Every year, I try to find new ways to challenge myself in various areas of my life. Last year, I challenged myself to go vegan for a while and I also worked on diligence. In the end, I’ve learned more about healthy eating and I’m getting better at committing. Small steps.
Well, for 2017, I decided to have a little fun with my challenges for this year and challenge my style. Over the past couple of years, my style and has gone from casual chic to colorless comfort. I used to crave shopping for cute tops and structured bottoms, but then I started bulking buying leggings and grey tees. Sounds horribly boring, right? Well, it has gotten worst over the past couple of months.
The only clothing I’ve bought over the past couple of months are sweats and I’m not talking about those thin, colorful ones that are practically form-fitting for women. No, I’m talking about those baggy Hanes sweats that you can find in a box in the men’s section of Wal-Mart. Well, I found mine at Wal-Mart, but I’m sure you can find them at other places. Also, my color choices? Black and 2 shades of grey (light and dark). Boring.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and act like I haven’t worn at least one of those items every week. I practically live in them, because I can’t deny all that comfort. However, I’m starting to annoyed with my style and want brush it up. So, I’ve come up with three things that I plan to do in 2017 to add some more style to my life and wardrobe.
Style Challenges 2017: Stopping Buying Grey Tees
I have a deep love for finding, buying, and constantly wearing a soft grey tee. It’s a passion of mine. However, that passion has spread to pants, sweaters, dresses, and even shoes. My wardrobe looks the sky when a storm is approaching. Therefore, I’m challenging myself to stop buying grey clothes, especially grey tees. I’ve already passed a couple tests for this challenge.
I was at Target this weekend and grabbed a grey tee to put in my cart, but stopped right before dropping it in. I was proud of myself. The other test was when I was taking advantage of JustFab.com $5 sale and didn’t buy one thing that was any shade of grey. Instead, I bought a chic black jacket, a perfect burgundy sweater, and colorful graphic printed dresses. Those items will come in handy for my next challenge.
Style Challenges 2017: Wear Brighter Colors and Prints
Me giving up my love of grey has caused me to realize that I don’t wear enough color or prints. I’ve never really been into prints, but I do own a few printed pieces that draw me compliments whenever I wear them. The introvert in me likes to lay low and be out of the way and prints and bright colors don’t help. However, the lady with 200 shades of colorful nail polishes thinks it’s about time to release the rainbow in the form of prints and colorful pieces. I think this will be a breeze.
Style Challenges: Accessorize More
People who knew me in high school and even college might be shocked to know that I rarely wear any jewelry anymore. For most of my life, I always had some form of jewelry on and wuold switch out between fun purses on a almost daily basis. Now, I carry the same black tote bag during the winter and the same brown Madewell bag for the rest of the year. The only jewelry I’ve been wearing are a pair of my fake diamond earrings WHEN I remember to grab them on the way out the door to work. Let me be clear, I have plenty and plenty of purses, shoes, and sparkly baubles to accessorize my looks for the rest of my life. Time to break them out.
For the past couple of years, I’ve just gotten too comfortable with the bare minimum. They say contentment is the enemy of success and I would have to agree. So, in 2017, I’m going to get uncomfortable with different areas of my life, but for now, let me get prepared for this style challenge. I’M READY!