One of the the best things I’ve found that comes with age is knowing what looks best on me. That being said, I have made more fashion mistakes over the course of the past year because I went out of my “zone”. I’m not talking about my comfort zone which can and should be stepped out of on a regular basis. I am referring to one’s fashion zone…that sometime’s elusive place in which you know the styles of clothing make you look and feel like a million bucks.
While I love fashion, I’ve never really been a slave to it per se. Sure, now and then I experiment with trends and try to stay updated and current with my look but over the years but over the years I’ve learned what works for me and try to stick with it for the most part. I pretty well know the best brands and styles that fit my body best. For example, AG and Citizens of Humanity skinny or straight leg jeans; tops that are fitted or narrow at the waist and not too boxy; and shoes ideally with some height (more than 3″ but nothing over 4″ and no kitten heels) to visually lengthen my shortish legs. However, these days sneakers or low heeled shoes or boots are the norm as I spend my days running around with my pre-schooler old but I digress…
Anyway, every so often a look pops up that looks super cute on others but not so much on me. For 2015, it was boyfriend jeans. I thought they looked so cute and effortlessly chic on the models in the magazine I enthusiastically bought not one but two pairs! I got so caught up in how great they looked on the 5’11”, 115 pound models that I completely overlooked the fact that I’m not 5’11” and 115 pounds. When I put them on they made me look dumpy. And frumpy. Not at all like the model in the ad. I have a long, torso and my legs are short comparatively speaking and on the thicker, athletic side. Not mile long and gazelle-ish like a model. The rolled up cuffs and relaxed fit only served to make my legs look even shorter, my ankles thick, and and my butt saggy in a, dare I say, mom jeans kind of way. What’s worse is I kept the jeans and wore them thinking my eye just needed to get used to the look after wearing skinny and cigarette leg jeans for so long, but no. I tried them with heels and they did look better but the view from behind was not what my late 40-something-approaching-50-year-old booty needed.
So, for 2016, I have one fashion resolution and it’s simply to own my fashion zone. For me that means the following 3 things:
- Work with what I have – For me this means actually figuring out what I have in my closet. I just completed Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and one of the things she talks about is the importance of organizing your clothing so that you can see everything you have and she’s absolutely right. How do I know what I have to work with if I can’t even see it? More about that in another blog post down the road. 🙂
- Buy fewer clothes – I know, easier said than done especially since I’m bombarded daily with emails from all my favorite retailers and e-tailers all promoting a fabulous sale or new styles of the season. It’s so easy to get tempted to buy something on sale but is it really such a great deal if I never wear it? Ultimately, the goal for 2016 and beyond is to be smarter with my money. Which leads me to my next point…
- Spend my money on quality pieces that fall within my zone – When I spend my money on something more expensive and timeless it is rarely an impulse buy and is most always something into which I have put a lot of thought and consideration. And that means it is not something that is highly unlikely to sit in my closet unworn and in my zone.
What are your fashion resolutions of your own for 2016? Are you making any? If so, tell us about it in the comments below!