Here are five wardrobe resolutions to swear by in 2019.
BRING IT BACK TO BASICS
The tailored blazer, the perfect white T-shirt, the little black dress: every now and again your daily wardrobe staples need an upgrade. It could be as simple as replacing the buttons on that failsafe blazer, updating the strap on your leather tote (opt for a wide canvas style with contrast rivets or scalloped detailing) or even cropping your trusty tailored trousers. First declutter, then revive the pieces you can’t bear to part with: it’s like feng shui for fashion.
The best way to shake off a style rut is to go bold: invest in oversized outerwear or style your hair in a slicked-back ponytail with larger-than-life accessories (think shoulder-grazing earrings and oversized brooches). Follow some select street style hashtags on Instagram and bookmark the most distinctive looks for future reference. Or head over to Pinterest for fashion-forward mood boards aplenty and boldly wear what you’ve never worn before.
KNOW THE NEUTRALS
Forget black, white and beige. The new neutrals are painterly pastels such as ice blue, cornflower yellow and sage green (which is tipped to one of the colours of 2019). If you’re scared to jump into head-to-toe colour, start with a single piece: lilac slim-fit trousers or a blush-pink mulberry silk blouse will instantly brighten your look.
CHANNELS YOUR STYLE ICONS
Whether you’re taking cues from Rihanna (who can forget that yellow, floor-sweeping Met Gala robe?) or channelling Carrie Bradshaw all day, every day, it’s time to mirror the style of your icons. Stuck on where to start? Bookmark five of their red carpet or off-duty looks and have fun recreating them. It’s like having your own personal stylist on call.
There’s no better way to elevate your cold-weather wardrobe than with prints. Make this look modern by pairing chevron with stripes, leopard print with florals and graphic abstracts with polka dots. If it’s your first time dabbling in prints, forgo the guesswork by sticking with similar shades. Team a pair of classic tartan trousers with a red and white Breton jumper for daytime, finished off with bold, block-colour socks. After dark, go for statement style all the way: choose a striped sequinned blazer and metallic brocade trousers for a look that’s contemporary chic at its boldest best.