12 style resolutions for 2012 and beyond

With a new year on the horizon and the promise of a fresh start in the air, we resolve to make 2012 our most stylish year yet. Here are 12 tips to make sure it's your most stylish year, too. Happy New Year, mademoiselles!

1. Black is basique and oh-so chic; don't be afraid to expand into other deserving neutrals—think rich, warm browns, cool greys and blendable taupes.
2. If your "go to" is a pair of well-tailored pants and a white shirt, why not try a well-tailored skirt and a striped shirt to switch it up?
3. Nights on the town call for a smokey eye or a luscious lip—not both! Pick the feature you'd like to play up and emphasize accordingly.
4. If it pulls, tugs, nips, bunches or makes you feel anything less than fabulous, get rid of it.
5. We don't care if you got it on sale. Get rid of it.
6. (Note that there are many deserving organizations that will gladly take your gently worn clothing for distribution to women who need a hand. Use Google to find groups in your area.)
7. Shoes can make or break your look—and feet! Choose well-made styles with proper arch support. Teetering and toppling is for the birds.
8. While we're on the topic, stand up straight. Good posture adds confidence, visually subtracts pounds and helps you breathe easier.
9. Treat your clothes with care. Storing them properly and paying for professional cleaning will save you money in the long run.
10. Always part your hair to the left? Try a side part on the right. Are you in a permanent ponytail? Get a trim with face-framing bangs. Head scarves are gorgeous, glamourous, and so elegant.
11. Jewelry is the quickest way to change your look, sans commitment. Colorful, chunky bracelets and simple pendant necklaces are a few of our favorite things—what are yours?
12. Smile, and often.


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