Simple style resolutions for 2012: What are yours?


With a brand new year comes a brand new chance to be my most stylish self. At 37, I already have a pretty clear idea of what silhouettes work for me, and what trends are most comfortable to who I am and the lifestyle I lead. I'll never be the woman to wear six-inch stilettos, or floor-sweeping skirts, or thigh-high boots. So I've been working on a list of simple way to be my most stylish without making a major commitment.

  • Let my clothes motivate me: No mater what my goals are for the year in regards to fashion, a little style incentive will definitely encourage me to take more risks and try new trends. This not only includes purchasing pieces that are a bit outside my comfort zone, but also actually wearing the clothes I do own and forgoing saving them for special occasions.
  • Branch out: Not every day can involve taking a fashion risk, but why not step outside my comfort zone in just one or two ways? Bold floral pants, athletic notes, and bright pink suits are fashion trends predicted to break out in 2012. Thrifting makes it easy to experiment with new silhouettes without breaking the bank.
  • Stop impulse shopping: Too often I have been tempted to purchase something pretty, shiny or sparkly, only to realize upon arriving home that it is impractical, out of my budget, or not flattering to my body. Doing so is a complete waste of money, even if it only cost a few dollars at a thrift store.
  • Purge, reevaluate, and organize: It's time for a "take no prisoners" approach to editing my closet. If I haven't worn it in a year, or it doesn't fit, the piece is to be donated to my local Goodwill or Salvation Army. End of story. An organized closet will make it easier for me to see what I own and wear pieces that might otherwise have been neglected.
  • Get inspired: Image-centric sites such as Pinterest, Instagram (or Extragram on your PC or Mac),  and Pose are the easiest way to get beauty, fashion, and even design inspiration. Magazines and catalogs such as that from J Crew, and the Madewell look book, are other great resources for outfit ideas.
  • Learn something new: I have the most fun, and feel the most energized, when doing research for my Thrifting 101 posts. Learning about the history of fashion or the life of a designer helps me understand the inspiration behind what is popular today. For a list of books regarding vintage, this post might help.
  • Splurge on some fantastic underthings: 2011 was the year I went for my first bra fitting and learned how important the correct size undergarments are. I also learned that a high-quality bra isn't cheap, and that you truly do get what you pay for. In the coming year I hope to expand my lingerie wardrobe with bras that are pretty as well as functional.
  • Have more fun! The biggest lesson I took from 2011 is that fashion is meant to be fun. Wearing sequins casually, piling on the costume jewelry, and throwing a vintage fur over jeans lets me face the world with a smile on my face.

What are your style resolutions for 2012?


16 comments:

  1. This post was exactly what I needed to get me back into blogging after the holidays! I really need to wear the items I already own, alter the items I love but no longer wear, buy only the things I really want (and hopefully at a good price.)

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  2. mine is to stop buying things! I got 7 pairs of shoes over Christmas break--that is insane!
    STOP ALREADY--me! :)

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  3. mine is to stop buying things! I got 7 pairs of shoes over Christmas break--that is insane!
    STOP ALREADY--me! :)

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  4. Instead of doing resolutions this year, I picked a word for 2012 and my word is fearless. This will not only apply to my professional and personal life but also to my style! This year, I will not be afraid to get rid of pieces I've been holding on to for no good reason; I will not be afraid to try a new color or a new trend. Here's to a fearless 2012!!

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  5. Great list! Really makes me think. I've made great strides in slowing down the purchasing and only selecting the things that truly excite me, but I do need to work on getting back to the roots of my real style. Having just left corporate america after many years, my look has gotten a little too buttoned up. I plan to have fun and let my true style come out. Thanks for a great reminder!

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  6. such a great post! I also want to wear more of the clothes i have and then, next december, I'll make a fleamarket with the unworn stuff ;-)
    xxx Anita

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  7. Love these style goals. I want to make it a fashionable year as well and have fun!

    xo L.

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  8. One of your resolutions is one of my "un-resolutions" (http://bitly.com/unresolutions-2012) -- taking risks!

    I always thought I was an adventurous dresser until I started style blogging, especially reading other blogs. I won't always be able to pull off some of the looks I see, but it's fun to try the ones that are just a wee bit out of my comfort zone.

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  9. Great list! It really got me thinking about my shopping/spending habits and one of my new year's resolutions now is to shop in a way that is more sustainable for both my wallet and the planet.

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  10. I didn't really have any fasholutions for this year, as I have in the past. But I love yours, especially "Branch out". I can relate to that!

    Found you through TxSC, can't wait to see ya there!

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  11. Finally go to some event where I meet you in person?

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  12. I guess I'm going to try to wear fewer black t-shirts ... but I don't know how serious I am about that.

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  13. Great ideas! I hope to do most of these myself!

    http://woodstockwardrobe.com/

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  14. And here I thought I was so original - deciding to buy more quality and less quantity, organizing, purging and dressing with a purpose! Well, cheers to everyone, who's on the same style page!!

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  15. Love these tips, and great to be included on links a la mode with you. My tips were pretty similar. I do agree that this year I'm going to focus on spending more on pretty things as you said. I did go for a bra fitting last year, and want to start spending more on feeling good at every layer! Happy Friday.

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  16. I've been taking more style risks and it's been so much fun! It's also worked for me, people take notice and like it.

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