Happy New Year! Today we begin a new year on the calendar and somehow that always causes me to reflect on the past and project into the future. As we drove home from Georgia recently, I had my 2020 calendar in my lap along with a notebook. And I carefully thought through how I’d like to proceed here at Dressed for My Day. So today I’m sharing with you what you can expect in 2020.
Yesterday I took us along on a look back at 2019 here at Dressed for My Day. It helped me so much to look back over the posts from the previous year, evaluate whether or not I’d been true to my style, see what resonated with you and just think about where I wanted to go from here.
While I want to meet some felt needs for you, my valued reader, I also want to be true to my personal values, maintain some balance in my life and begin some new ventures. Add to the equation my need to continue to increase my earnings (just keeping it real!), you might begin to understand why striking a balance can be both challenging and oh so important to me.
Let’s cut to the chase. I have to make money here. Dressed for My Day is a business, in the same way that any other blog you might read is a business for whoever is at the helm. So as I set goals and determine the atmosphere I want to create here, I have to think about the bottom line.
BUT Dressed for My Day is much more than a business to me. It’s also an extension of myself. It’s a creative expression, a diary of a wardrobe-in-progress, an opportunity for me to speak into the lives of other women and even a ministry of sorts. Plus, it’s a community. Oh, how I love the community! So I’m thinking about where I want to go…with all of those nuances in mind.
I simply tell you these things so that you’ll know that I’ve put a lot of thought into where I’m heading. And yes, I’ve prayed about it, too. I continuously pray about it.
Here’s What I’ve Gathered
I love connecting with you gals. If you’re not with me, I can’t proceed. Plus, you bring me great joy. Thank you for showing up here. Thank you for reading and commenting and emailing me and subscribing and shopping and following me on social media.
I have learned so much about building a working wardrobe this past year. I know I keep saying this, but learning how to build a wardrobe that really works has been crucial to me. As much as I’m drawn to the beauty of lovely clothes, I don’t want to own all. of. them. Know what I mean? I don’t want to be a shopping machine! And I fear that a lot of fashion bloggers have gone that route. Y’all, I just can’t.
More than loving clothes, I love putting together beautiful looks that communicate who I am. Getting dressed for my day has never been about wearing all the things. For me, getting dressed for my day is about equipping and empowering myself to engage with the world around me. I’m a communicator at heart. That’s what I do. I speak. I write. I get dressed. (Not in that order, hahaha!) And all of that is to communicate. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but it is a vital part of the equation for me.
I’d rather share value than sell things. Believe it or not, I’m not a salesperson. I don’t like selling things. And yet, largely, that’s what I do here at Dressed for My Day. But I heard a statement recently that really resonated with me. Someone said something to the effect that if you really love and believe in what you’re offering, then you’re not selling, but you’re sharing value. That, dear gal, is what I want to do. I want to share value with my readers. Whether it’s style formulas, inner beauty tips, fitness information or makeup application steps, I want to share something of value.
I’m weary of buying clothes. Yep, you read that right. It was fun for a while, especially after I’d lost some weight and could fit into things better. But buying clothes and accessories has lost its sheen.
But I love styling outfits. And I’ve learned that most people come to my blog initially because they’re looking for a little styling advice. Whether they want to know how to wear certain jeans with certain boots or they want to know how to start looking for a mother of the bride or groom dress, most gals originally come here to get styling tips. And I’m all over that!
BUT the pull is real. My biggest challenge is comparison. I’m struggling with how to word this because I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus. The problem is not other fashion bloggers. Every fashion blogger I know personally (and that’s a lot at this point) is a beautiful woman with an even more beautiful heart. My problem is that I compare myself to them. And as I compare I start fretting that I need to do more of whatever they’re doing, whatever they’re offering. And then I get off track. That’s on me.
So Here’s Where I’m Going…
First up, you won’t necessarily notice a huge change. At this point in my musings you may be expecting some huge announcement. Unfasten your seatbelt and relax. Hahaha! I’m continuing in the same direction, but with a few shifts in philosophy mostly.
I’ll be sharing more of my real wardrobe. I’ve accumulated a beautiful, functional wardrobe at this point. And I love wearing my clothes. So you’re going to be seeing me wear more from my closet and less from the stores. I’ll continue to link to the items (if they’re still available) or to similar pieces so you can shop the looks. But I want to share the value of a capsule wardrobe that can be used to create myriad looks.
I’m departing from the fast track and slowing down. Fast fashion is simply the concept of buying new clothes on a fast track. Years ago most brands released one new line of clothing per season, sometimes only two lines per year. But recently most brands have begun putting out new clothes monthly. And we’re buying them!!
But along with the rapid turnover, clothing is made with poorer quality. We’re blowing huge portions of our income on clothes rather than experiences and meaningful pursuits. And we’re disposing of our clothes more frequently, filling landfills at an appalling rate. I’m just pretty much done with that.
So I’ve decided to move toward a slow fashion philosophy. I’ll continue building a wardrobe that works for me. But, because I want it to last longer and function well, it will consists of quality clothing, mostly neutrals and mostly classics. I don’t think you’ll notice a huge difference. And don’t worry; I’m not talking a big price jump.
I’ll continue to cover the trends. But I won’t push you or me into trends that I don’t just love. I’m going to stay true to my personal style. And I’ll probably mostly be incorporating trends through accessories and less expensive pieces – think t-shirts, belts, sneakers, etc.
I’ll do more styling and less just showing. You can count on finding outfit posts here, but you’ll find even more how-to or five-ways-to type posts in 2020. I’m vowing to offer you as much value as possible with every post.
I’m moving into video. What???? Yep. (It’s in print now, James. So we gotta follow through!) It won’t happen immediately, but James and I are in the process of suiting me up with the necessary equipment to start producing YouTube videos. These will be style videos that piggyback off of the blog posts you’ll continue to find here. I’m so very excited (and nervous) about this venture. But I love public speaking and I want to be able to share more content than I can provide through blog posts.
Dressed for My Day is getting a new do! I’ve hired a website designer to give the blog an updated look and some new functionality. She’s the same website designer who set up KayHarms.com, so I know we can look forward to a wonderful atmosphere here. And, just as importantly, I can get some functionality issues under control. Hopefully the new look will roll out sometime this month.
Join me for the new style series. In 2018 I presented Dressed for My Day My Way in which we discovered our body shape and proportions as well as other keys to dressing our unique silhouettes. Last year we walked through Building a Wardrobe that Works for You. This year, picking up with the theme I introduced above, we’ll be Moving Toward Slow Fashion. I don’t think anyone can reasonably just suddenly determine that she’s “going slow” and stop buying clothing. Instead, I’ll map out a path to transitioning from fast fashion to slow fashion. We’ll start with a primer on the difference between the two philosophies and go from there.
Alrighty, I’ve probably over shared! Not that I have anything to hide. But you’ve got a life and other things to do besides read my ramblings. Ha! Thanks so much, dear reader, for affording me the opportunity to share with you from this platform. I’m honored and I value your trust. In fact, that’s one of the primary reasons I want to do everything I can to maintain a little more integrity here and stay far away from hawking my wares. Yeah, that’s what it starts feeling like occasionally. And I don’t want that. Please, dear reader, know that I value you.
Blessings to you for a wonderful New Year!!!
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Blessed for My Day
Honestly, I’m not sure how I’m going to reach the destination I’ve set for my blog in 2020. I’ve also got engagement and monetary goals on the back end. And I’m trying some new things as far as work flow, too. None of it will be easy. And it all feels sort of like a big experiment. It’s all in pencil, no ink.
But I’m trusting that God will illumine each step. I’ve included Him in my evaluations, reflections and planning. So I trust that He will direct my path one day at a time. You can trust Him to do the same for you. Just be sure to include Him in the process. Talk to Him about what you’ve learned, share your heart and your dreams. And then seek Him each day in the pages of His Word. That’s where you’ll find just enough light to point the way.
‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.’ ~ Psalm 119:105