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Fashion Maven: Start the new year with a new outlook

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By Alexandra Hehlen

We all may have our own individual New Year’s resolutions in relation to fashion.
Your friend may be deciding to finally buy a new pair of boots to replace the torn-up ones she wears all the time, or you may have your sights set on finding those fuchsia corduroys you saw in a magazine last summer.
However, everyone — man and woman — should have two fashion New Year’s resolutions in common. Jan. 1, to me, signifies a fresh start, and is therefore also the perfect time to clean out your closet and set some goals regarding your shopping habits.
Come Dec. 31, our closets tend to get cluttered with new pieces and become unorganized as we get distracted with the alluring alternative of baking cookies, or decorating the Christmas tree.
But our closets are screaming for help.
Your primary fashion New Year’s resolution should be to take a fine-toothed comb through your wardrobe.
Pull out the pieces that you don’t want or that you never wear. You can either trash them if they’re beyond acceptable condition, or donate them if they are free of stains or rips.
There are some pieces that we never wear, but that we still don’t want to let go of. Store the clothes that you’re iffy about in a duffle bag under your bed and pull them out half a year later. If you realize that you dearly missed a piece, then it probably belongs back in the closet. If not, donate it.
Organize your closet into various sections for different clothes, and then sort each of the sections by color. This way, the next time you go shopping, you will be able to check how many shirts or sweaters of each color you already have, and therefore which color you should not buy more of.
The second New Year’s resolution, which can only happen after a closet revamp, centers on a reassessment of your shopping habits.
If you’re one of those people who goes shopping multiple times per month — I plead guilty — think about what you’re buying. Do you really need five pairs of boots or three red handbags?
If you know what clothes you have in your closet, and which outfits you can create with those clothes, then you’ll have your answer.
Keep in mind as well that sometimes, if you’re a frequent shopper, it’s better to spend your money on quality, not quantity.
On the other hand, if you’re someone who goes shopping a few times a year, it may be time to rethink your habits as well.
Whether you’re a shopaholic or a little store-shy, going on a shopping trip doesn’t always imply purchasing something. Sometimes window shopping or browsing through stores gives you inspiration for outfits you could make with clothes that you already have.
If you take a little time at the beginning of January to do a closet overhaul and reconsider your shopping habits, your New Year’s resolution may just become your year’s fashion solution.