2014 | style resolutions

1. wear more stripes
As a blogger, I sometimes feel pressured to buy up all the latest trends, even if it doesn't quite feel like me. I always feel like myself when I'm wearing stripes. I have several striped shirts, but I'd love to add a few more to my collection. It's so comforting slipping on a familiar print that just makes you feel happy and me.

2. commit to the remix 
If there's one thing style blogging has taught me, it's the importance of utilizing your closet to the fullest. Major bloggers and celebs may have disposable incomes and closets, but real women have to find a way to make the pieces they buy wearable and interesting again and again. Remixing pieces into new outfits has taught me so much about what I buy and how I can re-wear the things I already own. Instead of spending as much money adding new stuff, I want to focus on what I've got. 

3. say yes to tulle
Every year, someone sells a beautiful, luxe, and totally extravagant tulle skirt, and every year I don't buy it. I convince myself I don't have anywhere to wear it. I say I'll wait til the next one comes out. Not this year! I want to be fabulous and wear a tulle skirt with a plaid shirt and have everybody pin it on Pinterest. 2014 just feels like the year of tulle.

4. invest, invest, invest 
The older I get, and, hopefully, more I get paid, the more I'm able to invest in higher quality items for my life. Fast fashion isn't meant to last, so putting my money towards investment pieces helps to build a closet that will stand the tests of time and trends.

5. feel awesome
Style, and especially blogging, sometimes make me feel pressure, envy, and shame. I have to jump on this bandwagon, and how come she always looks so great, and why doesn't that dress look as good on me. These feelings aren't fun, and they aren't productive. This blog has always been a place of outward body positivity, but in 2014, I want to turn it inward. I'm going to focus on clothes and outfits that make me feel wonderful, instead of fitting into something that makes me feel anything less than.

What are your style resolutions this year?

14 comments

  1. These are great style resolutions! I love love love how you've restyled the fur vest. I keep browsing through the girls' section of Target, hoping they'll come out with a new one! Definitely want one in my closet. I love the idea of Tulle! It always looks so effortlessly chic. Also, I completely agree with investing. I started a list of essentials I want to invest in this year - just need to save up first!

    Melissa
    theblushingdreamer.blogspot.com

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  2. Yes, yes, yes! I love this list, especially 3 and 4. The few things I've invested in that have lasted me years make me want to do that more. And I'm personally just a really big fan of anything tulle!

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  3. agreed! can't wait for you to rock that awesome tulle skirt :)

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  4. These are great! I really agree with how you feel and I need to adopt these things too. I love certain trends but they just don't look good on my body. Can't wait to see what you come up with this year!

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  5. great goals! i hope you are able to achieve them!

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  6. I love this idea! I have definitely been itching to invest in some better pieces, particularly jeans, but also shoes and classic blouses, but I've been holding off because my shape keeps changing and I know one way or another I'm not going to stay this size, so I don't want to invest in a closet I can't wear in 6 months. It's a really frustrating time, but I'm really trying to get away from quantity in all things, including beauty, and really focus on quality. Remixing is something that I really need to get better at, and I'm trying to make a conscious effort of it this year. Often when I buy something I think of several different ways to wear it, and then I find a favorite way and wear it like that all the time. Then I feel like I can't wear it other ways, and it really sinks my closet. Definitely am trying to boost my creativity and re-style the things I have until I have the body and money to invest in things I really want.

    -Jen
    yourstrulyjen.com

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  7. 2 things:
    1- I'm a big stripe girl too. Stripes and plaid patterns are really difficult for me to step away from.
    2- Would you want to put together some kind of remixing challenge? I want to try to force myself to do more of this and see if I can get in more outfit posts this year. Let me know!

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  8. I just got 2 cashmere sweaters for $20 each on poshmark! You can totally do #4 on a budget!!
    xo

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  9. I love the idea of having resolutions just for style! I think I might need to use this idea for my monthly goals.

    xo. Kailagh

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  10. Love this! Have you checked out the Greater Than Rubies blog? She is a major remixer. She did it for an entire year, with NO shopping (other than replacement/gifts)! Incredible results and she does link ups. You should check it out!

    I also want a tulle skirt (finally got the sequin this holiday season). :)

    -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  11. YES to investing! I'm attempting to start doing the same as I am sick of buying crappy clothes that develop holes and lose their shape after 5 minutes of wearing them!

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  12. These are great goals! I love stripes so much I actually love them so much I have to push myself to buy other prints! Also, man, you will be so happy to have more investment pieces. I love that I have dresses that I've had for 6 years that I wear on a weekly basis and still look great. SO worth it!

    Also, I've been meaning to buy a tulle skirt, too. They're so pretty!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  13. Oooh, Nicole, I love these style resolutions! I'm not a huge prints/patterns girl, but I do love me some stripes! I would love to get a few more striped pieces in my closet this year as well. I also have been really embracing remixing lately (heck, I'm in the middle of a 30x30 right now, ha!). I'm finally getting to a point in which I don't want to just fill my closet to fill my closet, but instead, I want to focus on getting some better quality pieces that will last me longer than just a season or two (or less...), you know?

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  14. So, I've been going through your archives and loving every outfit, but this makes me happiest of all. I like all of these resolutions. Heck, I like the idea of having style resolutions period. Such fun!

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