Resolve Those Fashion Resolutions (Fulfill Your 2018 Fashion Resolutions)
Every year I resolve NOT to make any resolutions, but then I do enjoy looking back on the past few years to sneak a peek at what I’ve written and what fashion advice I’ve actually incorporated into my own style life. Here are a few of my favorite non-resolution resolutions that I seem to work on…yes, year after year!
Shop the post-holiday sales.
I have to admit that I used to love schlepping from store to store with hundreds of my fellow shopaholics picking through the leftover merchandise after the holidays hoping to find the deal of the year at bargain prices. However, the older I get, the more I find that the thrill of the hunt is not as strong as it used to be…and after all, I can easily find great buys at any time of the day or night on the internet…but yet, there is no better than the feel of cashmere at 70 percent off. On second thought, I think I will make time to stop by the mall this weekend.
Update: I find myself browsing more and more at smaller stores and boutiques. I always find unusual things, and that’s one of my goals this year: Add more uniqueness to my wardrobe…especially with jewelry and accessories. Gotta love those embroidered boots…on sale!
- Handy storage for hats, mittens, socks, small toys, etc
- Fits in closets
- Made with wood and engineered wood
Yes, declutter. Period. This is a constant chore for me, but it helps if I do just a little bit of it all throughout the year. One big clean out of the closet just gets me depressed. It may work for some to do a major overhaul all at once, but I prefer to take a few minutes at the beginning of each new season and “weed” out the clothes and shoes that I no longer wear. Then it’s a quick trip with a light load to my favorite charity. This method is much more manageable to me, and doesn’t involve as much angst and prolonged hours of decision making.
Update: My sister recently gave me a copy of Japanese organization expert Marie Kondo’s book and I did make myself read it…well, most of it. I’ve seen her demonstrate her “folding” techniques on TV dozens of times, but I’m still not quite there. But I do find myself thinking about whether or not a particular piece of clothing actually brings me “joy.” Most of the time it does or I would not have bought it in the first place! That’s just the way I roll.
- Material: Cotton+Spandex
- Top: Spaghetti Strap Crop Tank Style
- Bottom: High Waisted Ultra Short Shorts
- Good for sports, fitness,gym,yoga,running and workout activewears
- Shipping: 7-15 business days by USPS, 1-3 business days by PRIME
Work on my work-out wardrobe.
First I need to work on my work-out routine…as in I really don’t have one. That gym membership expired a few years ago, and a compound ankle fracture broke up my yoga class. However, I have to admit that I loved yoga clothes. I think it’s time to invest in some new “ath-leisure” wear and get moving again. I just have to find some great new walking shoes. That’s my resolution for this year.
Update: Well, I never did get around to buying those shoes…and maybe I’m glad I waited. The athletic shoes this year are some of the coolest sneaks around. I can’t wait to “work” on this resolution again…
Wear more color.
After years of a closet full of fashion editor “black,” color is slowly brightening it up. I’ll never be a pastel person – so I think I’ll skip Pantone’s current “color” of the year Rose Quartz, but stick to last year’s darker rosy Marsala. And I’m still loving the darker marine blues. Both of these…and even my still-favorite black are great to wear with white…a spring and summer classic.
Update: Well, millennial pink is “over” and “ultraviolet” is in, and I never got into the pink thing (see above…pastels are not for me), but I do think I may try a pop of purple this spring. Those purple metallic flats are calling my name. I can at least buy a purple scarf!
Experiment with hair and makeup.
I may not streak my hair with lavender locks for my high school class reunion, but my hair stylist has convinced me to add some caramel highlights that give me a little lift and a lot of shine. If you don’t have a great go-to hair professional, make it your New Year’s resolution to find one pronto. They can change your life just by updating the color and cut of your hair. Ditto for makeup professionals who can also give you a brand-new outlook on life.
Update: This is one of the best things I do for myself…find a great hair stylist and tweak your cut and color every year. There are more options out there than ever before.
Wear more prints.
As spring clothes swing into the season ahead, it’s refreshing to see tropical floral prints popping up from designers. And in a sea of solids like the ones in my closet, a few new printed tops will make me feel like I’m on vacation…or at least plan one for the warmer months to come.
- Material: 95% cotton + 5% spandex
- Elastic waist with front tie
- Sleeveles,racerback,low cut neck
- Good stretch soft fabric
- Bodycon fit
Update: Prints always “sound” good to me…but they really don’t do a whole lot for my fashion life. I did splurge on a few when I visited my brother in the Cayman Islands this past year, but I’ve decided to keep it simple in the future. Those big blooms just aren’t for me.
Buy a new dress.
I’m always open to the idea, but I don’t wear too many dresses anymore. Separates are just too easy to mix and match for my more casual lifestyle these days. Hopefully, this spring and summer I will find that easy, breezy maxi dress that will glide right through the summer with me, flat sandals and a big straw hat.
Update: Well, I’m still working on the dress thing, too. Maybe I’ll look for a wonderful “violet” off-the-shoulder dress to wear to the Caymans this year…
- Floral embroidery and shoestring ties embellish this lightweight dress's split bell sleeves with boho charm
- V-neckline, self-tie at waist, ruffle trim at skirt
- If you like Anthropologie, check out Ella Moon's collection of well-detailed, globally inspired apparel
Pop your wardrobe with the newest fashion color of the new year — ultraviolet. Michael Kors’ off-the-shoulder dress.
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