Top Style Resolutions

Before your next shopping trip, there are some things you might want to consider when it comes to buying clothes. Make this year your most stylish yet with our picks for the top four fashion resolutions to make in 2012.

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Resolution one: Clean out your closet

If it's been years since you overhauled your closet, this is the year to do it. The more organized your closet is the easier it will be to put together outfits, not to mention how much more room you'll have once you get rid of all of the items you no longer wear. Either donate what you don't need or see if you can give the clothes to friends and family. But whatever you do, don't keep anything that doesn't fit or that you haven't looked at in years. When you know exactly what you have, getting ready in the morning becomes a much easier task.

Resolution two: Embrace quality over quantity

While it may be tempting to buy three of one item because it's cheap, what's the point of spending money on something that will just fall apart after a few washes? This year, resist the urge to impulse buy or spend on things you know won't last just because the price tag looks good. Instead, spend money on fewer items that are well made. Good quality items that are timeless (tailored trousers, pencil skirts, well-fitting blazers) will last you for years, look great and become the backbone of your wardrobe. This year, resolve to go for quality – not quantity.

Resolution three: Don't be afraid of color

A closet full of basic black, gray, navy and beige is fine, but we suggest making this year a little more colorful. If you've been forgoing color in favor of a more neutral palette, resolve to brighten things up with some key pieces in bold shades. Winter is a great time for this – add a red or bright blue scarf to your cold weather accessory arsenal. Other ways to go bold include wearing a brightly colored blouse underneath a blazer or toting a bag in a vibrant, get-noticed hue. Color is a great way to inject some new life into your wardrobe and spice up your day-to-day outfits. Don't fear color; embrace it!

Resolution four: Buy what fits your body

Fitting room phobia? Stop buying right off the rack and start spending money on what fits your body. This resolution also applies to anyone not buying for their specific body type. This means trying things on until you hit on the right piece that complements rather than takes away from your shape. Be patient. Sometimes you need to try on a dozen pairs of jeans before you find the ones that make you say "a-ha! These are the ones." Buying something that's just OK is a form of settling. Don't do it or you run the risk of having a closet full of ill-fitting items rather than pieces that make you look your best.

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