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Resolve to have a fashionable new year

The perfect New Year's resolution is one that makes you feel good and is fun to do, so this year forget all those past resolutions that were never completed, and resolve to make this year the most stylish yet!

January is the perfect time to decide to up the ante in the fashion game. While it doesn't get it's own Fashion Week, designers have recently unveiled their Pre-Fall collections, and most of the styles can be worn this very minute. The exact items may not yet be available to you, but the collections are a great way to find the silhouettes and colors that will take the fall runways by storm in February.

Menswear will continue to inspire well into next fall, so if you don’t already have a boyfriend blazer, purchase one to add to your fashion repertoire. At Narciso Rodriguez the menswear silhouettes were exaggerated, experimenting with volume and shape. Draped pantsuits were key at Elie Tahari, paired with slouchy tees and statement necklaces; the look was sophisticated with a very downtown vibe.

It started with skinny jeans and leggings, and the latest leg wear to go slim is the trouser. This piece was an essential part of Alexander Wang’s collection, and is sure to be seen on fashionistas from New York to Los Angeles. When updating your closet, look for pants with a narrow cut leg, that is slim but doesn’t quite hug. The juxtaposition of slender, yet slouchy is desired.

If you loved the look of over-the-knee boots, but feared they were just a passing trend, fear not. Fashion’s reigning king, Karl Lagerfeld, showed OTKs in his pre-fall collection, so they aren’t going anywhere. These boots come in all heel heights, and calf widths, so there really is a pair out there for everyone; and they truly are much chicer than your old winter boots.

Versatility was key at Rag & Bone, and is a great way to stretch your wardrobe. Layering makes it possible to get a longer life out of your summer clothing, even deep into a frigid Minnesota winter. Pair a cozy sweater with your favorite summer dress and OTK boots, and for added warmth on particularly cold days, wear a pair of opaque tights in a contrasting color.

Bold jewel tones add warmth to the winter months; a ruby colored coat, or a royal purple handbag will brighten any day.  Metallics will continue to be big as well, so pair those new slim pants with a copper pump to update your look.  If you are needing to stretch that dollar, and get the most bang for your buck: buy basics in the same color family, so pieces can be mixed and matched to get the most life out of your wardrobe