I’m really struggling with style resolutions this year. I’m feeling a little….bored with fashion, actually. Can you believe it? Or maybe just fed up. Hemlines are swinging all over the place, waistlines are up, then down, then up again, Trump is about to be president – oops. That just slipped out there.
So maybe I’m just fed up in general.
It would seem that now is a perfect time for a big ‘ol Fashion Distraction. But frankly, there’s nothing out there that is really and truly new, nothing feels fresh. Everything has a sort of Been There, Done That vibe to it. And while there are plenty of bloggers out there talking about hope, and positivity, and fun florals for the upcoming Spring…
…this girl ain’t one of them.
But here’s the thing: I’m totally OK with that. This girl will get her groove back eventually (I always do), but until then, I’m turning inward, getting my shit together, and focusing on keeping it simple.
I know I’m not the only one in this fashion rut – on the TME slack channel, we could almost make a drinking game out of how many times we’ve used the word “simplify” lately. Cam has given up on all but lipstick and her husband’s flannels (which admittedly isn’t bad – especially when you have the face of a model GOOD GOD CAM), and Laura’s been in leggings and UGGs for two weeks straight. Scotti’s entire fam has been fighting pink eye (both eyes, peeps), and Amanda is strangely quiet (her sarcastic, witty slack messages usually SLAY). Only Jess and Gwen seem to be trucking along, but then they’re the YOUNGEST so there’s that.
So. Here are the style resolutions that reflect the end of 2016. The style resolutions that we’ll be focusing on in the upcoming months, the only style resolutions I can imagine keeping in 2017.
Feel us? Well, then don your all-black outfits [snort] and take the pledge:
…will re-assess my personal style. Things change. People change. Lifestyles change. And sometimes starting over is exactly what we need for clear direction. So find some magazines, get together some pinterest boards, and have it – here’s our quick-n-dirty method. (And if you need a little help interpreting the results, send ’em over. We’d love to weigh in – like this old article.)
…will clean out my closet. For reals. Out with the old, and all of that. I’m realizing that my closet clean-out process *probably* needs to happen on a yearly basis, but especially when I’m feeling simultaneously uninspired and overwhelmed. And since our No-Stress Guide To Cleaning Our Your Closet is, actually, no-fear (you don’t have to throw anything out), I can channel my negativity in a positive direction.
…will invest only in the type of shoes I’d actually want to pack while traveling. I will finally acknowledge that there is no room in my life for uncomfortable shoes, no matter how pretty. And that now, in the Seventeenth Year of Our Twenty-First Century….if we can successfully send a spacecraft to Jupiter….a girl should be able to put her best foot forward without needing a band-aid.
…will come up with three perfect everyday outfits. Per season. I will find a pair of pants, shoes, a top, a sweater, a jacket – even the socks, bra and underwear required – to pull together one perfect, everyday outfit. I will do this three times, and wear on major repeat. And when the seasons change….I’ll do this again.
…will shop smarter. The problem I have with “shopping diets” is that it often takes us completely out of the game. Meaning that when the diet is over, EVERYTHING IS SO YUMMY. Instead, I vow to shop more critically. I won’t buy anything unless it can be incorporated into one of my three perfect outfits. Or unless it makes me cry real tears of joy (and I mean REAL TEARS, MAN). I will try on pieces in a price range I cannot afford, to make it easier to unearth a good deal from a ‘meh’ one, in a price range I’m comfortable with.
….will finally crop those skinnies. I will take up the scissors, and boldly crop my tired skinny jeans (right above the ankle bone), making them fresh again. And if I fail? If I crop them too short, or crooked? I will channel my inner Regina George, and shrug, nonchalantly, embracing the crooked hemline as the next big thing, cause there’s nothing fetch about perfection. (It’s like I have ESPN or something.)
…will figure out the holy grail of cropped skinnies and socks. I know this works, I KNOW IT. I will amass a set of sock + cropped pant + shoe pairings and wear them all winter. I have no patience for cold ankles. NONE.
…will invest in interesting baselayers. My three perfect outfits must have layers…but each layer must be able to stand on it’s own. No longer will I be content with a shirt that has mysterious stains (but a perfect length to peek out under my turtleneck sweater), or is too tight across my stomach (but the neckline matches my v-neck sweater perfectly). No, each layer I don will be one I can reveal without fear. It will be chic, it will be non-stained, it will fit – perfectly.
…will embrace winter, and dress for it. I will wear mittens, hats, boots, warm coats. I will not be swayed by articles titled, “15 Killer Winter Outfits!” that show page after page of bare hands, bare legs, and open coats. (Unless, of course, I’m pregnant or having a tamoxifan-related hotflash and then anything goes.)
…will wear all black, unapologetically. Like my soul.
Thanks for putting up with me, you guys. Here’s to being ourselves, unapologetically, in 2017…..
ps. We had an amazing time in Breck. Pics coming soon….