Fashion Resolutions for the Year 2013

With every New Year, there come 365 new days—365 new chances for making a fashion statement. Three-hundred and sixty-five new days for confronting the world with an identity crafted by the precise tailoring of a skirt, by the unusual color of a blouse. For the year 2013, a year some people never imagined we would reach, I have made five resolutions that I intend to honor. My five resolutions focus on the ways I have worn clothing and the possibility for re-inventing certain elements of my style.

  1. Expand my color palette beyond a shade.
  2. Embrace at least one new texture: velvet.
  3. Try a T-Shirt.
  4. Go vintage without looking too far.
  5. Abide by the motto: “I am what I wear.”

Expand my color palette beyond a shade.  Whenever someone asks me about my favorite color, I always say black, an answer that would quickly be followed by a snarky comment, such as “Black is not a color. It’s a shade.” While I still maintain that black is and probably always will be my color of choice, I have noticed that my wardrobe has a redundant number of black dresses, shirts, and boots. To celebrate the New Year, I want to expand my color palette beyond black and indulge in some unexpected colors.

Papaya Vionnet Gown

Papaya Vionnet Gown

Bordeux Dress

Bordeux Dress

Images courtesy of http://www.shopbop.com

White-Gold Dress

White-Gold Dress

Image courtesy of http://www.lulus.com

Embrace at least one new texture: velvet. I’ve always played it safe when it comes to textures, and when I venture into new territories, I tend to choose the safer options. However, I’ve always wondered if velvet, which I usually associate with frumpy, less modern styles, can become new for me. After scouring the Internet, I’ve found that the best velvet looks are ones that emphasize the romance of velvet and downplay the formal nature of the texture, like this burgundy velvet dress and J.Crew t-shirt.

Mink Pink Snow Palace Cutout Burgundy Velvet Dress

Mink Pink Snow Palace Cutout Burgundy Velvet Dress

Image courtesy of http://www.lulus.com

Deep Blue Velvet Tee

Image courtesy of http://www.jcrew.com

Speaking of t-shirts, I’ve decided that for my third resolution, I am going to try a t-shirt.  Aside from the gym and the airplane, I refrain from wearing t-shirts in public. I suppose they always seem so basic and boring to me. And if I do wear a t-shirt, I’ve usually added two or three layers on top of the initial garment. This year, however, I want to try wearing a t-shirt and letting it speak for itself. I’ve recently found some t-shirts that express both my inner book-nerd and love for Game of Thrones.

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Images courtesy of http://www.threadless.com

Go vintage without looking too far. By vintage, I mean old, and by old, I mean the past three or four years. Recently, a friend of mine pointed out a dress that I hadn’t worn in at least two years. Paired with some cowboy boots and a necklace, the dress became a new look. Instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, I’ve decided to re-asses what I never wear and create new looks from my old apparel.

Abide by the motto: “I am what I wear.” After attending UNC’s fall sustainable fashion show, I’ve been thinking more pointedly about the ways in which my clothes are made. I’ve started to search for sustainable or environmentally friendly clothing stores in the area that don’t sacrifice style for a conscious soul. I came upon a small store in Brightleaf, Durham, named vert &vogue, and I immediately fell in love with their super-chic, environmentally friendly clothing.

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Images courtesy of http://www.vertandvogue.com/index.php

Now that I’ve made my New Years fashion resolution, what are yours? They don’t have to be drastic resolutions, and some of the fashion elements can already exist in your wardrobe. Just think about the concept of re-shaping your style for all the days left in 2013.

 

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If the Shoe Fits…

What’s the latest designer collection that fashionistas are fawning over? PopSugar and Women’s Wear Daily would agree that it’s Alice + Olivia’s first shoe line, which just debuted on Kaleidoscope favorite Shopbop. Stacey Bendet, one of the designers at Alice + Olivia, created the line, which is exclusive to Shopbop. Bendet has even created a video advertising the line, which is available on the Shopbop site.

One of the summer looks from the Alice + Olivia Shopbop Lookbook!

Whether you’re looking for formal wear, professional looks, or casual flats, the new collection offers tons of choices! Our favorites include classy platform pump sandals (perfect for summer weddings or formals!) and leopard-print platform wedges – who doesn’t love to spice up their look with a little animal print? The shoes run between $200 and $400, so they’d definitely be a splurge, but if you wear them all summer, it might be worth it! And you’ll feel awesome wearing them, which is what’s really important. Continue reading

The signature IT necklace

To add flavor to that simple t-shirt, jeans and boots, add a chunky statement necklace to make your outfit pop.  These bold necklaces transform boring outfits and immediately catch peoples’ eye.  According to ShopBop.com, these necklaces are known as Bib Necklaces.  Shaped similarly to a bib (but of course much cuter and smaller), these necklaces are an accessory must have!  For additional flare, the sparkly statement necklaces look amazing, especially with that perfect LBD!   In addition, colorful floral necklaces are a must for this spring! For a more mature look, try a statement necklace that layers.  I have found, either a chunky statement necklace or layered necklaces make any outfit that much better!

E is for… Eighties-Inspired Fashion

80’s-inspired pieces are everywhere right now and I’m loving it! But really, what’s not to love? From layers of lace, leggings and leather, it can add major attitude to any outfit. If you know how to mix it up, the trend can be equal parts girly and punk-rock. Think Madonna circa Material Girl in a studded bustier and a frilly tulle skirt. Rock out to the 80’s with a few of my fave pieces below.

shopbop.com Tax Break!

Shopbop is featuring a tax break discount! If you enter taxbreak09 as a promotional code at checkout, you receive $25 off a purchase of $200+, $75 off a purchase of $400+, $125 off a purchase of $600+, and $200 off a purchase of $800+!

This discount is only offered until Thursday April 16, 11:59 pm. If you shop the sale items you could save some serious cash. Check it out at shopbop.com!

Let shopbop Style You

If you’ve ever been at a loss for inspiration, check out shopbop lookbooks. They are photo shoots of clothing on shopbop, however, they can also be your fashion handbook. New, creative, and fun ideas can be found within these lookbooks. Styles such as hippie chic, Moroccan bohemian, neon, and 50’s ladylike will inspire you to update or revamp your wardrobe. You can look through your closet and re-create any of these looks!

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I’m OBSESSED. I can’t help it; I look through shopbop everyday, in every class, at all times. My name is Elizabeth Graper and I stalk shopbop. I believe that clothes are an expression of who you are, however, in my opinion you can never have too many personalities. I love to dress up but I also like to be comfortable and casual. Whether the style is girly, rock n’roll, flower power, or grunge, I love clothes.

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