Rather than writing a New Year’s resolution list where I pledge to swear off chocolate, declutter my life and exercise more often, this year I decided to create a list I might actually keep—a style resolution list.
Below are my eleven (ordered from what I deem least to most difficult to achieve) fashion resolutions for 2011.
1. To incorporate an animal print into my wardrobe.
Fall fashion in 2010 was all about wearing a cute leopard print flat or zebra striped scarf. My love for neutrals made it difficult for me to consider wearing an animal print, even though I love the idea. In 2011 I plan to go for this trend, probably with an accessory.
2. To wear a skinny belt.
When I was window-shopping recently, I spotted a mannequin at the Buckle wearing a cardigan belted around the waist with a thin belt. In 2010 I wasn’t brave enough to try this look, but maybe I’ll get up the courage in 2011.
3. To invest in a trench coat.
For years I’ve wanted this adorable coat that never goes out of style. The trick is finding one that won’t look ridiculous on my five-foot frame. Maybe 2011 will be my lucky year!
4. To get rid of old clothes.
This task sounds easy enough, but whenever I’m deciding what to get rid of I often wonder, “What if I need this sometime?” and it goes back in my closet. In 2011 I want to start fresh. If I haven’t worn it in more than two months, it’s going to Goodwill.
5. To mix up my accessories.
As this blog shows I adore clothes, but I’ve never been much of an accessories girl (other than shoes.) Sometimes coordinating jewelry and purses just makes me tired. But fashion is about more than just clothes and I want to put in a little more effort to make my outfits pop with accessories in 2011.
6. To wear heels when I want to (even if I feel overdressed.)
Many times, especially when going out, I want to wear heels, but I go for flats because I’m afraid of being overdressed. Well not in 2011! If I want to rock a pair of stilettos, then why not?
7. To not sacrifice comfort for style.
Too many times I’ve gotten progressively grumpier throughout the day because of an itchy sweater or a skirt that just won’t stay in the right place. For 2011, I’ve decided that just because an item is cute doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice comfort.
8. To not be swayed to purchase something just because it’s on clearance.
Sale racks can be wonderful resources for the budget-conscious. That said, just because an item is on clearance, doesn’t mean I have to purchase it. In 2011, I hope to reel myself in a bit when it comes to sales.
9. To only purchase items that I adore.
This resolution stems from resolutions seven and eight. I hate when an item sits in the back of my closet and I wonder why I even bought it. In 2011 I want to solve this problem by only buying clothes that I adore.
10. To buy sustainable clothing.
About a year ago, I was an editorial intern for Natural Home magazine, a sustainable lifestyles magazine. Working for this magazine helped me learn about how to lessen my carbon footprint. Since then, I’ve wanted to purchase sustainable clothing, but haven’t. In 2011 I plan to research this option.
11. To not be afraid to take fashion risks.
For a fashion blogger, I’m actually fairly conservative when it comes to style. I don’t take a lot of risks. Maybe in 2011 I’ll turn into a fashion daredevil (and chronicle it here.)
Do you have any fashion resolutions for the New Year? Feel free to tell me about them in the comments section.
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