The Style Resolutions Our Editors Are Making for 2018
With the new year quickly approaching, it's always refreshing to reflect on the year that was and to set new style goals for the New Year. While career and health tend to rank highly on successful woman's goals, so too should personal style. After all, style is more than just what you wear. It's how you're perceived, and affects your mood and how you feel. So if you're looking back at 2017 with mixed reviews on your personal style—perhaps you’ve played it too safe in the trend department or maybe you’re just over your current 'look' and looking to refine your style. Take advantage of a fresh start and be inspired by what our editors have to say about their personal style in 2018. From embracing bold colour to investing in designer shoes, Who What Wear Australia editors reveal their style resolutions for 2018.
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"Next year I vow to refine my two wardrobe racks into just one. This means keeping the pieces that I love and work with my style like bold colour, dresses, high-waisted bottoms, statement vintage, and metallic accessories as well as parting with the pieces that don’t feel like 'me' anymore, like my printed jumpsuits, ripped denim and pastel. It also means replacing my average basics with quality versions I love. A few things on my list to replace are my black ankle boots, my go-to pair of black culottes, and a versatile little white dress. I also plan on investing in luxurious lingerie and an evening suit. I’m applying the same rule to my makeup drawers; more red lipstick and less heavy foundation."—Lara Burnell
"In 2018, I’ll be focusing on what makes my style, mine. Working in fashion means I can get caught up in "the" shoes to own or what brand is "in". But instead of putting that pressure on myself to wear pieces that don’t feel me, I’m going to focus on defining and honing my personal style. Right now that means tailored pants and well-fitting denim, paired with high quality T-shirts, investment heels, and gold jewellery. Add a pinch of French girl and I’m all set."—Alison Rice
"My style resolution for next year is to clarify and refine. I think my style has evolved, particularly now that I’ve been in the workforce for a while, meaning my scuffed boots, and cut-off leather shorts don’t get much attention anymore. I feel that my aesthetic has been confused, as most mornings my outfit choices are based on a quick, dash to the closet. In my time off over the holidays, I really want to create a mood board of my style muses (mostly this is just Bianca Jagger and Leandra Medine) and then cull my wardrobe based on the type of style I want to graduate into. I am also hoping to curate set outfits that will become go-to looks when I am time deprived (basically just Monday morning)."—Nicole Singh
"In 2018, I want to stop buying cheaper, impulse "on trend" buys in favour of good quality staples. I’ve found that in 2017, I’ve picked up a few investment items, but 2018 is the year I really want to refine my skills. I’m searching for the perfect black dress for the office, a good oversized blazer, and come winter, I’ll need some new black boots (I would love an Acne Studios pair, but I’ll weigh it up when the time comes). Similarly, I’m hoping to change my every day jewellery items from silver to gold. I’m chasing a few delicate rings, and a great pair of everyday earrings. For so long I’ve worn silver, but gold just looks so much better on my skin tone."—Emily Algar.
"2017 has been a real year of reinvention for me, which has been exciting but also incredibly tumultuous—I'm looking forward to settling into a new rhythm in the New Year. I strongly feel that I’m coming into a new phase of my identity, so my style resolution for 2018 is to lean right into the elements of my life and my self that have changed and update my wardrobe accordingly. I’m already pretty good at resisting impulse buys, so the focus will be on upgrading my wardrobe with a few high quality, versatile pieces that better reflect where I’m at in life right now. Already on my list are a pair of black kitten heels (I think I'll treat myself with Manolo Blahniks) and a flattering denim skirt that hits just above the knee. I also really love getting rid of stuff, and will use the week off in January to ditch anything that makes me feel less than amazing—farewell, leather hotpants (don't judge!) and that music festival denim short shorts!"—Crystal Andrews
"In 2018 I want to take more risks with fashion. I tend to stick to safe, timeless pieces in a muted colour palette, but I want to try playing with bold colour, prints and shapes. Lately I’ve been really inspired by Giovanna Battaglia’s style as everything she wears is so bright and loud, yet still really polished. I’m not saying I’ll be stepping out in top-to-toe red and sequins on January 1, but I definitely want to try some new things. I’ve already started working on it with a pair of rainbow-coloured Chloe sandals for Christmas."—Stephanie Squadrito