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sweater: Old Navy (same in plus size) // dress: ASOS wearing a size UK12 (similar in plus size) // booties: Old Navy (on sale, I sized up one!) // purse: Frye c/o Shopbop // earrings: gift from Chelsea

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

I cannot even tell y'all how much I enjoyed reading everyone's words of the year for 2017 from last week's linkup! One post in particular stood out to me with a cool idea I wanted to try for myself. My girl Cathy, a fellow body positive Austin style blogger, chose two words for the year; one for her life (consistency) and one for her style (fearless). Of course, I had to get in on the fun and choose an intention for my 2017 style. One word felt more true and necessary than any other: lifestyle.

As I've been browsing my favorite shops online, I find myself following a thought pattern. It goes as follows: "OMG that is the most beautiful dress/striking midi skirt/amazing pair of strappy suede flats I've ever seen...oh and this could totally fit in my budget and I have such a cute outfit in mind...except that I have nowhere to wear said outfit." And you know, I expected this to make me sad. So many pretty things that won't be added to my closet. Instead? I'm happy to know that I'm not spending money on pretty things that are just going to hang in my closet.

I've had a mindset change, and it's made shopping an exciting new challenge. When I find myself lusting over a new arrival online or something hanging on a sales rack at my favorite store, I stop and ask myself "does this fit my lifestyle?" It's definitely changed how I shop. I want the clothes in my closet to provide a different kind of joy. Maybe it's the hygge trend getting to me, but I want my clothes to offer a sense of comfort. Comfort hasn't always been a top priority when shopping. Not that I have a wardrobe filled with uncomfortable clothes, but it wasn't something I applied to every purchase. Now that I work from home, comfort just makes sense.

The biggest surprise to me? How confident I feel in these comfortable outfits. I feel like I'm shining in a new way as my personal style shifts. Sure, I'm still drawn to color, to pattern, to interesting details, but my whole approach to getting dressed feels easier. The items I'm drawn to, like this ASOS smock dress and Old Navy cardigan, take on a different kind of versatility. I didn't have to come up with three-to-five outfits before purchasing them because I knew I'd want to wear them every single day.

I'm excited to see how this intention -- making my lifestyle a priority -- changes both my shopping habits and my closet purging. What pieces that were so important to me before will become easy to let go of? What clothes will you get totally sick of seeing on the blog because I won't stop wearing them? How many smock dresses will I own by the end of 2017?

Have you considered a style word of the year? If you haven't, I'd love to know what your knee-jerk reaction is! What are your personal style or closet goals for 2017?

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