It’s that time of the year again, when we start to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses in the past year, and start thinking about what we would like to change for the upcoming one.
For many of us, this means getting in shape, eating healthier, making more money, and perhaps even volunteering more.
But, while fashion might be deemed as superficial and frivolous by some, I believe keeping your style in top-form should be a top priority as well, especially since what we wear and how we wear it (and, let’s face it, how much we spent on it!) can influence everything from our moods to how others perceive us, and even the size of our bank accounts.
With that said, here are three of my personal style resolutions for 2013. What are some of yours?
1. Clean out my closet on a regular basis. I recently sat down, dug through my closet and shoe collection, and donated items I have not worn in the past year to Goodwill. It was hard letting go at first, especially all at once, but eventually, making space in my wardrobe felt liberating. It is human nature to hold on to things that are meaningful to us, long after they’ve stopped making us feel good — and this applies as much to clothes as it does to relationships.
So keep the memories, but let go of that dress that doesn’t quite flatter your figure anymore — it’s time to make new ones with a new, better fitting one.
2. Spend money wisely and wear clothes creatively. I’ve gotten more creative with the contents of my wardrobe this past year instead of constantly spending money on brand-new items, and vow to continue doing so in 2013. This is primarily due to wedding planning (and thus adhering to a spending budget), but this is also due to my commitment towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable approach to fashion.
In the new year, I will reduce impulse buys and recycle and reuse current pieces. This means making an effort to mix and match different items in unique ways, and style each outfit with details such as fun accessories or jewelry.
3. Experiment more with my personal style. As I grow older, I’ve learned what looks and work best for my body and tend to stick with it. Perhaps this is due to working at a law firm immediately after college, where my daily uniform consisted of conservative dresses, skirts, button-down shirts and heels — but now that I am working for a creative media company where taking (educated) risks is highly encouraged, I want to do the same when it comes to my personal style as well.
First item on the list: wear red lipstick!
Cheers and happiest new year!