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Looking for affordable ways to update your style in the wake of holiday spending? It can be done, and I’ve put together a list of easy and fun ways to give your style an extra “kick” for the new year. You can also shop this customized Nordstrom catalog to help you make the recommended purchases. (Note, I’m a Nordie’s affiliate and may receive a commission from purchases made through these links.)
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1. Take everything out of your closet that doesn’t fit right now.
Plowing through a bunch of clothes that are too small or too big is completely demoralizing. Don’t torture yourself. Pull them out, give them away, free room in your closet/dresser for show-stopping garments you’ll wear. This is the most important first step for you to update your style– and it’s free!
2. Pucker up with a new shade of lipstick
Try a new shade of lipstick that makes your complexion dazzle. If you have a cooler skin tone, go for shades with names that feel cooler by nature like “plum” or “pale pink.” Warm skin tones will like names that include hot words like “lava” or “caramel.” Remember that pinks are cooler than reds. The point is to choose a hue that’s noticeably different enough from your current shade. FashionMagazine.com featured a list of the most popular shades from around the world.
3. Indulge in a statement every-day handbag. White, gold or silver.
I’m so fortunate in that my husband gifts me an amazing handbag every Christmas. This year, the sales associate told him “white” was flying off the shelves, so I wound up with an amazing white Prada bag. Silver and gold (separate or mixed together) are also really hot this season. They are bright, clean and neutral so they will go with everything. Invest in one nice handbag (instead of 10 from the bargain bin) that’s your go-to accessory for most daily wear and your “cost per wear” will lower quickly. In the end, it will make the purchase a wise and affordable one.
4. Get a new hairstyle or hair color.
Unless you’re like Anna Wintour and have designated your hair cut as your signature style statement, it may be time to make a change. I jumped off the deep end and cut a good 8 inches off my hair in 2016. My husband freaked out, but I loved it and he warmed up to it (after a lot of men paid me compliments in front of him). Big changes in your cut and/or color is a BOLD step and one that can set the tone for the rest of the year.
5. Start daily affirmations.
I cannot express how effective my sticky note affirmations from Stick With It have helped me stay focused during chaotic times. I stick a new one on my mirror every Sunday and repeat the affirmation while getting ready for work all week long. There are a number of “themes” to choose from and they are budget friendly.
About The Author
Thea Wood is the co-publisher of SheSpark.com and a certified image consultant from Austin, TX. She co-authored the book Socially Smart & Savvy and shares styling advice at TheaWood.com, helping women create a signature style that says who they are and where they’re going.