Shake up your wardrobe in the new year

The start of 2012 is the time to make new plans and promises - and if you are looking for resolutions to keep for the next 12 months, why not commit to spending some time working on your fashion?

A wardrobe shake-up is a great way to make a statement without needing to spend a fortune, according to Style Girlfriend writer Megan Collins.

She asserts that this resolution can be as simple as dressing more thoughtfully - in 2011 for her, this involved taking a moment to ensure her shirt was tucked in at the beginning of every day to create a more streamlined silhouette.

Likewise, men can clean up their look with a few simple steps. In addition to taking Collins' lead and ensuring your shirt is tucked in, keeping your shoes scuff-free and ensuring you are well-groomed will instantly give your wardrobe a lift.

And if you are looking to inject a bit of change into your wardrobe without breaking a bank, why not jazz up your existing outfits with well-chosen accessories?

Unique ties or custom cufflinks can be a great way to subtly show off an aspect of your personality or start a conversation - and can keep you looking great all year long.