New Year Style Resolutions: January’s Match Made in Seven

January 29, 2020

Welcome to the first Match Made in Seven of 2020! We are an international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme which can be anything – a book, music, a color, a movie – and then we style an outfit based on that theme. This month Bettye chose the theme of New Year Style Resolutions!

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions (January is the worst month to start something new, well for me anyway). However, I do have a few goals when it comes to choosing what I buy and wear.

Buy less, buy well

Pom Amsterdam bugs jacket

There’s no escaping the damage fast fashion is doing to the environment. The fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions, is the second largest consumer of the world’s water supply, and pollutes the oceans with microplastics. In fact, it emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined. What’s really shocking is that 85% of all textiles go to landfill each year – that’s enough to fill Sydney Harbour every year!

If I had to choose just one New Year style resolution it would be to buy less, buy well. My Pom Amsterdam bugs jacket above is a perfect example of that; it’s one of my absolute favourite items of clothing. Actually, everything I’ve bought from has become a favourite, but this jacket is a real hero piece. Everyone needs a good quality black jacket, especially one with cute brass bugs and beautiful lining! has recently added a cost per wear calculator tool on every product page to help you buy items you’ll wear regularly. You can also pay for your order in three interest-free installments, making it easier to buy quality garments that will last longer. The yellow Emile Vidal Carr coat was my first purchase from and takes pride of place amongst my coat collection.

Buy preloved where possible

You probably know how much I love an eBay bargain. (Monday’s green trenchcoat and yesterday’s tartan jacket are both eBay purchases). You can find almost anything there, and it’s particularly useful for when you want something specific from a past season. I found the Fabienne Chapot leopard print blouse (above) on eBay. Fabienne Chapot is one of my favourite clothing brands and I have an alert set on the eBay app for new listings.

So much of my wardrobe is made up of second hand pieces. If you have the time and patience, you can often unearth some amazing bargains in charity shops. Jackets and coats are the first thing I look for as they’re the best value and you can try them on in the middle of the shop. I found the Rena Lange check jacket (above) in a charity shop for less than £10; I’ve seen one exactly the same listed on eBay for over £100! My purple Escada jacket was also a terrific charity shop find. I love the colour and the fit. Again, it was less than £10.

Wear what I’ve already got more

I’m slightly ashamed to say that I have an obscene amount of clothes and shoes. And like a vast majority of women, a significant proportion of those are still unworn. Sometimes these blogger collaborations prompt me to dig out something from the back of the wardrobe and find a new way to style it. This leopard print waistcoat is a prime example; I bought it second hand in the early 90s when I was still a teenager! Bizarrely, I’d never worn it despite being a huge fan of leopard print. The Style Not Age theme of going “back in fashion” nudged me into finally giving it a try and now I’m kicking myself for not wearing it before!

Adapting clothes for the seasons is another way of getting more wear from them. I wear this Winser wrap dress all year round; layering it over a fitted roll neck sweater and tights makes is a great Winter option.

So those are my New Year’s style resolutions…have you made any? Don’t forget to visit the other ladies’ blogs to see what their style resolutions are!

Debbie of

Darlene of

Sonja of

Bettye of

Anna of

Nancy of

This is where I link up!

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13 responses to “New Year Style Resolutions: January’s Match Made in Seven”

  1. Nancy says:

    Oh I totally agree on buy second hand more. I still need to check out Ebay, never shopped there. What a amazing purple jacket is that. And how good that black and white dress looks on you!

  2. Ellibelle says:

    So many amazing looks, so beautiful and stylish! I really need spend some extra time at my local thrift store, I did find an amazing down jacket there recently, but it takes so long to go through their clothes and I never seem to have time. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

  3. Darlene says:

    Emma, I totally agree with your style resolutions! I plan to restyle pieces a lot more this year. Our local Thrift Shops are not wonderful, but I will have to give eBay a try! Thanks for sharing.

    xx Darlene

  4. Resolutions after my own heart! That was a really good tip about trying to find ways to make items work for more seasons!


  5. Ruth Josey says:

    Oh boy….were you talking about me or about yourself because it sure sounds like me :/ I need to be serious about not adding to my closet (or donating 2 things when I add 1 piece). I think that being aware of sustainable fashion and buying second-hand are wonderful resolutions (or goals) to have and I’m really inspired to do better.


  6. Loving all the ways you styled those blazers!! Such good ideas!


  7. We have some resolutions in common, Emma! You always look so lovely in all your stylings. Great job!

  8. Michelle says:

    The environmental impact has me looking at fashion from a different perspective. One thing I won’t be doing is returning clothing I’ve purchased online if it doesn’t fit. I’m sickened by the fact that a significant portion of Amazon returns end up in the landfill because they will pay no one to restock the items. And now I wonder how many other online retailers do this. Anyway, I will either donate the item or resell it on a Poshmark.


  9. Hi Emma
    I thrift shop on Poshmark and have had good luck! I need to try Ebay! I forget about it. I buy items that are good for more than one season, as you want to get more wear. Love the items you shared here. The striped dress is great as I like how it is multidirectional and the bug jacket, that is awesome!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  10. Jessica says:

    These all look so fabulous on you dear, especially the 2nd outfit. So classy, yet fun and chic.

    Jessica |

  11. Emma, I think this a fantastic goal for the new year. I have been trying to be much more conscientious as well about buying less and buying smarter. And I am slightly ashamed about the exorbitant amount of clothing that I own as well. I have been shopping second hand much more frequently and I have been reselling my unwanted items rather than just donating because the donation centers get overwhelmed with items and then where do they send them? To landfills?! Eek. Great post!


    • Emma Peach says:

      Thanks Shelbee. It’s hard to change long-held consumer habits – especially with clothes when temptation is everywhere! I too have an obscene amount of clothes and shoes but I’m slowly going through my stuff and reselling/giving some of it away. I find selling on eBay a bit of a faff though…I may try a different site to see if the process is easier.

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