Recycling Wardrobe: The British Fashionista’s 2014 New Years Resolution

In 2014 we should all look to recycle

In 2014 we should all look to recycle

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2014 is to keep my wardrobe better edited. While the temptation is to buy a new outfit for every social engagement, I often end up wearing the outfit only once which is then never to be seen again! Why do I do this? I guess due to last-minute panic before a birthday party, date, other social event or possibly to feel more confident and on trend in a new ensemble!! (I hope I am not alone in saying this!)

Lil too much?

Lil too much?

That said I have never been ashamed to wear the items I really love again and again, but I always feel better when I have bought something new. In fact, it’s usually the ensembles that I’ve worn most frequently, because I know they are gorgeous, that draw the most compliments such as my Aspire necklace below, and my shiny new Source bangle.

Aspire necklace to be worn with a dress, jeans and a sweater, trousers and a blouse!

Aspire necklace to be worn with a dress, jeans and a sweater, trousers and a blouse!

By mixing and matching a statement necklace or shoes with that old dress that has been gathering dust in your wardrobe for ages, can completely transform the look of an outfit. Remember vintage is always in and will be in. And unique is key. You want to be following the fashion but you do not want to be looking like everyone else. My advice? Choose a style, then find a rare or vintage piece, then wear it when you dress up, wear it when you dress down, make it the statement.

“Find something that sets you apart from the

crowd without distancing yourself from them.”

Also there is the return of trends. I have written about this a lot before. I remember when ponchos or capes as they are known today were in last time around.  Our LA correspondent Ellie Rivera wrote about Camouflage coming back in literally a couple of years since last time. And what about purple? I love purple, everyone loves purple, but if you look for purple trends, we saw the same hues in 2010, in 2009, and again in 2007.

2007

Unless you are throwing out your wardrobe every couple of years you can recycle. The cost of continuously purchasing new fashion pieces places a heavy burden on your bank balance and in these economic times every penny counts.

Okay rant over now, let’s all recycle in 2014 it is better for everyone.

Smaller and Better

Smaller and Better

Fortunately, fashion lovers from Keira Knightley to Kate Middleton, both understand the value of a great statement piece, and are not afraid to be seen wearing it twice (or more in truly flattering pieces such as Keira’s Chanel powder pink haute couture wedding dress and Kate’s fascinator).

Keira's Chanel gets several outings

Keira’s Chanel gets several outings

And thanks to these ladies, us girls feel better in wearing an outfit more than once. So I am using these wardrobe fashion icon recyclers as my inspiration to stick with the looks that work for me rather than feeling pressured to step out in a new outfit every week. So follow a Hollywood Queen, and a real world Princess and recycle for 2014!

Kate wears her fascinator with hair up, and down (and baby bump)

Kate wears her fascinator with hair up, and down (and baby bump)

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