Each year, I do some wardrobe resolutions for myself in January, to help me stick to some general style goals throughout the year. After some thought, these are mine for 2016…I’d love to hear yours!
1. Dress up more. In the months leading up to having baby Feather, I basically lived in gigantic jersey tent dresses. And then right afterwards, more muumuu like apparitions…and…pajamas. I remember the first time I put on an actual fitted dress and heeled shoes – it was a month or so after, and I thought I’d be so uncomfortable, after months of leggings. And yup, it was a little uncomfortable – hey, I hadn’t worn anything fitted in half a year! But it actually felt really good, to be dressed nicely and not be afraid of running into someone I knew and needing to blurt out, “I don’t usually look like this…I just had a baby!”. Being pregnant made me really appreciate my “old” body, the one that fit some of the beautiful items that I had neglected, hanging in the closet. I’m determined to wear some more of those items. In the Bay Area, almost every destination and occasion is casual clothing appropriate…but I’ll try to not always go that route.
2. Shop my closet. We moved last year, and in the process of packing, I unearthed so many goodies that I had completely forgotten about. Yes, this was even after I had read “Tidying Up” and KonMari method-ing my entire place….or at least I thought! I realized that there was a problem, when I found a black pleated scuba skirt…right after I had just bought almost an identical one from another brand, believing there to be a black pleated scuba skirt hole in my closet. And I had had one, all along. It was the most embarrassing and wasteful feeling. Clearly there are still some more treasures to be unearthed…and items that I need to fall back in love with again.
Doing this will not only hopefully help me achieve goal #3 (see below), but will also save me some money….definitely helpful since baby has entered the picture.
3. 25 items for 2016. For those who’ve been following along, I’ve had this same resolution for the last few years. And, I regret to report that I was not successful for 2015. I was doing really well and was actually ahead of the curve, all throughout my pregnancy, since I didn’t want to buy very much while feeling like a water buffalo. But the relief of being able to wear “regular” clothes again come August, coupled with an exceptionally good sale season, was very, very bad for my wallet this fall/winter. I definitely went a bit crazy, and ended up with 34 items for 2016 (not counting 5 pregnancy related which I didn’t include…). Oops!
This year, I’m going to try to be good. I have a full closet, with quite a few clothing items with tags still hanging. And with a baby, I won’t be doing as much travel, which should help a bit (when the euro so low, shopping is always tempting). I love fashion, and have resigned myself to the fact that I’ll probably never truly be “done” adding pieces. But there’s certainly some room to slow down.
What are your wardrobe/fashion resolutions for 2016?