“New year, new you” – we all love the clean slate and fresh start that the new year brings. There is something liberating about the chance to start anew and never is the opportunity to reinvent ourselves to be ripe for the taking than when the clocks stripe midnight and the calendars are changed.
Our clothing speaks volumes about us as individuals – what we chose to wear tells a story about our interests, our passions, our social circles, the music we like, the movies we watch and the world we exist within. Accepting, acknowledging and enjoying the meaning behind our clothing, or style, opens up the doors to self-expression. With this awareness, fashion becomes an experimental and interesting game we play each and every day rather than a daunting and scary identity challenge.
Try these three tips to have a stylish start to the New Year, no fear in sight…
Out With The Old
Hoarding clothes may seem like a clever way to beat the revolving door of trends which come and go so regularly it is impossible to keep up but by hanging onto items “just in case they make a comeback” you are actually holding onto the past and a version of yourself which you once were. Make no mistake, this is not an encouragement to waste and throw out an entire wardrobe but rather to creatively move away from the things of the past. Sell your old items at a market, on Ebay or gift to a friend. The question to ask yourself is “have I worn this in the last 12 months?” if not, it may be time to move on.
Find A Muse
Every artist has a muse and it makes sense to employ this way of thinking to the way you dress and self-express. Identify a figure, whether public, famous or someone you know, who inspires you with their style. Art, and of course style, is simply refined and redefined repetition. Borrowing ideas, gaining inspiration and witnessing the full flavor of fashion on another living being is A-Ok when it comes to honing your own style. In fact, it is more than A-OK, it is essential to discovering what you do and do not like. People watch, stalk Instagram, read magazines, watch movies, whatever or whoever inspires you, investigate it further. Finding a muse will help guide you towards your own style like nothing else will.
Be A Little Crazy
The 1st day of the 1st month of the New Year can offer us a dose of can-do confidence quite like nothing else can. Listing goals and New Year’s resolutions provides us with a kick start of energy and this can be harnessed to help us with our style. Use this burst of energy and resolve to push the boundaries with your style. Grab something out of your wardrobe which you love but are too afraid to wear. Commit to wearing this item in the first 7 days of the New Year, or go all out and commit to doing this with a different item each day up until the 7th. You might find yourself amazed with the confidence you gain by being a little daring and pushing yourself out your comfort zone.
Kimberley is a fashion blogger, stylist, and creative consultant based in Canberra, Australia. She is passionate about the creativity of fashion and helping people find confidence through style. Her experience in the industry spans over a decade and she aims to draw upon her knowledge and acquired skills to help others access the joy of self-expression through style. She is active on her blog, as well as on her Instagram profile @the_style_side.