It’s almost 2018 — which means that “New Year’s Resolution” season is just around the corner. You know: the couple of weeks where everyone resolves to become less themselves. Smaller. Quieter. More “disciplined.” Normally, we’re not big fans of New Year’s resolutions here, specifically because many people use this time to get down on themselves. However, this year, we’re going to flip the script. If you absolutely must make a New Year’s resolution, why not make one that encourages you to show up, unapologetically, as more of yourself? To help you get started, here are 5 body-positive, fashion-focused New Year’s resolutions:

1. Be Bold and Bright

First and foremost, New Year’s resolutions should give you the opportunity to become bolder, brighter, and more empowered. Which means: if you want to wear bright colors and make a statement, then go for it! Now is not the time to get smaller or take up less space in the world. Wear the thing “they” said you “couldn’t” wear. Be outrageous. Flatter yourself. If what you wear tells people what you stand for or how you feel about yourself, then use it to show the people of 2018 how you do you.

Looks to inspire you:

The Janelle Floral Suit
Three women wearing SmartGlamour convertible jumpsuit
The Ariana Convertible Jumpsuit
High neck bodysuit
The Zelda Bodysuit
Woman in bold print high waist shorts from SmartGlamour
The Keah Pleated Tap Short

2. Be Sexy — for You

For all too long, femmes have been conditioned to believe that sexy is a thing you should be for other people’s enjoyment. While it’s nice to share yourself with another person, too often, that’s not what we’re doing when we dress or act “sexy.” There’s nothing wrong with showing yourself a little love and tapping into your own sensuality — but we need to make sure that, when we do it, we’re loving ourselves first. So let’s make a resolution to take back the gaze and find a little self-love first — so that when we choose to share our “sexy,” it’s an empowered, consensual choice.

Looks to inspire you:

Red satin and lace night gown in plus size
The Parker Satin + Lace Nightgown
See-through mesh lingerie dress from SmartGlamour
The Fannie Mesh Mini Dress
The Belle Mesh Bodysuit with Appliques from SmartGlamour
The Belle Mesh Bodysuit with Appliques
Satin babydoll with lace and a split side
The Dunn Lace + Satin Split Babydoll

3. Be Fancy

These days, it feels like everyone’s dressing down — from the theatre to the office, loose jeans and hoodies seem to be the norm. But sometimes it feels good to dress up and go out looking like a million bucks. The good news is: you don’t need a million bucks to get a little fancy. Just a few nice pieces with some statement jewelry, and you’re all set for a night on the town — or a very fancy trip to the grocery store. Whatever floats your boat!

Looks to inspire you:

Wiggle dress with v-neck
The Rita V-Neck Wiggle Dress
Satin dress with low and revealing cowl back
Raven Satin Cowl Back Dress
Statement necklace with faux gemstones
The Cleo Necklace
Chain statement necklace
The Roslynn Necklace

4. Be Unconventionally Professional

In the working world, dressing “professionally” usually means either a) dressing as masculine as possible or b) muting your clothing choices so as not to “distract” anyone in the office. (Sigh.) In 2018, let’s take back the office. Yes, you can be professional and still look femme. Yes, you can wear bright colors or unconventional designs and still get the job done. You spend the majority of your waking hours at work — don’t waste another minute trying to please other people with your appearance.

Looks to inspire you:

Statement print top with 3/4 bell sleeves
The Phylicia Top with Bell Sleeves
Color block tank top dress with pleather
The Sonia Pleather Colorblocked Shift Dress
Pencil skirt
The Allison Pencil Skirt
Dress with keyhole top
The Jessica Keyhole Dress

5. Be a Show-Off

According to society, one of the worst things we can do is be proud of ourselves — and want to share that pride. Too often, we take that advice to mean that we should hide ourselves even when we’ve got something special to share. The thing is, there’s a line between showing off to make other people feel bad about what they don’t have and showing off the parts of yourself — mental and physical — that you love. In 2018, emphasize some of your favorite assets with off-the-shoulder, peek-a-boo, and cropped pieces. Be a show-off — because pride is only a “sin” when you’re using it as a weapon.

Looks to inspire you:

Off the shoulder crop top in statement print
The Rose Off the Shoulder Top
Cropped T-Shirt in solid colors
The Ashton Cropped Tee
Cropped tee with tie-front
The Nancy Tie-Front Cropped Tee
Sheath dress with keyhole cut out
The Joan Sheath Dress
Criss-cross halter top with keyhole
The Rosie Criss-Cross Halter

What are YOUR New Year’s fashion resolutions? Share your photos and resolutions in SmartGlamour wear on Instagram with the hashtag #SmartGlamourNYE! (And if you need a few pieces to get yourself started, check out the SmartGlamour shop now! Our end of year sale is going now – 20% off + free shipping will be added to your cart automatically, ending on Jan 1st, don’t miss it!)

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