When it comes to the important things in our live that we want to achieve, we set goals. So why would you just wing it when it comes to your style?
Every day, potential clients tell me they want to look more put together. If that sounds like you, I urge you to do a little discovery around what that means to you. Then set style goals!
In this post, I’ll share what my style goals are for 2016 and my reasoning around them. Hopefully I’ll inspire and help you get the ball rolling.
Stay tuned for my next post, where I’ll pose some questions and give ideas to help you uncover your goals. If you haven’t read my last post about reflecting upon your style, you’ll find it helpful as well.
I have a confession to make. Even though I’m a wardrobe and image consultant, this is actually the first time I’ve ever written out my style goals. I’ve always had them, but for some reason I resisted announcing and committing to them. I’m excited for 2016 and for my new found clarity around the goals.
1. Continue to create more outfits with the clothes I have, a.k.a. shop my closet.
Fact: I’m a big shopper! (No surprise, right?) Although I try to stick to my shopping list, I love the thrill of new clothes. But…in addition to the fact that I already have clothes I love in my closet, my husband and I have had a major lifestyle change, (a.k.a. he is in school and a totally new career.) Hence, I really need to enjoy what I have more and spend less.
2. Expand my fall/winter casual weekend outfits, creating looks that are casual but still appeal to my affinity for dressier clothes.
There are two reasons I set this goal. First, I am happiest and feel most confident when I’m dressed up…I love myself a pencil skirt! So, my casual wardrobe is a tiny bit neglected. Truly, I probably have enough clothes for my prior lifestyle, as I tend to hibernate a bit in the winter, but because of hubby’s new position, I know I’ll be going out casually a bit more and want to feel great doing it.
3. Add more prints to my winter wardrobe.
To validate this goal, I just took a walk into my closet and counted only 10 prints in my entire fall/winter wardrobe. That may sound like plenty to some; however, as I stare out at the snow in my back yard, I’m very winter focused and at least 4 of said prints are sleeveless. I won’t wear sleeveless unless we’re experiencing a winter heat wave.
Prints add a little fun to winter as well, and in keeping with goal #1, they’re quite useful in terms of tying colors together and creating interesting outfits.
4. Continue to add light and bright colors to my fall/winter wardrobe.
Colors for the cooler months are typically darker than what we wear in warmer weather, but light and bright colors make me happy, especially as the cold, dreary days wear on. (Have I mentioned that summer is my favorite season?)
It takes a little more effort to find fun colors in winter, but keeping the goal in mind, and bright/light colors on my shopping list, it can be done!
5. Stay at the same size and have clothes altered to it.
In the past, I’ve had a tendency to fluctuate in size, making it often impossible to wear some of my favorite clothes. My goal is to hit my goal weight and stay there, so I can commit to altering the clothes and enjoying them. ( I also want to be healthy, but that’s a whole ‘nother unrelated blog post!)
6. Experiment more with consignment stores, scouting out never or very lightly worn, designer pieces.
Another confession…Up until recently, I didn’t like the idea of wearing something that had already been worn by someone that wasn’t me! But I’ve discovered that with a little determination, I can find some amazing things that have the original tags or are in mint condition. In light of goal #1, I’m excited about this strategy!
Even though I’m enthusiastic about this goal, I think it will be the most challenging one. Shopping at consignment stores (not where I’ll shop exclusively,) is very hit or miss. Because of its inefficiency, I don’t shop at re-sale shops with my clients who don’t have the time or desire to shop without guaranteed results.
This was a fun exercise for me and writing about it (along with my confessions) was surprisingly therapeutic. I highly recommend setting a little time aside (it really didn’t take all that long,) to create your own style goals. I promise you’ll be set in the right direction toward becoming the stylish, put together and polished woman you’ve always wanted to be.
If you feel overwhelmed by your wardrobe and don’t know where to begin, be sure to set an appointment for a free 60 minute consult with me. I’m happy to help you with a plan to create a wardrobe that fits well, flatters and makes you feel confident all day long.
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