It never fails. Every year, thousands of women make
resolutions to do things differently. Some vow to lose weight and
others to lead a healthier lifestyle.
If yours is to make a little more time for yourself in the
style department, then allow me to give you a few
I've made a few style resolutions myself, and now that we
are three months into the New Year I've only kept up with one. But
with spring and summer slowly approaching, I'm hoping to keep up
with the other two.
After researching ways to keep up with my resolutions, I
found an interesting article . . .
Recent research has shown that while 52 percent of
participants in a resolution study were confident of success with
their goals, only 12 percent actually achieved their goals.
Furthermore, the same study shows that women succeeded 10 percent
more when they made their goals public and got support from their
So grab your girlfriend and make things happen with these
three easy-to-follow steps.
Know your body
Most think that the secret to being stylish lies in the
ability of picking out clothes and following trends. That couldn't
be further from the truth. Identifying your body type is the
initial step. Knowing your body type will help you determine what
will and will not work for you, hence making getting dressed a
Once you've done that you're half way there.
Comfort is the epitome of style.
Choosing clothing that is comfortable never means
having to forgo looking good. The key to having the best of both
worlds is to simply opt for pieces that feel great on!
For one, fabrics play a huge role! Always choose one that
feels soft on your skin. With warmer months around the corner,
opting for lighter, breathable textures is never a bad
Apart from fabric, fit is also very important. I
personally love loose fitting tops as I feel most comfortable in
But the "fit" does not necessarily refer to how loose or
tight the garment is, but also to its size. I always encourage
ladies to have a tailor. Why? Because we shop in stores that make
sizes for the general public and sometimes those sizes just don't
work for us. A dress could be the perfect length but may need to be
taken in just a little bit. A tailor can have that taken in for
less than a week's worth of coffees, and voila! You have the
Think about it
Did you know that dressing affects the mind? I recently
read an article on Vogue.com which explored a theory based on a
study published on the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology's
The study tested people on their ability to perform based
on their attire. Subjects were divided in groups. Some donned white
coats that (they) thought belonged to doctors while the others wore
street clothes. The study proved that those in the white coats
performed better than those in street clothes and that their focus
was heightened when they actually put on the coats.
The phenomenon is called "enclothed cognition" meaning
that if your brain links certain pieces of clothing or brands to
certain events or situation, you're likely to take on those
attributes when you wear those items.
Since reading that article it takes me twice as long to
Now that you have these tools in hand, go forth and be
Charlotte Betts is a Canadian expat, wife and mother adopted by the Windy City. Fluently bilingual in French and English, Betts is a fashion connoisseur with a slight obsession to red lipstick. She also curates milknhonee an inspirational mommy and me style blog.
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