Happy New Year!
What is your Fashion Resolution for 2013? Do you have one?
What is a Fashion Resolution? We all know about New Year’s resolutions. At least in my family we do. Each year, we all think of things that we would like to accomplish or improve, and then we share it with each other so that we are held accountable. Truthfully, we turn it into a contest, where there is a clear winner at the end of the year who gets to talk trash to rest of us.
This year, in addition to your New Year’s Resolutions, I challenge you to make a Fashion Resolution. Because, sometimes the things we resolve to do are hard, or take time – like all year. But making a commitment to change something about how you present yourself right now, as you are, can make you feel like a million bucks.
Need some ideas? I have some.
Maybe this year, you can resovle to 1. Wear more color. Many of us love to stick with black, grey or brown. I love all of those, but honestly, we each have a color that makes us shine. I have found mine, they are jewel tones (jade, sapphire, dark purple). I should wear more of those.
Or you could, 2. Take a Risk. Wear something out of your comfort zone. We either wear our work clothes or our work out clothes, right? Some of us have kids and we wear “mom” clothes – not sure what that means, but I know for some it means, something that cannot be ruined by little hands. I hope you can find something this year that is different for you. If your uniform is yoga pants, that’s okay, but just try to put on something else – a skirt and boots – and see what happens. There is really nothing like a sincere compliment to make your day.
3. Use a personal shopper. I can help you here! This is what I love to do. If you don’t love to go from store to store or are not sure how to put pieces together, ask for help. Shopping is a gift. I’d love to use my gift on someone other than myself.
4. Wear age-appropriate clothes. This really is a challenge for me. In my mind, I am half my actual age. However, I have no business wearing clothes designed for an 18 year old. There are endless ways to be fashion forward, fun, sexy and gorgeous without dressing younger than we are. On the opposite end, it can be just as big of a disaster to dress older than you are as well. Find what you love and then make sure it fits who you are.
5. Buy basic pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. This is where a personal shopper can also help you. When you buy a new piece, think about how it can work with and through your wardrobe to create new looks using just a couple of different items.
6. Spend less money. This can go along with number 5. If you are buying quality, versatile pieces, you can spend less and get more.
7. Step up your footwear. Shoes really do matter. A knockout outfit can be totally discredited by shoes that just do not go. Maybe this year, you decide to buy a great pair of shoes that will go with everything.
8. Clean out your closet. I do not do this enough! I definitely think that at a minimum a closet clean out should be done each season, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. It helps you see what you have, know what you need, and enables you to give to those who don’t have.
Deciding to look our best does not have to be about being superficial or vain. It should be completely about being confident, beautiful and strong. We are all gorgeous people inside and out. When you treat yourself well, it helps you treat others well. The more ‘good’ we have in our daily lives, the more ‘good’ is in the world.
What are your ideas? Will you make a Fashion Resolution?