New Year, New You!

My niece turned 3 last week and like any budding fashionista, she squealed with delight when she opened her birthday gifts and found the latest playground styles in the heavy gift boxes.  When I asked her if she was going to wear her “I Am 3″ t-shirt to school the next day, she looked me in the eye and said, “No, I’m going to wear one of the gifts my family gave me.”  I kid you not.  The next morning, she negotiated her outfit with her mother with a level of skill that I haven’t seen since my high school days when my mother and I tap danced around what I wanted to wear and what she thought was appropriate.  It was so refreshing to watch this little person assert her style preferences without regard for rules, fashion edicts or fear of breaking some esoteric fashion rule (granted she has people with pretty good tasting buying her clothes, but so does Suri Cruise and I’d bet good money she’s got something to say about what she puts on daily too).  The lesson to be learned here is to trust your gut.  Jada’s exuberance over her new clothes and her confidence in her clothing choices are a reminder to us all that clothes are supposed to be a fun expression of one’s self.

Think back to the days when the hardest thing you had to do on a weekly basis was to climb the rope in gym class or possibly get hit during dodge ball.  You definitely had a favorite outfit, pair of shoes or an accessory that you were fiercely proud of – it made you feel invincible.  Channel the confidence of your inner child as you re-assess your wardrobe and think about the new you for the new year.  Answer the following questions with child-like honesty as you go through your drawers and closets:

  1. How many outfits or items do I have that I love?  Overall, do I like my clothes?
  2. Do I feel confident when I leave the house?
  3. Do my clothes make me look polished and professional or do they say “I don’t care?”
  4. Is getting dressed in the morning an anxiety-ridden process?
  5. Do you ask yourself  ’Why do I have a closet full of clothes, but I never have anything to wear?’
  6. Do I have a good sense of what I look good in?
  7. Do I have a signature look or do I wear variations of a uniform every day?

These questions are intended to help you take stock as the new year begins.  If you love your clothes; you’re a Glamour Goddess and we’re all trying to be like you!  If you’re a bit Hit Or Miss, vacillating between good outfit days and bad, take solace in the fact that you’re not alone.  What will help you ascend the style ladder from Hit Or Miss to Glamour Goddess is taking the time to figure out what your personal style is and then doing what needs to be done to get to that next level.  More on this next week for those of you who are feeling a bit Hit Or Miss (post comments if you have questions and I will do my best to address them in next week’s posting).  And if you answered “NO” to more than 5 of the questions above, consider hiring someone to help you take things up a notch.  There should be no shame in your game – when you look good, you feel good, you’ll walk taller, smile more and have greater confidence whether you are out for a night on the town or going to work.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and your wardrobe won’t be either, but with patience, some great sales and me by your side you will be dressing like a Glamazon in no time!

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1 Response to “New Year, New You!”


  • I’m definatley a Hit or Miss type and looking forward to your next post.

    My problem is …if I knew what it was that makes some of my outfits a hit and what makes others a miss…I wouldn’t be a hit or miss!

    I would like to hear more about proper proportions. I have a feeling that is where my problems lie.

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