ELLE editors share their top 6 New Year’s fashion resolutions
1. Take a great photograph "Wear something WTF," advises photographer and
blogger extraordinaire Garance Doré." Wear a show as a hat, or make a skirt from your shower curtain." And never underestimate the power of a
good shoe. "If the heels are made from old doorknobs, Legos or stuffed animals, you get two points!"
2. Learn to break in those high heels Instead of painfully teetering around your living room for hours, rub a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover on the inside of your shoe. The acetone gently breaks down the leather (without staining) and helps mould your footwear to your feet.
3. Accept your body Sign up for yoga classes to reap more than just flexibility. A report in
Psychology of Women
Quarterly recently revealed that women who practise yoga are at the lowest risk of developing disordered eating and have
higher body-image satisfaction. Meanwhile, a recent study published in the
Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows that those who practise yoga are less likely to gain weight over the course of a 10-year period compared to those who do not, apparently because yoga build mindfulness, which helps to foster better nutritional decisions, curb emotional eating and bolster body image.
4. Acting confident goes beyond your designer duds Research from Harvard Business School concludes that holding "high status" poses, like the ones below, for a few minutes can stimulate testosterone – which is linked to feelings of power.
The Wonder Woman Stand tall, with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips, suggest Carol Kinsey Goman, author of
The Silent Language of Leaders.
The Oprah Gesturing with open palms demonstrates frankness.
The Don Draper Prop your feet up on your desk, place your hands behind your head and hold a glass of Canadian Club (We made this one up, but we figure it’s foolproof.)
5. Shop green Where our mothers simply factored price and comfort into their shopping decisions, we have to consider ethical manufacturing standards, safe ingredients, recyclable packaging and geographical provenance. Ask yourself:
Where did it come from? The locavore movement is all the rage in food circles, but the same principle – reducing a product’s environmental footprint by lowering the amount of emissions required to transport it to you – applies to any purchase.
How was it made? Look for the Fairtrade certification (look for the symbol, not just the words).
6. Tie a scarf properly It’s as easy as one, two, three… 1. Tie a knot about the foot from the end of the scarf 2. Loop the end with the knot around your neck 3. Pull the free end through the knot and centre it
What is your New Year’s fashion resolution? Share with us in our comments section below!