Time to transform

It may be a cliche but the New Year is the perfect time for some 'new you' intervention.

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a woman celebrating the New Year

It may be a cliche but the New Year is the perfect time for some 'new you' intervention.

Come midnight on December 31, you can wave goodbye to your fashion and beauty vices and begin the year with a stylish new aim. Whether you want a dramatic hair cut or shiny new It bag swinging on your arm, don't take the plunge without some top advice from our industry experts.

New colour injection

Fiona Wellins, Colour Me Beautiful image consultant:

"There's nothing like some bold colour to boost your mood and energy levels. To embrace stronger colours with confidence, you just need to experiment with the ones that flatter you most.

"If you want to go for something really bold, then wear bright colours that suit you close to your face and wear other shades on your bottom half, or as accessories."

New capsule closet

Maria Sadler, co-founder of Capsule Wardrobes image coaching:

"Lifestyle is a key element to determine what pieces you need and what will work for you throughout the year.

"Pick a base colour for the capsule, a neutral like navy or black, and add seasonal accent colours, but always buy your key staples (like a versatile suit or jacket) in neutral tones. Dresses are always easy to build a look around with some great accessories."

New investment buy

Katie Silverthorne, Tags-On.com shopping director:

"Invest in quality. The sales are a great time to invest in that iconic or standout piece you've been dreaming of all year, such as a Balmain coat or Miu Miu handbag that will last you a lifetime.

"When it comes to designer items, shoes and handbags often hold their value. Look out for classic designs, which will last a long time because of the high quality of the materials and construction. A great investment piece should be something you can use to the max."

New body image

Janie Bryant, costume designer and author of The Fashion File:

"At the end of every year, most of us vow to shed a few pounds, but what if you resolved to change the way you view your body instead?

"Appraise your figure from a different, kinder perspective and come to appreciate every curve. You can accentuate a different asset every day of the week with some clever styling. For example, a svelte waist can be exaggerated with a skinny or wide belt clasped at the narrowest point."

New style saviour

Paula Reed, author of Style Clinic:

"The secret to making inexpensive clothes look good is a great tailor - a reliable one should be every woman's key contact.

"Not every seam can be tampered with. If a jacket doesn't fit right in the shoulders or lie flat when buttoned, forget it, but a garment can easily be shortened or taken in to fit perfectly."

New hair cut

Paul Percival, Percy & Reed co-founder and stylist:

"Have a hair goal. Decide on the sort of look that you want so that you have something to aim for.

"Collecting a group of images of looks that you love is the best thing to do when you're looking for a big hair change. Think realistically about how much time you have to spend on maintaining and looking after a new cut, and always discuss with your stylist before going for the chop."

New face lift

Shavata Singh, brow guru and founder of Shavata:

"Never underestimate the difference that professionally shaped brows make - it is equivalent to a mini facelift.

"Groomed brows give you an instantly manicured look, structure to your face and accentuate the eyes. Whether you book in for brow taming once in your life, just to find your shape, or every few weeks, it will be worth it."

New signature fragrance

Will Andrews, P&G Prestige fragrance expert:

"Changing your perfume to match the seasons is a great way to refresh your outlook; it can act as an emotional catalyst to move on to the next season.

"Generally speaking, more powerful, richer scents work better in winter - look for fragrances with vanilla, spicy or woody notes. Spray your potential fragrance on the back of each hand, wait for 20 minutes, and re-smell. Once the top notes have disappeared, you'll be left with the dry-down, which is the main character you will live with."

New streamlined beauty

Lisa Matthews, Superdrug head of own brand:

"January is the ideal time to give your beauty bag a really good overhaul and get rid of out-of-date, dusty old bottles.

"2013 has seen a shift from more complicated skincare routines involving several steps, to a handful of key products with multi-benefits. Anti-ageing skincare, like facial oils and anti-ageing serums, are set to become more popular in 2014, as well as cleansing and toning micellar waters, and multi-purpose make-up like lip and cheek crayons."

New sleep routine

Nichola Joss, Sanctuary Spa skincare expert:

"It is so important for women to find regular down time and not to keep stress bottled up. Aim to take a little time out on a regular basis to really help to keep your mind and body relaxed.

"I recommend having a candlelit bath at least once a week, using a blend of sleep-inducing essential oils before bedtime, to guarantee a good night's rest."