What better time than the start of a new year to assess your personal style? Don't clean out your closet yet! While you're curled up in front of the fire, think about your individual fashion personality. Are you a follower of fads? Do you favor the tried and true classics? Do you love those romantic flowing dresses or prefer to dress like you're always headed to the beach?
Think about your lifestyle. You may be rocker chic at heart, but if you've got three kids and doing the mom and carpool thing, you may not want to stock your wardrobe with leather leggings and motorcycle jackets.
The dress code at your workplace will also determine much of your style personality. However, remember: Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or a high-powered lawyer, you can always add a twist of your own uniqueness to any "uniform" you choose.
It's worth taking the time to define your own style personality. Believe it or not, it makes it much easier to clean out that closet and then go shopping. Here are a few tips to get you started in determining your current style:
—Classic Chic: Think Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn. This fashion personality is all about wearing the traditional basics but with a fresh twist. Neutral colors like cream, camel and black are usually your favorite hues. Your wardrobe may consist of streamlined classics like white shirts, black trousers, pencil skirts and trench coats. You always have a little black dress in your closet. Flats or classic pumps are your go-to shoes; pearls your go-to jewelry; and structured handbags are de rigueur.
—Boho Chic: Cher may be an icon of this style, but there are plenty of fashionable free spirits out there to show you the way. There always seems to be an "artistic" vibe to this personality's clothes. You love to shop at museums or street markets for your jewelry, and you love to wear free-flowing tops and skirts that make a colorful statement. Flip-flops or sandals may be your summer shoes of choice; knee-high suede pirate boots for fall and winter. Scarves are signature accessories. And you're never without your faux fur coat.
—Fashionista Chic: Think the stylish Anna Wintour for this personality. The Vogue editor is never without her signature sunglasses, geometric bob hairstyle and designer wardrobe. Even if you can't afford designer pieces, you know what to buy to look like a million bucks. Black and gray are favorites of the fashion crowd who love to mix and match high style with low style. But there is always room for a pop of color. Watch for trendsetters wearing the latest Color of the Year in 2014 — Pantone's Radiant Orchid, a purplish hot pink — with all that black.
—Suburban Chic: This is the woman who always looks put together when you see her in the carpool line or at the golf course. She wears trim sweat suits or fitted slacks and sweaters. Some suburbanites prefer more of a preppy look with a wardrobe filled with bold prints. Comfortable athletic-inspired sneakers or slip-on flats are a must, as are big tote bags, which are perfect for stowing everything from Cheerios for the kids to gym clothes for a quick workout.
—Beach Chic: This surfer girl is a whole fashion personality by herself. She's all about easy and breezy casual style. She may live in her bikini and toss on a sarong when she's not in the water. Or she may don a denim miniskirt and T-shirt with her Ugg boots. Life is all about carefree living, and this goes for her wardrobe, too.
Maybe we would all like a little fun in the sun right about now as we trudge through the snow. Bikinis, anyone?
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. To find out more about Sharon Mosley and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.