New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to, but these six bad fashion habits are easy to kick. If you stick to them, you’ll be healthier, happier, more stylish, and more mindful about the environment, the world, and your own budget. If you want major results with little effort then, repeat after us:
In 2018, I will never again:
Buy clothes that don't fit.
Aspirational shopping may sound like a good idea on the surface, but deep down, it’s rooted in impracticality. Even if you intend to and actually follow through on goals of losing a few pounds, that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and buy clothes that are too small in hopes that you will fit into them one day. This is a common temptation, but it’s definitely one to resist.
By indulging in aspirational shopping, you are paying real money for an unrealized future moment that may or may not occur and, in the meantime, your too-small or too-large item will sit unused in your closet. It’s much smarter to reach your fitness goals before you invest in new wardrobe items instead. You know what completely eradicates the headache of going to a tailor or waiting for clothes to fit you “someday”? Buying items that fit you perfectly in the first place. Make it a mantra in 2018: I will buy clothes and shoes that fit me.
Have you ever gotten swept up in the frenzy of a sample sale or a really good online sale at your favorite e-tailer, only to realize that you already owned a nearly identical version once you have your items in hand? This happens to even the most well-intentioned shopper. For some reason, when confronted with a bargain, all memories of your existing wardrobe go straight out the window.
To eliminate this problem, there are two solutions. Firstly, do a quick wardrobe rundown before you shop. It helps to visualize your belongings by going through your closet to refresh your memory on what you already own – you may even find some forgotten treasures along the way. Secondly, make a list and stick to it. This may seem like a no-brainer, but when you’re on the hunt, a visual reminder of what you’re looking for can help steer you away from superfluous trends and keep you on track.
Compare myself to others.
They say comparison is the thief of joy and, with that in mind, social media can be a minefield for a fashion lover. When your favorite style blogger gets the latest “It” bag and posts it on Instagram, it may trigger a shopping frenzy on your part. Before you let fashion envy take over, driving you to make purchases that you don’t need or can’t afford, stop and take a deep breath. Remember that Instagram and the rest of social media is a carefully curated version of what other people want you to see.
That perfectly posed chai latté next to a glorious new Dior ‘Rose des Vents’ necklace and stack of Cartier ‘Love’ bracelets may look fantastic in pictures, but instead of trying to compare or imitate, appreciate and admire instead. These images can help you set style goals for yourself, but never let yourself become consumed by the comparison game. It’s an unhealthy habit, but fortunately, mindfulness is an easy step to take toward erasing feelings of style inadequacy.
Ignore the basics.
A basic capsule wardrobe is a must-have for any woman with style goals. A capsule wardrobe ensures that no matter what trends you buy into or what styles you experiment with, you’ll always have a solid foundation on which to build or subtract. If you don’t have high-quality versions of the basics, invest in them for 2018.
Curate these items carefully and ensure that when you do buy a leather jacket, a basic black blazer, or other foundational pieces, you forego fast-fashion brands and pick versions that are extremely well made. Your basic capsule wardrobe should last you over 20 years – if not longer – and withstand trends and seasonal changes. From there, you can mix and match these pieces with fun vintage items, trendy accessories, avant-garde silhouettes, and more in order to personalize your signature style.
Overindulge in fast fashion.
Fast fashion has made cheap clothes available at an increasingly accelerated rate, but it is also destroying the environment – it’s the number two producer of environmental waste, second only to waste produced by the oil and gas industry! Scale back the amount of fast fashion you buy in the coming year.
If you tend to shop indiscriminately, toss all of the money you’d spend in a single month into a savings account instead. Do this for a couple of months and you’ll be able to invest in high-quality designer clothing that is well made and lasts longer. When you average the Cost Per Use (CPU) of these designer goods compared to fast-fashion goods, you’re actually coming out ahead in the long run. A fast-fashion item is made to be worn only a few times before it starts to fall apart, whereas a well-made designer piece will last a lifetime.
The breakdown is simple: If you buy a AED 2,000 item and wear it 200 times, you’re paying AED 10 for every time you wear it. If you buy a fast-fashion item for AED 200 and wear it only twice, you’re paying AED 100 for every use. Understanding CPUs will help you understand the value of your wardrobe and future fashion investments.
Wear shoes that hurt.
When are we going to learn that we don’t have to suffer for fashion? That outdated mantra should be officially relegated to the garbage heap in 2018. Wearing shoes that hurt your feet may seem like a minor, temporary pain that one suffers for a few uncomfortable evenings a week, but there are actually long-lasting health ramifications that coincide with the choice to wear ill-fitting footwear.
Bad shoes can cause severe back problems, spinal-alignment issues, painful foot and nail deformities, joint degeneration, and knee osteoarthritis. If you refuse to kick your heel habit, opt for lower-heeled versions, which will reduce the stress placed on your lower back and spine caused by shoes that are too high.