Like a lot of people, you may be making some New Year’s resolutions right about now. You probably are thinking you’d like to make your life better by changing a habit or two (or three—or more!) They might even come from this list of common goals:
- Lose weight
- Make more money
- Get healthier
- Be nicer
- Be less impulsive
- Count my blessings
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could accomplish all of those things? Definitely! Of course, the chances are good that we won’t. But using our fashion eyes, we can make a difference in every single item on this list. Just consider how you could make these resolutions come true:
“Lose weight.” Instead of focusing on losing some pounds this year, how about learning how best to wear clothing that suits your shape. You can actually LOOK as you’ve lost five pounds or more just by putting together an outfit that suits your frame or balances it.
“Make more money.” Instead of worrying about increasing your income by 10%, how about focusing on getting more value from your current investments? This year could be the year you create more outfits from the clothes and accessories that already live in your closet. By reworking your wardrobe and creating new outfits from your existing wardrobe, you decrease the need to go out and spend more.
“Get healthier.” Did you know that you could look healthier, younger, even refreshed by choosing colors that instantly make you look that way? It’s hard to believe it could be that easy, but wearing your best colors could result in a comment like this: “Wow, you look like you’ve been to a health spa for a month! What’s your secret?”
“Be nicer.” Being nice to others is an admirable goal. Start by being nice to yourself. For instance, take time for yourself to get ready for your day. This in itself is a gift to others—and to yourself. Make a pact with yourself to compliment yourself and three other people each day. Soon it will be a pleasant ritual.
“Be less impulsive.” Are you impulsive when it comes to shopping? Are you quick to buy sale items even when they’re not quite right? Do you purchase clothes without trying them on? These impulsive behaviors can disappear when you replace them with a new habit. Resolve that in 2015 to buy only what you love—and only those items that are true to your style. If you’re shopping online, or shopping without time to try things on, make sure to take time when you’re back home to see if everything fits and looks great. If they don’t, send them back.
“Count my blessings.” Focus on what you have rather than what you don’t. You can look great just the way you are—you don’t need longer legs, a thinner waist, or more money in the bank. You’re fine just the way you are—as long as you appreciate it. Be the best version of yourself you can be.
Do these goals seem unattainable? They aren’t! I can help you look your best and feel your best in 2015. Working together I can help you be smart about how you shop, educate you about fit and styling, and teach you how to gracefully accept the compliments that will be coming your way.
(Ketura Persellin is a wardrobe and style consultant in Washington, DC, and surrounding suburbs. She helps clients look and feel their best, using a variety of resources and tools, including color analysis, style analysis, closet editing, personal styling, and personal shopping. Contact her to find out how she can help you.)