1. Buy less costume jewelry and invest more in fine jewelry pieces. Costume jewelry is a quick and easy way to test out new accessory trends without spending a fortune (and with sites like Baublebar and Stella & Dot, you don’t even have to set foot in an actual store to stock-up). But I’m a girl in her 30s whose costume jewelry stash severely outweighs her fine jewelry — no bueno! I’ve had my eye on David Yurman’s Petite Albion ring and Tiffany & Co.’s Infinity bracelet (I have a tattoo with an infinity symbol in it and am obsessed!) for quite some time. This might be the year that I make a big splurge on myself and scoop them both up.
2. Step up my outerwear game. It’s no secret that when it comes to fashion I’m a fan of the classics, but with my affinity for all things timeless, the style of coats and jackets I buy can get a bit repetitive (think: peacoat, trenchcoat or motorcycle jacket). There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with what works for your body type, but I plan to spice up my outerwear collection a bit more this year. I mean stepping outside of my go-to neutral color palette (i.e., black, gray, navy and khaki) and opting for a chic topper or two in a vibrant color or in a bold print.
3. Purge my closet and jewelry box more often. When it comes to clothes and jewelry, I’m a girl that likes to have options — and lots of them. But with that comes the accumulation of things that quickly fall off my radar as I buy newer pieces and end up getting buried in the back of my closet. Then before I know, a year (or two) has passed since I’ve worn that particular item I just had to have.
With that said, I’m going to edit down my wardrobe twice a year; at the start of the spring/summer and fall/winter seasons. I’m not going to pretend like I don’t plan to buy new clothes, shoes and jewelry. So, I’ll just have to make room by donating the older pieces that I haven’t worn in at least a year that are taking up much-needed space.
4. Limit the number of store e-mails/newsletters I’m subscribed to. Is it just me or do you get the sudden urge to buy something when you get an e-mail alert from one of your favorite stores touting a big sale? I almost always click on these e-mails and it then turns into a cruel game of filling up my online shopping cart with items I don’t really need immediately followed by talking myself off the ledge and emptying the cart, which works — most of the time.
In 2015, I’m scaling back the number e-mail alert subscriptions I have. I’ve got a couple of big financial goals this year and cutting back on unnecessary spending wherever I can will help me achieve them.
5. Post more outfit-related pics on Instagram. I’ve purchased many of the items featured in Thursday’s Fab Finds Under $100 feature, but rarely ever share how I style them. That must change. While I can’t commit to sharing what I wear on a daily basis — there is such a thing as life outside of social media and blogging, lol — I am really going to try to post to the S&P IG account every week at least one fashion item that I’m wearing and loving. Keep an eye out for the Instagram box on the right side of this page and hold me to that!
READERS’ TAKE: Do you have any style goals/resolutions that you plan to implement this year? Share in the comments below.
Keep it stylish,