#1 Practise INFORMED sales shopping
Hunting out wardrobe classics, ideally with a nod to SS14 trends, means you’ll get real investment from your sale buys.
The perfect tuxedo jackets (as seen at Balenciaga SS14) or tailored culottes (as seen at Victoria Beckham) would fit the bill.
Alternatively, get a statement fix by looking for well-cut, coloured camouflage (as seen at Carven) and placement, graphic florals (key at Christopher Kane).
BIG love for bomber jackets also seems to span the seasons (see Jonathan Saunders for SS14) so if you can snap up a transitional throw-on, you’re onto a winner.
#2 Digitally organise your wardrobe
Take a 30 second breather from online shopping and you might realise that you have a couple-thousand bomber jackets hanging in your wardrobe already. How to manage the myriad of STUFF?
Try Cloth App to visualise outfit builds of what you already own. Snap and tag looks as you wear them and you’ll build up a library of easy combos in no time.
Plus, if one of your other resolutions is to stop spending like Marie Antoinette won the rollover, then this can really help you to realise your current wardrobe’s potential, and whether you really need another multi-colour Mongolian fur gilet.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling flush and fancy purchasing a whole new look, Motilo and Thread.com (one for the boys) offer services that recommend clothes you’ll love based on your existing wardrobe and lifestyle.
#3 Accept that buying for your dream lifestyle means that you’ll own lots of uncomfortable shoes
Bit of a hard habit to break this one. Most of us own a thousand single sole sandals with perspex, chevrons and cherries on. Of course, NOT buying shoes like this would be a travesty. It would indicate that no future moment in our lives would require chevron cherry shoes – and that just CAN NOT be true.
Practicality dictates that a pair of decent new runners might get you out the door occasionally or Monday’s pub quiz doesn’t require such a dazzling effort. BUT beware practicality like comfort, is your fashion enemy.
As such, we encourage continued buying of uncomfortable shoes for good mental health. This year though, accepting the idea that they are superfluous additions to your collection at the point of purchase is key. This will mean you’ll be at Zen-like peace with the fact you’ll wear them about once in the next 12 months.
Also take a moment to embrace the fact that chunky flat sandals and JW Anderson-style pool sliders will be the shoe du jour come summer.
Practicality may be your friend this new year after all.