I have a distinct love/hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. While I love the idea of starting fresh and setting goals, let’s face it, most resolutions are abandoned before February. And, sure, every year I vow to be a little more healthy and thankful. But this year I decided to throw some style-specific resolutions in the mix. Here we go:
1. Don’t let the anticipated reaction of others affect my style choices. I know, this shouldn’t even need to be said, but I’ve mentioned before the fact that the office where I work leans heavily towards the casual side of business casual. I can’t help but feel a bit overdressed when I want to wear a leather pencil skirt or sequins to work. However, one of the reasons I love fashion is for self expression. So, I should self express freely and honestly. Even if that means dressing in a way that makes me stick out. Besides, standing out is good, right?
2. Choose quality over quantity. Again, this is another style cardinal rule. With good reason. I often find myself picking up very inexpensive items because, for starters, I don’t usually have a chunk of change to drop on clothes at any given moment. And because I’m impatient. If I want a pair of printed pants, I want them right now. Even if that means buying a slightly ill-fitting pair because I can afford it, instead of saving up a bit and getting a pair that fits beautifully. But I think it’s time I start filling my closet with quality pieces that will last more than a season. Even if my closet fills at a much slower rate.
3. Stop obsessing over trends that simply don’t work on my body type. This one will certainly be the most difficult for me. There are several hot trends right now that just don’t flatter my body shape, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to wear them. It’s particularly rough as fashion cycles through a period where it seems little is designed for your shape. But I’m not doing myself any favors by insisting on wearing unflattering pieces. So, I’m going to try to make a concerted effort to focus on trends and styles that look best on my body type. Even if that means giving up on pieces I’ve been lusting after.
My fingers are crossed that I’ll be able to stick with these resolutions, even if just a little. What about you, do you have any style resolutions for 2013?