Head to Toe Polka Dots:
- Polka Dot Pants: DIY
- Button Down: Jacob (2007)
- Polka Dot Sweater: Old Navy
- Shoes: Aldo
I’m a little polka dot obsessed right now, which is clearly evidenced in today’s head to toe polka dot look. I usually shy away from prints in general (especially on the bottom half of my body,) but I took a risk today – and it paid off! There’s the first lesson of the year kids; take fashion risks.
Considering the year is brand spanking new I won’t promise big risks all the time – I’d rather wait a few months before setting unreasonably high expectations of myself, and ending up with an “F” for fail. Which is generally what happens when I set fashion related goals or challenges. Jokes aside, since this is my first outfit post of the year, I thought it would be fun to revisit my style resolutions post from last year and also set some new intentions for 2013.
In January 2012 I made three style resolutions; try to do more with my hair, show off my shoes, and explore the world of lipstick. I pretty much did nothing with my hair except for this one accidental up-do, courtesy of another attempt at growing out my bangs. The shoe resolution was a total flop. In fact, the shoes worn in today’s post appeared over 20 times on the blog! (Check them out here, here, here, and here). The one area I did make progress in was lipstick. I’ve experimented with pinks and berries, and also added Russian Red by MAC to my list of favourites.
For 2013 I’ve come up with four style resolutions that I think really fit the direction I’m headed in for the new year. Here they are:
1. Shop with Intention - Last year I did a lot of shopping, but it wasn’t always well thought out. This year I really want to think about the things that I need, save up for quality purchases, and shop with a plan. You’ll probably see less new pieces on the blog, but the ones that do get added to my closet will be investments in a well curated wardrobe.
2. Create and Re-purpose - I really enjoy creating “wardrobe hacks” – you know, turning one thing into something else, or updating an existing piece, but I’ve let the DIY’ing slide a little last year. This year I plan to set aside time every week to create and DIY both clothing and things for my home. It’s really one of the best ways to develop and share your personal style.
3. Really Study Clothing and Designers - Recently I’ve become really intrigued with studying the history of certain designers, textiles, and time periods. As an extension of my shopping with intention resolution, I also want to really understand the designers and pieces I purchase. Why is a certain fabric better than the other? Why does one designer’s silhouette look better than another’s? Fashion is an interest of mine so I think it’s worth studying further.
4. Support Smaller Designers and Artisans - As someone who runs a home based business I understand the ups and downs of self-employment, yet I haven’t been very supportive of smaller businesses this year. This year I’m going to make an effort to search out local designers, and amazing handmade products online. Although I can’t always buy everything, I can use my blog, freelance writing, and social media outlets to help promote the lesser known names.
I’m especially thrilled that my DIY polka dot pants already give me one point for resolutions number two! What do you think of my style resolutions? Do you have any more of your own for the year? I would love if you left a comment and let me know what they are!
PS: I’m linking up to What I Wore Wednesday today!
The same polka dot sweater worn with burgundy jeans