Ladies and gents, things are about to get interesting...
Following on from my last post about the changes I made to my wardrobe inn 2019 and how it all worked out, I thought I'd note down my aims for this year. I haven't ever really done style resolutions before. If I have they most likely weren't all that successful because, let's face it, I'm easily swayed. I love fashion and there are so many different avenues to explore it's easy to just want to consume it all. With that in mind these changes have come about more from a practicality basis - it's easier to manage, easier to style, more sustainable in many ways - including financially (if you're that way inclined - it's something that's definitely going to be a key factor this year for me).
Last years changes were pretty successful, so this year I'm aiming to continue the journey, making small manageable changes that don't require too much extra effort and can work together to make one big change over time.
- ONE IN, ONE OUT: it's now a one in one out system... I shudder at this thought because (though I said "small MANAGEABLE changes" when your job involves styling this is slightly less manageable. BUT I'M DOING IT. I'M COMMITTING.) My depop is coming back. Yep, you heard it here first. In addition to the obvious solution of buying less, the next solution is to turn to depop, encouraging others to make pre loved purchases whilst also making things more financially sustainable - it's something we can all get on board with from one point or another.
- PRE LOVED: Speaking of pre-loved purchases... Exploring pre-loved is going to be a key focus for me this year, especially with bags. I delved a little in to this world with Vestiare Collective as my guinea pig in 2019 and all went smoothly and was very successful on the whole. Best purchases were my vintage Chanel charm bracelet (well worn and loved by it's previous owner and nnow continues to be worn in the same way daily by me - all without having to part with £1000+) and Dior Book Tote (£100 off retail price and in next to new condition - I couldn't be more pleased). This is a way I'm looking to buy a lot of my bags from now on as I often like to wait until a trend has been through it's main phase anyway - if I still like it after it's not being shown to me 100 times daily on the gram then it's a good purchase for me and I might get a little money off as well as taking it off someones hands once they no longer love it.
- THE C WORD: Capsule wardrobingggg - I'm slowly working my way in to a capsule wardrobe system (tweaked slightly as styling clothes is the main bulk of my job - it's not without it's weekly existential crisis, trust me) but I'm not a 0 - 100 girl especially when it comes to clothes. So slowly goes it, but so far my wardrobe isn't growing as fast as it used to and getting dressed is a breeze. Next steps are seasonally shopping and maybe streamlining a little more where possible (and without being wasteful).
- NEW IN: when making purchases for my everyday wardrobe, I'm trying to ask myself if items have the following: fit and longevity. Does the fit make me feel 10/10? Is the colour/print something that I see working in my wardrobe long term? Does the cut seem to be a trend or classic? Over the past 6 months or so I've got a really good handle on what stands the test of time in my wardrobe, so now with new in pieces it's the first thing I assess before an item gets to stay. Hanger space is a valuable commodity in my "no room left at the inn" wardrobe.
- BAD DAY SWEETIE??? I need to stop emotionally purchasing things. I can't tell you how many times something unsettles me and before I know it I've made countless purchases. If you do this you'll know full well what a weird habit it is, and if you don't do it - you probably think I'm mad! It's a tough one to tackle but buying stuff doesn't fix my problems and 9/10 times now I catch myself before I reach the checkout. Another nude jumper isn't going to fix dramas or pay my tax return for me.
My final resolution I found noted down and left for me (written in these exact words in the middle of the night:)
- "you have a sweater/hoodie addiction plz stoppp"
Should I bother explaining this one or????