The end of the calendar year beckons everyone to take some sort of inventory. Retail stores, warehouses, and offices do it—and so should people. This sentimental time of year urges self-reflection and self-analysis, inspiring us to take inventory of our accomplishments, achievements, failures, and losses.
Taking a quick backward glance is a great way to propel yourself into a successful New Year, learning from any mistakes and missteps you’ve made along the way. While others may take superficial stock of the external you, only you can acknowledge what’s happening to you on an emotional and intellectual level.
The end of the year is also filled with the many obligations of the holiday season. Some invites are for friendly, no-pressure cocktail parties, while other obligations include familial dinners or the dreaded office parties. Either way, making the social rounds can be an exhilarating experience as you’re presented with the opportunity to renew old acquaintances, catch up with friends, meet new people, and perhaps make professional contacts.
These events are opportunities to get dressed up, reviving some of the best wardrobe pieces from your closet while hoping to make a good impression. Some partygoers choose to purchase new items or ensembles for holiday occasions, looking to put their best image forward in their finest “Christmas couture”. While we are all aware of the important role style plays in projecting a well-rounded and polished image, we also know that wardrobe and self-presentation are an outward reflection of a person’s internal state.
We must face head-on the frightening task of examining what lies beneath all of that winter finery.
Overhauling your interior is even more vital than overhauling your wardrobe. This is because the process, no matter how frightening, leads to self-growth and self-improvement. There is always room for improvement, whether in your professional, social, or private life. So while taking inventory of your closets and doing some serious soul-searching, take the time to assess the people in your life and the roles they play.
As you make great strides with your newly improved self, wrapped in your new winter wardrobe, you must still take inventory of the people with whom you choose to surround yourself.
Do they enhance you? Bring out the best in you? Do they encourage you, or help you to be the best you can be? Surround yourself with people who positively supplement your existence. Keeping company with people who constantly usurp all of your energy is self-defeating.
As you know, you don’t get to choose your family members; they are thrust upon you, and you work with what you have. But you have the choice to grant others in your life access to your time, energy, and efforts. Just how much you choose to give is a personal decision.
The most beneficial and satisfying relationships are those that involve a healthy, balanced ratio of give to take. Having a reliable support system and network of friends is comforting and reassuring, and will help foster a feeling of stability.
An honest approach to style
This is the time of year for self-examination—not just a mere glance at your reflection, but a thorough, honest exam. Now is the time to make changes in your personal and professional life, if changes are necessary. Your wardrobe should reflect the new direction of your life.
Just as your behavior and your choice of friends make statements about you, so too do your fashion choices. Therefore, these decisions deserve some thought. The impression you make on others may be lasting or fleeting, but either way, you want it to be positive.
The history of the necktie is as rich and colorful as the patterns that adorn them. Designers, actors and royalty in the 1920s and 1930s left a distinctive stamp on the tie that gives the modern man the opportunity