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Our New Year’s Style Resolutions

Our New Year’s Style Resolutions

Buy only vintage. This really isn’t a resolution, though, because it doesn’t really involve any kind of sacrifice. We are living in a new golden age of vintage. So this is sort of like saying, “I resolve to enjoy life more!!!” which makes me feel like a tech CEO in 1999, but whatever! —Rachel Tashjian

Wear jewelry. I have plenty of clothes. The fact that I own not one, but three of the same white button-down makes this pretty clear. What I do not have enough of, however, is jewelry. This year, I resolve to drape myself in necklaces with iridescent pendants, stack thin metal bands on my finger, and maybe, just maybe, purchase an anklet. Twenty-twenty-one is going to be my year. —Daniel Varghese

Freak it. Life is short, and societal stability is a mirage. In 2021 we’re making every fit count! We’re dressing with purpose! We’re fulfilling our darkest sartorial desires! Whatever your thing is, lean in. Dress like a grandma on acid. Go full scumbro. Throw away all your clothes until you’re a minimalist monk. Why not? Take Marc Jacobs’s advice: Life is a movie, and you’re the star. —Samuel Hine

Let it hang all the way out. I’m fully embracing quiet eccentricity in the new year, perhaps by looking to the most niche style icons that I can think of: the graphic designer turned film director Mike Mills, comedian Richard Lewis in the 1980s, the beloved 93-year-old painter Alex Katz. I guess the goal here is to dress in such a way that a stranger might mistake me for someone much more interesting than I actually am. They say to dress for the job you want, and in 2021, I think I want to be a well-dressed weirdo. —Tyler Watamanuk

Invest. In 2021, I hope to be able to buy more investment pieces; I am in the market for a great plaid blazer and a classic, everyday loafer. I’ve also been buying more vintage recently, which I plan to continue into the new year. —Haley Gilbreath

Revisit my former self. A small end-of-year brag: Between the summers of 2019 and 2020, I lost nearly 50 pounds. I’m home visiting my parents for the holidays, and have been thrilled to discover that a whole grip of clothes that haven’t fit me in a few years—some not since college—do again now. I’m psyched to haul ’em back to New York in the new year, work them into my current wardrobe, and make sure they continue to fit for a long time to come. —Yang-Yi Goh

Shop smart. Being forced to never leave my house had a funny effect on the clothes purchasing decisions I made this year. For starters, I bought a whole lot less—it feels unnecessary to refresh a wardrobe when no one is even seeing the current iteration. And when I did buy, I went big: J.W. Anderson chain loafers, or a Telfar bag (medium, orange). I was basically forced to restrict my purchases to anything I believed I’d still want to show off in the far-ish vaccinated future. It made me a much more considerate and picky shopper—in a good way. That new behavior is the absolute only thing I want to carry over from 2020 to 2021. —Cam Wolf

Shop for life, not for work. As this year further blurred the lines between work and life, and left me without an office to go to, I came to the realization that the closet I’d built over the past decade was almost entirely filled with work clothes—which meant that I was conspicuously lacking in life clothes. It was…how do you say…extremely depressing. I’m hoping to fix this by committing to buying only secondhand clothes in 2021—which lets me stretch my budget and experiment more, is less wasteful, and makes shopping a genuinely fun and tactile experience again—instead of just mindlessly hitting the online checkout button on another black sweater. —Gabriella Paiella

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