Whether it’s the start of a new year, new month, or new week, the beginning of something often makes people think it’s the perfect time for a fresh start, hence New Year’s resolutions and monthly squat challenges.
If you’re feeling bored with yourself and have an itch for change in 2017, you’ll be surprised by how different you feel by making minor changes to your usual style.
If you don’t really know where to start clothing-wise, try starting with something easier like your hairstyle. Dying your hair a new color always makes someone feel like a brand new person, especially if it’s a drastic color.
If you want that “new year, new you” feeling, consider going a couple shades darker or lighter than your current color, or even a whole different color all together. I was platinum blonde for 6 years, and when I spontaneously decided to go silver I definitely felt like, and looked like, a whole new person.
If you do decide to go with a drastic color change, make sure to do some research and get a consultation so you don’t cause your hair major damage from harsh chemicals, like bleach. I know when going lighter, some colors won’t show up unless you bleach your hair first, and with REALLY dark hair, going lighter will possibly be a process. When I first went silver, it washed out after one or two washes, but the more I got it touched up the longer it stayed, and now the silver stays in my hair for the whole six weeks.
A new full-on color can also be expensive, so if changing your hair sounds appealing to you but you don’t want to cringe when swiping your card, consider something like highlights, coloring the tips, or even just a streak. Pastel colors like blue, pink, and green are in right now too, so something like that is also an option. I started putting pastel pink at the tips of my hair, and when I’m bored with the silver I’ll probably go all pink.
If you’re satisfied with your current color, cutting it is another option if you want to feel renewed for the new year. If you’ve been growing your hair out for a while, you may want to take several inches off and get an early start for spring and summer.
However if you want your hair to grow a little more like me, or just like the current length, you can just take a couple of inches off, if that, to get off the dead ends so your hair will grow faster and healthier. Other cuts you can make to change up your hairstyle include adding layers or bangs, it’s a great way to get a whole new feel for yourself.
If the change you’re looking for is more in the clothing category, try adding types of pieces into your wardrobe that you don’t wear often, for whatever reason.
You don’t necessarily have to switch from always wearing jeans to always wearing skirts, but if jeans are your go-to, try looking for colored, patterned, or embroidered/embellished jeans on your next shopping trip. If you refuse to buy anything other than skinny jeans, the new year is the perfect time to think about trying boyfriend, mom, or flare styles too.
But by all means, if you want to trade in all your jeans for skirts, go right ahead. With all of the types of skirts and dresses out there, maxi, skater, a-line, you’re bound to find something that fits your needs, even if the thought of wearing a skirt or dress makes you uncomfortable.
The same goes for shirts and other garments as well. If you have a lot of solids, you might want to think about adding in some stripes or graphics, and vice versa. Suede and velvet have been a hot fall trend too, so if you usually don’t go for that type of material, 2017 might be the year to try it.
Also think about the colors themselves. Pastels are a great alternative to neutrals, or maybe it’s neutrals you want to add. For a slow transition, try adding pops of different colors or patterns you don’t usually wear to your everyday outfits.
While some of these tricks might seem too subtle to make you feel any different, you’d be surprised at how such a little change can make such a big difference in the way you feel about yourself. You might not feel it right away, but you’re bound to feel some sort of newness after a week.
And don’t worry if no one points out your 2017 changes, because you should always dress for yourself anyway.
New year, new fashionable you.
dress well. eat well. live well.