I don’t mean to brag, but these are truly transformative tips. Super stylish suggestions. Really radical resolutions.
I got a little carried away.
But honestly. These tips, you guys.
Just one of them is enough to transform your style in 2022. Seriously. But if you want a major progression in your style, over the course of 2022, then make these 9 style mantras your own and you’ll see a major shift in your cuteness and confidence.
Here, 9 ways to make 2022 your most stylish year yet.
Past middle school, nobody cares anymore if you repeat your outfits. Wear what makes you feel cute. Even if it’s on repeat. And then make a note of why it works and what you love about it so that you can buy more of that and less of the stuff you don’t wear. Sound simple? It is.
You may think you don’t have the budget for the wardrobe that you want, but trust me, you spend more than you think you do. Whether it’s your daily latte or the impulse buys at Ross, tracking your spending (particularly on style) helps you see where your wardrobe budget is actually going, and allows you prioritize and invest in the items you actually want and need.
For example, I suggest putting your shoe money in a jar (literally or figuratively) until you’ve saved up enough for 3 pairs of shoes, and then buying 1 pair. So, if you typically spend $50 on shoes. wait until you have $150, and buy a single fabulous pair that’s great quality. Better yet, buy an even more expensive pair that’s marked down to $150, and you’ve made the most of your shoe budget.
If, like many women, you wear 10% of your clothes 90% of the time, it’s time to get honest with yourself. What are you wearing in your actual everyday life? And why? Try putting your most worn pieces in the back of the closet after you wash them, or turning the hangers backwards on the items you don’t wear, or keeping an outfit diary. Whatever system you use, there is nothing more eye-opening that seeing what you really wear over the course of a week, or month, or year….
Focus on buying fewer, better items in 2022. This means not settling for scratch, or poorly constructed, or ill-fitting clothes. Instead, spend a bit more on clothes that fit well, will hold up over time, and exude quality, and don’t settle on the things that are important to you. Comfort, quality, and fit are all critical. However, it’s also important to be realistic. If you are hard to fit, you can’t always expect to find the perfect pair of pants off the rack. Alterations and concessions must be made. Know where you’re willing to compromise, and what is non-negotiable.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Spend money on the things you wear all the time, and save on special occasion pieces, like party dresses and evening bags. Jeans, bags, shoes, coats, jackets, and other everyday wardrobe essentials should take up most of your clothing budget.
If you love the way you’re dressed, you’ll feel beautiful and confident and your whole day will go better. Your daughter doesn’t need to love it. Your friends don’t need to love it. Even your husband doesn’t need to love it. (Unless, of course, you’re having a special date night).
All that matters is that you love it.
Confidence is the most attractive thing you can wear, and when you dress for you, confidence will just ooze out of you and people will feel that. But most importantly, you’ll feel it.
If you’re truly looking to improve your style in 2022, build a wardrobe of staples and essentials and use accessories to express your personal style and add fun and interest to your outfits. Easy peasy. That means being intentional about the specific items you choose, and making sure you love them if you’re going to give them a starring role. Aim for a mix of subtle and statement accessories so that you have options for every outfit, and choose the best shoes, jewelry, hats, belts, etc. you can afford. They make all the difference to an outfit.
Yes, you need to hear it again. 🙂 Because we can all use the reminder to plan plan plan when it comes to our outfits. Not only does planning your outfits mean that you’ll wear more of your clothes, in more stylish ways, but it also means that you’re more likely to get up and get dressed every day first thing, rather than waiting until the afternoon and realizing you’re still in your PJs.
Plan your outfits for the next day, or the next week. Great style takes planning.
How are you going to know how you look in your outfits if you don’t take the time to really look? Nothing tells you more about what worked, what didn’t, and what you want to repeat than a string of selfies on your phone.
These selfies don’t need to be glamorous, but they do need to be clear, so that you can assess the outfit and choose your favorites. When you’ve identified the winners, go back to tip #1, and start wearing your faves on repeat. Now that you know what works, the guesswork is gone.
Which of these tips will you make your new style mantra for 2022? And which are you already using? Let me know in the comments!