Sister Style: Welcome 2017

Windy day Zebra boots Emma Chapman   Fossil bag Emma Chapman    I’m going on year two of working from home (alone), and I’ve got some fashion goals for the new year. Mainly, get fully dressed more often. Ha! 

I’m not the kind of gal who wears pajamas or yoga pants everyday just because I work from home. I don’t. Usually. I’d say I do that about 10% of the time (or less), but that’s mainly because my pajamas are just AWFUL. But that’s probably a whole different goal I should make. Hmm….

No, my thing is I get dressed for the day but sometimes only about 50-70% of the way. What I mean is, I put actual clothes on, like an outfit that I would be fine to wear in public, but then I don’t put any makeup on or do my hair. Or I’ll get into a habit of cycling through the same 2-3 tee shirts as often as I can wash them. And although that’s not so bad, it means the rest of my clothes are just not getting as much use and that seems a bit sad (not to mention wasteful). 

Now, I don’t intend to wear makeup and curl my hair every single day as that’s not really my style, but I do think just feeling like I actually finished getting ready would be a good goal for me. 🙂 

Emma Chapman Ombre hairEmma’s Wearing: Jeans/Levi’s, Stripe shirt/F21 (similar here), Trench/ChicWish, Purse c/o Fossil, Boots c/o Boden.

What about you, sister? Do you have any fashion-related goals for the new year?

2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goals2017 fashion goalsElsie’s Wearing: Top/SheIn, Skirt/SheIn, Shoes/Swedish Hasbeens, Sunnies/ZeroUV. 

This past month I’ve been reading The Curated Closet, and it is changing my life. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read on fashion (I’ll be doing a full blog post all about it soon). So, yes, I am very much in the zone of making style goals! 

The past few years I would describe my style as "confused". I was falling back on old favorite styles and trying to embrace new trends—but not really knowing what I liked. I was buying a lot of clothes, but not loving them—or even worse, not wearing them. I got to a point last year where I just dreaded shopping and felt defeated a lot of the time. Blah. 

Going through this book and doing all the homework from the clean out, to making a style file and spending time really figuring out how I REALLY want to dress before shopping has helped me so much. I know so much more specifically what I am looking for now. I basically have 2-3 uniforms (just go-to outfits) that I am wearing over and over in different combinations. It’s so simple, and I feel like I am finally building up a closet full of things I LOVE.

Similar to Emma, I don’t dress up every day for work at home (except I totally will stay in my PJs all day, and I feel no shame), but we usually go out for either lunch or dinner (usually dinner) or run any errands we need to do, so I dress up then and on the weekends. Good enough! I’m still getting dressed up on the regular. 

For 2017 my style goals are to keep slowly collecting a wardrobe I feel really cute in. I really do believe that dressing well can make you feel more confident. And it’s more about putting in the effort to find the right stuff than it is about money, by the way. I don’t think expensive stuff is necessarily always better, like the outfit I am wearing here is cheap, but it fits well so I kept it. That said, I do think it’s important to support small businesses and made-in-the-USA clothing, and I try to do it every month. 

Filling up a closet with only stuff that fits amazing and is flattering is a LOT of work and cannot be rushed through. So my goal is to slowly add pieces that fit amazing and make me feel like myself. Pretty simple. 

I want to thank you guys for always leaving the nicest comments and being encouraging on our fashion posts! We mostly do these posts for fun, but they truly do help us to stay motivated to work on our personal style! You’re the best! xx -Elsie 

Credits// Credits // Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions

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