It’s that time of year to start thinking about the resolutions you’re going to make for 2014. The most important thing to consider when making a new year’s resolution is to make sure it’s attainable. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t push yourself to try or do new things. The most common New Year’s resolutions typically have to do with weight loss, quitting bad habits and making positive changes to better our lives. As an alternative, decide that this year will be your most stylish ever. Explore new looks, break bad style habits, and be honest with yourself about what really looks good on you. Make 2014 the year that you present the best version of yourself.
Explore New Looks
The global color authority, Pantone, announced that Radiant Orchid will be the 2014 color of the year. This exotic purple tone exudes warmth and is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. This spring try shirts, shorts, or fashion accessories in this color. Pair a radiant orchid sundress with teal, turquoise or light yellow accessories for a fabulous spring look. In addition, this vibrant color will also liven up neutrals such as gray, beige and white. It can be scary to try color, but this tone looks great on every skin tone and is ideal for the Florida Keys where bright colors surround us through our tropical landscape and turquoise waters. It’s time to embrace color to complement our beautiful surroundings.
Break Bad Style Habits
Throw Away Your Fanny Pack.
Having all your important belongings in a safe and secure pouch tied to your waist is convenient. However, adding 10 pounds to your stomach is absolutely unflattering. With fashion, the goal is to accentuate your best assets and a fanny pack just adds dimension to an area most would like to appear slimmer.
If you’re like me, you thought the fanny pack was a bad trend that died in the 90’s. However, one trip to the state fair or an amusement park will prove that the fanny pack is alive and thriving. Did I mention it’s called a fanny pack? Why on earth would you want to own something that refers to a person’s buttocks? In 2014, make a resolution to rid your closet of all unflattering, out-of-date clothing. Although, I am normally a promoter of donating all items we no longer are using, donating a fanny pack is like giving someone the flu. It’s just not right to pass it on. Let’s get rid of the fanny pack once and for all. Throw it away.
Wear the Right Socks for the Right Shoes
After moving to the Keys, I found that socks are a rarity. There are very few opportunities to even wear them unless heading to the gym or heading North to visit family. However, I’ve recently witnessed a resurgence in the Keys where people are wearing socks with …SANDALS!?! Yes, it’s true. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes and I lived to tell the tale. So here is a little education on the proper socks to wear with their corresponding shoes. Athletic shoes require the use of athletic socks. They provide a thicker cushion for ample protection from rubbing and blisters. Most loafers worn in the Keys are worn with shorts, therefore, no socks are needed. When wearing black dress shoes and black dress pants, you may want to wear socks. What color you ask? Black socks will create a seamless look so that when you sit, we won’t be staring at your ankles wondering why you’re wearing white athletic socks to a business function or formal affair. Back to the socks with sandals. This baffles my mind. Is it because you’re cold? Then why are you wearing sandals at all?
The rule of thumb with socks is white shoes=white socks, black shoes=black socks and if you’re a little adventurous, try a fun pattern like argyle. Just make sure that the undertone follows the rule above.
The best version of yourself is begging to make an appearance. That means fanny pack and socks with sandals are no more. Vow to break those bad fashion habits you’ve been making in your wardrobe. Get rid of items that have had their day and are not longer looking complementary on your body. Pay attention to what outfits you’re wearing when given compliments and find more looks that help you achieve your very best.
Happy New Year! May 2014 be your most fabulous yet.