New Year’s Resolutions

Words by: Andrew Hodges

Another year is drawing to a close. Many people will use the start of the new year as the impetus to resolve to improve their life in some meaningful way. Some common New Year’s resolutions include getting fit or losing weight, improving a career, getting out of debt, being more organized and helping others. I would suggest that all of these worthy goals can have some relevance to men’s style.

This time of year many people resolve to lose weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. Currently about one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Holiday parties inevitably contribute to the problem. It’s easy to pack on a few holiday pounds by washing down high-fat finger foods with your favorite cocktail. Gaining weight can really wreak havoc with tailored clothing. Waistbands sag under bloated bellies and jacket buttons strain with effort. And it’s no secret that clothes look better on a fit body. Resolving to get in shape is a worthy goal that will improve your style.

Some people resolve to get a better job or seek a promotion. It may be cliché, but if this is your desire then you should dress for success. Let people know that you mean business. Remember that you are marketing yourself and the packaging is important. This is especially important today because of the stiff competition in these troubled economic times.

Speaking of the economy, some people resolve to improve their finances or get out of debt. When it comes to clothing, obviously well-made classic items have better value than trendy fashionable attire. Constantly updating your wardrobe at the whim of the latest trend can be incredibly expensive. Instead, invest in items of lasting style and quality; your pocketbook will thank you.

If you winnow out your wardrobe, it is possible to get more organized and help other people. Resolve to weed out the clothes that you never wear. Then box them up and donate them to charity.

Good luck with whatever you resolve to do in 2011. Happy New Year!