1. Be selective this year – especially with fast fashion. For those of you that do not know what “fast fashion” is, it’s the very affordable trendy stores that will take a runway look and recreate it with less expensive materials. Fast fashion is great if you are looking to wear a quick turnover trend, but the quality of the item matters. It’s not worth it to purchase something that will only last one or two washes. Stay away from acrylics and polyester blends.
Quality of your closet is far more important than quantity.
Feel the fabric, look closely at the stitching and read what the piece is made out of. Cotton, wool, cashmere and linen are good quality fabrics.
While being selective, make it a rule for yourself to always TRY IT ON.
Spend the extra 10 minutes in the fitting room before you spend the money, take it home, hate it and have to return it.
If it doesn’t fit right, don’t buy it. An item can look entirely different on and off the hanger
A shopping rule to live by this year: if you won’t wear it that day or night, don’t buy it! Live in the present!
2. Declutter and reassess your closet!
This is my favorite resolution! This year, I’m trying the backwards hanger trick: Turn all of your hangers backwards in your closet (so the hook is facing you). Go about your days and weeks wearing the clothes you choose. After wearing and washing, hang your clothes normally. Whatever is still hanging backwards at the end of the season has not been worn. TOSS IT! (Well… sell it on Poshmark or consign it.. “toss it” just sounds much more cut throat in this process).
Another good tip for decluttering your closet is to set limits.
Have a fixed number of the same type of hangers in your closet. This forces you to get rid of one piece every time you buy something new. My fixed number is 30, and my hanger of choice is the black felt hangers with the swivel top.
From personal experience, I know that decluttering your closet is MUCH easier said than done. It takes time. Use these tricks over the course of the year and you’ll get there, but you MUST have the mentality to declutter.
3. Collect great basics and choose trends wisely.
Basics are everyday versatile pieces.
Many fashion editors like to live by the rule of three. If you can wear a piece three different ways or more, it’s definitely worth keeping and calling a basic.
Basics are your investment pieces and vary with different styles.
Even though basics are the most important part of your closet, we all want to have fun with fashion and follow the trends.
I’ve come up with a list of the best, most versatile trends of 2016 to help you get started and stay on top of the trends, without splurging on fast fashion.
The best trends are pieces you can mix, match and layer with your basics…see below.
4. Define your style this year!
Use these tips and tricks to upgrade your closet and stay organized, but pay attention to what catches your eye.
My style is constantly evolving. I snap pictures of everything I’m attracted to, from an amazing pair of boots to a beautiful rose garden. This helps me focus in on what I like to easier define my style.
Remember that your style goes beyond just clothes, it’s a collection of what makes you YOU! If your closet truly reflects who you are, it will be a much happier place.
Create a wardrobe you love and are familiar with.
Make everything in your closet something you like and something you WANT to wear TODAY.
Getting dressed in the morning sets your entire day. Your wardrobe should empower you!
Even though the Emmys are always a bit of a tease until true awards season kicks off after the new year, the fashion definitely is not. Our favorite TV stars didn’t mess around last night with red carpet glamour, beauty and wit. While we won’t talk about our worst dressed picks, we’ll surely fantasize over the fashionistas below that KILLED it on the carpet.
The biggest statement of the night was the queen of chic, Kerry Washington, who attained her mixed metallic, mesh beaded number less than 72 hours after it hit the runway during New York Fashion Week at the Marc Jacobs show (props to her stylist). Next is Sarah Hyland who can do no wrong season after season. Last night she wore an off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown that hugged her body perfectly. With a fresh cut the Modern Family Star wins class act of the night stunning everyone in sight with her timeless beauty and adorable body.
No meat, no problem and minimal makeup for Lady Gaga who came out on the carpet in a Brandon Maxwell one shoulder gown. Showing just enough skin to stay edgy, Gaga showed off her true natural beauty after all those years of shocking the carpet with over the top costumes, makeup and accessories to make a social statement. January Jones shows us how to pull off the couture green jumpsuit (a VERY difficult thing to do) by Russian designer, Ulyana Sergeenko. In an embellished plunging halter, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey demanded that carpet (as she should with her hit role) in Zuhair Murad. She looks comfortable, fashion forward and effortless. Other favorites of the night were Sarah Paulson in Prabal Gurung who brought the entire package, Ariel Winter in Romona Kevez, Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham and Aubrey Plaza in a sexy Alexadre Vauthier number.
What do you get when the ultimate American prepster spends way too much time island hopping around the Caribbean? An insane good collection full of hip hugger striped pants, floral maxis and colorful crocheted bikinis.
Just as we thought we were over summer Fridays, pool parties and Instagram vacations, Hilfiger hit us hard with a relapse, taking us back to summer vacation mode at his Spring/Summer 2016 NYFW show late Monday morning. He even brought the boardwalk-turned-runway, tiki shack, sand and splash along with a live reggae band that had us feelin’ right.
Hilfiger turned his classic American staples – the tennis skirt, bucket hat and varsity jacket, into an island dream with easy breezy fabrics and playful prints. Rainbow halters, wide denim culottes and striped shift dresses gave the collection a 1970s, Jamaican beach bum vibe. Crocheted bucket bags, platform espadrille sandals and fringe necklaces were the accessories of choice in green, yellow, orange and red. Staying true to his navy roots throughout the line, Hilfiger stylishly captivated the Tommy girl with effervescent island magic. The hottie Hadid sisters closed the show by leading a pack of models splashing through the runway-surrounded pool while we were left dreaming in our seats about our next island getaway.
Delpozo took us to a fairytale this season balancing quirk with femininity through a soft color palette and structured fabrics. Set midday on the water with an accordion band playing in the background, the production told us the story of a quirky Parisian girl falling in love with a passionate Spanish poet. Slow paced and relaxed, models strolled the runway in a mix of tailored separates and fringe metallics paired with flamenco ruffles and embroidered flowers. Josep Font, the man behind it all, was inspired by “The Gypsy Ballads.” This spring is all about the “modern yet passionate woman,” he said. Tiers of tulle were toned down with cropped band tops, peter pan collars and the wrapped tie waist.
The show was also the debut of his new handbag collection. In a variety of styles and colors, the bags were structured and adorned with raffia and glitter – a new twist on a classic accessory. The full line will be available in January.
See some of my favorite looks from the show below. (Photos c/o Buro247.com)