What a year! It’s amazing how much faster time seems to go as you get older. Already it’s the end of 2011 and it has been a great year. I’m not one to go out and party so I rang in the New Year at a small dinner with my close friends. We got all dolled up, made spinach and feta twice-baked potatoes, and watched the ball drop. It was a perfect way to say goodbye to one year and hello to another.
I have several style resolutions for the coming year, and this blog is a great way to see if I keep them. I’m sure this time next year I’ll be looking back through my posts wondering what happened!
1. Having Faith in My Own Style
It’s inevitable that I’ll pick out an outfit and be really excited about it but when I go around asking for opinions from friends and family, someone won’t like it. That’s just the way it is, my personal style won’t work for everyone. In the past I’ve dwelt on these negative reactions. All day I’ll worry that my outfit really doesn’t look quite right. Even if I received 9 out of 10 good reactions, that one negative response would make me lose faith in the ensemble. Upon reflection this is really sort of silly. The whole point of having a personal style is wearing clothes that are unique to my own tastes. If I start basing my outfits off other people’s preferences then it’s not my own. This year I’d like to work more on owning my own style and taking all criticism with a grain of salt.
2. Don’t Forget the Details
Especially with my busy schedule in college, it’s hard to find time to plan out the perfect outfit. And while I do pretty well picking out my clothes, I often forget the details. It’s little things like adding jewelry and doing something a little different with my hair that will make all the difference in my outfits. Sometimes it just takes that one little thing to pull a look together. I’d like to look beyond just the clothes this year and remember to add accessories and finishing touches that will bring my looks to the next level.
3. Experimenting with Different Looks
My personal style has evolved immensely in the past few years, even more rapidly since I started this blog. I love watching the evolution and seeing my style change and mature as I’m influenced by different things. But what I don’t do a lot is experiment with types of style that are out of my comfort zone. I think I’ve sort of boxed myself into a a frame of ladylike skirts and classic pumps. And while classic femininity is at the core of my style, I’d like to experiment with trends that might not always fit that mold. This year I will try to keep in mind that not everything I wear has to “look like something I’d wear,” it just has to make me feel good in it.
Here’s to another wonderful, fashion-filled year!