By: Staci Rutherford
As I reflect on the past year and begin preparing for 2012, naturally, I want to improve myself – both inside and out. I am ending 2011 with a short list of resolutions that I hope will be relatively easy to achieve – save more, spend less, exercise more, procrastinate less, eat healthier, etc. Sound familiar? It’s also the perfect time for a makeover, so I came up with a few style tips to share.
1. Find Your Signature Look
To find your signature look, you must first identify your personal style. Refer to your style icons (mine are Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie and Zoe Saldana), images from fashion magazines, and blogs that inspire you (my daily reads include What’s Haute, Wendy’s Lookbook, Karla’s Closet and The Glamourai). Start a wish list of clothing and accessories that catch your eye when browsing the Internet or shopping around town. There is also a popular website called Pinterest, which lets you organize and share images you find on the web. You can browse “pinboards” created by other people to get inspiration from others who share your style and interests.
2. Reorganize Your Closet
I previously shared tips on cleaning out your closet. Get rid everything in your closet that doesn’t fit your style. Anything worn only every once in a while should also be cut. The goal is to build a wardrobe of flattering pieces that reflects your style. Invest in non-slip skinny hangers in your favorite color. I bought a few sets of hangers in my favorite shade of pink and it has totally changed how my closet looks. Check out the picture below. My clothes look much neater and it actually saves space. I also coordinated all of my clothes by color, which makes it easier to see what I have and to determine what’s missing.
3. Make Sure Your Clothes Fit
One of the most important elements to having fabulous style is fit and proportion. Always try to play up your best features whether you have sexy cleavage, great legs, or sculpted arms, use clothes to highlight what you love most about yourself. Be sure to try clothes on (sometimes a size larger or a size smaller) before buying them because you can never tell how great something looks on a hanger. Keep in mind that you can have clothes tailored to fit your body type. It’s totally worth the extra money.
4. Incorporate Color
Everyone can wear color – you just have to find the right hues that complement your skin tone. Have fun trying on new styles and silhouettes. My signature look is mixing vibrant colors and prints, and layering accessories. Once you color coordinate your closet, creating new outfits will be easy and fun.
5. Change Your Hairstyle
If you have been wearing the same style for more than three years, it’s time to change it up! The right haircut and style can drastically improve your appearance. It will instantly boost your self confidence. If your hair stylist is partially to blame for your style rut, don’t be afraid to try someone new. I recently switched stylist and am pleasantly surprised at how many people have complimented me in the last few weeks.
Ladies, 2012 is almost here, and it’s time we look and feel our absolute best!