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The New Year is looming ahead and it’s time to start thinking of Fashion Resolutions.  Take a look at this list and see if you find a few that suit you.

1.  Out with the old, in with the new.

Time to go through your closet and re-evaluate what you own.  If it has not seen the light of day in 18 months or more, it does not fit, or it is not flattering give it to a friend or your favorite clothing charity.  If the item has a designer pedigree, take it to your local consignment shop.

2. Have a Happy New (Shoe) Year

Spring 2011 is approaching fast so it is timely to consider your options for spring looks. For a summary of Spring Trends go to Spring 2011 shoe fashion trends: Sneak Peek – National Shoes …

3.  Expand your color pallette.

Do you dress in one color?  If so, you may suffer from color tunnel vision syndrome.  Time to add a new hue to your repertoire.  Does the thought of an overall color seem overwhelming?  Try adding color in a small amount like a pair of shoes, or a handbag. Check out this color forecast for ideas on how to expand your color vision: Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2011

4.  Tome Up

This time of year many new fashion books are released.  Perusing a volume or two will inform and inspire you when looking for clothing.  Here are some of my favorites:

Anna Sui




Japan Fashion Now

5.  Refresh, renew, reorganize.

Start the new year out looking your best.  Replace worn heels, polish or clean suede shoes and bags.  Repair torn seams, replace lost bottoms and alter clothing to fit you beautifully. Make friends with a great tailor, a great dry cleaner and a shoe repair service.

6.  Recycle fashion. Sometimes the best place to find something new to wear is a consignment shop, a garage or estate sale or on eBay.  I recently found a designer bag, never used for $5 at a garage sale.  HINT:  This is where resolution number 4 comes in handy.  If you are familiar with designers and fashion history in general you will be better able to spot the diamond in the rough.

7.  Find your muse at the museum.  Make a point to visit one art exhibit a month.   Inspiration comes from many sources and there is often something interesting to see on display.

8.  Take it to the street. Spend more time people watching.  Sip coffee at a cafe in a crowded mall, go downtown or a business district at lunchtime, go to a restaurant at night.  Observe what people are wearing and what you like about it.  Take cues on what works for you and leave the rest behind.

9. Risky business. Try a new silhouette or proportion that you haven’t worn before. Mix patterns, scale or textures.  Go outside your usual comfort zone.  For a day, an hour or even a minute (in your closet). After all, fashion should be fun, at least some of the time.

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