2012 is quickly drawing to a close, which means it’s time to think about resolutions for the New Year! Whether you routinely set goals for the New Year or avoid them like Calvin above (photo source), here are four fashion-related resolutions to get you thinking!
In 2013, I will do something new with my hair or makeup.
Perhaps you put your hair in a ponytail every. single. day. This year, try wearing your hair a new way a couple of times a month. Change your part, wear it down, wear it up, braid it. Do you have the same hairstyle as you did five or ten years ago? Cut it. Grow it out. Are you always buying variations of brown eyeshadow? (Guilty!) Try a new color! Small change-ups in hair and makeup can have big outcomes. Do you have a drawer full of makeup that you never use? Get using it or get rid of it!
In 2013, I will stick to a clothing budget.
Do you have a clothing budget? Spending some time coming up with a household clothing budget can help you prioritize spending on clothes, avoid feeling guilty about buying clothes, and/or avoid potential arguments about spending money on clothes. According to the Consumer Expenditures survey done by the United States Department of Labor, the average U.S. consumer spends about 3.8% of their income on apparel and services (source).
A variety of budgeting websites advise that clothing should make up between two and ten percent of your household budget. The average American household income for 2012 was $63,091 (source), which means that between $1,262 (2%) and $6,309 (10%) would be the average clothing budget for a year. If you are a household of 3 people, on the low-end, you are spending $105 per month on clothes for your household; on the high-end, $526 monthly.
It is a good idea to consider how much you spend on your own clothes, your partner’s clothes and your kids’ clothes when setting a clothing budget. Additionally, take into consideration any changes that may be on the horizon for you or family members. Maternity clothes, returning-to-work clothes or an extra family member all will occupy a bit more of the clothing budget. J’s Everyday Fashion has a great post on how to set a clothing budget that will work for you.
In 2013, I will break out of my clothing rut.
We all have our clothing crutches, whether they be yoga pants, the default pair of jeans, black shirts or grey dress pants. Luckily, it can be fairly easy and low-cost to break up any clothing ruts you may be in. Wear that pair of pants that you never wear. Stop wearing that same shirt with those pants–try a different shirt from your closet. Try that outfit with booties instead of flats.
If you’re in the market for some new clothes, try something new. Closet full of neutrals? Buy a shirt in a new color. Do you have twelve pairs of boot cut jeans? Try a new cut.
In 2013, I will clean out my closet.
Perhaps you didn’t get enough time to take on our closet clean-out challenge. Let 2013 be your year to embrace the challenge! You may discover things you didn’t even remember owning! Knowing that you like and wear everything in your closet can help you break out of your clothing rut (see above) and also save you time on deciding what to wear each day.
And now, a giveaway!
To help add something new to your lifestyle, we are giving away a Mommébox to one lucky reader! Mommébox is a new monthly subscription service that curates a box of beauty, lifestyle and education products geared towards mothers like us. They have given us one box full of new beauty and lifestyle products to help jump start your New Year. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us what your New Year’s resolution is. You must like merelymothers on Facebook to qualify to win the Mommébox. If you follow @merelymothers on Twitter, you can have an extra entry!
This giveaway runs through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The winner will be selected Wednesday, January 2, and announced on Facebook.
Good luck and Happy New Year!