Are New Year’s resolutions just a load of nonsense that are destined to fail? It can feel that way sometimes. So why not redirect the spotlight of resolutions over to your wardrobe? After all, it can’t answer back, and you’ll feel like you’ve really achieved something. Plus you’ll be nicely set up for the year ahead!
No list of wardrobe resolutions would be complete without advice to do a bit of practical wardrobe arranging. This is because, no matter how hard we try, it’s a challenge to give up loved clothes and try different looks. But it is possible to have more control over your wardrobe and stop it from controlling you!
It’s totally understandable that we tend to be reluctant to purge our wardrobes. Clothes are an emotional thing, and often hold a catalogue of memories. However, purge you must if you’re going to start the new year with a clean and fresh image. Can’t remember the last time you wore it? Be ruthless with that charity shop pile.
Zone your clothes
Arrange the remaining clothes that you have into zones. It’ll make everything easier to find and prevent losing perfectly good outfits to the back of the drawer. Avoid piling tops or trousers too deeply as those items at the bottom of the pile just get forgotten about. Instead, fold and store front to back rather than bottom to top. This gives you a visual of everything that you own and keeps it all accessible.
Organise a clothes swap
Otherwise known as ‘Swishing’, a clothes swap event is a fantastic way to repurpose your existing clothes and do a bit for charity at the same time. Simply bring along good quality items that you don’t wear any more and pay an entrance fee which goes to charity. Anything that you take home is included in that fee. What may be on the way out for one person’s style may be just the thing for you. Also, there can be wine and cake, which makes these evenings even more enticing!
As we said, clothes are emotional. They are very much a reflection of the mood that you’re in and even how you feel about yourself. These resolutions are all about making the most of your relationship with clothes, and using them to tackle 2023 head on!
Try something new
Trying a new look is incredibly invigorating. If you’re feeling in a rut, this simple act can feel really positive and proactive. It seems superficial but this can then have a knock on effect on your daily outlook. Colour is a great start here. It’s easy to drift into soft neutrals. So try adding a splash of colour, from tights to shoes to handbags.
And something old
If you REALLY can’t get rid of something old that you’ve not worn for ages, then pledge to start wearing it again. Our bodies all change shape as we age, but with the help of a bit of shapewear, you may have the confidence to try out that A-line mini skirt again (they’re back by the way). Good quality clothing can last a lifetime, so if you can get an extra lease of life from something then why not go retro.
Dress for You
Make 2023 the year that you transcend trends. Fashions now are so fluid that there is a space for every style out there (although teenagers will dispute this!) So the best thing that you can do for your 2023 style is to dress for you. Wear what makes you feel good, comfortable, sexy, or all of the above. Embrace variety: what you fancy wearing one day you may not the next. So mix up casual with tailored, vibrant with monochrome; you don’t have to pick just one look.
However you choose to style up your new year, we wish you all a wonderful 2023!