Six Style Resolutions We Can All Get Behind
The New Year is finally here, and with it comes resolutions (and the mis-writing of dates). Ugh, even the word “resolution” conjures up feelings of shame and disappointment for me, as I’ve never kept a single New Year’s Resolution. Sad, right? However, I think this year might be different. I’m focusing my resolutions on the thing I love most: FASHION. Yeah, I said it. Fashion is the thing I love most.
My love of fashion is so strong that I even think I could keep some New Year’s style resolutions. And you know what? You should too! Without further adieu, here are six style resolutions that everyone can get behind for the coming year:
1. Invest in the Classics
Black blazers, white button-up blouses, professional pencil skirts, camel trenchcoats, and so on. These are wardrobe staples, and they’ll never go out of style. Sure, you might spend a little more on quality classics; however, you’ll be wearing them for years to come. Plus, you can mix and match classic pieces with a wide variety of looks and styles. What can we say? Ya gotta spend money to save money sometimes.
2. Clean Out that Closet
Get rid of the crap and the fluff and free up some space for quality garments and for fun New Year purchases. I read a great tip on StyleCaster’s fantastic list of 101 Fashion Tips and Tricks Every Girl Should Know that definitely applies here: Edit your closet by asking yourself, “If I were shopping now, would I buy this?” If the answer is no, out it goes. Be brutal if need be! You can even enlist the help of a friend to provide a pair of fresh eyes regarding Cute v. Crap.
3. Love the One(s) You’re With
This resolution goes along with cleaning out your closet. Once you’ve edited down your wardrobe to a manageable and very stylish level, be sure to show some love to all of clothing items! As we’ve discussed on this blog before, most women only wear a small fraction of what they have in their closets. Our advice for the new year? Shop your closet! Find new ways to combine and wear what you already own. You’ll get to exercise your creativity AND save money.
4. Buy Quality Over Quantity
Less H&M, more Lord & Taylor. Of course, this can be tricky if you’re on a limited budget (like me). However, keep your eye out for sales and discounts. Sometimes stores will have online-only sales as well, and you can sometimes sign up for email alerts for those. Keep your budget in mind, but remember that quality will last. For trendy items you’re not sure you’ll wear again or even like, go with the cheaper option.
5. Follow Flattering Trends
Aiight, so I’ve been guilty in the past of not doing this. I’ve tried trendy midi skirts even though I’m only five feet tall – MISTAKE. Attempted the preppy riding boots/equestrian look – not my style! As you read blog posts and articles about the “biggest fashion trends this year”, remember: You don’t have to wear all of the trends! Pick and choose the ones that flatter your body and your style.
6. Take More Style Risks!
Ok, so we’ve just listed five resolutions for the New Year. And while it’s great if you follow them, here’s another one: Have fun with your wardrobe. Take some risks! Try a new trend even if it might not look good on you. If you make a “style mistake”, no biggie! Everyone does 😉 Have some fashion fun in the New Year, and sometimes, toss the rules out the window!
What’s your style resolution for 2013?