New Year, New Shopping Strategy—7 Editors Share Their Style Resolutions


Call me cliché, but nothing gets me more hyped up than a good New Year's resolution. Goal setting is my therapy, and I love sitting back and making exciting plans for the New Year. More often than not, resolutions are long forgotten by March, but they're still my favorite part about the beginning of the year.

While my resolutions typically revolve around my personal health and wellness, I started thinking about the ways that I'd like to improve my shopping habits next year. Then a very fun phrase came to mind: style resolutions. I immediately had to tell all of my co-workers about it, and they responded by spilling theirs. Below, find seven style resolutions that we're all about for 2023.


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"My shopping strategy isn't changing much as we head into 2023. Instead, I plan to double down on the habits I've leaned into this year. Recently, I've been focused on buying fewer pieces, but I am ordering high-quality items that I can wear and rewear now and in the years ahead—from the Khaite jeans I've been collecting in every color to the Savette bag I recently ordered. I also love to support on-the-rise brands, so I plan to continue wearing emerging designers, including some that are currently on my radar such as Attersee and Interior."



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"I find myself buying the same brands over and over. And while I think it's perfectly fine to like what you like, I'd like to branch out a bit and incorporate some different brands into my wardrobe—both new and old."



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"I decided 2023 will be the year that I totally revamp my closet. As I get older, I'm realizing that I want clothes that make me feel good and confident, which translates as well-tailored and well-made pieces. My investment staples stay in my closet longer, too, and whenever I do get tired of them, they're much easier to resell than fast fashion. While I absolutely still adore flashy trends, I've put them on hold for now. The below pieces are the first entries of my new wardrobe-building approach."



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"In the past, I made a bad habit of making more affordable purchases that got me 'closer' to the investment piece I was truly after, but all the while, I still wouldn't be 100% satisfied with any of the cheaper buys. At the end of the day, I could have easily afforded to splurge on the original designer item I was after by skipping those three to four smaller buys in the first place. So in 2023, I'm vowing to save up for the luxury buys I'm after and make fewer overall fashion purchases, but better ones. Here are a few of the 'goal' items I'm saving up for right now."



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"I don't usually believe in New Year's resolutions, but as I have been moving more in the direction of vintage or secondhand, what better excuse to really drive it home than the arrival of 2023? More and more during the last year, I've prioritized shopping on resale sites like The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, eBay, Grailed, and more instead of immediately looking for something new. So often, you can get next-to-new pieces for a huge discount that also help to support the circular economy in fashion."



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"I've typically been a maximal dresser who is willing to splurge on fantastical hero pieces that feel special. In 2023, I'm looking to appreciate a more practical wardrobe with quality basics and capsule-wardrobe staples that are worth investing in more than super-unique statement pieces."



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It's easy to jump onto a popular retailer like Zara or Mango when the time comes for a new wardrobe staple, but I want to be more conscious about my shopping and also support my community. Investing in brands that are created by BIPOC individuals has been a goal of mine for a while but often slipped my mind when I was in a rush to find something. Next year, I'll be shopping smaller brands by BIPOC designers.


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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.