This seems like a perfect year for a wardrobe makeover.
I've mildly disliked my wardrobe for a long time, but never really defined what it was that I wanted to belong in there, as my twenties have been dedicated to finding myself. I don't know if it's London or just the prospect of turning 30, but lately I've had a clear picture in my head of what I want to look like. 2013 is a year for floaty dresses and biker boots, beautifully structured coats and towering heels, sparkly clutch bags and skinny faux-leather pants. It's a year of new beginnings - wardrobe included.
In 2013, I will...
Dare to go BIG.
Huge necklaces with plain, a bit sporty-looking tops or huge, chunky knits. Is there anything more casual luxe-looking? This is the year of the glitz - the low-cost variety. Zara, H&M, Primark and Topshop are winners in the neck adornment category.
Do everyday sparkle.
A twinkly shirt and a knit jumper. A long, loose, glittery shirt-dress. A bit of an off-the-shoulder shimmer. And I'm not just talking nighttime. This year, we should all dare to sparkle twenty-four seven!
Go for quality accessories.
I love my H&M necklaces and Accessorize bracelets (sorry, I refuse to call it an "arm party") but maybe stepping out of my twenties will be the turning point when I go for the one pair of quality silver earrings instead of the five-for-one deal that will go rusty at the first London downpour. As a vegan, It bags are out of the question (unless they're Stella McCartney) and I always have to flip the pages right past the "new boots!" pages in magazine as they're all leather. But at least I can put my cash on well-made, beautiful jewellery.
Make the most of my elderly jeans.
I have this one pair of straight-leg Mango jeans that's age-old. I mean, I was still in college, that's how old. I still love them - but they've gotten saggy and started spurting holes in all the wrong places. So, I figured, why not go all the way? This spring, I'll go crazy with some sand paper from my boyfriend's toolbox and turn my ageing jeans into a cool-as-new, stylishly ripped pair.
Say "thanks but no thanks" to kitten heels.
I know they're the coolest of the cool this spring and all the It girls will be parading right to their front-row seats in them. But, as it happens, I've worn kitten heels before, and I know I look crap in them. My general shoe rule is, "would Victoria Beckham wear them?" and in her fabulouser-than-fabulous book "That Extra Half and Inch", she clearly states that she wouldn't. It's either flats (Converse, biker boots) or skyscraper, dahlings.
Re-evaluate the basics.
I think we all know by now that a good basic wardrobe is key, but I find it even more important for cruelty-free dressers as we can't rely on "It" accessories to smarten up our outfits. We really need that structured wool-free coat, that blazer, that well-cut pair of trousers. Yes, it does cost more. No, I can't afford it yet. But this year, I'll at least try, instead of always going for the funkier low-cost version of everything.
Keep spreading the message.
Check out my article On Being Vegan and Working in Fashion on ChicVegan - I'm really happy I wrote it. The fashion world is not always a vegan-friendly place, but the more of us want change, the more likely it is to happen. Style can be compassionate!