As exciting as it might be to think that come January 1, your closet will be color-coordinated, you’ll wake up at 6 a.m. every day to do Pilates, and your taxes will be as good as filed, that’s not exactly how resolutions work. They’re hard and take some time to see the final payoff. But not all changes have to require heavy lifting. In order to bring you more immediate and noticeable results when it comes to being stylish next year, we’ve outlined nine very doable steps as seen on style stars you already know and love.
Inspired by a few daring outfits, their extensive knowledge of style, and their willingness to step a but outside the box, the ideas ahead can make a big difference in how you think about your personal style in the New Year—and without much effort at all.
Check out the simple but high effective tips below.
Expand your definition of “matching”
Does Caroline Issa's plaid jacket go with a quirky paisley-like print? Sure, why not? Especially in a perfectly coordinated color palette.
A simple mini in a micro plaid pattern.
Use color to work magic
Play with proportion and pair it with a wider checked piece, such as this color-coordinating coat.
Margaret Zhang's elongating trick simply consists of pairing shoes and pants in the same exact color. Et voilà! Instantly longer legs.
Who wears the pants? That would be you.
Keep the brilliant flash of red going, all the way down to your toes.
Make more use of your “fancy” clothes
Sequins (as well as party dresses, statement jewelry, and the like) have a place in the daylight. Just ask Miroslava Duma.
High shine for the daytime.
Don't wear items the way they're intended
Your blazer might come with two shoulders, but who's to say that both have to rest atop yours? Taylor Tomasi-Hill demonstrated an alternative approach.
Start with a tailored basic and then make your own rules as you go.
Establish your foolproof silhouette
Shiona Turini can often be spotted in this high-waisted pants/skirt–and–crop top combo. This year, find whichever silhouettes you like best on your shape and you'll take a lot of guesswork out of your wardrobe.
We love the subtle detailing of this crop top.
Now these are power pants.
Make a commitment to the classics
Establish which classics you wear all the time—be it cropped jeans, oxford shoes, or white button-down shirts, as spotted on Chriselle Lim—and make a commitment to elevating the ones in your wardrobe. The investment will pay off in the long run.
Crisp, clean, perfect.
Don't wear a statement outfit; wear an outfit with a statement
While graphic tees are nothing new, now more than ever, fashion is a tool for communication. Go ahead—follow Olivia Palermo lead and get your feelings off your chest.
Say it loud, say it proud.
Get out of your skinny-jean rut
It should go without saying by now, but there are so many other denim options out there instead of skinny jeans. Don't toss away the ones you love, but also don't be afraid to embrace a new silhouette—Julia Sarr-Jamois's relaxed-fit pairs, for instance.
Lacing along the pockets is optional but encouraged.
Be alluring in the least expected way
A low-cut neckline and a micro hem are just a couple ways to try out a racier trend. But who's to say a little flash of side-thigh, as demonstrated by Veronika Heilbrunner, is not as flirty?
A sartorial game of peekaboo.
Can you think of any other doable tips that can transform anyone's wardrobe? Share them in the comments below.