Every new year comes with an opportunity to get it right. Here, 8 style resolutions for you to adopt and practice for 2016.
If you’re one of those girls whose ‘2015 Best Nine’ collage comprised mostly of the year’s best #OOTDs, then this one’s for you, Sassy girl! Every year we’d like to think that we have a chance to change (giving until perhaps mid-January to begin putting those resolutions to take effect) so in 2016, let’s really put in the work!
Here are just some things you should consider implementing into your wardrobe including adopting some style rules for the year – these are the eight style resolutions to make right now.
1. Make more responsible purchases
Let 2016 be the year of better quality clothes, shoes and accessories. Allow yourself to spend more on items that you know you’d get a lot of wear out of, like a pair of leather flats or a sturdy carryall for everyday.
2. Understand what looks good on you
When you look good, you feel good. While we’re all for keeping fit (which should really be a story for another day) you should also take the time to recognise what clothes look and make you feel the best. Plus it makes shopping much easier when you can tell straight off the bat if something tickles your fancy! Not fond of your wide hips? Tone it down with a swingy A-line skirt! Petite? Don’t be afraid to wear an oversized T-Shirt with super skinny jeans and maybe even some heels. Curvy? Show it off in a classic black bodycon dress!
3. Be more composed at sales
We get it – everything’s cheap, marked down at over 70% off and now they’re all suddenly oh-so worth it! But, stop right there. Impulse purchases could land you in the dreaded realm of buyer’s regret, and you wouldn’t want a cluttered pile of clothes still with their tags in your wardrobe do you? We didn’t think so! When you feel yourself reaching out for something with its price slashed, ask yourself if you really like it, or if it’s just the idea of getting a bargain that excites you. Do you see yourself wearing it often? Does it match with at least three other items in your closet? No? Put it back on the rack.
4. Comfort CAN go with style
It’s time to leave the “no pain, no gain” principle behind. If you walk a lot, quit buying heels at every chance you get and keep your collection to just the classics instead. If you’re outdoors most of the time, invest in quality, cooling clothing that’s appropriate for all occasions in our year-round humidity – think less leather, and more chambray!
5. Explore emerging/local labels
Get out of your comfort zone and be bold to try new labels locally and from around the world. Don’t limit yourself to just the international designers you’re used to, because you never know what you’ll find among the racks of emerging labels in multi-label stores like Inhabit, Lula Rock and Superspace.
6. Toss things out that haven’t been worn in the past 6 months
This one’s a no-brainer, but something many of us find difficult to do. That vintage dress you found at the flea market isn’t so versatile after all, and those high-heel boots still haven’t seen the light of day. Consider selling them off online or giving them away to a friend or charity.
7. Be open to change
If you find yourself getting bored of the way you dress, spice things up! Take on a new trend, layer your clothes a little differently or bust out the items you haven’t worn in a while. Changing the way you look can be refreshing and especially fun to do in the new year.
8. Get organised
Let’s be honest, everyone of us has at least the slightest problem with being organised, so what better time to give your wardrobe an overhaul? Arrange your clothes by colour or type, and fold the ones that are better off sitting pretty in your drawers. You’ll be surprised at how less chaotic looking for something to wear in the mornings will be!