The holidays are over, no more sequins, festive little black dresses, sparkle or tuxedos. Now it’s back to business.  So if your current wardrobe is giving you the blues, make updating your look a New Year’s Resolution.

The first step is going through what you have. Make three piles: items that fit well and look great, items to donate or give away, items that need alterations. If you must, create a “maybe” pile. More than likely, if it is questionable, it probably needs to go, but give yourself the extra time for a second look if needed. Remove anything that is damaged, unflattering, out of date. Keep a pad and pen handy to jot down any items that need to be replaced. Now that you have more room in your closet you can access what you have and decide what you need to update your look. Find inspirations, make a list and start shopping!


The “New” Staples for the New Year:

Wide Leg Trousers

Say goodbye to the skinny, the wide leg silhouette is back. Make sure to pair it with a slimmer top and heels.

Worthington Trouser $29.99
In stores and online at


Worthington Cardigan $24.99 | Worthington Jacket $46.99 | Worthington Trouser $29.99 | Color Craze Cheetah Scarf $14.99
nicole by Nicole Miller Michelle Cheetah Print Pump $49.99


Bright Colors

Color blocking is all the rage. But if you’re not that bold, try one pop of color with more neutrals. Add colors by wearing colorful scarfs, or belts!


Caramel Handbag

It’s neutral but still an easy outfit maker when the bag features interesting details

Linea Pelle Studded Tote in Brown $34.99 | Mossimo Supply Co. Embossed Saddle Bag in Brown $24.99

A New Coat

Military style, cropped trench, or poncho– opt for a lighter version and you’ll be surprised how much use you’ll get from it.

(coat shown; Apt. 9 Military Pleated Woal Coat $220, Kohl’s Department Stores)