I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, largely because by the end of two weeks of everyone who lives in my house home from work/school and with me all the time, I’m pretty much resolving to go live in a hermitage and not talk to another person for the next 365 days. It’s hard to be rational after the holidays, people.
I do, however, like the “fresh start” feeling January brings, and I typically take a moment around the new year to think about my wardrobe. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been hiding in my closet for the past week, staring at my clothes while I try to get a little peace and quiet, or if it’s because all the stores are rolling out their spring lines, but I’m ready for a sartorial change this new year. I don’t have the energy to overhaul my whole look, though, so I’ve decided to do something simple and make 2012 the Year of Color.
I own a lot of great neutral pieces, bought with careful thought and focused intent; neutrals are practical and versatile and are easy to mix and match with everything. Recently, though, I’ve started to notice that my winter wardrobe options consist almost entirely of neutrals that I’m combining with … other neutrals. Which is a little boring, frankly.
I’m looking for ways to inject color into my existing wardrobe, for pieces that I can pair with my neutrals. I recently bought a pair of red skinny jeans and I’m still a little stunned by how versatile they are — and also by how many navy and black tops I own. I’m currently on the lookout for a bright green cardigan and a hot pink maxi skirt, among other things, both of which will liven up my navy-and-black closet considerably.
What’s your New Year’s style resolution? On Friday, we’ll talk about strategies for making over-the-top color work with your classic basics. It’s easy, I promise.
Photo via Kate Spade New York
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