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Make 2012 the year of color

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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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5 comments so far...

  • Gap and Old Navy both have pink maxi skirts right now.

    I have those same red jeans and I believe you when you say that they’re versatile. However, I’m still scandalized by all that color on my body all at once. I have only worn them with black and white stripes so far. And I’m willing to wear them with gray but anything else still freaks me out. Baby steps, yo.

    Sarah Yost  |  January 2nd, 2012 at 8:10 am

  • Years and years ago I had a pair of red corduroy pants, about that same color of red, and I loved how handy they were. I am definitely a charcoal gray, black, khaki kind of person these days. I’m taking steps to get my body back post baby so I can get back in to all of my brighter colors again.

    Amelia Sprout  |  January 2nd, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  • I always feel brighter when I dress in COLOR! That doesn’t mean that some days don’t just require gray, black, or brown though. Have fun.

    elz  |  January 2nd, 2012 at 8:52 pm

  • My resolution is to buy more prints. I have color in my wardrobe, but it’s all solid colors which gets pretty boring. So, I headed to Forever 21 on Monday and bought a bunch of cute printed tops and skirts that I can mix and match with my solid-color pieces.

    And while those tops probably won’t last through too many washes, I was able to get eleven pieces for $102. The only problem is that now my daughter wants to raid my closet . . .

    Leigh  |  January 3rd, 2012 at 11:58 am

  • That look is fabulous! I have been thinking about changing my style. Red Skinny jeans is bold and very fashion forward :) I’d love to see how you pair up them up.

    Geri Natural Skin  |  January 9th, 2012 at 6:51 pm