Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fashion Resolutions 2014

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Based on the Fashion Resolutions 2014 thread on tpf inspired by Into the Mind, here's a reflection of my shopping behavior of 2013, and my resolutions for 2014. The picture above was taken at an Edward Gorey exhibit over a year ago, how time flies!

one: Write a short review of your style and the progress you made in 2013. How did your style, lifestyle and aesthetic preferences evolve?
 

I was a lot busier this year, so I let my accessories make the statements while I stuck to tried and true classic silhouettes. I love that it takes me seconds to get dressed. Looking back on past years, I was better dressed in my F21 skirt than some cringe-worthy avant-garde designer outfits. Also, I realized for what I spend on fashion purchases per year, I could buy a Cartier or Bulgari ring with money left over. In 2013, I successfully spent less on total fashion purchases than the past 4 years and saved up for my ring, which I will acquire this month to celebrate all the hard work that went into 2013.


two: Write about your style and wardrobe plans for 2014. Which aspects about your style and your wardrobe do you want to improve, why and how?
 

I don’t need to improve my style. How I dress is how I want to dress. I have clothes that are appropriate for my lifestyle, and clothes to get me through my gross days. However, I do need to improve on care and maintenance.


three: Express your five most important goals for 2014
 

1. Continue to spend less money on fashion purchases (Not including fine jewelry).
I would rather spend the money on experiences or keep it in the bank. Also last year, I was pleasantly surprised by H&M (now conveniently located) which carries appealing styles in sizes that actually fit me.

2. Improve Care & Maintenance
Be better about taking shoes to the cobbler and completing alterations. Dry-cleaning is such a gamble, but I shouldn’t risk home washing my jackets again. Use preventative measures to delay trips to the dreaded dry-cleaners. And use a new dry-cleaner.

3. One in, one out for heels.
It’s questionable why I keep buying heels when I rarely wear the ones I have.

4. Continue to shop for and maintain a wardrobe suitable for my real life.
Practical, multi-purpose pieces trump “one-trick ponies.” Don’t settle for almosts. Be quick to return things that don’t work out. Remove pieces as needed.

5. Shop Like A Tourist (At Home)
Although there are better deals online, I tend to appreciate the things I buy in person more. Also by shopping in-store I’m supporting my local economy.



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What are your reflections and resolutions?

10 comments:

  1. Oh! Many congratulations for achieving the fine jewelry goal. I wait for the reveal!

    These questions are fabulous; I'll be looking over at that blog. It's great that F21 and H&M are so good for you. Do you really find the quality stands up across the year? I definitely have H&M pieces that do (cotton tanks and a cotton summer shirt), but it's been rare for me. Still, maybe it's worth another look since it's so close by . . . .

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    1. depends. some things are fine for the price, others I've had for years. But you have to dig for the good stuff. Go to F21 on a Monday morning (when all the "kids" are still in school!)

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  2. With you on 1-4 - very good advice I need to take heed of myself. Though happy to say the jackets survived the wash!

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  3. I look up to your restrained shopping habit and it's also my main resolution to cool off with fashion purchases whether it's designer or fast-fashion. Congratulations on achieving your ring goal.

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  4. Great style examination and resolutions! I'm inspired by how you managed to save for the ring... looking forward to seeing what you've selected.

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  5. Gosh, I am so impressed - can't wait to see the well-earned ring! I'm going to see how long I can last this year without buying any new clothing of any sort. If I do buy something then I shall give another item away.

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  6. Many congratulations for your ring!!! Your resolutions sound very reasonable and well thought out. I also want to improve on shopping for my real life and not imaginary events etc, and I completely agree with supporting local economy - for the past year I have been trying to keep my shopping local and resort online when there is no alternative.

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  7. I love your resolutions- and your confidence about your style is also admirable.
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  8. Number 4 is key to me. Buying and dressing for the realities of your everyday life results in a more natural and alluring style...otherwise it can end up looking like costume! I didn't really buy that many clothes last year, nor do I plan on buying that much this year. It's about finding the pieces that I absolutely love, and not settling for less. Takes time, but it is more fulfilling in the long run (plus I love the thrill of the hunt and research - I am perfectly happy finding clothes for other people as I am finding something for myself!).

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