7 Women on Their 2018 Style Resolutions
Standard resolutions—you know, eat healthier, work out more—are kind of boring to make and hard to keep, so rather than grilling a few women we know on their life decisions, we asked them about their style strategies for the new year, including what they’re bringing into their wardrobes and what they’re saying sayonara to.
These seven indie boutique owners, stylists and designers, know what’s up in the world of fashion—read on and get inspired to do some personal 2018 style planning yourself.
Brooklyn-bred Kai Avent-deLeon is the talented woman behind our favorite Bed-Stuy boutique, Sincerely, Tommy. She’s a genius at scouting emerging designers, bringing together avant-garde styles and knowing what women want to buy. Her personal style has an undeniably energy. Let’s just say, we’d love to raid her closet.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? I don't really make resolutions, but going into 2018 I want to make sure I’m comfortable. I’m trying to minimize the things in my closet to pieces I can wear throughout each season.
ANYTHING YOU’RE PARTICULAR EXCITED TO BRING INTO YOUR WARDROBE? More slip dresses, I can never get enough.
WHAT ARE THE STYLES/PIECES YOU WILL BE SAYING GOODBYE TO? Anything in my closet that hasn't been worn in a three months or more.
Images c/o @kaiaventdeleon
New York stylist and creative consultant Brie Welch is the kind of person who can pull off biking shorts with a tulle mini dress and oversized blazer. Her wardrobe is thoughtful, creative and straight up cool.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? To think ‘easier.’ That doesn't necessarily mean purely minimal dressing, but more so putting things on without overthinking it so much. As though I were Charlotte Rampling walking a Celine show—is that a resolution?
ANYTHING YOU’RE PARTICULAR EXCITED TO BRING INTO YOUR WARDROBE? More dresses! It's taken me several years to figure out the types of dresses that work for me in terms of fit and comfort. I've always loved their ability to be an entire outfit. I'd like to try a dress in some iteration of polka dots, like those at Valentino and Jacquemus.
WHAT ARE THE STYLES/PIECES YOU WILL BE SAYING GOODBYE TO? Exaggerated frayed-edge denim! Oof. Just trying to grow up.
Images top to bottom: Collage Vintage, J Martinez and Le 21eme
Subrina Heyink kind of does it all. She’s a stylist, wardrobe coordinator, vintage buyer, amateur photographer, shop owner and kickass mom. Catch her in head-to-toe vintage and you’ll be wishing that those covetable pieces weren’t one of a kind.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? Style resolutions for 2018 are buy more closed-toed shoes that aren’t mules, buy more jeans and stop selling my clothes.
ANYTHING YOU’RE PARTICULAR EXCITED TO BRING INTO YOUR WARDROBE? I really need a perfect vintage Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni suit. I have hunted down some good ones and even found this amazing embroidered gold, rose print one but it sold before I could even think about it. Greatest regret. I am still unsure where to wear my suit, seeing as I work from home, but I just need one just in case. The cut of Giorgio Armani suits are unmatched and it only makes sense.
WHAT ARE THE STYLES/PIECES YOU WILL BE SAYING GOODBYE TO? Currently, I have eight things in my closet that I mix and match every week and rinse and repeat. I cannot let go of anything or I’d be naked. I have a bad habit of purging. I think it has something to do with the fact that I work with clothes and so I see so much that very little excites me. I do get excited but only for special, well-made pieces like the tailored, vintage Hermès trousers I paid too much for but has totally changed my wardrobe, and, of course, my trusted Kriss Mule from Trademark.
Images c/o @subrinaheyink
Owner of the beloved Vancouver-based boutique, One of a Few, Michelle Rizzardo is a mother of two and pioneer in the city’s growing fashion scene. She’s also one of the coolest women we know. Just like her boutique, her wardrobe is stocked with the best investment pieces from all your favorite emerging and established designers.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? My style resolutions each year are ongoing and focuses around buying and wearing things that make me feel strong and comfortable. I feel that when you’re comfortable in your clothing it gives you the ability to focus on your surroundings and really participate in conversations and life in general. When you are constantly pulling, tugging and adjusting clothing it takes away from enjoying the important things in life.
Although not a new resolution but perhaps a continuing one is that of the statement earring, footwear and bags. They’re best way to update and add life to any outfit. I’m really looking forward to adding more belts into my outfits this season.
ANYTHING YOU’RE PARTICULAR EXCITED TO BRING INTO YOUR WARDROBE? Pointier footwear, baggier pants with more drama, new dresses, pieces with clean but dramatic lines.
WHAT ARE THE STYLES/PIECES YOU WILL BE SAYING GOODBYE TO? To be honest, good investment pieces can always be adjusted to fit trends. More importantly it’s time to think about where your money is going, how things are made, who is being affected by your purchases, and really sticking to your morals.
Born and raised in a little town in Belgium, Gia Salvaggio has that mysterious aesthetic everyone craves. Her daily snaps on Instagram have gained quite the cult following and for good reason. Peep her feed for textured closeups of clothing, inspirational women, perfectly arranged home goods and, the latest addition, her adorable labrador puppy.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? Shop less but better. I feel like it’s a really easy thing to say but really hard to do. Even more with fast fashion shops, you just want to walk in and grab a couple of things because they’re cheap, but you end up with too many things you don’t wear that aren’t particularly ethical.
ANYTHING YOU’RE PARTICULAR EXCITED TO BRING INTO YOUR WARDROBE? A good leather jacket, aka a Veda leather jacket.
WHAT ARE THE STYLES/PIECES YOU WILL BE SAYING GOODBYE TO? I need to get rid of all the crappy fast fashion blouses I still have around, and my shoe closet needs a good clear out!
Images c/o @giasalvaggio
Patricia Gutiérrez is the stylist and knitwear designer behind Maggie on the Rocks—the fan favorite Instagram account that champions smaller, independent brands and provides endless inspiration. She’s the kind of person that only buys pieces she truly loves to reinforce her personality.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? I don't really like thinking in terms of resolutions, as that would quite possibly imply to never do it, but I'm really excited about starting the new year, and to keep investing on special pieces, as well as let go and get out of the neutral colors zone every now and then.
ANYTHING YOU’RE PARTICULAR EXCITED TO BRING INTO YOUR WARDROBE? At the moment I'm obsessed with fluffy oversized coats, so maybe that would be a good addition, but I'm really taking my time to find the right one.
WHAT ARE THE STYLES/PIECES YOU WILL BE SAYING GOODBYE TO? I try to think twice before buying something, so I don't have too many regrets. Also my mum and my sister are always more than happy to give a new home to whatever I'm not into at the moment, so I don't feel so guilty.
Images c/o @patriciagutierrez_
Olivia Lucia Perez
Olivia Lucia Perez is owner of cozy Los Angeles boutique Nonna. She first developed her eye for curation in New York as a stylist and costume designer within the film and TV industry, but (lucky for us) she crossed the country to set up shop in LA. There, she shares her personal aesthetic and designers she loves with the masses.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018? To place more of an emphasis on color.
ANYTHING YOU’RE PARTICULAR EXCITED TO BRING INTO YOUR WARDROBE? Clear PVC shoes and totes via Maryam Nassir Zadeh, silk chiffon via Maki Oh, embroidered bustiers via PRISCAVera, and handmade glass beaded chokers from Marland Backus.
WHAT ARE THE STYLES/PIECES YOU WILL BE SAYING GOODBYE TO? A tough question, as I am such a sentimental person and it's hard for me to say goodbye to anything. I am not going to say that I will get rid anything specific at the moment, but I do always like to go through with a good closet clean-out at least once a year.