According to a recent article from Forbes.com, over 100 million Americans will make New Year's Resolutions, and only 10% of us will actually succeed. The author spoke about the differences between resolutions and setting goals. Resolutions tend to be lofty, and at times set unrealistic expectations, without clear plans as to how fulfill the resolution - I will work out more, I will lose weight, I will unplug more often. On the other side of the spectrum, goal setting or decision-based changes tend to carry much higher success rates, sometimes up to 90%!
The Forbes article was focused on resolutions that people typically make around work-life balance, and applying the goal setting principles to incremental (and achievable) business goals. However, the same goal setting techniques apply for every area of your life and all types of resolutions. For example, if your resolution this year is to work out more, the goal setting view of this would be to 1. Create a realistic workout schedule that fits into your life, rather than making a resolution that requires you to change your life/schedule in order to succeed; 2. Renew your gym membership, and sign up for classes that create some accountability; 3. Build in a buffer for unexpected changes in your schedule, and don't beat yourself up if things change; 4. Build in milestones or rewards for yourself, such as if you meet your goal to workout 3 days this week then you get to go out to dinner or get to get that pair of shoes you've been eyeing. You get the point...when you build an action plan, you are more likely to stick with it and achieve your goals.
The same applies to your wardrobe. We know that a lot of people make style resolutions, and we're no different. But where do you start?
We found some great tips from UK blogger, Lily Kitten, to help set you on a goal setting path to up your style game!
#1: ditch your comfort zone
Whether you’re worried about being overdressed or underdressed, confused about a dress-code or internally debating if you’ve actually got the body to pull off a leather pencil skirt, it’s easy to lose confidence when it comes to fashion.
But this year, you’re going to quit the pointless worrying and ditch your comfort zone – you’ll feel (and look) much better for it, promise.
If you want to wear a black maxi dress to casual Friday night drinks or thigh-high boots to work, go for it. Channel Rihanna and walk in like you own the place.
#2: stop paying attention to sizing
Fitting into a size 10 pair of jeans in one shop, before moving next door to discover you can’t even squeeze into a 14, is the kind of soul-destroying incident that brings a Saturday shopping trip to an abrupt end.
Unless you do the sensible thing and vow to stop obsessing over high street clothing sizes.
Sizing is massively unregulated, meaning most people vary dramatically depending on where they’re shopping. Don’t worry about the numbers on the tag and instead buy whatever is most comfortable.
#3: sort out your wardrobe
Although it’s fun to daydream about having Cher’s self-organizing, self-styling Clueless wardrobe, until technology catches up with Hollywood we’re all stuck sorting through our piles of clothes by hand.
Pull your annual spring clean forward to January and spend an afternoon getting everything in order.
Seeing all your many clothes hanging in perfect colour coordination will make it much easier to pick out a chic outfit on rushed weekday mornings!
#4: buy a decent bra
Underwear can be expensive, so it’s tempting to shop for bras on the cheap, hunting through sales and ordering online to get the best price.
The problem is, all that bargain-hunting means you’re sacrificing on quality and fit – and wearing the wrong sized bra isn’t good. As well as giving your bust zero support, squeezing into too small a cup can also make you look bigger.
So go for a proper fitting, an independent underwear shop will normally provide much better service than a big department store, and treat yourself to a new, perfectly-fitting bra.
#5: invest in one quality item
Cheap and easy is the high street’s usual approach to fashion, which is great when you’re looking a party dress you’re only planning to wear for one night only.
It’s not so good when you’re trying to build a chic wardrobe that will last the ages.
This year, invest in one key piece that fits seamlessly with your personal style, like a handbag or pair of designer shoes, in a classic design that won’t date. Your future self will thank you for it.
Read Lily Kitten's full article Here.