As another year ends and a new one begins, it is also a great time to consider adopting a different style, or updating your look. You can, perhaps, even make a style update your new year’s resolution. Time to get rid of the hairstyle you have had for the last 5 years, and any item of clothing in your closet that you have not worn in 1 year. (Let’s face it, if you didn’t wear that Hawaiian print shirt last summer, you won’t wear next year, either.)
The first step to updating your style is to make a specific list of what items you wish to replace. If you simply go to the mall with the idea of “buying a whole new wardrobe,” you will get overwhelmed and not know where to start. Plus, you are likely to end up with single pieces rather than ensembles and outfits. A shopping list, for example, may look a little something like this:
-1 three piece gray wool pinstripe suit
-1 button down white cotton/poly dress shirt with gray wide set stripes
-2 pairs of khaki chinos, one light and one dark
-1 pair of brown leather oxfords
-1 pair of dark wash denim jeans
– 3 short sleeved cotton polo shirts, 1 purple, 1 green, 1 yellow
See how I have noted specific colors and fabrics in this list of items? This is important to do when considering what you wish to shop for. You goal should also be to shop for pieces that can be mixed and matched with each other. For example, the dark wash jeans could be worn with any one of the colored polo shirts, or they could also be worn with the button down shirt and the vest from the three-piece suit. This is how you can effectively make many different new, stylish outfits out of a handful of key wardrobe items.
The second step in updating your style is to consider how you can make over or improve the items that you already have in your closet. For example, you may have a navy suit that is of excellent quality, but is from the 90s and is therefore a little outdated. Try taking this suit to a tailor in order to have some small tweaks made. For example, the tailor may be able to replace the buttons, put in smaller shoulder pads, and heighten the hem of the jacket.
You may also wish to have the jacket tailored to make it a bit more snug, as slim cut suits are modern and stylish right now. You should also take a close look at your tie wardrobe. Any tie styles that are hanging out from the 80s and 90s are ones that you may wish to consider donating to Goodwill. However, if you have any vintage pieces from the 70s or early, many of these are once again quite popular. Ties are another item that you can also consider having altered by making them shorter or skinnier.
As you update your wardrobe, make sure not to overlook other aspects of your appearance. Shaggy facial hair can be instantly aging, as can an outdated hairstyle. Visit a reputable hair salon in your area and inquire with a stylist about a new, modern hairstyle. (Even if it is expensive, it is worth it because you will then basically have a template for future cheaper haircuts.) If you have worn the same pair of glasses frames for more than 5 years, it is time for an update on those as well.
If you want to update your style on the cheap, look for eye-catching accessories that are small pieces but make a large impact. For example, a colorful knit scarf or a tweed newsboy cap can instantly change the look of an entire outfit. Online sources such as Zenni Optical offer prescription glasses for as low as 10 bucks. Small items can make a large difference in your overall appearance.