January is always my least favourite month. If you haven’t guessed by now, I turn into more of a Christmas freak than Will Ferrell in December, which is all fun and games until the lights come down and I hit my annual January funk. It’s so difficult to overcome this; each day seems more dreich than the last, normal life is back in full swing and Christmas feels like it was all a dream. Apologies if I’m making you feel even worse, but hopefully I’m not alone in this.
One of the worst things about this funk- for anyone as pretentious as me- is the very little inspiration with the wardrobe situation. It’s so difficult to resist the temptation to wear black constantly, or go one step further and stay in joggers and a jumper all day (me 90% of the time).
I go through this annually, when the rainy days are endless and I begin to crave some sunshine. Perhaps I’m alone in this but if you go through a similar rut then here are some of the ways I force my way out of it.
Fight the urge to blend in with the weather- brighter colours are a good way of fighting the style rut. I got a pink teddy coat for my Christmas- I will feature it very soon- which is my go to at the moment when I want to add a pop of colour. Or if I’m wearing a lot of black, then I try to add some printed trousers like these tartan ones from Zara, adding something a little different to my everyday outfit. I know a bright pink coat or tartan trousers won’t be for everyone, but even adding brighter colours in through accessories like a scarf or hat are a great way to brighten up any January outfit and more importantly, your mood.
Search for some inspiration! Whenever I have no idea what to wear, I go online. Instagram is my saviour; I scroll through daily and save outfits from many style bloggers for future inspiration. Or if I have an idea of what I want to wear such as a piece of clothing or a dress code, then Pinterest is my favourite place to go- I’ll type in the idea for an outfit I have and scroll through the many, many amazing outfit photos until something inspires me.
There are so many outfits I see on other people and think “I wish I was brave enough to wear that”. So many people probably admire the bravery of others being able to pull off an outfit from afar, dreaming of a day they’ll have the courage to try it. I always try to push myself out of my comfort zone and most of the time (there are a few regrets) it pays off. So if you see something you like on someone else, try it out yourself! New year, new wardrobe mantra to go for it.
Revaluating your wardrobe is a powerful thing. The amount of times I have gone into my wardrobe and found things I forgot I had is unreal, only to fall in love with them all over again; this year I am setting myself a goal to go against fast fashion and wear everything I already own and love. ‘Out with the old and in with the new’ shouldn’t always be the case; if you liked a dress a couple of years ago, there is no reason you won’t like it now, and chances are you’ll have new pieces to style it up with. I like to think of my older pieces as classics in my wardrobe, not things that need to be thrown out. Maybe I’m showing signs of becoming a clothes hoarder, but seriously, a new outfit can be made out of the items you once loved and forgot about.
While I don’t necessarily like New Year resolutions, my last tip is a bit of a belated one: stop caring about what other people think. This is easier said than done, I know. Don’t wear something just because it is trendy; wear it because you feel confident and stylish in it. My favourite thing about clothes are those pieces that make you walk taller because you feel good about yourself, so if you feel happy with what you are wearing then stop there. A constant need for ‘likes’ or validation from others is exhausting, so try to wear what you love- it’s definitely a work in progress for me.