While many people begin the new year with the best intentions for self-improvement, by this time most of us have jumped ship on our New Year’s resolutions. Maybe we shouldn’t create so much pressure for ourselves and try this approach instead.
Often it’s because these resolutions are just too extreme—you know, the ones like, “I will never eat another Oreo EVER” or “I will lose 40 pounds by Easter.” Instead of making difficult-to-attain goals, why not upgrade your wardrobe? Think about your what’s in your closet and dresser drawers and resolve to make some changes for spring. If you are ready to update your look and style, these tips will get you started.
Find a Bra that Actually Fits
Your first resolution should focus on your undergarments—both your bras and panties. Too many of us are wearing ill-fitting, unflattering and ultimately uncomfortable underwear. Bras can have a definite impact on the way the rest of your outfit looks; if “the girls” are not properly supported, your entire outfit will look outdated and more matronly.
Rather than just guessing which size you should wear, consider working with a professional bra fitter. Nordstrom offers this service, and it’s a great way to find bras that fit right and are comfortable. Also, if you typically purchase your undies in 6-packs at the big warehouse store, think about visiting a lingerie store instead. The employees are knowledgeable about body shapes and which style of panties fit the best.
Wear Figure-Flattering Colors
Sometimes, it’s easy to choose clothing colors that we personally like, but what we like may not be the best pairing for our complexion. As Harper’s Bazaar notes, let 2015 be the year when you determine which shades look the best on you and then own these colors.
To help determine which colors really suit you, use an online resource like Style Caster. The website is full of advice, tips and suggested colors for different skin tones. You can also invite your closest and most honest BFF over for coffee or wine and ask her to help you decide which of your current wardrobe items look the best on your skin. Just stand in front of the mirror and hold them up to your face; you should be able to tell pretty quickly which colors make you look your best. Once you know your best colors, treat yourself to a few new articles of clothing in those hues.
Reach your Fitness Goals with Flare
Let’s change things up this year. Stop adding exercise to your list and resolve to invest in athletic attire instead; chances are a hot new outfit is all you need for workout motivation. Adidas’ new Stella McCartney collaboration, StellaSport is sure to get you moving. The line offers a sporty chic approach to athletic wear, that’s so haute you’ll actually want to hit the gym and show off your threads. Finding the motivation to go to the gym can be tough to keep up year round. But, rewarding your efforts with stylish fitness attire is a great way to stay on top of your goals and celebrate achievements.
Get a Designer Handbag
It’s easy to treat this accessory as an afterthought instead of a valuable part of your wardrobe. If you primp and preen in the morning only to grab whichever old purse is hanging from the kitchen chair before heading out the door, this resolution is for you. After putting so much thought into the rest of your look, make sure you have a well-made designer handbag that complements your outfit. Check out the Coach spring 2015 collection for some stylish and luxurious options. Coach bags will last you for years, and the designs are timeless.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?
I have accepted that I might not always have a home that will qualify for a photo spread in a Martha Stewart magazine—there are toys spread around and plenty of other evidence that a family with pets lives here, but that is okay. I appreciate the fact that I’m a loving and caring mom, wife and “pet parent” who focuses more on my family’s happiness and being there for them, rather than always having a dust-free piano.
What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?
One of my most rewarding achievements has been working as a freelance writer for the past 16 years; I love the fact that I work from home and can schedule my work around my family.
What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?
I guess like many women I’m hoping to find ways to use my daily 24 hours as productively as possible; I love getting out to walk with my family and at least one dog at a time but too often I run out of time.
We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth—we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?
Probably my silly sense of humor about a lot of things—my kids roll their eyes when I’m putting away groceries, spot a bunch of bananas and start talking into one of them like it’s a phone. My dependence on caffeine and love of Starbucks is also fairly well-known. My not-so-perfect way is that I sometimes forget to take care of myself because I’m so busy taking care of others.
“I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!)
Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?
I love my family. Every day.