of underwear to suit the occasion and your outerwear. Check you have the right straps, the right colour, the right comfort level and go for a regular bra fitting to make sure you’re wearing the right size.  Buy sports bras for exercise and t-shirt bras for smooth tops. There are lots of lovely two piece sets for those nights out and the range of shape wear now available is impressive.  Think of your underwear as the foundation of your look – get it right and you are halfway there.

4   Signature style – is there a look that you are drawn to, that makes you look and feel good every time? Are you bohemian or do you see yourself as classically formal. Does the English rose appeal to you or do you hanker after more dangerous looks? As time moves on fashion can still be fun but you also have the chance of developing your own personal style, ‘Brand You’. If you can identify this it might just explain why that perfectly nice shirt dress just never seems to get worn, or that gypsy skirt hangs forlorn. It’s easy to be seduced by a collection in store but ask yourself – how does it tie in with who you are and who you want to be?

5   Colour – this is the year to embrace colour. Save up for a colour consultation or line it up as a birthday present, but make sure it’s in the diary for 2011. You will be amazed how much money you can save and how much value you can get from a wardrobe that enhances your natural tones. Choose the right colours and your wardrobe will no longer wear you. And if you are wedded to black or grey don’t panic – you can wean yourself onto colour through scarves, necklaces and coloured camis. Once you start you won’t want to stop!

I will be sharing more top tips to get your wardrobe into shape next week!

Stylish New Year Resolutions