Cya, 2016: An End of the Year Rant

We can all agree that 2016 was not super great, right?

From the craziness that was this past election cycle to an alarming number of social injustices that were committed and all the talented fashion icons (Bowie, Prince, Bill Cunningham, etc.) that passed away, I think I speak for the majority of us when I say we’re more than ready for this year to be over.

Personally, along with digesting everything that has been going on in the world over the past nearly 365 days, I spent a lot of time this year trying to force myself to “get it,” which resulted in many mindless attempts at doing a lot of things just because I thought they were the right thing to do.

Specifically, in regard to style this year, I cleared out nearly a quarter of my wardrobe while trying to embrace minimalism, sorted items into piles to giveaway, then kept said piles in a spare bedroom for fear of letting go. Then, I promised myself I’d enjoy being young by trying to dress sexier before remembering that low cut tops and heavy eye makeup doesn’t make me feel as good as just being okay with who I am. I also even humored the idea of wearing more color, which 100 percent does not align with my personal style.

I think this year was full of a lot of pressure to be a certain way — you’re in or you’re out, you’re right or you’re wrong, you get it or you don’t. However, 2016 has taught me that people don’t operate in extremities, or, they probably shouldn’t. There’s also a lot of room both in myself and others for more personal growth as well as kindness.

As a result of acknowledging this more, I’ve tried to create content for The Style Note that touches on things I personally think are important.

Along with light-hearted posts on my personal wardrobe, style tips, and shopping (I still have a hard time passing up a good sale), sustainable clothing companies, LGBTQ representation in the fashion industry, and gender equality in fashion design were also covered on this site in 2016. I’d like to continue to spotlight these topics and work on making The Style Note a ‘lil space on the internet that is not only fun and stylish but also mindful, well-rounded, and personal.

There’s a reason this year that people sported safety pins after Donald Trump was elected, crowd-sourced petitions called for fast fashion retailers to remove insensitive cultural appropriation merchandise, and eco-friendly clothing companies made headlines. Fashion matters, art matters, and figuring out how to coexist matters.

Here’s to another year of trying to figure it all out. Cya, 2016.

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.
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