One of the few benefits of only sleeping 3-4 hours a night is that you have a good amount of time to think and plan. A lot of what I’ve been focusing on lately has been my wardrobe, for a few reasons: 1) it keeps me occupied, 2) I have to figure out if I like the pieces I like because I truly enjoy them for myself, and 3) there is an entire world of style and fashion information out there to keep even the most distracted insomniac focused. Making overall resolutions and plans is too overwhelming at the moment, but deciding on style resolutions is manageable (and useful); these are my 2018 style resolutions.
1) Cull My Wardrobe for Fit and Wear
I’ve lost a great deal of weight in the last bit, and now much of my wardrobe doesn’t fit. I don’t plan on getting rid of it immediately, but I do plan on going through my wardrobe and putting anything aside that doesn’t fit properly. In 2-3 months, if they still don’t fit, they will be donated and/or recycled! It is far better to have fewer items that fit properly rather than many that don’t, right? I also plan on culling it for clothing that is past it’s expiration date- faded, stretched, seen better days? Into the rag pile you go. Hanging onto things does no good for anyone, so it’s time to let things go.
2) Create and Maintain a Wardrobe Inventory
This will probably take a while, as I’m on the hunt for an app/system that will allow me to catalogue (with photos) my entire wardrobe. (I’m on all Android/Google devices, and it seems to be an area that is sorely lacking.) Before I buy something, I will be able to quickly look at my whole wardrobe and see if it is actually filling a hole, or if it’s just an extraneous purchase. Duplicates of some things aren’t necessarily bad, but I will hopefully avoid multiples for no reason. It will also help me to see more patterns and trends within my wardrobe, further helping me hone my style. If you do know of an app or system that works across operating systems, please let me know!
3) Stick Within My Style
My style is fairly classic, but every once in a while, a more trendy piece grabs my eye. While theoretically this shouldn’t be an issue, it usually only fits into my wardrobe tangentially and sticks out like a sore thumb whenever I look at my closet. Sure, I enjoy it for the first few wears but then it quickly becomes frustrating. Every piece has to pass the five year piece- no matter what the trends are in five years, will I still be able to wear this without looking dated? My overall style is mine because I love it throughout the years, and I need to keep that at the forefront when I’m looking at new pieces.
4) Take a Few Risks
This isn’t really so much in regards to my style (see point three above), but just in regards to finding pieces. I’ve decided to buy myself a purse that is all mine with no memories, and I’ve been eyeing a few different Fossil models for probably the last four to five months. Well, I scoured around and found the exact model and colour on eBay and decided to go for it. Normally I’m fairly hesitant to buy anything off of eBay, but with eBay buyer protection and PayPal’s buyer protection (and the lower price point by saving), I decided to take the risk. If it is in fact the genuine purse I hope, I will have saved over $100 CAD and ended up with the colour I want instead of settling for what is left. (I will try to do a post on my eBay experience, real or fake, after it arrives.)
5) Educate Myself
This is the year that I’m going to educate myself on style and fashion. I’ve started with handbags, but I intend to learn about handbags, jewellery, fabrics, cuts, sewing, creation, marketing, everything. I am hoping that it will help me to make more informed choices in my shopping and wardrobe, and possibly even allow me to slowly take more of a role in my pieces. (I’m quite interested in rescuing vintage handbags the more that I read about it.) I’ve found a few Goodreads lists that are full of non-fiction reads on style, fashion, and everything that could possibly be related. It does seem a bit overwhelming at first, but focusing on one area at a time makes it far more manageable.
I know that choosing only style related resolutions is considered by many to be frivolous and self-indulgent. I am hoping that as the year progresses, I might be able to start looking at other areas of my life, but this seems like an okay place to start.
What are your 2018 style goals?