Happy New Year, my stylish friends! I’m slowly making my way back from an unplanned, extended break. I had several reflection posts planned for the end of the year because 2019 was a huge year for Economy of Style. I have you to thank for those successes.
But, 2019 was also the most traumatic year as well, and that trauma has literally shut things down. My mom died suddenly two days before Christmas, and that loss has been so painful that I needed a moment to catch my breath and imagine a happy life without her. It’s a work in progress.
Today, I just wanted to check in. To jumpstart our discussions about style, I thought it would be cool to share my style goals for the year. 2020 fashion is bringing it, and I’m truly excited about a lot of it.
2020 Style Goals
1. Be mindful about the trends I embrace. 2020 favorites include statement sleeves, suiting up my way, button-ups worn with everything, tiered dresses, and collarbone-flaunting styles. A dedicated trends post is on the horizon.
2. Incorporate more black and white styles in memory of my mom. She loved wearing black and white.
3. Be more discerning with print selections. I love bold prints, but I also get bored with them quickly.
4. Get excited about styling solid colors, from bold hues to non-boring nudes.
5. Curate a comfy-chic travel style (relying on athleisure staples) to stylishly meet my travel demands this year.
6. Sharpen beauty skills to better align with style expertise.
7. Represent my style everywhere I go. Everywhere.
What’s your style plan for the new year?
P.S.:These images were taken at Hotel RL in St. Louis. Want outfit details? What I’m wearing: Zara dress (sold out), Naturalizer Hollace booties (similar), circle earrings (similar), initial necklace.
Welcome back. I’m so deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful mother. I always enjoyed the mother/daughter posts and was inspired to level up my Mom’s fashion $ense. I wish you a lifetime of happy memories and a future happy life without her physical presence. Her beauty and grace lives on through you. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Candice! I appreciate you so much.
I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I lost my mom when I was 25–20 years ago–and now have friends going through the experience themselves. My best advice right now is to remember the only way around grief is through it. Grief is hard and it likes to come when you least expect it. Never apologize or feel embarrassed–it’s all part of your process. I found the holidays I thought would be hard (you know, all the big ones) were never as difficult as that random Tuesday morning drive in the car . . . Hang in there! You’ll continue to find little ways to honor her memory which will help you in your process–your idea for the black and white outfits is a perfect start!
Thank you, Molly! Thanks for sharing as well. I’ve connected so much with people who’ve experienced this pain.
Oh my, I did not expect to read that. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. It’s never easy but I pray God gives you the grace and strength during your difficult moments.
Thank you so much, Ceecee. I appreciate the love…it’s been such a tough tough time.
Praying for you and your family during this difficult time, Psyche. So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. She had such an innate elegance that radiated in your pictures. Hoping you take all the time you need to process your loss.
Thank you so much, Brittany. I really appreciate the love.