Every year, after the fireworks have died down and the food induced haze has cleared a bit, many of us turn to our resolutions. And while some of you know exactly where they want to focus their efforts for next year, perhaps some of you are still deciding on an area to work on. So I thought I’d share a few style resolutions for you to choose from, in the hopes of making 2018 the year you truly own your style!
Apply the one in-one out rule. Every time you buy something, get rid of a similar item that you no longer want, doesn’t fit or that is broken or stained beyond repair. This will prevent your hoarding 10 almost identical dresses, holding on to pieces that you haven’t touched in years, but keep for “just in case”, and it will help you to befriend your wardrobe. Get to know it well, and consistently curate it until it fully matches your vision.
Plan your outfits. How much do you hate having to shuffle through your closet when you’re still half asleep, trying to find something clean and relatively wrinkle-free for the day? Nevermind putting together an interesting, fun outfit that suits your mood. By putting all the clothes and accessories together on the hanger the night before, you will actually clear out a lot of that mental clutter in the mornings. Pro-tip: try doing a few outfits for the week ahead during the weekend, when you have more time for it.
Educate yourself on quality purchases. With the wealth of apparel accessible to us today, it’s easy to always be on the lookout for another dress, another top, another pair of shoes- even when your wardrobe is busting at the seams. But “easy” rarely equals “best”, and if you want 2018 to be your best style year yet, learning to choose quality is key. A quality item doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, and it doesn’t need to look stuffy or pretentious. But it needs to be wearable in multiple outfits, to feel good on the skin, and it needs to fit you perfectly. Try your best to resist buying it if it doesn’t.
Experiment more! This one is a personal favorite of mine, and it might be the key for those of you who know a “no shopping for a year” resolution would be impossible. This goal actually allows you to try multiple combinations and trends, and even buy some new items, all in the name of finding out what it really is that you like style wise. It’s also a great step forward if you are feeling stuck in a rut, and like your style doesn’t reflect your current taste anymore. Play with your clothes, try all the possible combinations in your closet and learn which items really do make your heart sing.
Find yourself a good tailor. A good tailor is invaluable if you want your clothes to sit on you exactly as they should. From taking in a too-large vintage blazer, to shortening a pair of otherwise great jeans, to crafting a drop-dead gorgeous ball gown that is perfect just for you, a tailor can make all of your sartorial dreams come true.
Now my dears, I hope you find my suggestions useful. Feel free to choose one, two or even all five of them as your style resolutions. I wouldn’t recommend going with more than five, as that might actually make the whole exercise seem more like a chore than something fun. Which is usually what will make you give up on it in the end!
As for my style resolution for the year, I plan on buying less but better, only pieces that bring me joy, ones I know I will love wearing for years to come. And for the rest of my resolutions… well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Here’s to an exciting, interesting and truly stylish 2018!