I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love everything about resolutions. Probably because I’m a very goal-oriented person. I like setting goals. I like listing out “action items.” I like crossing off those steps.
As much as I love goal setting, I’ve learned to shy away from hard, defined, and extremely outlined resolutions. Those are breeding ground for disappointment and failure. But general goals, mottos, and mantras, THOSE are things that help (for me, at least). Lose the specifics, in the end those are what catch you in a regressive web after a minor slip up on your yellow brick road to the “new you.”
In 2017 I want to expand upon the good habits I held in 2016 (eating healthier — and not hating myself when I didn’t 100 percent of the time, finding a workout routine that I enjoy), and focus on building more good habits (a regular sleep schedule would be nice! Get back to blogging regularly! How am I doing so far?? Reading! More! Books!). But I won’t bore you with my self-help strategies.
The clothes! What about the clothes!! I did title this “Sartorial Resolutions” after all, and you’re probably wondering if that was a clickbait tactic.
To which I ask, DID IT WORK?
Tricks are for kids, silly rabbit.
For many years (as in pretty much until this past year), I searched for a defined personal style, for those three characteristics that embodied every facet of my wardrobe (and thus every facet of my personality). Here’s what I’ve figured out: no matter how many “The Only 5 Items You Need to Live Happily Ever After” articles I clicked on, I wasn’t happy in those parameters set by editors, stylists, industry leaders, etc. Whenever I have attached limits, in the sense of precise descriptors, to getting dressed, I never felt like myself.
I would end up with clothes — for identities I attempted to assume — that briefly satisfied me, but four, three, two, even one month later no longer gave me that sense of “this is ME in an outfit.” It wasn’t until I decided to stop defining and quit worrying whether an item checked off certain criteria that I started investing in pieces that I liked simply because they made me happy. In most cases, this mindset helps with decreasing the amount of impulse purchases. But 2017 me can still do better, so here are my sartorial resolutions for the new year (in no particular order — that felt important to say, I don’t know why).
Phasing out fast fashion. The Zara addiction was real last year, and very much alive during my time in New York (there are Zara’s on practically every corner, CAN YOU BLAME ME?). Not only does Zara have the fastest turnover of inventory (how is there always something new SO. SOON.?!), but they are notorious for ripping off artists/designers/anything trend-driven. It feels a little hypocritical to want to be a part of the fashion community and spend my money at places like Zara, H&M, and Forever 21 — where the majority of inventory is a cheaper, low-quality version of something a designer dreamed up the previous season.
Learn more about sustainability in fashion and what role I play as a consumer. This resolution piggy back’s off of the previous one. First action item: read this book. Brb.
Stay away from style ruts. Now THIS one’s a doozy. When I like something — be it a certain pair of jeans, shoes, or earrings — I really like it. For a week or two. And by that I mean I’ll wear the hell out of one thing or a combination of pieces or a variation of an outfit for a couple weeks, until a new variation starts to fancy me. Under examination though, these are mini “style ruts” that I want to stay far away from this year. I’m currently brainstorming a personal project/challenge that will keep me from wearing the same thing everyday — and who knows, hopefully test my style wits. Suggestions are welcomed!!
YOUR TURN. What are your resolutions!? Sartorial or otherwise, I wanna know! Preeeeeetty please.