Eschew the usual New Year’s Resolutions in exchange for something with significantly more style

It’s the dawn of a new year and that period when we typically convince ourselves that there’s no time like the present to change our lives for the better, whether it be by taking up a new hobby, exercising daily or dedicating more hours to our personal relationships. As positive as these traditional options are, we’re suggesting a move away from the cliché in 2018 and using this year as a chance to place focus on a set of style resolutions instead. Use the below as inspiration and adopt either a couple or all five of our suggestions to set the premise for a thoroughly well-dressed season.  

1. Be more experimental

Take a creative approach to getting dressed in the mornings by promising to be a little more experimental with your outfits. Perhaps it’s something as subtle as opting for a colour-pop or patterned riff on your go-to tailored trousers? The signature Joanne style in red, for example, offers something that’s part familiar, part new-world. They work in lieu of your go-to black and navy styles, even when all other styling remains the same, which makes the challenge seem all the more achievable, don’t you think? On the other hand, if you’re committing to the idea then clash prints for maximum impact. Large vs miniature graphics make the strongest statement.

2. Build a capsule wardrobe

Whether you’re embracing resolution number one or you’re looking to refine your wardrobe and keep things more classic with regards to outfit combinations this year, there’s no better place to start than with the staples. Begin the year by investing in timeless staples that promise to transcend seasons and lay the foundation for many-a stylish look. The essentials include: a well-cut blazer (double-breasted works best for now), a luxe silk shirt worn oversized, super-soft cashmere, the right pair of jeans and a sleek leather biker. When paired with pieces a little more trend-focused or similarly classic designs – because there are plenty more we could add to this list – these hero items work to transform something from everyday to elevated.

3. Embrace trends

There’s no denying the fact that the fashion industry runs on trends and whist its cyclical nature is undeniably fascinating (who else is keen for yet another 1970s revival?), it’s new ways to dress that adds excitement to each season’s offering. For SS18, we’re championing a few key looks of this nature. Corals, apricot tones and blush pinks offer a soft new take on neutrals and their versatility prevails as we start to see them used to ground vivid watermelon-red later in the season. If colour doesn’t spark your interest then perhaps its silhouette that will entice you? Artful drapery epitomises SS18’s creative flair and allows for experimentation in a host of ways that you might not yet have tried.

4. Refine your workwear repertoire

Workwear is (perhaps, unfortunately) what a lot of us spend most of our time wearing and if you don’t work somewhere that has a completely relaxed dress code whereby your weekend wardrobe translates for the Monday to Friday as well then maybe it’s time to refine that tailoring repertoire to make it something that you’ll look forward to wearing each day. Key SS18 suiting silhouettes include culottes and wide-leg trousers and blazers come both cropped and double-breasted for a slightly different take on the norm. Where possible, we suggest trying a fresh stone hue and coloured knitwear or a knife-pleat midi skirt and a simple round-neck jumper to bring something a little more ‘fashion’ to a corporate environment.

5. Upgrade your downtime offering

We’ve all got downtime staples that we turn to in a bid to feel instantly relaxed, be it the cosy sweatpants and slippers that go hand-in-hand with a night in front of the TV or an oversized shirt and flat shoes reserved especially for off-duty pursuits. As homely as those existing items might feel, there’s a sense of satisfaction that comes with the upgrade of such pieces and there’s no better time make the switch than at the dawn of a new year. Look to luxurious fabrications such as silk and cashmere, adopting longline silhouettes and experimental cuts to keep things trend-relevant and ensure your off-duty wardrobe instils as much confidence as your more polished alternatives.