We’ve finally left 2017 behind, and let’s face it, we’re all thrilled about that. In 2018, we’re making different kinds of resolutions: fashion resolutions. It’s all about being more adventurous in your fashion choices, not valuing other people’s opinions over your own, and investing in clothing that’s comfortable, well-fitted, and will last for years to come…
Fashion and style can make a huge difference to how you feel about yourself, so why not make these 10 fashion resolutions, and feel good about actually sticking to your goals this year.
Stop following every single trend
Fashion, like all other art forms, is about creativity and pushing the boundaries. So it’s up to you to be discerning with the trends you choose to follow, and which you choose to ignore.
A rule of thumb when sifting through the trends is to ask yourself “Does this have longevity?” and “does this look good on me?”
Trendy culottes have been around for a couple of seasons now and look great on most body shapes. But trendy thigh-high metallic boots are not for everyone…
Get to know your body shape
What may look fabulous on a pear-shaped figure, will definitely not work on an apple shape. Knowing your body shape will ensure that you always look good, in anything you wear. It will guide your shopping habits and refine your signature style.
It’s the difference between buying a fit & flare dress or a swing dress – one may look frumpy on one shape, and fabulous on another.
Step outside your comfort zone
Dressing outside your box is all about trying things that you usually would never dream of wearing. If you’re always in dresses, go and buy a pair of straight cut, high waist jeans (they work for most shapes and can be dressed up or down).
If you’re constantly wearing black, don’t be scared to buy a brightly-coloured dress. Either way, try something new, you might just like it.
Buy more of the basics
Shopping for fashion-forward items can be fun, but it’s important not to forget about the basics that every woman should own.
A pair of black and nude court heels, black pants, a flattering white blouse, a great pair of deep blue jeans, a little black dress, and a well-fitted jacket are your go-to pieces when creating everyday looks; they can be dressed up or down and are appropriate for almost all occasions.
The closet detox
It’s time to let go of the past, and make space in your closet for the new. As we grow older, our style evolves, fashions change, and clothing ages too. So make some time and empty everything out of your wardrobe. If it’s too small for you, let it go. If you haven’t worn it in a year, let it go. If it’s torn or tattered, let it go.
Read more: Declutter your cupboard in 5 easy steps
Forget about other people’s opinions
Find a good (and affordable) tailor
It’s time to leave bad fashion practices in 2017, and one of those is wearing ill-fitting clothing. Tailoring has the reputation of being quite expensive, but not all tailors are expensive. Find one who does great work at a reasonable price.
Jeans that are too long for your legs; skirts that are too loose around your waist; or even jackets that don’t cinch in at your smallest point, can all make your outfit look dated or sloppy.
Invest in the building blocks
What you wear underneath your clothes is just as important as the actual outfit itself. The right bra, leg smoother, butt lifter and tummy tamer have so many benefits for your overall silhouette. You can improve your posture; thin your thighs, cinch your waist and look slimmer, all great benefits of wearing the right undergarments. It’s the secret to how celebs look so great all the time, so why not?
Stop sacrificing comfort
We all love bargain buys – getting cute and cheap clothing or a bargain on accessories and shoes is great. But sometimes comfort is directly linked to the price of the product.
Make 2018 the year you give yourself permission to value comfort, as much as you value a bargain. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.
(Also, your ankles won’t have to go through this kind of punishment ever again)
Take better care of your clothes (and shoes)
Taking care of your clothing and shoes may seem like a tedious and costly exercise at first, but it will save you time and money in the long run. You can start small by simply washing your clothing in the tag-prescribed method; store sensitive fabrics correctly; and take your heels in for repairs before it turns into an emergency!
Xolani Gumede – All4Women