6 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Working Women

As we say goodbye to 2013 and  hello to 2014, here are some resolutions to consider for a happy and productive you, all year-long.

I will be prepared for any situation

Wardrobe Essentials

From an important presentation or client meeting, to an interview for the position of your dreams, make sure you’re ready to impress. Stock your closet with such essentials as a black blazer, nude pumps, a tough trench coat, and a white shirt. They are the foundation to any functional work wardrobe. Mix and match them with your more ‘fun’ pieces to express your personal style.

I will sleep more, stress less

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oKikos via Compfight cc

Natural go-getters believe they can run off adrenaline, coffee, and 5-hour-energy drinks. Not so. Resolve to get the right amount of shut-eye to aid in a having a don’t worry, be happy vibe.

I will get organized

Jeffrey Beall via Compfight cc
Jeffrey Beall via Compfight cc

If you a have a messy work space, whether in a cubicle, corner office or home desk, you are hindering your productivity. Also, an unorganized closet is recipe for a chaotic morning routine.  Vow to get your office and closet in order this year, and see the difference in your work.

I will say NO more

Ways to Say No

Many of us need to practice this. Become comfortable with saying ‘no,’ when feeling pressured to take on more than you think you can handle.

I will create a dress for success code

Dress Like a Boss
Jessica Pearson of “Suits” and Claire Underwood of “House of Cards.” Images via USA Network (left) & Netflix (right)

Dress like a BOSS.  That means, dress like how you want to be perceived in your professional life – but dress the part your way. Are you an HR manager who desires to start an HR consultant firm? Are you a copywriter at an ad agency who aspires to be creative director? Figure out your company’s formal or unwritten dress code and re-work your wardrobe, while injecting some individuality. You will command attention and respect in new ways.

I will enjoy what I do (and look good doing it) 

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You’ve heard this time and again: do what you love. This is very real. Take time in 2014 to gauge your life and really check yourself. If you are not passionate and driven about what you are spending most of your waking hours doing, explore other options. No amount of fashion and style can save you from being miserable at work.

Happy New Year!

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10 Ways to Look Gorgeous in Glasses (Beauty High)

Image via Beauty High. (Original source: Two Penny Blue)
Image via Beauty High (Original source: Two Penny Blue)

Glasses have often been stereotyped as a look reserved for the geeky and mousey. But the rise of nerd chic is changing the image of glasses, and both women and men are rocking eye wear as a fashionable accessory and necessity.

Burberry Spring 2014 Ad Campaign  (Women’s Wear Daily)

Image via WWD.
Image via WWD
Burberry Prorsum Sp '14 Coat (Image via Coolspotters)
Image via Coolspotters

trench coat is an essential piece of a work wardrobe. If you’re a lover of the iconic Burberry trench, the British label is launching the global Spring 2014 ad campaign on Jan. 3. The ads will feature lightweight trenches and clothing in pastels straight from their recent runway show – perfect for spring.

Kate Middleton’s Addiction (People Style Watch)

Images via Pinterest
Images via Pinterest

…to coats! We told you that the Duchess of Cambridge is the Queen of Statement Coats. People picked her top 5 coat dresses in 2013. Nice choices, but the three above were also exceptional.

The Coolest Cubicles in the World (Inc.)

Image via Inc. (Original source: Pallotta Teamworks)
Image via Inc. (Original source: Pallotta Teamworks)

These office spaces are transforming the idea of cubicle hell.

5 Do-Better Outfits (Refinery 29)

Image via Refinery 29 (Photo by Stacey Young)
Image via Refinery 29 (Photo by Stacey Young)

Inspired style for the creative office.

Swappi Helps Users Trade Clothes Via an App (Trend Hunter)

Swappi
Image via Trend Hunter (Original source: Swappi)

Swappi is a new members-only app that allows you to trade clothes with others. The app was developed by students at Central Saint Martins in London. How it works (according to Trend Hunter): “After taking pictures of the clothes in your closet, you can browse snapshots of garments that have been uploaded by other users and agree to make a trade.”

Editor’s Note: We’re tweaking “The Week in Style,” which is why you haven’t seen it in a while. Instead of continuing to mull over new ways to present good information, tips, and links, we’ll test them right here. Similar to what we do with an important project at work – put it out there, then course correct as necessary. 

Enjoy your week ahead!