Ringing in the New Year is a perfect opportunity to say goodbye to old habits while adopting new ones. While that’s easier said than done, you should never stop trying to push yourself — and that’s especially true when it comes to your personal style. To give you a boost of motivation, we’ve come up with this list of five simple steps you can take to be well on your way to your most stylish year ever.
1. Wear more colours
While we love the clean and modern vibes of the monochrome ensemble, it can get rather dry at times. For a bolder look, we’d recommend shaking things up by accenting your outfit with electric shades such as blazing reds and bright greens — a trend we’ve seen popping all over the Spring 2018 runways from Céline to Balenciaga to Valentino. Another colour to look into is, of course, Ultra Violet, which has recently been announced by Pantone as 2018’s Colour of the Year.
2. Say no to fast fashion
We can’t stress enough how fast fashion is hazardous towards humanity and the entire planet, so for 2018, make it a mission to be more ethically conscious when you shop, and focus on products that are produced with sustainability in mind. Kering, the luxury fashion giant that owns brands such as Gucci, Stella McCartney and Saint Laurent, has been a leader on sustainability for years with its conservation programs. Meanwhile, British actress Emma Watson, who’s an advocate for sustainable fashion, can offer you plenty of style inspiration on her IG as well as socially and environmentally responsible brands to look out for.
3. Try one trend that’s outside your comfort zone
Needless to say, trends should never be consumed in excess. It is, however, always good to try something new and push your boundaries at times. To kick off 2018, we’re challenging you to try out one new trend that’s outside your comfort zone. While there are plenty of accessible trends from the Spring 2018 collections that you can pick from, we’d recommend choosing one that can help you build on top of what you currently have in your wardrobe.
4. Experiment with layering
Instead of continuing to purchase new clothes, you can breathe new life into existing pieces by experimenting with the art of layering. All you have to do is pick out one of your most basic staples, such as a roll neck sweater or a shirt, then get creative and start piling the layers on. You’ll be surprised with the results you end up with.
5. Invest in and take care of your timeless classics
Seasonal ‘It’ items are always refreshing and fun, but you should never forget about the versatile, classic pieces that will not only last much longer, but will continue to complement any brand new styles that come along the way. Store them properly and make it a routine to clean your classic items with specialised products, to ensure they keep in mint condition for years to come.