Well folks, it’s time for the first installment of the blog team’s Style Resolution series. To refresh your memory, the blog writers–Erin, Annie, and Jenn–have boldly decided to share our 2011 style resolutions with you in the form of a new, monthly blog series tracking our progress as we attempt to meet our sartorial goals for the new year. (And, yes, we are still searching for a suitably horrific punishment for anyone who fails.)
1. Master the art of layering.
2. Acquire more fun flats.
3. Have fun with hair accessories.
“I vividly recall being in kindergarten and absolutely loathing the sight of my black and white saddle shoes. Wearing those shoes was like eating broccoli, or washing my hair–tantrums to be avoided at all costs. For whatever reason, I couldn’t stand the thought of wearing two-tone terrors, despite the fact that they were widely accepted, even commonplace, at my small elementary school. I guess my footwear of choice at that time was a pair of hot pink jellies. Fast forward eighteen years or so, and here I am, ironically sporting grey and white saddle shoes with pride. What can I say? They’re really, really comfortable, they’re flat (my second style resolution), and I dig the way they look with tights. So I decided to pair my current favorite vintage-inspired kicks with the Jukebox Tights in the Twist and the lovely, eco-friendly Froyo Friday Dress. My main resolution this year was to incorporate more layers into my everyday style, so I added a breezy vintage blouse with a fun pleated collar underneath my frock for added allure. I’m not sure if wearing a top and a sleeveless dress qualifies as ‘mastering the art of layering,’ but I like to think it’s a step in the right direction.”
1. Create unusual color and prints combinations.
2. Wear bolder, brighter colors.
3. Wear more florals!
“This time, I tried tackling my second resolution. This is far from a technicolor dream outfit, and I think I may be the weakest link in this outfit series so far, but hey, I’m gettin’ there! I couldn’t resist the siren call of the neutral-toned Short ‘n’ Wheat Sweater, nor the rich navy blue of the Made in the Suede Wedge. But, inspired by the so-perfect-for-spring Timeshare Shorts, I dug out these mint-colored, vintage granny shorts I bought ages ago, but never wore. After cuffing them like mad (this octogenarian fashion piece hits below the knee) and slipping them over some hunter green tights, I swiped on the red Lipstick in Retrofuturist. I actually really dug the red, and have found myself eying other red pieces, like these cherry red Swedish Hasbeens… maybe red will be my gateway color?”
1. Wear more bold graphic prints and patterns.
2. Accessorize with jewelry more.
3. Incorporate more vintage into my outfits.
“I’ve never had an aversion to prints. In fact, I seem to fall in love with nearly every novelty print that I see! But for some reason, they’ve just never made their way into my wardrobe. In this case, I was particularly drawn to the novelty sailor print on the Desert Island Top and the sweet pinwheel print on the Playing with Pinwheels Skirt. Rather than just admire them from afar, I kept my new resolution in mind and decided to tackle my irrational fear of wearing prints by combining them both into one outfit! And just as if I had flipped a switch, I realized that not all prints have to be such a bold statement. In fact, the teeny tiny pattern of the pinwheel skirt actually acts as the perfect neutral in this easy ensemble. Since those two pieces did most of the talking, I opted to stick with neutral accessories such as the Beguile and Argyle Tights, French Press Bag, and the Hours at the Library Heel. Now let’s see if I can do the same when it comes time to add jewels into the mix!”
Do you have any advice for us about our resolutions? Are you still on board with your own fashion resolutions? Tell us!