January 2, 2017
One of the best things about the start of a new year, is that it provides the opportunity to shake things up a little. To kick off 2017, I was inspired by this post from Bridgette Raes, where Bridgette asked 10 questions to help ensure that your style and goals are aligned.
I’ve picked my favorite 4 questions and provided my answers:
Question #2-What are three realistic things you can change about the way you managed your wardrobe?
Set and stick to a monthly budget. I’ve set item limits in previous year, but never a monthly budget. I’ve been tracking my shopping habits for over 10 years, therefore I have all the data I could possibly need to decide on a monthly budget for myself. Hopefully setting a monthly budget will help keep the turnover in my wardrobe low and force me to think long and hard about what I buy.
Don’t purchase souvenirs when traveling. Souvenirs is a constant issue for me, and the more I travel the more my closet becomes filled with items that I will never be able to part with. If I don’t stop, sooner or later my wardrobe will be filled with only souvenirs!
Stop buying boots. Boots take a long time to wear out and I already own 6 pairs (not counting gear), which is more than enough. Boots are also my favorite type of footwear, which is why I am always attracted to them. But the more I own, the less I can use and I’d really like to get a lower cost per wear from the boots I already own.
Question #3-Choose three words that describe how you want to feel when you get dressed.
When I get dressed everyday I want to feel confident, put together, and consistent. As an ex-shopaholic, in the past I’ve owned a very disjointed wardrobe. My closet was filled with a variety of clothes leaving me dressing in one style one day and something completely different the next. I’d like to really hone in on only 1 or 2 core styles, instead of more than a dozen. In turn, by knowing and owning the clothes that fit my desired personal style, I’ll find myself walking out the door feeling confident and put together.
Question #8-What did you wear this year that really made you feel great? What was it about these outfits that made you feel this way?
It’s ironic that the one thing I tried to avoid, was the one item I enjoyed wearing the most—cardigans. I adore a layered look and blazers have become harder and harder for me to fit as I’ve put on weight. But cardigans are far more forgiving., as well as a softer overall look. In the past I shied away from cardigans, thinking I needed a more structured look for my workplace, but that’s simply not true. Also, I find cardigans let me adjust easier to clanging temperatures without messing up hair and makeup the way a pullover style knit would. I’m going to take a closer look at cardigans moving forward.
Question #9-If you had to eliminate 90% of your wardrobe, which clothing and accessories would you not part with?
Boots, jeans, and handbags. The most expensive items in my wardrobe are also the pieces I use most often, and would not part with.
This was a great exercise to help me figure out what I want to do with my style and wardrobe moving into the new year.
Do you know what your style and wardrobe goals are for the new year?