How I Plan to Switch Up My Style this Year

Every January, I make it a point to go through my closet and take some quick mental notes on the state of my wardrobe. It helps me to get organized, and is usually accompanied by a closet clean out, which helps me to start preparing and thinking about the Spring season (what I need, what I don't, etc.)

This year, I was in a major mood to purge. So much so that six huge lawn and leaf bags later, I'm feeling totally refreshed and ready for a new phase. 

Of course, like I'm sure most of you guys can relate, my style has changed drastically over the years. I had my A&F days in high school followed by my Urban Outfitters + American Apparel kick in college which transformed into all-things Lulu's + Tobi. Contrary to most who cringe looking back at their fashion choices, I love watching how my style has evolved over the years. 

Doing a major closet refresh was a great way for me to see the types of pieces that I'm still invested in, and what styles and trends I'm ready to leave behind. Here's what I plan to switch up this year...new year new style


 

new year new style
new year new style

 

Bolder accessories

Most days, I'm a 'throw it on and go' kind of person. Especially on work days, It's typically pants or a pencil skirt, a blouse and some pumps - and I'm good to go. Since starting my blog, I have put a lot more effort into carefully curating my looks. I've learned that a great accessory makes all the difference, and sometimes you have to go bold. Newly into: red bags.

Less basic basics

I am always quick to reach for a basic tee or turtleneck in my closet and this is a facet of my style I know will never change. I am, however, learning to embrace less basic basics, like stripes, graphics and different textures. This is also helping me to add a bit more color into my wardrobe, while still staying true to what I'm most comfortable in. 

Wear-again pieces

I hate to admit it, but I am the queen of buying something on impulse, wearing it once, and never touching it again. I mentally scold myself every time I do a closet clean out and sift through the one-and-done pieces to donate! Trends come and go and while I love embracing the new and will still continue to do so, I plan to do it in a smarter way and only settle on the pieces I know I will wear again. 

new year new style

new year new style
new year new style

 

 

More fitted styles

There's something about an oversized sweater that's just so easy (and comfy, duh). I have always loved the little facet of my style that embraced 70s fashion and in turn, often gravitate towards long and flowy pieces. While I love those types of pieces, I've also come to appreciate and value more of the classics. I plan to introduce more fitted blouses and blazers into my wardrobe this year.

Classic denim

Saved the best for last, obviously. I am, and will always be, a denim girl. There's something about the perfectly-fitted jean with a classic denim wash that I live for. It's like women who feel all warm + fuzzy over their shoe collection; that's me to a T with denim. This year, I'm on the hunt for some classic non-trendy styles (as in, just a regular jean, no rips, no raw hem or embellished details) and I can't wait to share my finds with you!

Which aspects of your style have changed over the years? What are you looking forward to wearing more of this year? Let me know in the comments below!

 

new year new style

new year new style

 

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20 Comments

  1. January 22, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Amen to less basic basics, as those are my favorite kinds. But really though, I am seriously crushing on your jacket. I need to add this to my closet!

  2. January 19, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Good fun! I’m hoping for longer tops this year and can’t wait to wear more skirts come warmer weather than I did last year. My style has been pretty consistent over the years, but I think I dress a bit better every year. 🙂

  3. January 18, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    I totally dig this analysis of your style switch up and loooooove the blue coat and boots

  4. January 18, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    I love the idea of blending old and new for a great new style. I am the same way with the work looks and accessories have been my go to, fun way to spice up an outfit!

  5. January 18, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    The photography on your blog is just so gorgeous. I loved reading about how you’re planning to switch up your style-refreshing my clothes is always such a positive experience! I plan on adding more layering because pairing a nice jacket or cardigan with a sweet top has been my go-to recently and makes me feel so confident. Thanks for the post! 🙂

    Kaitlin || http://www.thecuriouslemon.com/

  6. January 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

    YES! Loving everything about this!! I am looking to be more bold with my looks this year – we’ll see how that goes!

    xx Rebecca // http://www.rebeccapiersol.me

    • Danielle
      January 18, 2018 / 3:20 pm

      You sound like me every year, haha! But really trying for it this year!

  7. Anna English
    January 18, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I always love a good closet refresh! Feel free to send me any items you no longer want 😉

    • Danielle
      January 18, 2018 / 3:17 pm

      Haha anytime girlfriend 🙂

  8. January 18, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Love the tid-bit about “less basic basics”!! I need to embrace this too! My wardrobe could use a little texture and pattern variation

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • Danielle
      January 18, 2018 / 10:04 am

      Thanks, Morgan! I’m totally one of those people who’s like, “is 8 white tee shirts that look exactly the same enough?” haha…definitely working hard on this one this year!

  9. January 18, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Read this post on your insta story this morning and loved it!! Can’t wait to see your new picks this year! I’m slowly working on making some style updates as well based on a poll I just took from the audience!
    x, B || http://www.brianaanderson.com

    • Danielle
      January 18, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Ah, thanks Bri! It’s fun to hear input from others, too and so interesting to hear the things they want to see most! I’ve been so surprised by the results of some of my polls.

  10. January 18, 2018 / 9:42 am

    These are all great ways to switch up your wardrobe and refresh it for the new year! Last year, I made the step towards no more impulse buys and buying item I’d wear again. Now I’m obsessed with doing that and seeing how many ways I can style an item. Look forward to seeing how you style your items multiple ways this year!!!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    • Danielle
      January 18, 2018 / 10:02 am

      I am totally going towards less impulse buys too. It’s so hard for me but totally pays off in the end!

  11. Maggie
    January 18, 2018 / 8:58 am

    I love this fresh perspective! It is great to reassess your wardrobe every year! and this coat is amazing!

    • Danielle
      January 18, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Thanks Maggie! Makes me excited to start fresh for a new season, too!

  12. January 17, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    yes yes and yes to all of this! Love the new additions you are going to be adding into your wardrobe and how you plan on changing things up! Definitely going to have to do this & go through my closet, haha!

    • Danielle
      January 18, 2018 / 9:14 am

      It’s always such a good feeling for me to do a little refresh. This year I was REALLY feeling it, haha.

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