Happy New Year!
I hope you had a great break, with any holiday travel unencumbered by massive amounts of snowfall. My vacation was spent chasing after my now-crawling niece, inhaling copious amounts of Wisconsin cheese and wearing the same pair of sweatpants eight days (and, uh, nights) in a row. It was glorious.
But now that we’ve officially hit 2011, it’s time to get back on the style horse in a big way. Like a lot of people, I love making — then quickly breaking —- New Year’s resolutions. So I say, leave the tough ones for 2012 (“Lose twenty pounds by February!” “Win all five of my fantasy football leagues!”) and charge into the new year with my easy-to-keep resolutions, below.
INCORPORATE A NEW COLOR
Populating your closet with new colors can help shake up your wardrobe in the new year. Start small. Do you always wear gray? Try navy. Can’t shake a commitment to your alma mater’s colors? Don those of your rival (not to a sports bar, mind you). You’ll be amazed at how different you feel.
TAKE HOME A NEW MATERIAL
Any material, I’m not picky – as long as it’s a natural fiber. Cashmere, linen, wool…the list goes on. And layering textures is a great way to add interest to any outfit. Don’t believe me? Check out the Dos Equis guy – that dude is rocking an ascot and looks awesome.
Throw on a suit for an occasion you wouldn’t otherwise dress up for. Taking your girlfriend out on a date? Surprise her by showing up in a well-tailored jacket and pants. Meeting your parents for lunch? Have them bragging to the neighbors about their bespoke baby boy.
GET THEE TO A TAILOR
Easily the most important resolution to keep, since we’re talking about clothes you already own. You know the ones – tags on, stuffed in the back of your closet because the pants are “just a little” long, or the jacket is “just a little” tight, etc etc. Get thee to a tailor and go from “just a little off” to “just right.”
BUY NEW [BLANK]
We all have a few items we’ve had forever. For me, it’s jeans. Thanks to a set of hips that are far too ready for child bearing, jeans shopping can be a frustrating, discouraging experience. This means I wind up sporting denim from freshman year in college, for the simple reasons that (1) I don’t want to put myself through trying on pants at a store and (2) they still fit, so why not? But there’s a good reason not to – because they’re eight years old! Whatever your [BLANK] is, suck it up and go replace it / them. Maybe it’s a winter coat stained with years of snow and salt, or a pair of sneakers with the rubber tread almost gone. It’s 2011. Out with the old, in with the new.
Above all, I hope you resolve to feel good getting dressed every morning. Clothes should be an outward reflection of your mood, so I hope every piece of clothing you put on in 2011 makes you feel as awesome as I know you are.