At this stage of my style journey I’m achieving my style goals and my wardrobe is in a very happy place. I continue to thoroughly enjoy fashion and style, shopping, adding on-trend updates when they tickle my fancy, and refreshing my wardrobe with key pieces. I’ve been especially enjoying the last few years of silhouette and proportional shifts and remixes. I love looser and wider bottom silhouettes with mid and high rises, a variety of pant lengths, boxy fits, and shorter top lengths. It’s nice to see colours other than earth tones and greyed mid tones at retail, and footwear that isn’t chunky.

Many of my style and wardrobe decisions, strategies, and processes have become intuitive and are on autopilot. These days they are internalized habits, and I don’t need to list them as style goals. I trust my instincts, and when I’m unsure, ask hubs Greg what he thinks of a look, style or colour.

To recap, my Style Descriptor (or Style Moniker) is Urban Polish. I live in the city, walk almost everywhere in all sorts of weather with doggies in tow, wear smart casual and dressy clothes daily, and extremely comfortable shoes that go the distance. I am a perfectionist, and very neat and tidy by nature, so it’s important that my outward appearance exudes a high dose of polish.

I will continue to wear outfits that are Modern, Crisp, Retro, Playful and Dressy.

Modern, because I enjoy injecting a few carefully chosen hot-off-the-press trends into my seasonal look. That’s part of why fashion is fun, keeps things fresh, and it works well with my line of work.

Crisp, because I love wearing shades of white and clear brights, and have a strong need to create a fresh, professional and tidy appearance.

Retro, because of my fondness for fashion from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, but remixing retro sensibilities with a good dose of current.

Playful, because it’s become important to me to wear outfits that are or have soft, amusing, sentimental, nostalgic and fun elements. This also reminds me to not take fashion and style too seriously, and to do my own thing.

Dressy, because super casual does not make me happy.

General Style Goals

  • To carry on doing what I’m doing.
  • To grow my hair another four inches

Specific Shopping Goals

None are urgent. If I can tick them off the list, fab! If not, all good too:

  • Add wardrobe items in bright sour green, because the colour is finally available at retail and is one of my favourites
  • Re-evaluate tired cotton knitwear and replace as needed
  • Re-evaluate tired white jeans and replace as needed
  • Replace beaten up tomato red loafers
  • Add dressy and refined white Fisherman sandals or ankle-strap flats
  • Add a pastel blue or pastel pink dressy coat
  • Embellish my high Summer capsule, because Seattle Summers are hotter than they used to be
  • Embellish my formal and semi-formal capsule
  • Summer dresses, swooshy midi skirts, and fun dressy pants are always welcome!

Have you thought about your style goals for 2023? Many of the YLF forum members have thought about theirs, and their posts have been a pleasure to read over the last few weeks. Please share your style goals in the comments section, even if you’ve already shared them on the forum. They will be and interesting and aspirational to others, and I look forward to hearing them.