RESOLUTION #1: I will completely organize my closet. And I will keep it that way.
Nothing makes you feel quite like you’ve got your life together than having an immaculately organized closet. Spending a few hours (or even an entire day) getting your closet arranged precisely the way you want it will pay off on a daily basis. For me, having everything in my closet completely visible and easily accessible is very important. I like to display belts, scarves and jewelry on peg boards, like this easy-to-make DIY jewelry organizer. I hang all of my clothes on velvet covered or wood hangers and arrange them according to sleeve length. Cleaning out your closet is also a good time to get rid of clothes you no longer wear and possibly even make some money by selling them on Poshmark or eBay. What better way to start off the new year than with a little extra room in your closet and a little extra cash in your wallet?
Here are a couple of closet-organizing items to get you started:
RESOLUTION #2. I will plan and prep my outfits the night before.
It’s hard enough to get motivated every morning without the added stress of standing in front of your closet for ten minutes saying “What am I going to wear?” Not only are you apt to throw a half-assed outfit together that doesn’t make you feel fabulous, but you’re also likely to make yourself run late, which is never a fun way to start out the day. By taking the the night before to check out the weather for the next day and plan your outfit accordingly, you can hit the ground running and start your day with a perfect outfit that makes you feel confident and happy. I also make sure that I have my purse packed and ready to go with everything I need for the day and make sure that I have my keys, subway pass, etc. in plain sight. Trust me – anything you can do the night before to make your morning run smoother will be well worth the effort.
Add these titles to your fashion closet library help you plan your outfits for the coming year:
RESOLUTION #3: I will wear high heels (at least occasionally).
Okay, even I – the stiletto-loving shoe queen – have had to mix up my shoe wardrobe recently because my feet (and back) were hurting so bad. I work in Manhattan three days a week and work from home two days a week. On the days I’m working in the city, I usually choose either flats or a chunky heeled shoe, as single-soled stilettos, while sexy and beautiful, are just not practical for all the walking I do during my commute. However, I do make it a point to wear my higher-heeled stilettos when going out to dinner or girl’s nights out, simply because they make me feel so fabulous. There’s just something about slipping on a gorgeous pair of high heels that infuses a woman with an extra dose of confidence. Why not make it a resolution to try it at least once a week? That’s 52 times next year you’re guaranteed to feel great about yourself.
Why not add these gorgeous (and totally affordable) stilettos to your newly organized closet?
RESOLUTION #4: I will invest in a great handbag this year.
Make 2015 the year you splurge on an amazing handbag.Think about it…you carry a purse every single day. You may as well make it one that you love and one that looks great with all of your outfits. Whether you prefer a large roomy tote or a small cross-body, do your online shopping research and find a nice designer bag in a classic style and color. I’m a sucker for the Michael Kors Hamilton tote (shown left in blue) and Zac Posen’s Americana duffle bags. Both styles are big enough for me to carry everything I need for those days I work in the city, including an extra pair of shoes, my Macbook Air, my iPad, iPhone and wallet. This year, one of my resolutions is to purchase my first Chanel. I’ve been saving (and dreaming) about that moment since childhood. What’s your “dream bag” for 2015?
Check out these classic bag styles:
RESOLUTION #5: I will get inspired by street style.
I’m not just talking about street style blogs or street style editorials in your favorite fashion magazine, which can both be great resources for inspiration. Although a word of caution – a lot of street style blogs and magazine articles only showcase women with the same anorexic body type – super tall and skeletal thin. The goal is to get inspired and not to look at photos that make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Try looking at plus-size blogs as well to get an idea of what women with more “average” sized bodies are wearing. Also be sure to take note of women you see in your daily lives. When you see a woman wearing an outfit that you like, ask her about it. Ask if you could snap a photo for your personal style inspiration board (oh yeah, you should have one of those in your perfectly organized closet. Here’s an example of one of mine.) Not only will you be getting fashion inspiration for yourself, but you’ll be complimenting another woman on her style. And come on ladies, we all know that women dress for themselves and for other women, and NOT, contrary to popular belief, for men. Update your “street style” inspiration board on a regular basis. Soon, YOU’LL be the one being stopped on the street and asked “who are you wearing?”
Check out some of my favorite street style blogs:
Here’s to a fabulous and fashionable 2015! Happy New Year Stylaphiles!
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