Don’t let the headline fool you. Better yet, let’s dissect my New Year’s style resolution with the traditional method:
2015 is here and so is my neglected jewellery box.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the roster of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings I’ve collected, but accessorizing usually feels like a chore to me. While I do have a pretty good sense of which accessories work best with my outfit on any given day, it’s still hard to motivate myself to add those final touches of gold to my ears, wrists, fingers, and around my neck.
How does this happen? Well, I’m sure I’m not the only one who sometimes feels like the endless possibilities of accessorizing can result in looking overdressed or mismatched, whether it’s for a regular day at work or school, or an important evening out. Time is also an obvious but important factor, as sometimes you just don’t have those extra few minutes to decide which earrings and necklace look best. Or it’s even possible to feel like just having that nice top and those great jeans are enough. But all lead roles need a strong supporting act.
I learned, by observation and admiration of those around me, that accessorizing is like harnessing a great power. Yes, it is really easy to look overdressed or mismatched, but that’s usually because you’re thinking too much about it (*tip: it’s about trial and error and ultimately just going with what feels right). However, it’s that same ease that defines the power of accessories. For example, on an outfit as simple as a lazy-day sweatshirt and jeans, that one statement necklace — those extra 10 seconds you took to unclasp, place around your neck, and reclasp — quickly takes the outfit from passive to active. In other words, instead of your environment or your mood dressing you, you’re dressing you.
2. SET A GOAL
As I mention in my bio, I describe my style as edgy and relaxed, or at least that’s what my style aspires to be. I’m constantly evaluating my wardrobe so that even on a bad day, I have what I need to still look presentable. My process is simple: When I picture myself in a potential casual outfit, I picture how it would look if I were a celebrity on a day-off-oot-and-aboot errand and the paparazzi were snapping away. The expectation is wanting to look like this or this — effortlessly stylish. Silly, I know, but it’s that common pursuit of wanting to look like you tried without trying.
And how do you do this? Shortcuts. And what’s the ultimate style shortcut? You got it: Accessories. That’s why this year my New Year’s style resolution is to accessorize more, because accessories can bridge the gap between wearing an outfit and carrying an outfit.
3. CREATE A PLAN
Just like any other New Year’s resolution, it’s important to come up with a plan to make sure you follow through with the smaller steps in the early stages that lead to making (or breaking) habits in the long run. For myself, I decided to start simple, with a two-part plan:
Part 1: Associate accessories with necessity
One cog in my plan was purchasing* a Michael Kors “Runway” rose gold wrist watch. With a staple item like this that has a specific, daily function, everyday styling is present by default. It’s also a nice trend piece that works with almost every outfit you put together.
* By purchasing I mean that I had saved enough VISA Rewards points to redeem for the exact watch I happened to have on my wishlist. So, yes, I do #smallenfreuden — but hey, it clearly pays off to make all those small VISA purchases, collect all those points, and get a $275 watch for free.
Part 2: Accessorize on the go
The second, more important method in my plan is one that I’ve been testing out for a few months now and, so far, it’s been working out very well. Usually, when I’m getting ready for work at 8 a.m., my body has already reached its discomfort quota by being up that early (I am most certainly a night owl), so my sleepy consciousness is repelled by the idea of adding uncomfortable metals to the equation. But then later in the day, when I’ve finally acknowledged daylight and the waking world, I’m suddenly in the mood to add those final touches to my outfit. Knowing this about myself, I started packing my favourite, most used accessories into small organza bags and keeping them in my purse. That way, I’ve saved myself some time getting ready, and I can accessorize myself on the way to or once I’ve arrived at my destination (whether it’s for work during the day, or for an evening function).
*Tip: My mom has taught me by example that organza bags can be used in so many ways, not just for party favours. The best part is they’re ridiculously inexpensive. We get ours from the textile and beads district on Toronto’s Queen Street West (between Spadina and Bathurst) at a store called Hi Beads (though there are so many others to choose from, like Arton Beads and BlingBling). You can get all colours and sizes in packs of about 10-20 bags for under $3. You can also find them at Party City in packs of 12-24 bags for under $10.
So that’s how I plan to carry out my style commitment for 2015. You can apply this three-step method to any of your New Year’s resolutions. Now I’m interested to hear what your style resolutions are for the new year. Let me know in the comments!
Happy accessorizing! :)