Courtesy of Netaporter.comBy Megan Gustashaw, Glamour magazine
Here are 10 classic fashion resolutions made more awesome and achievable in 2012 thanks to new technology, tide-changing trends and a little bit of positive thinking.
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Fashion Resolution #1: Get Thrifty
True story: In 2012, it's possible to run a tight financial ship without becoming an agoraphobic coupon clipper. With price-comparing apps like The Find downloaded onto your smartphone and sites like Gilt Groupe, eBay and Etsy firmly locked into your bookmarks bar, it'll be impossible not to keep that resolution to spend wisely and save whenever possible.
Fashion Resolution #2: Get Organized
Speaking of quality-of-life-improving sites, have you tried Svpply or WantWorthy? These wish-list-making digital havens are a super-easy way to keep all your wants and needs (and OMG-somedays) organized so that, when that tax refund finally comes, you'll know exactly how to spend it.
Fashion Resolution #3: Up the Ante
Is your New Year's resolution to be a little more glam, a little more polished, a little more red-carpet-ready? This year we learned that Christian Louboutin pumps and Tiffany jewelry topped most women's if-I-won-the-lottery wish list. What's on yours? In 2012, we dare you splurge on one fabulous wear-it-forever piece. Need some more inspiration? We've got your back.
Fashion Resolution #4: Branch Out
Every day can't be "I tried it Tuesday," but this year, why not step outside your comfort zone in the style department in just one or two ways? Bold floral pants, hot-pink suits and exaggerated cat-eye sunglasses are just a few of the crazy trends on the horizon for 2012. Not interested in spending an arm and a leg to try one out? Look to the British digital high street (we're talking Asos, Topshop, Very.com and Oasis) for great runway-inspired pieces that don't break the bank.
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Fashion Resolution #5: Show Off That Rockin' Bod With Pride
While we're all for eating healthy and staying active, we think more women need to recognize that the bod they're currently rockin' is pretty awesome. Let this be the year! One way to boost your confidence: Look to all the curvy A-listers landing at the top of the best-dressed lists. Another idea: Learn what pieces flatter your body shape most.
Fashion Resolution #6: Get Inspired
Sure, some people would rather get a root canal than start their own Twitter account. But have you checked out Pinterest, Tumblr or Instagram? These image-centric sites are the easiest, most exciting way to get wardrobe, beauty or even interior-design inspiration. They're also free! If you're not sure how to use 'em, come check out our pages. We'll show you the ropes.
Fashion Resolution #7: Learn Something New
Speaking of inspiration, if one of your New Year's resolutions is to learn about something new, why not make it a fashion-focused lesson? After all, contrary to popular belief, fashion was around before Lady Gaga, Topshop and street-style photographers were even in existence. For tips on what to pick up, consult our essential reading list (these pretty books double as decor!) or our archive of notable fashion films.
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Fashion Resolution #8: Be a Better Friend
Whether you aim to be a better listener, organize more get-togethers or branch out and meet new peeps, resolving to be an even better friend is never a bad idea. And with sites like Groupon (discounts on fun, local activities) and Wantful.com (customizable gifts at every price) making your hangout suggestions and b'day surprises that much more memorable and awesome, you practically can't fail. What can we say? It's a good time to be a friend!
Fashion Resolution #9: Shine a Little Brighter
While we're all for a weeknight lady pilgrimage to that super-hard hip-hop class, there's another way to get your glow on in 2012. Yep, we're talkin' jewelry. Stylish jewelry e-commerce sites like BaubleBar and JewelMint and lower-priced collections like Rachel Zoe for QVC offer cool options for frosting that falls somewhere between heirloom worthy and two-for-one at Claire's. Hallelujah.
Fashion Resolution #10: Have More Fun
In 2011 Madonna wore hot pants to a public event, Chanel made a virtual coloring book and Snooki told the world she exfoliated with cat litter. If that's not reason enough to go into 2012 with a smile on your face and a spring in your step, we don't know what is.
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