I prefer to set monthly goals than yearly ones (Mostly because it’s harder to fail, and easier to stay motivated that way…), so I don’t normally set New Year’s Resolutions.
Well, I kinda DO, actually, but because I’m shallow, they’re mostly fashion-related. Be honest, though: YOU’D rather think about dresses and shoes than diets and ‘cleanses’ too, wouldn’t you? So that’s what I’m going to talk about today. Here are some style-related resolutions I’m going to try my best to keep this year: and by writing these down, I’m ensuring that I make myself accountable, so there’s virtually no chance of me finding myself on the Lindybop website, frantically adding prom dresses to my shopping basket, is there? OK, maybe a tiny chance. An infinitesimally small chance. Like, a 5% chance, say. 10% maximum. 15% at a push. There’s totally a
50% 75% chance of that happening, isn’t there? Let’s do this thing anyway, though: it’s thought that counts, after all…
Stop buying knitwear with 3/4 length sleeves
Because I don’t wear them. I will never wear them. I mean, I LOVE the look of them: there’s just something about a three-quarter length sleeve (or an elbow-length sleeve, even) that’s so much more elegant than a full-length one, but they’re just not warm enough. Ever. I’m the kind of person who could freeze to death in a heatwave, so if it’s cold enough for knitwear, it’s too cold for bare arms, so no matter how cute those little tops and dresses are, they will not get worn. Well, it seems a shame to ruin the look of them by shoving a cardigan over the top (and knitwear-over-knitwear isn’t the most comfortable option in the world, either), and I can tolerate the cold for approximately two minutes before having to go and change, so … yeah, no more 3/4 length sleeves, promise.
Find some more casual dresses and skirts
I’m sure you’ll all sick to death of hearing me bang on about causal clothes and how I need more of them, but although I did make some progress with that last year, a few months ago I realised that my focus on investing in the “basics” last year meant that although I do have some casual options now, they’re all either jeans, black capri pants or… that’s it, really. This year I’d like to try to expand the casual section of my wardrobe to include some more dresses and skirts: most of the ones I have are fairly dressy, and because my lifestyle is extremely casual, there are people I know who have probably never seen me in a dress in their lives. (Unless they read this blog, obviously, which they probably do, the filthy stalkers.) I actually ordered a couple of items in the sales last month which I’m hoping will fit this criteria: they haven’t arrived at the time of writing, but fingers crossed…
Shop my closet more
Is anyone else cringing right now at my use of the phrase “shop my closet”? Because I certainly am. I can’t really think of a better way to put it, though, and doing my ’12 Days of Christmas Outfits’ series made me realise that although I try my best not to slip into the “keeping things for best” mentality, there ARE still some items that either haven’t been worn at all, or which don’t get worn very often, so this year I’d like to try to show them some love. Clothes aren’t designed to just hang in the closet forever, after all!
I think it’s probably obvious to everyone who reads my blog that I’m not an experimental dresser, and I probably never will be. And I’m happy with that: I have a fairly defined idea of what my style is, and, well, I like what I like, so I’m not about to go out and radically change my style this year, as fun as that might be for some of you to witness. I do, however, have a bad habit of always wearing the same things in the same way (So I’ll always wear this top with that skirt, and those shoes with that dress, or whatever), and that means I don’t really make use of everything I have. This year I’m aiming to try to break that habit, and spend more time thinking about what I wear, rather than always just reaching for the same old combinations. This won’t result in a huge change of style, obviously (because wearing a yellow cardigan rather than a green one isn’t exactly going to rock the world, is it?), but at least it will hopefully help me with the resolution above!
Buy better lingerie, nightwear and sportswear
Another bad habit I’ve fallen into – and I’m cringing again as I type this – is to only invest in the clothing people actually see. Well, it’s just more satisfying to buy a new dress than a few pairs of tights, isn’t it, so … let’s just say you don’t want to see my lingerie drawer (or I really HOPE you don’t, anyway, because that would be creepy, dude…), and I’m pretty sure the neighbours are considering having a quick whip-round to buy me some new sportswear. (I actually got some for Christmas, though, so they can put their wallets away…) My final resolution, then, is to invest in ALL areas of my wardrobe, not just the things people see: and maybe also to stop talking about my undies on the internet, because that sounds like a good idea, too.