As we enter a new year and a new decade, it’s only natural to think of a New Year’s Resolution. I’m not much of a New Year’s Resolution person, because as a Type Four, I always have a lot of goals for perfecting various aspects of my life. What I have done for now three years is come up with a word of the year. I had “growth,” “cultivate,” and now “bloom” (for some reason, I like a good plant metaphor).
But I wanted to pick a different word for my style. In Lifestyle, the DYT team published an article encouraging us to pick a Style Word of the Year. As I thought about what I really wanted to accomplish with my style this year, the word that came to mind is “professional.” I’m graduating and entering the job market in May, and I am finally starting my professional career in the United States in earnest. As a grad student, I mainly wear jeans and a hoodie most days, but even if I end up in a casual workplace, that’s not really the image I want to present. I want to be capable, stylish, and yes, professional.
But it is very important to me is making sure that I still feel comfortable and like myself. I don’t want to just wear a business suit off the rack and call it a day. I want a professional style that still expresses who I am and doesn’t feel like something I wouldn’t ever want to wear on my days off.
I have come up with a basic outfit formula that I think I will feel comfortable in as a starting point. This basic outfit is: ankle-length slim trousers + top that is not a button-down and a cropped jacket without any rounded shapes OR a sweater + flats + statement earrings.
This will be the starting point of my professional wardrobe. Wearing a variation on the same basic theme may sound dull to some of you, but I’m a Type Four, and I like consistency. I’m researching options for myself to make it happen, as I’m in the complicated position of also actively trying to lose weight, and so I don’t really want to invest in new clothes every time my size changes. I will hopefully keep you updated on how it goes through the year!
Did you make a style resolution/word of the year for 2020?
Edited 1/20/20: Carol actually posted a video on this on YouTube that is open to all. I suggest watching it!
Elizabeth StewartJanuary 9, 2020 at 10:12 am
I’ve never heard of this idea before, but I like it. Thinking about my overall style direction – Kibbe Romantic and DYT probably 2/1 – the word “harmony” comes to mind. I’d like my overall impression to be harmonious. Colours that coordinate beautifully, lines which drape or flow, some paisley or floral prints, Art Nouveau jewelry. Textures- velvet for winter, soft cottons, silks. Nothing that clashes, nothing harsh or sharp. I mainly wear long, flowing skirts with velvet or cotton fitted jackets and co-ordinated tees, just changing the fabrics for summer, so I think “harmony” will inspire me when choosing accessories, etc. I try to make my home a harmonious place both in decor and in atmosphere, and to create harmony in relationships, so yes, this will work! Thanks for the idea!Reply
SilverroxenJanuary 20, 2020 at 6:13 pm
Ooh I like this! It reminds me of one of my favorite YouTubers Lavendaire. She chooses a theme every year.
I want to wear dresses more consistently and try out skirts. This is moving out of my comfort zone since I either wear jeans or leggings and dresses on occasion.
For dresses I’ve found that I love ones with contrast collars. I have two like this and I’m thinking of buying another lol.
As for skirts have a couple of skirts, one of which I bought three years ago and wore once. Its a wrap skirt from HM and I liked it.
My legs is one of my Three Loves after all. 🙂Reply
stylesyntaxJanuary 20, 2020 at 7:03 pm
I used to wear skirts and dresses a lot, but now it’s something I don’t do much. Maybe next year. 🙂