To kick off 2023, I’m going to share some of my New Year’s intentions regarding the blog, and the direction of the content I’m planning. But first…
Is style still relevant?
A few nights ago, we were having dinner at a nice Italian place in a nice neighborhood. Not super formal, but the waiters do wear black jackets and bow ties, and there are white tablecloths, even on the sidewalk patio tables. I couldn’t help noticing just how casually a large percentage of the other patrons were dressed. I’m talking yoga wear, or cargo shorts + fleece vest + Crocs, or tattered hoodies. And not just on the under-30 crowd. I’m all for casual, but there’s “casual” and then there’s “I can’t be bothered.”
At times I wonder if style is becoming irrelevant, and whether I’m tilting at windmills here.
Over the last 3 years, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride when it comes to how to dress for how we’re living. I think many of us are still adjusting and trying to sort out “the new normal.” When we were spending most of our time at home, comfort took top priority.
Parsing the new normal
Even now with many of us getting out much more, I’m not seeing the degree of shift away from athleisure and very casual (loungewear-adjacent) styles that I would have expected. Joggers are here to stay, apparently. (Though I do think they can look sharp and cool when worn with more structured pieces like a blazer.)
That said, I’m not advocating a return to rigid style rules or sacrificing comfort. But I do think how we present ourselves matters, for us as well as others. To dress in a way that’s an authentic expression of who we are is empowering, and a form of self-care. And being our most authentic, confident selves empowers others to do the same.
So yes, I do think style is still relevant. And if you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing it’s still relevant to you too.
Where I’m going with all of this: my New Year’s intentions
Come March, I will have been writing une femme for 16 years! I’ve had my hits and misses, but somehow it’s still the thing I love most, and what gets me out of bed in the morning. (That, and the promise of coffee ☕️ …) But I periodically take stock of where I want to go with this whole enterprise, and how much time and emotional energy I’m prepared to invest.
I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. They tend to be both onerous and easily forgotten. I like to think instead about intentions and directions. I want to keep this blog relevant, both to you and me, and that may mean shifts in direction over time. We’ll see.
For now, though, here are my intentions with regard to the blog:
I’m going to keep writing about style,
with a focus on building functional, cohesive wardrobes. Getting dressed and feeling put-together and stylish (whatever that means to you) shouldn’t require the sartorial equivalent of solving a quadratic equation every morning.
I’ll continue sharing style tips that I think may be helpful to you, as well as outfit ideas (both my own, and with collages). And I’ll be writing about color: why it matters, how to wear it & more, for those of you who are interested.
What you won’t see here: a daily parade of showstopper outfits, “throwaway” fast fashion, garments that are uncomfortable, tricky to wear, or require specialized shapewear.
Though we may not be traveling as much or as far this year, I’ll continue to share travel wardrobe tips and suggestions. I receive a lot of questions about what to pack for specific locales and itineraries, and in February will be launching a personalized travel wardrobe planning service, see details HERE.
My intention is to post here 3 times per week, and issue my exclusive subscriber newsletter 2-3 times per month. The newsletter will be more of-the-moment, to share timely sale finds, something that caught my eye, style tips & how-to’s, personal news, or whatever is on my mind. Subscribing is the best way to be sure you never miss a post, plus you’ll receive that exclusive content at no charge.
And I’m offering individualized color analysis & style services
I’ve been having so much fun doing color analysis, and hope to do lots more of it in the future. And I’ll be adding some online sessions for travel wardrobe planning and closet “detox.” If you’re interested, I’ve recently created a new page with more information and scheduling.
Have you set out any New Year’s intentions regarding your style?