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Making New Year’s resolutions is an activity that fills even the most optimistic among us with dread. Unless it’s a resolution to upgrade our wardrobe, in which case, willpower is our middle name. Here, six trends to snap up ASAP (and you don’t even have to wait until the ball drops).

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Dark Denim

Don’t worry—nobody’s telling you to retire your beat-up Levi’s. But you’re going to want to make room for more polished indigo hues and tailored silhouettes. (Bonus: They’re easier to get away with wearing to work.)

Get the look: Levi’s plus-size jeans ($50); Topshop jeans ($75); ALEXACHUNG jacket ($216)

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Fringe + Feathers

Why settle for a standard hem when you can sport one that does a little dance whenever you move? The latest iterations call to mind flappers and old Hollywood, but trust us—when paired with the right accessories, they look thoroughly modern.

Get the look: J.Crew sweater ($148); Nic+Zoe dress ($228); Elizabeth and James top ($325)

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Pencil Skirts

Swingy midis have reigned supreme for a few years now, but it’s time to revisit this figure-hugging staple. If you’re worried about it looking too “9 a.m. board meeting,” try dressing it down with a vintage tee or a bomber jacket.

Get the look: Eloquii ($70); ASOS ($135); Diane von Furstenberg ($177)

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We’re not sure if it has something to do with Pantone’s color of the year announcement, but purple tints are looking especially appealing for spring. Add a pastel pop to an otherwise neutral outfit, or pair it with an even brighter hue (mixing bold colors is another major trend).

Get the look: Moon River sweater ($75); Beetle Beetle blouse ($128); Ganni coat ($350)

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Belt Bags

Aka fanny packs. We saw the beginnings of this unlikely return in 2017, but the arms-free carrier is poised to stick around in a big way. Get on board now, before all your friends do.

Get the look: Herschel Supply Co. ($39); Theory ($165); Gucci ($922)

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Kitten Heels

Just as block heels were starting to dominate our shoe rack, the throwback heel stepped daintily into the mix. While the silhouette maintains its ladylike appeal, it’s shed its grannyish associations, showing up on everything from maximalist mules to metallic booties.

Get the look: Bershka ankle boots ($46); Zara slingbacks ($60); Aquazzura pumps ($950) 

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