Ready For A Complete Makeover? 10 Resolutions for Your Best Style

January 7, 2014

Do you make style resolutions? I do! I subscribe to the idea that your style evolves with you. In college, “me” meant holey leggings and cut-off Ts, a black jersey drapey cape-y thingy, and a big old cocktail ring–24/7. (Don’t ask). Now, I tend to wear a lot of dark jeans, cardigans, and ballet flats. In 2014, though, I’m looking to a complete makeover with these 10 style resolutions.

10 Steps To A Complete Makeover

 Complete Makeover Time! threads for thought skirt

1. Play with bold contrast.

Don’t know what to wear with a bright marigold V-neck knit? Why, a tomato red skirt, of course.

Threads for Thought Skirt (organic cotton and sustainable practices), $40

Complete Makeover Time! monochrome dressing

2. …Or go for chic Monochrome Dressing. 

Wear one color from head to toe, and keep it exciting with texture and volume.

Lacepetal sweatshirt (polyester and rayon), $168

Complete Makeover Time! polka dot

3. Themes and variations: Mix polka dot with polka dot

…Or floral with floral, stripe with stripe. Keep in from going too crazy by keeping the rest of the look simple–and wear it with confidence!

 Threads for Thought Belinda Top, $46


Complete Makeover Time! ladylike vegan leather jacket

4. Wear (faux) leather in a ladylike ensemble

Black moto jacket with punk liner and graphic tee? Been there, done that.

What looks new is wearing faux leather jacket over a pencil skirt like it’s an elegant blazer or sweater jacket.

Fayette Vegan Leather Jacket, $188

5. Master the art of French dressing.

Just a crisp white shirt and dark skinny jeans and flats–but the sum of these is greater than the parts.

6. Pair red lips with dark nails.

This is how you get the look.

Complete Makeover Time! Smokey Eyes

7. Learn to do the Smokey Eye, finally.

Chances are, you can go darker. Don’t be timid!

Complete Makeover Time! Zoya Ariel

8. Wear shimmery, satin-finish, (non-toxic) nail color in your favorite jewel tone.

…so that your nails shine like jewelry. Zoya nail polish in Ariel.

Complete Makeover Time! red bag

9. Carry a classic bag in a bright color

So you don’t get lost in a sea of black bags. Also, won’t this look so cute with that aforementioned white shirt/ blue jeans outfit?

Practical Luxury Vegan Leather Tote, $69.99

Complete Makeover Time! perfume by ayelienne

10. Find your signature scent…and wear it everyday

Try non-synthetic scents, like natural fragrance oils from Grasse Roots. Dab on your wrist, neck, behind the ears, and decolletage.

Which one of these complete makeover rules would you like to try? 


Photo: Threads for Thought; Anthropologie;; 123rf; Mary Hood; Nectar Clothing; ayelienne via Flickr

Juhea is the founder and editor of Peaceful Dumpling and the author of bestselling novel Beasts of a Little Land. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, @juhea_writes and Pinterest.


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