16 January 2010

Style Resolutions 2010

This year, for the first time in a long time, I haven't made any new years resolutions. As someone who loves writing lists of any kind, and loves planning and setting myself challenges and goals, this is pretty unusual for me. However with the imminent arrival of our first baby, I think my main resolution this year will echo the war time motto to 'keep calm and carry on'. I don't think this is really the time for learning a new language, changing career, taking a road trip around america (all have featured on previous years lists!). I just want to enjoy my time off work with our new baby as much as possible, and try not to set my expectations too high.

That said, I can't resist an excuse to make a list so I figured I might make some style resolutions for the coming year. These are all in addition to my goals which I've written about before on the blog, to do with creating a minimalist wardrobe. So here are my style resolutions for 2010:
  • Don't overthink things. This will be difficult for me, seeing as I am an overly analytical person by nature, but I want getting dressed to be more effortless this year. I get fixated on the small details sometimes but I want to try and achieve a better balance this year and be more relaxed about what I wear without compromising or settling. I think that once I get to the stage where I love everything in my wardrobe then this will be much easier as I won't have to compromise by wearing things I'm not happy with or comfortable in.
  • Be braver. This is an extension of the above resolution - I want to trust my instincts more and stop second guessing myself. I know what styles I like and what works for me, and I need to stop worrying about what other people think of me. An extension of this is that I want to stop being so critical of myself and be more accepting, I also want to have more confidence in, and stop doubting myself when it comes to style.
  • Don't settle. This is something that I've been guilty of doing in the past although recently I have definetely improved on this. This year I want to become more discerning, and only buy something if I love it. My budget will be restricted this year so I really need to think long and hard about each purchase, there's no room for the 'almosts' or 'maybes', I want perfection.
  • Define/Refine my style. I think that I'm nearly there with this, but I can easily get sidetracked by outside influences and other peoples style and want to adopt it as my own. I realise that personal style doesn't exist in a vacuum and inevitably it will be shaped by external influences, but 'I think for me there is a very fine line between making subtle shifts, tweaking and fine tuning my style, and making additions to my wardrobe which enhance my style versus getting carried away, and feeling the urge to make complete transformation' (repeated from a post last year).
  • Finally, get a pixie cut. I want to go from this (my current, rather boring hairstyle):

To something like this (photo of Carey Mulligan from Google Images):

Update: I can now tick this one off the list as I've just had my hair cut into a similar style as the one above! I think it will take a little time to get used to it, but so far I like it.


  1. Congratulations on the new baby!!! I think becoming a mother is a full time career in its self!

    I think the not over-thinking comes with time. Once you have a good foundation of basics and things that you love, you don't have to get creative anymore. You can just pull when you're 1/2 asleep and not think twice about it.

    I've learned not to settle what I call "The Almosts." I've become more particular because when I know I have Perfect things in my closet, I'm not going to bring in anything that's "Just OK."

    -ps. I think that blouse you're wearing is lovely!

  2. Lovely post and nice to see you! You can definitely pull off the shorter hairstyle and even shorter (ie - your Jean Seberg icon, Michelle Williams or Mia Farrow's pixie).

    It's a perfect time to organize your thoughts, life (and yes...closet!)to clear the path for the new joy coming to your life.

  3. Thanks h, but we still have a few weeks to go before the baby arrives, I'm counting down the days now! You've just described exactly what I'm trying to get to - being able to just put clothes together and know they'll work. Oh and thanks, its actually a dress...one of my faves.

    Thanks itztru, I ended up going for something closer in length to the jean seberg cut, its certainly saving me some styling time!

  4. I love the hair. I love gamine hair anytime - it's like a striped pullover; it always feels fresh to me. I didn't think your old hairstyle was boring though.

    The 'almosts' and 'maybes' are the hardest to resist for me, because sometimes I do feel like throwing in the towel, and also because I just feel like going home with something.

    All the best with the impending baby, I have no idea what it's like to be so entirely responsible for another human being, but I dare say your need to organise will come in useful :)

  5. Fashion addict, I agree, I love the gamine look. I don't think I'll ever tire of striped tops.

    I know that feeling, plus I also think that sometimes its hard to recognise that its not perfect until its too late, like after wearing it for the 1st time. So frustating!

    Thankyou, lets hope so!

  6. I hear you about not settling for something less than perfect. So often I haven't taken the time to check that a garment is what I really want, and I've gone home with something I never feel comfortable wearing. It's even worse when you convince yourself in store that it *really is* right, buy two (because it's so right! you should snap them up while you have the chance!) only to have two wrongs.