As the New Year begins, many of us have a great feeling of turning over a new leaf. Some of us make resolutions, some of us have clear out, some of us even start looking for new jobs. With all these lifestyle shakeups, January is the perfect time to invest in some new clothes and start the new year looking and feeling great.
Sometimes, just getting a couple of new items for your wardrobe can make a huge difference and help you reinvigorate some of your old things too. Comfy old chinos can be smartened up with a brand new long-sleeved shirt, for example, while a sweater in a new colour can change your whole look. Layers will keep you snug and warm in these cold months but they can look great too - fleece wears well and keeps its shape but you might need some new base polo shirts to go underneath.
On the other hand, it might time for a complete wardrobe overhaul. If you're buying lots of clothes at once, consider the cost and keep your eyes open for retailers offering not just quality but great prices too - it's well worth shopping around. Think too about what you really need. Do you have to be smart for the office or do you usually work from home? When buying clothes, try and strike a balance between smart and casual according to your timetable! Remember that lots of items are very versatile and a smart cotton shirt, for example, can be dressed down with a V-neck sweater as well as looking businesslike for the office. You'll need clothes for the weekends, too - maybe you're outside all the time and need some lined, waterproof trousers for country walks and a waterproof or fleece jacket to keep out the cold. Perhaps you're a sportsman and need a few items of performance clothing - trousers, base layers and a jacket which are lightweight, breathable and easy to move around in. Whatever your interests, you'll also need some classic pieces: fleeces, rugby shirts and jeans always look great and come in very useful.
Whether you're looking for a few new items or replacing the whole lot, remember to think about quality as well as price. This is a great time of year to be buying new clothes – there are lots of new collections for the New Year and you're in the mood for a fresh start too!
Written by Emma: Emma is a leading fashion blogger who has wrote for many different leading blogs.