Vail Daily fashion column: New Year, new you
Haute Alpine Couture
The new year is like the first day of school for adults — it’s the license to start the year fresh. For the couture crowd, a sparkling, clean slate does not translate into new notebooks and the promise to get straight A’s. Instead, it is the chance to convert your fashion selfie into the queen of covet and a renovated you! We caught up with some of our favorite fashionistas in the Vail Valley for tips and secret tricks-of-the-trade on revamping your style this year.
Whitney Hathorn ::
Closet Rescue, Kiwi Boutique
By the time the holiday mayhem has subsided and the new year rolls around, your closet may need serious TLC. Whitney Hathorn can help you take those ill-fitting, how-did-you-ever-let-me-buy-this items and re-purpose them (possibly as free-loaders on the next Vail Honeywagon) so that your wardrobe is squeaky clean, organized and updated.
Keep the staples: “When making way for new trends, it’s important to keep the ‘staples’ in a convenient location and the ‘special occasion’ pieces further in the back of the closet,” Hathorn said. Your essential fashion pieces — ranging from favorite jeans and the perfect blazer, to a crisp white button-down and classic Ts — are the perfect backdrop to incorporating accessory trends such as jewelry, handbags and shoes. Hathorn said to hang those one-hit wonders — the sequin jacket, Madonna bustier and slinky maxi dress — toward the back of the closet so you’re not tempted to make them your everyday go-tos, but they can be pulled out in a pinch should the occasion arise.
Michelle Anderson and Joselyn Brubaker ::
The fashion junkies at Rouge Boutique say to give 2014 a new beginning by mixing up your closet so that when you take a peek in the early morning hours, your wardrobe looks fresh and exciting again. Swap sweaters with jeans and skirts with shirts.
“Your eyes tend to go to the same areas in the closet, but you may be overlooking a sweater that you forgot existed! This way you can see what you own and what you really aren’t wearing,” Anderson said.
Color Coordinate: Once your closet becomes a renewed Carrie Bradshaw inspiration, the Rouge girls say go one step further and color coordinate the clothes within their fashion genre.
“At first I thought I was being a little neurotic, but it turns out, color coordinating really makes your closet feel organized and allows you to easily pull outfits together,” Anderson said.
Everything in the closet should have its own hanger, too. Hangers are one of the cheapest ways to make your closet look fab, and you can buy them in bulk at Walmart or Home Depot in Avon.
Roxy Beaver Creek
The sales team at Roxy is made up of chic-thinkers that will help you turn your dated yawners into dressed-to-kill duds.
Dump Damaged Goods: It may be your absolute favorite swag for winter, but if it’s seen one too many happy hours and you are using it to sleep in, then that’s a sign of retirement. Anything that has holes or is damaged needs to be purged from your closet … uh, immediately!
Seasonal Swap: Come on, people, we’re seeing single digits every morning … it’s winter. If you didn’t do the wardrobe switch over in the fall, then now is the time to put those lightweight tops in the back and bring your trendy cashmere to the front of the closet. This will also give you an opportunity to see what you have for each season, what needs to be tossed, replaced or updated.
Roxy Picks for 2014: Be on the lookout for some fetching swag to integrate into your new look.
1. The re-emergence of grunge has a gypsy-inspired flair (gypsy shirts: $112-$180) and can be combined with accessories such as Ettika necklaces ($80) to complete your look.
2. Cashmere should always be a staple piece in your winter closet, and the Roxy girls have favored the Autumn Cashmere Hoodie ($349) and Shawlux Scarf ($166).
3. If going vegan is not on your resolution list, fur is a hot ticket item straight from the runways. The Rex Rabbit Vest ($748) is both luxurious and cozy.
4. You can never have too many pairs of jeans — Roxy carries budget-conscious and no-expense-spared brands including 7 For All Mankind, J. Brand, Hudson and AG ($15-$300).
Out with the old
makes room for the new
A final fashion rule of thumb from all of our experts? If you haven’t worn it, ditch it! Your “trash” is someone else’s treasure — consign your unwanted-wears or create a hand-me-down box for friends and family.
hair stylist at Spa Anjali
Not only does the new year necessitate an updated wardrobe, but it also brings the frou frou opportunity to re-conceive your coiffing regimen. The key to polishing your look without shocking your peeps is by not doing any drastic color changes. Picot advises incorporating cooler shades into your natural color and keeping lighter tones around the face — this will keep the drab, winter-woes at bay.
Hydrating Parched Locks: “With the dryness of winter, cold temperatures, wind, sun, heaters, wool and fleece, pulling moisture and hydration from our hair and skin, custom conditioning treatments are more important now than ever,” Picot said. Locking in the much-needed moisture not only helps with dry scalp issues, but it also is critical in maintaining the life of your hair color.
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