We get it, setting goals and making positive lifestyle changes shouldn’t be something that we think about only once a year.
Still, there’s nothing like a clean slate on January 1st to motivate us to start doing things a bit better. Whether it’s your wardrobe or your wellbeing that could do with a little work, take note of our top ten New Year’s resolutions and make 2016 your most fashionable year yet.
Dress every day like you’re going to bump into your worst enemy. Or if that old chestnut doesn’t incentivise you to aim higher in the style stakes, consider these words of wisdom straight from tumblr: “Every time you get dressed just remember that if you die, that’s your ghost outfit forever.” Powerful.
Treat yourself to fresh basics. Make 2016 the year that you say ‘no!’ to discoloured t-shirts, mangled bras, and fake-tan stained sheets. You work hard, you deserve better than that.
Get shoes re-heeled before they wear down to the nail. It doesn’t matter if your footwear cost you $100 or $1000, nothing cheapens an outfit more than a stiletto that looks like it’s been chewed on…
…except maybe chipped nailpolish. Yes, life is busy and there’s not always time to factor in a manicure, whether DIY or at a salon. But there’s no reason to walk around with ratty nails when wiping off (the remains of) your current colour and applying a clear top coat will only take five minutes of your time.
Get rid of any clothes that you’re hoarding (or that you’ve been meaning to sell on Trade Me for two years, but haven’t, amiright?). An organisation like Women’s Refuge, Yellow Belle or Dress for Success will make better use of that few-seasons-old-but-barely-worn Country Road blazer than you will of thirty bucks, minus sucess fees.
Remove your makeup before bed. In Paris Hilton’s hey-day she would advocate sleeping in makeup, claiming that it always gave her skin a dewy appearance in the morning. And where is Paris Hilton now? Exactly.
Sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen. Face, neck, décolletage, hands and feet. Slather it on or live to regret it, which you will, whether it’s five hours or five years later.
Bring your own lunch to work. This doesn’t have to be about saving money (although there is that). But the quality over quantity argument is just as valid. Wouldn’t you rather spend $50 at a cool Japanese restaurant on Friday night than $10 a day on sushi that’s been sitting on a mall counter for several hours?
Make better use of your evenings. It’s all too easy to lose two hours at the end of the day in a social media vortex, so it’s time to get off Facebook and pick up an actual book. You know that stack of Penguin Classics by your bed that got you 45 insta-likes that time? That would be a good place to start.
Psst, your chances of getting stuck into one of those books will increase immeasurably if you leave your phone in another room. If your phone doubles as your alarm, aquaint yourself with its ‘do not disturb’ function. Here are the notifications you will miss between 10pm and 11pm: a reminder about a Facebook event that you have no intention of attending, two new spam followers on Instagram, and a random work email that you 100% do not need to see until you’re back on the clock.