2015 is here and my closet is a mess. I sold a bunch of dresses that I don’t wear often in November and December in an effort to cut my wardrobe down to the stuff I really love. Now that I’ve done that, I realize that I’m really lacking some essential wardrobe pieces. I’m also actively trying to branch out now that I have a much better idea of who I am, fashion-wise. While I love vintage and vintage style dresses, I’m never going to be the type of person who does their hair everyday or stocks up on high heeled shoes. With that in mind, do have some fashion and lingerie related resolutions this year to make my closet fit my lifestyle and my personality.
1) Get more out of my wardrobe with separates.
I have tons of cute circle skirts and I never wear them, because I have so few shirts that I like. My first resolution was to stock up on good quality t-shirts so I’d never run out of shirts to wear with the skirts I like but stay permanently hanging in my closet. I purposefully kept my t-shirt purchases high quality but basic so I could wear them under sweaters or as casual blouses in the summer.
2) Try a good quality corset.
I’ve seen people raving about how good quality corsets have changed their lives for several years now and I’ve always wanted to try one. While I can’t see myself adopting one for daily wear, I do think it would be nice to create a more extreme shape on special occasions or under nice dresses. I suspect the best starting point is one of these lovely corsets from Angela Friedman – especially the the black Lavinia waspie.
3) Buy some good quality casual clothes.
My casual wardrobe currently has two pairs of leggings with holes in them and two worn out t-shirts, all from Walmart or Target. While I don’t see myself adopting leggings and oversized sweaters or even jeans, I do think it’s time to build up small capsule wardrobe of casual clothing that is easily washable and works for multiple occasions. I’ve started by going back and ordering some stuff from James Perse, a designer who I used to love in high school when I was slimmer. I was curvy even at a lower weight and his t-shirts were magically cut for curves, so I’m hoping they’ll still be as flattering now that I’m wearing a larger size. I also went ahead and picked up two of his dresses on super sale – one light knit and one short sleeved silk blend. I suspect I’ll still want to wear them with a belt for more waist definition, but I’m hoping they’ll be the start of a small yet flattering casual wear collection.
4) Prioritize quality over quantity.
I often feel like items are out of my price range because I’ve already spent my shopping budget on more items with smaller price tags. Like everyone, I have a tendency to buy on sale because it seems smart without thinking about how much I’ll really wear the item. This year I want to buy more high quality pieces that I truly love, even if it means having to buy less.
5) Make a smaller wardrobe go further with accessories.
While I’ll never be a shoe person, I do think I need to grow up and learn to accessorize. I wear bold dresses and let them do most of the work for me, which won’t work as well if I successfully transition to a more thoughtful wardrobe. I need to work on finding affordable belts, jewelry and sweaters that will help me transition my clothing for various settings and seasons.
6) Get over my “black is boring” attitude.
I always admire women who can make black look sophisticated and chic – and I’m not one of them. I’d love to embrace black as a basic part of my wardrobe like I did when I was younger, but this time combined with fun pops of color and a fashionable look. This year I’d like to pick up a few basic black dresses and work them into my wardrobe as staple pieces, although I’ll probably be choosy about which ones.
Have you made any fashion or lingerie resolutions this year? If so, what were they?