It's time to begin anew, starting with your closet. Two of my goals this year are to master the art of dressing warmly and to obtain the perfect suit.


I'm from Florida, so dressing warmly is still a learning process (I didn't own a jacket heavier than a windbreaker until college). I've slowly built up my jacket repertoire to include a black velvet blazer, a red double-breasted peacoat with military details and a serious Northface.

I sometimes wear a jacket over short sleeves. This is to cover up that layers are a deficiency in my wardrobe.

I have my eye on a few pieces, a Target standard cardigan in a solid color, an open cardigan that can be belted and, as a splurge, a Michael Stars long-sleeved piece.

I'll buy long-sleeved shirts to get more mileage out of my shorter-sleeved wardrobe. I've seen J.Crew tissue tees, great for layering, at outlet stores for a cheaper price.

Thermal sets are another way to stay warm. I saw a few affordable ones at American Eagle this weekend.

Layering can add depth to an outfit by mixing prints and solids. I've seen Free People pair a romper with a floral long-sleeved shirt and a brown belt, which looks great. Mixing like-colored prints should be done at your own discretion -- and never more than two prints at a time.

I've been searching for that perfect suit for three years. I've mixed separates by pairing a loaned blazer with a black skirt or pants, but never bought a full suit. I've gotten a start by perusing suits at Ann Taylor that are within the range I'm looking to spend on an investment such as this.

I'll wear mine to important meetings or business-related events, so it should be in a neutral color that will show seriousness and professionalism. It should make a subtle, not bold, fashion statement.

Because it's my first suit, I'll stay away from three-quarter sleeves or trendy details that would date it. I'll probably go with a suit with a skirt and a tapered waist.

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