Whether or not your New Year’s resolution this year was to step up your style, we think everyone (ourselves included) could benefit from a yearly fashion refresh. If you agree but you’re not sure how or where to begin, today we’ve got you more than covered. Resolutions may be easy to make, but fulfilling them is a whole other story. In our experience, however, we’ve found that if you map out incremental changes rather than trying to do an instant 360, any resolution is more attainable. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a month-by-month process for stepping up your style that is as easy on your mind as it is on your bank account.
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In order to make room for the new you, take January to clean out and reorganize your closet! Once it’s cleaned, be sure to keep it spotless throughout the year.
It is the month of Valentine’s Day, after all, and the wrong undergarments can ruin an otherwise perfect outfit.
Take March to be sure you have your basics covered. Whether that means tailoring old trousers to make sure they look up-to-date or refreshing your collection of T-shirts and button-downs, you’ll need a strong foundation of basics to carry you throughout the year. Luckily for you, we have a checklist for that.
Once you have the essentials, it’s time to tackle your work style. Take inspiration from celebrities and street style to put together at least 10 new outfits that you haven’t tried before and mix them in with your usual workwear.
One of the biggest factors of feeling good about your style is making sure to dress for your body. Start by figuring out your exact body shape (if you haven't already), then shop accordingly.
Once July comes around, rather than breaking out your usual plain shorts, tees, and dresses, look for new ways to stay stylish in the summer. Think statement-making prints, out-of-the-box outfit combos, and interesting accessories.
Take this month to carefully select and invest in at least two statement pieces you would normally shy away from. Once you have them, resolve to wear them at least once a week.
Whether you’re a minimalist dresser or are destined for street style stardom, August is the month for stepping up your accessory game. If you want the goal to be “less boring,” break out those bags and shoes you never wear for some reason or another. If you want to refine your style, work on creating a simple everyday jewelry wardrobe that you can wear with anything.
Keeping an eye on fashion month, pin or print outfit ideas that caught your eye—whether they’re from the runways or street style. Use the clothes you already own to re-create your favorite ones!
It might sound silly, but one of our favorite tricks for always having something to wear is to take pictures of our favorite outfits to look back on while getting dressed. If you really want to get serious, take the time to put together and photograph 40+ outfits (using pieces you already own) and save or print the photos to create a personal lookbook for you to reference each morning.
Once the temperatures drop in November, it’s time to master cold-weather dressing and layering. Break out all your key coats and put together four weather-approved outfits for each one using different color combos, styling pieces, and accessories.
Whether you’re finding ways to make your everyday clothes party-ready or getting the most use out of any party dresses you do buy, let 2016 be your smartest (and most stylish) holiday season yet. This will not only result in non-cliché, out-of-the-box outfits, but also less of a dent in your holiday bonus.