For 2016, I have some regular, more traditional kinds of resolutions like ride my bike and try to do yoga more than once every six months (BIG DREAMS). I’m also bringing my clothes into my “new year, new you” plan because why the hell not. Sure, your image isn’t the sum of your being but clothes are an expression of yourself- you can hide in them or loudly proclaim your love of cats.
This year, I want to give less of a shit about what other people think. Because ultimately, how you dress and how you feel are intimately intertwined. Not to put the cart before the horse, but I’m feeling more kickass this year and my clothes need to follow suit. You hear that, wardrobe? I’m coming for you.
1. Stop asking people, “Does this look okay?”
I am going to start wearing things without hesitation or semi-reluctance. I’m not going to look at an outfit or piece of clothing while mumbling, “I could never pull that off.” Pulling something off requires confidence, not model measurements.
2. Mix more patterns.
Leandra Medine is one of favorite style icons. She has an approach to fashion that’s as artistic as it is fun. Clothing doesn’t have to be all tucked in and serious. I want to embrace this more whimsical, playful approach myself. But also while being stylish and effortless as she is… ok, that last part is a real reach.
I’m just going to focus on one of her main claims to fame: mixing patterns. She does it so well and I want to do it, dammit. Plaids, polka dots, stripes, paisley. No pattern is safe this year.
3. Buy less fast fashion.
This will be a tough one because god, I love ridiculously cheap fashion that’s cute and on-trend. But I know I’m just feeding into a shady and sometimes downright criminal system. My solution? Thrift stores and purchasing higher quality clothes. There has to be some sort of balance between those, right?
4. Shop online less.
I’m cringing as I type this because I know how hard it will be to break this habit. When I get the courage to finally look at my credit card transactions, I’m always unpleasantly surprised by the sheer amount of online shopping I do – out of boredom, unhappiness or just knowing that there’s something to look forward to in the mail. This stops in 2016. I hope.
5. Gettng rid of “meh” clothes that I got because they were on sale or for another equally lame reason.
Life is too short to wear clothes that don’t make you feel good. I definitely have a shirt (or four) in my closet that doesn’t need to be there anymore but out of guilt or a naive optimism I believe that I can find a way to wear it that will suddenly make me love it…(no). It’s time to edit and pare down my closet to things I consistently like and wear.
6. Stop wearing bras that suck.
I have bras old enough to be in middle school. And they’re not great quality undergarments I have been lovingly hand washing for the past 12 years. They’re all stained, stretched out, and are barely excuses for bras now. The only thing they’re supporting is my stubborn refusal to buy new bras. For some reason, buying bras is not as rewarding to me as buying a top. maybe because nobody else can see it.
This is the year to finally bid adieu to that greyish bra that started out as a nice light blue.
7. Take more risks.
Wear those fake leather hot pants. Embrace that 70s fashion trend until you’re a parody. Wear those wear patterned bell bottom leggings. You can do it, girl.