It’s never essential to evolve your style. My style is in a happy place at the moment, so I doubt my style shifts will be dramatic or even all that noticeable as we head into 2013. That said, I’m always looking for ways to inject newness into my look, no matter how subtle the change, because that’s part of what makes my style journey fun. Combining constancy with change is a prerequisite for my style at the start of each new year and fashion season. 

In 2013 I will strive to keep the following aspects of my style constant: 

  • Combining the classics with a big dose of modern as I incorporate new trends
  • A colour palette of black, shades of white, and sour brights
  • Equal parts Boyish and Ladylike
  • Dressy
  • Polish
  • Simplicity
  • Crispness
  • Strictness
  • No jewelry, except for my watch and wedding ring
  • Low heels
  • Very little make-up and no fingernail polish
  • Gold

As for the changes, this is what I’m craving: 

  • Softness: I rediscovered my love for light blue last year and want to continue exploring pretty pastels. 
  • Refinement: More and more I appreciate a sense of refinement across all wardrobe items. I LOVE menswear inspired shoes and clothing, but they must look refined and not rugged. 
  • Romance: I adore lace and flirty midi skirts with movement. I want more.   
  • Pointy Toed Footwear: I’m going to wear more low heeled and flat pointy toed pumps after re-acquiring the taste with a recent purchase of pointy toed, heeled oxfords. I’m in the mood to combine the severity of pointy toes with soft dressing. I wish I could wear dainty pointy toed shoes with ankle straps, but my feet have rejected ankle straps. Perhaps I’ll find a magical pair that works. 
  • Trousers: Still crazy about all sorts of trouser silhouettes and can’t wait to sport the new long shorts shape for Summer. 
  • Ink blue: I keep on craving more of it in my wardrobe. It’s softer than black, beautiful with white, and very chic. 
  • White: I already wear a lot of white and cream, but want to wear even more. 

I don’t make resolutions, and I don’t hold myself to a rigid set of style goals. Style goals are important, but they must be flexible enough to allow for spontaneity. I’ll look back on this post at the end of the year and compare my thoughts to how my style actually evolved over 2013. Always an interesting exercise!  

Over to you. Do you have thoughts on how you plan to evolve your style this year?