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Style Resolutions: 2016 – Part 1

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Audrey Hepburn – She always had a ‘style uniform’. Simple, feminine silhouettes. Clean, simple hairdo. Ballet flats (a habit from her ballet days?). She always looked priceless without trying too hard.

I wanted to publish a ‘personal-style manifesto’ to abide by for this year. 2015 was a ‘mixed bag’ of fashion purchases (pun intended!) –  some hits and misses, some orphan pieces that don’t go with anything at all, many more buys that were grossly overpriced and massively underused.

This year, I wanted to write down a few rules for myself that I can revisit each time I need a whack on the head, to stop me from buying expensive, stupid ****.

I will be covering the outline rules in this part and will go over more detailed ones in later posts.

  1. Buy less, wear more: Well, duh!! It’s time I stopped living in pjs  and started making an effort to dress up. Note to Self: Just wear better clothes even when you are at home. It puts you in a better mood, and for once the UPS guy knows that you are not a vampire who sleeps all day and goes on the ‘online-shopping’ hunt at night!
  2. Hit the gym: I fell into a good workout pattern in the later part of 2015. The holiday season and a long vacation at the end of the year have taken me back to my bad, boring ‘sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-netflix’ days! It’s time to get back to the grind. The reason this is on my style resolutions? – when the clothes in your closet fit better, you shop less.
  3. Keep a list: Anyone who knows me knows that I am the queen of making lists! I have a list for daily work activities, home activities, weekly meal plans, grocery lists, home improvements, financial goals for the month, quarter and year! phew!! See, the thing with keeping a list is that even when you accomplish 50% of the things on your list, you are better off than when you did not have a list. So, I need to keep a ‘closet wishlist’ of sorts – listing the items that I’d like to add to my existing closet.  Keep editing this list checking off items when I buy them, and striking off things that are no longer wanted / don’t suit my lifestyle.
  4. Keep a tab: Keeping a wishlist is all good, but it is also important to keep track of the money spent. When you give me a list (especially a sartorial one), I can get overzealous and tick off everything on that list, and ultimately, just wreck my finances for the year. I am pretty focused like that folks! This year I decided to track my monthly expenses. My goal is to keep my fashion and beauty purchases to 5% of my yearly salary and no more (after taxes). This includes shoes, clothes, haircuts, blow-drys, beauty purchases, jewelry, alterations/ repairs. It doesn’t include workout clothes and inners. I do realize that I am already setting myself up for failure with that 5% limit. But, hey, sometimes I surprise myself!
  5. 1 hour every week: I should start spending one hour every weekend to organize my closet. I try and keep things organized – my work clothes, going-out clothes, t-shirts, sweaters are pretty much in their respective places, but over the week, I keep pulling out things which end up unfolded. Just spending 40 min every weekend to organize the closet will make it much more easier  for me to see and wear what I already have! I plan on taking another 20-30 min to clean my work shoes (a few pairs of nude patents and black heels) and to take care of any of my high-end shoes and bags that I might have used over the week.

This is the my list for now.  Please let me know if you think of more.

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