This post was originally published January 2016, but I’ve updated it with my fashion resolutions for 2017!
I love writing down goals; they give you something to work toward and look forward to, and if you stick to them, they really can enhance your life. Along with goals such as living a healthier lifestyle and growing my blog and entrepreneurial career, I’ve also been thinking about some fashion resolutions I’d like to make this year.
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Our wardrobes are ever-evolving, as is our style. I feel like I haven’t completely honed my personal style yet – perhaps because I’m moving between stages in my life or maybe I’m still in the midst of seeing what clothing works best for me, but I do know what I like and what I don’t.
I’ve also realized some things such as the importance of researching brands to see how ethical they are, and why spending more on better made clothing is a really good idea. Making conscious decisions about the pieces we buy keeps us from filling our closets with cheap clothing that we easily get sick of.
Here are 7 steps I think we should all take in 2017 for a better, more well rounded wardrobe. If you have any other fashion resolutions, let me know in the comments below!
Detox your closet
The first step is detoxing your closet is organizing it. Since I have younger cousins and a younger sister, I always hand things down, but I definitely need to get rid of more pieces. I think it’s difficult for people to let go of some items because they think they’re going to wear them again, or maybe they hold sentimental value, but we need to be realistic.
If you haven’t worn something in a year (or two), it’s probably time to get rid of it. Make space in your closet for new items that fit the direction you want your style to go in. And don’t throw anything out unless it’s completely un-wearable. If you don’t have cousins, siblings or friends to hand them over to, bring them to a shelter.
Have ethics at the front of mind
I wrote a post on the importance of ethical clothing a while back and as we head into 2017 I look forward to researching more about sustainable brands and investing in well-made, ethical pieces for my wardrobe. I know that every single thing I’m going to buy isn’t going to be “ethical” and I’m okay with that, but I do want to put more of an effort into my purchases, and you guys should too!
Wearing the Journey Necklace from Cambio Market
If you’re short like me, you know it can be hard to find pieces that fit you perfectly, especially when it comes to the length of pants, dresses and skirts. A lot of the time I’ll tuck the bottoms of my jeans under or rely on high, high heels so my maxi skirts don’t drag along the floor.
Having clothes that fit is really important, and a quick hem or tailoring session will do the trick. This doesn’t just go for bottoms –if you have a jacket or top that should fit you better, get it tailored. Having clothes that fit you properly will make you more confident in your overall look.
Buy less, spend more
I’m not saying you should blow your life savings on clothing, but I do think it’s worth it to spend more money on pieces that are really well made. Look for items that are well designed, well constructed and made with sturdy fabrics. I’ve spent enough money on sweaters that pill and shirts that fade to know that well made clothing is worth the splurge.
Yes, well-made clothing usually comes at a higher price point. That’s why I’m urging you to buy less and spend more. A good piece of clothing should last you for years, so really you’re saving yourself money in the end ;).
Back to basics
Having a good set of basics is key. When I was younger all I really cared about were trend pieces that I would replace the next season. Now I’m working on accumulating good-quality, neutral basics – you know, a leather jacket, well-made jeans, a trench, white sneakers, etc. Once you have your basics, it’s easier to add to your wardrobe because you can visualize what you can pair with those base pieces.
Stop impulse buying
So I’m actually reallllly good with this one, but I think it’s something a lot of people struggle with so I thought I’d throw it in here. Impulse buys usually result in regret and pieces that sit in our closets without ever being worn.
I like to make a list of pieces I need or want each season. This way if I see an item on my list when I’m shopping I buy it because I know I really want it. Of course there’s the odd time I’ll buy something on impulse – maybe there’s a really good sale, or I just really, really love the piece. But I think a good rule of thumb is to wait a week and if you’re still thinking about it, then go buy it!
Get cash back on my online purchases
This past year I was introduced to Shop.com, and if you’re an online shopper like me, you need to sign up! Anytime you shop within your portal, you get cash back on your purchases, and they’re partnered with amazing stores including Hudson’s Bay, Apple, Anthropologie, Aldo, and literally thousands more.
If we’re already shopping online, why not get paid to shop? It’s an awesome way to earn some money for something we’re ALREADY doing! You can sign up for an account here under Sign in>Register for a new account! It’s free and no credit card is needed for sign up!
Do you have any fashion resolutions as we head into the new year? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
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