Usually in January one’s mind is preoccupied with how best to get shot of the Christmas tree without major damage to the paintwork or histrionics from the small people who quite rightly think a world without twinkling lights and garish baubles is a more boring place. January is always a more boring place thanks to the return to work and the now almost obligatory ‘dry’ that gets stuck in front of it. The one upside of this is that where February was once just about admitting the gym membership you bought in January was a waste of money, it now feels like the end of the rainbow, rather like a fortnight away in August or free parking just off Oxford Street.
♥ RUFFLES ♥
Not to be applied liberally but if positioned carefully, a ruffle can work wonders. They’ve become pretty much de rigeur at this point so you’re really going to have to embrace them you know.
January is also a good time to have a clear out (reportedly the most popular time to ask for a divorce – if you didn’t get it for Christmas that is) but if you’re not planning to dispose of your spouse this year then why not instead focus on the tangled web you’ve weaved in your wardrobe? Don’t feel bad, those clothes with which you have fallen out of love or which no longer look good on you could make a fresh start elsewhere and then everyone is happy – making space in your cupboards feels good I promise. Plus, there are sales out there and if we don’t clear the rails soon the left over stuff will only appear on flash sales sites and then at TK Maxx (haven’t you read my book yet?*) so let’s get the best stuff while it’s still stylish.
♥ STATEMENT FOOTWEAR ♥
It doesn’t have to be vertiginous but this season footwear does have to be show-stoppery because if you’re going to put your best foot forward it might as well be in the best possible shoe.
We all know by now not to go mad in the January sales, to buy sensible classic pieces which will last rather than fester and curdle unworn in the darkest recess of your wardrobe. That’s all very well but it’s not much fun and dressing should be fun – in 2017 we’re going to need some fun. Along with a positive mental attitude and an unwavering belief that this is going to be your year, if you haven’t done so already then buy into some of the fashionable statement detailing which appeared last year and is set to continue well into Spring. There are plenty of them and they are now reduced (everything here is at least 50% off) so what are you waiting for?
♥ PINK ♥
There’s going to be a lot of colour injected into next season but pink is a pretty place to start. Besides, very few of us have the pallor at this time of year to head straight for acid yellow.
It’s going to be cold and wintery for at least another six weeks so it’ll be worth another look around the sales. Those trends that didn’t make the cut for 2017 are the ones you can kick to the kerb (although off the shoulder still works, cold shoulder cut-outs are starting to look a bit tired), or take to the recycling. I’ve picked out a few gems here but be quick, I’ve replaced drinking alcohol this month with eating (more) cake and (even more) shopping online so these pieces won’t last long!
♥ STATEMENT KNITS ♥
In a few months these gorgeous jumpers will look tame as deconstructed tops find their way from the ‘street style’ fashionistas onto our high street. Wring the last bit of CPW (Cost Per Wear) out of your sequin dress or skirt by wearing a big cosy knit over the top.
♥ SLEEVES ♥
If there’s one thing you invest in this year, then make it a big ol’ fancy sleeve. Banish all thoughts of the inherent impracticalities because by the summer we will all be wearing our lunch on our sleeves. Start eating dry food only and you should be OK.
And in case you have any partying left to do this winter, or if like me you simply cannot resist something which looks as though it shimmied straight out of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet, then this… this is just too good to leave to the teenagers at Top Shop. Happy New Year lovely readers!
* My book SHOPPED is available in all good bookshops and on Amazon here: