It’s almost New Year’s resolutions time. I will again promise to sleep longer, exercise and read more books. One area I won’t neglect, as I have in years past, is fashion.
Like Andrea in The Devil Wears Prada movie, I once thought fashion was just over-indulgent frivolity. Then I realized that looking good went hand-in-hand with feeling good. When I take pride in my appearance, I am confident, stand straighter and show the world my inner shine.
I’m making a few New Year’s resolutions to maximize my style potential in 2011. Here are my top 3:
1. Be adventurous. I often tell myself to take more fashion risks, then fail at following through. Knowing what fits, looks good and is comfortable is great, but it can also lead to approaching style with blinders, choosing only what’s tried and true. My time, money and patience aren’t infinite, so falling into a routine, or rut, is easy.
I resolve to change this. When I shop, I’ll keep an open mind and try on things to which I don’t naturally gravitate (within reason). For example, I’ve never been big on animal prints, but maybe I’ll give their tasteful incarnations a shot. When I put together outfits from what I already own, I will pair pieces in novel ways. I will take cues from fashionable friends whose style is different from my own.
2. Take better care of my clothes. While I already do my best to wash as instructed, I have a habit of tossing clothes around and leaving them where they land. Picture the scene in Clueless where Cher kneels in a pile of garments, searching for her “most responsible looking ensemble” and you’ll have an idea of how my closet can look. Carelessness wrinkles and damages clothes. It also makes it hard to put together stellar outfits, because when I can’t see all the possibilities or find what I’m looking for, I end up settling for whatever I can grab.
I resolve to be neater with my threads. I might even invest in a closet organizer. A little extra effort will preserve both my wardrobe and my sanity.
3. Accessorize. This is an extension of/means to my first resolution. Accessories are easy, economical ways to spice up style and give old outfits new life. This truth was lost on me for a long time, until I saw how the perfect belt or necklace can liven up an ensemble.
I resolve to keep my eye out for new pieces and expand my search beyond belts, earrings and necklaces. Fun bracelets and funky rings? Lovely scarves? Unique purses? Here I come!
Wish me luck, and don’t be shy about sharing some of your fashion New Year’s resolutions.