How To Make This Year Count | Clozette

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In 2016, some of us accomplished some personal feats. For others, the year may have had its low moments, but hey, we survived, didn't we? Still, with all the mysteries that 2017 holds, it's safe to say that diving into it is inevitable and may be overwhelming. 


Every year, people try their hardest to make their resolutions happen in the hopes of starting and eventually ending another year as better versions of themselves. But it is understandable how frustrating and disappointing it feels when everything seems to be just the same as how it started. It definitely makes you think: how will I make this new year count?


We're just a few weeks into January, and you still have a lot of time on your hands. But if you feel stuck in a rut thinking about this new beginning, here are some top tips on making this year your own. 


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Breathe



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Thinking about how every second will go to waste if you don't do anything can be too much to handle, especially when combined with the usual stress a typical day carries. Always remember that slowing down and having a few moments of silence to let yourself feel relaxed is a great way to clear your mind and look at things in a better light. 


Remember your passions



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We all get so fixated on the idea of setting goals and working on our resolution list that we sometimes lose track of our passions. But the truth is that to make sure the new year is one to remember, rekindling our love for things that we enjoy doing should also be part of our list. Looking at goals and resolutions that are not exactly up our alley can be restrictive, and getting in touch with your passions instead ensures a fulfilled and accomplished year.  

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Create memories



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Did you know that the average accuracy of human memory lasts only six seconds? This is the reason why when we recount stories with other people, details tend to get blurry and the situation can sometimes end up with us disagreeing with folks who were present with us during that moment.


So at this day and age, with camera phones and social media at your disposal, don't forget to turn memories into something that you can look back to whenever you want. Technology makes it easier to keep track of moments and lets us transport ourselves back to them at will, so don't be afraid to click that shutter. If you're feeling laid-back, channel your scrapbooking skills and stick those photos to paper. 


It's all about making those memories vivid and fresh, and remember: photos or it didn't happen!


Be spontaneous



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Following the previous point, sometimes we tend to over-curate things, especially when it comes to photos we post on social media. But also remember that authentic and spontaneous moments, like when you're having the most fun, should also have a place in your memories (figuratively or literally). After all, capturing memories in their purest form is one of the best ways to immortalize what you truly felt at the core of the moment.


The most important thing to note when it comes to making another year count is conquering it as you take chances and experience new things.


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Everyone has their own idea of the 'perfect wardrobe', and this proves true whether you're into trendy and preppy looks or bold and alternative styles. After all, one of the easiest yet most creative ways we can express our individuality is through the way we dress. 

But as we enter new stages in our lives, like leaving university life or making a career move, refreshing our wardrobe becomes less a luxury and more a necessity. 

So if you've reached that point when you want (and need) to curate your wardrobe your way, we've got just the tips on how you can work your way through that first big fashion investment. 

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Create a list of staples



Always start with taking note of what you are shopping for. Is it for job hunting? Should it be flexible for any career? Or is it a way of treating yourself and revamping your personal style? No matter what you're aiming for, make sure you know exactly what you both need and want and try to think of pieces in general  not brands. This way, you can picture what you want your wardrobe to look like and what ensembles you can create. 

Divide your list into sections



Once you have everything listed down, you can start weighing which pieces you need the most and what can be set aside  at least for a while. This step will significantly help you once you start planning out your budget.  

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Start scouting



Just like in any other investment, research is very important. Start looking up and comparing prices of pieces that are similar to what you are targeting to buy so you can see which one works for your goal. 

Oh, and don't forget to take note of future promos and sales while you're at it! 

Work on your budget



One common mistake that people make is putting this up as their first step. However, this works only with regular shopping habits. When it comes to building your wardrobe and truly investing in pieces that are more of a need than a want, splurging a little is necessary, and initial budgeting can prove to be restrictive. 

So to make your fashion investment work to your advantage, make sure you have your eyes on staple pieces first and have a price comparison of brands in mind before you set a budget that is achievable based on your spending habits. 


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Treat it as a reward



When we say fashion investment, we all get the idea that it means saving and spending a huge amount of money. But having to buy something piece-by-piece can lead to unnecessary purchases and having pieces in your wardrobe that are less versatile. Always keep in mind that having a well-put-together wardrobe and having all the staple pieces readily available to you is saving you money in the long run more than you think. 

As an added motivation to make sure you keep on working through this fashion goal, one major tip is to set your big shopping day on a special occasion, like your birthday or your work anniversary, and treat it as a big incentive for yourself.

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Don't know what to save up for? Here are new classics to covet.

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One of the hardest things about putting an outfit together is the idea that despite the fact that we have tons of fashion pieces available, we still can't seem to find something to wear. It can be a mystery to some people, but it's a real dilemma that can be challenging to deal with, especially if you have daily commitments to attend and you always have to look well put together. 

So this New Year, take the opportunity to refresh your closet and say goodbye to 'nothing-to-wear' moments. To help you out, here's a list of new classics for every mood and style to get you started on that wardrobe revamp.

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Crew neck sweater



Living in the tropics can make it hard to pull off sweaters. When the weather is cooler but putting on layers of clothing is too much, you'll realise how much having a crew neck sweater in your closet pays off. Perfect for whether you're going casual, dainty, or even semi-formal, this piece is a versatile pair to match any type of bottoms.  

Jumpsuit



When this fashion piece made its resurgence, we immediately saw its value as a wardrobe staple. Jumpsuits are the saving grace of people who want to steer clear from dresses and skirts but still want to look put-together. Plus, it also works for those who simply don't have the luxury of time to curate a full outfit ensemble but still want to make a statement with their look.

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Carry-all tote


Always on the go? Worry no more about matching your bag with your outfit or forgetting something at home by getting yourself a neutral-toned carry-all tote. Not only is it an essential, but it's also a sleek way to be efficient. 

Leggings



Whether you like them sheer, fully opaque, or good for athleisure wear, leggings have come a long way from where it started – and it is the very reason why it's a wardrobe must-have. If you feel like jeans are too stuffy or you'd love to wear a dress but not in the mood to show some skin, this is another versatile piece that can work to your advantage. Imagine going from preppy to edgy in a snap, minus the effort!


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