New Year, New You: Simple Style Changes that Make a Huge Difference

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If your New Year’s resolution is something along the lines of “completely change life”, then you’re probably due for a major overhaul.  This can mean different things for different people.  Maybe you want to finish your degree, take your job to the next level, or enter a new field altogether.  Perhaps you are ready to quit the dating scene and find that special someone that you can really plan a future with.  Or maybe you need to get your act together and finally move out of your parents’ basement.  Whatever the case, you can’t totally embrace your wonderful new life if you are totally entrenched in the clothing styles of yesteryear.  Your image not only plays an important role in how you are perceived by others, but also in how you look at yourself.  So if you want to enact a notable change in your life, start by tossing the mom jeans and bowtie button-downs and step into the 21st century. 

Here are a few style tips that will update your look and have you saying “I Do!” (to a change) in no time.

1.     Dress for your body. One major problem that most women face is an inability to dress for their body type.  Sure we all wish we looked like the 6-foot-tall, size 2 models in the magazines, but only a fraction of the population fits in that demographic.  Start watching What Not to Wear on TLC and you will soon discover that there are flattering ways to show off any body type if you simply choose the right garments.  So check yourself and start dressing appropriately.  If you’ve been hiding behind baggy garments (or squeezing into outfits that leave you with a muffin top) finding clothes that fit will likely prompt people to ask if you’ve lost a few pounds.

2.     Dress for your age. Just because you can still fit into the clothes you wore in high school doesn’t mean you should still be wearing them.  For one thing, they’re probably inappropriate for your age.  For another thing, GO SHOPPING!  What kind of woman are you?  And skip the junior’s section.  You are a grown woman and it’s time you respected yourself enough to dress like it.

3.     Dress for the decade. Many women get stuck in a cycle by which they wear the type of clothing that was popular when they felt they looked the best.  If your closet is still populated with gold lamé jumpsuits, Jordache jeans, or flannel shirts, girl, you are dating yourself to the nth degree!  Modernize your wardrobe and don’t stop with the clothes.  Toss those Sally Jesse Raphael glasses and get something frameless.  And if you’re not sure what to do with your makeup, go for a natural look that will enhance your features and never go out of style.

4.     Update your hairstyle. If you are afraid to cut your hair, now is the time to get over it.  Go to a good stylist (Super Cuts doesn’t count) and lay out the cash for a brand new style.  This can pull together your whole look and make you feel like a new woman!  If you’re not too keen on winging it, find a celebrity you admire to mimic.  Just keep in mind that some styles go better with a particular face shape, so you might want to ask your stylist’s opinion before taking the plunge.  And remember, hair will always grow back (making it the easiest accessory to change)!

5.     Get a bra fitting. If you are like most women, you actually have no idea what your bra size is (even if you think you do).  That means your knockers are likely hanging a little low or else they are bulging around the seams.  Neither look is terribly attractive.  So pop by just about any lingerie shop to find out your size and select the right undergarments for your body.  When your girls are proudly displayed (where they should be), it can improve your entire look and make you feel a lot better about yourself.  And nothing is more attractive than confidence.