Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Style Resolutions...

The dawn of a New Year is irresistible in it's allure for hope of greatness to come and the chance at a fresh start... today I've compiled some practical and simple resolutions for your style and wardrobe for 2011 (and of course, for mine as well!).

1. Find your go-to store...
Mixing and matching pieces of clothing and accessories from different stores is a great way to express your personal style and to keep your wardrobe interesting. But (and this is a big "but") honing in on your signature style can mean finding one store that exudes your desired personal style and always has a great fit, no questions asked. Personally, for 2011, this store is Gap. What is yours?


(jeans, bracelets, top, shoes, sunglasses, bag)


2. Buy clothes that fit amazing...
This seems like a big 'duh' - but many of us (me included) fall prey to buying things that 'kinda fit'... or 'look okay'. If you don't plan on tailoring them (especially jeans... tailor your jeans!) then don't bring them home.


3. Purchase items you love so much you could wear every day...
If you don't REALLY love an item... don't bring it home. I have had a lot of "winners" lately... like these jeans (Gap), this sweatshirt (Forever 21), these shoes (Ugg) and this jacket (Tulle) to name a few. But I have to admit that I have had other pieces of clothing or accessories that I bring home that I only like... not love.


4. Mix and match...
After completing two (2!!!) 30/30 Challenges in 2010 I have learned the value of mixing and matching clothing. If you are standing in a fitting room with items in your hand or you are shopping online with items in your cart. Take the time in your mind to put each item you want to buy into three (or more!) outfits.

5. Classics with a side of trend...
This is my new personal mantra. I love trendy clothing, but sometimes feel like the rat-race of keeping up with it all can be overwhelming. For 2011 I have a great new project I am launching later this month that is all about the classics... and then of course, my seasonal looks:book can help with the trendier, but still practical pieces of each season.


What are your style resolutions this year!?!? Go forth & be stylish!

8 comments:

MJ said...

I love these style resolutions!! I think my personal style is actually very close to classic with trend... Can't wait to see your newest outfits in 2011!

*starr fish said...

Happy New Year, Jill! I've been looking for a new handbag and the Gap metallic tote looks like it might fit all my requirements. Hoping it's in the store so I can check it out. Thanks for including it.

Ambar said...

I am definitely living by the "classics with a side of trend" mantra as well the second half of 2010 and plan to continue it thru 2011!

Jill said...

My go to store is definitely Smart Set! I love almost everything in there, and have days where everything I"m wearing is from there. lol I graduated from university in the spring and now I'm working my first "grown-up" job, and the wardrobe transition has been tough. My office isn't overly formal (which is great) but spending 5 years in school makes me realize I don't own a)that much b)stuff that fits well c)an adult wardrobe! Thanks for the tips, I'm definitely going to apply these!

~Chelsea said...

I'm posting my new years resolutions tomorrow on my blog!

Great advice. I especially agree with #2..I've fallen guilty of that a couple times, but refuse to settle now (especially where my closet is already so full!)

P.S. Love the Doir nail shade

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Jackie said...

Love all of these. I will be keeping them in mind this year as I try and whip everything into shape! I feel my style evolving and my closet is going to be getting a major overhaul! My go-to store has become LOFT. I could pretty much walk in there, close my eyes and start grabbing stuff and I would love it all!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

GREAT suggestions! You know I'm always in need to some style inspiration, and you always come through for me!

karen★ said...

i'm definitely a GAP j-crew sort of girl...i find those the easiest & most versatile. i really like the advice about mixing it with 3 different outfits before i buy a piece...i've never thought of that before. i have no new resolutions; that's what you are here for!!!


 

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