It’s time to think about new years resolutions again, and one pressing item on my agenda is my wardrobe. My eclectic casual, meets chic, meets “couture wannabe” needs definition and fine-tuning. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama who now holds a well-deserved spot on Vogue’s “Best Dressed of the Year” for 2010 list, I’m stepping up my game. I will get my fashion act together in 2011.
1. Plan a wardrobe. Fashion editors and bloggers work hard everyday watching for trends and pulling together looks, and every day I read their advice and let it go in one eye and out the other if that’s at all possible. At the root of my fashion woes is the fact that I’m usually a last minute shopper who buys the first thing I don’t dislike that comes in my size. Going forward I will have a vision and a plan.
2. Catch the sales. I’m a busy women who wears many hats, and I’ll admit that I’m not good with remembering sale dates. I don’t even remember to bring coupons. With a little time management, and the help of my trusty iPhone, I’m going to be more organized about shopping. I will accomplish my wardrobe revamp at the best prices.
3. Buy clothes that fit now. Whether you need to lose 10, 20, 50 or more pounds to reach your ideal weight, maybe you can relate. I will not put off buying clothes until I lose weight. I will not buy clothes that are too small hoping that I’ll be able to fit them at some point in the future. If clothes get too big they can always be altered. Or I’ll donate them to a charity that helps other women who need good clothes for job interviews or to get back into the workforce.
4. As Russell Simmons says, Do You! This means, I will not be afraid to rock my signature accessories even if they’re out of trend and I hope everyone else will do the same. This means no more avoiding jewelry and scarves if I want to wear them. In fact I just might break out that bag with the scene of Krishna playing the flute and make it work. I may look a little different, but this just means I’m ahead of the trend, for now.
5. There’s one final thing. I’ll pick style icons that are around my age with bodies similar to mine. The best laid wardrobe plans derail if they’re based on what looks great on someone who’s much taller, shorter, wider or skinnier than you.
I’m getting a jump start on my resolution by collecting a style file of inspiration pictures. This will be a fun resolution to keep.