Your deep winter style guide
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With a new year, comes new resolutions. And while we’re sure you’ve already got hitting the gym and waking up earlier written on your list, we wanted to give you some inspiration on some all-important style resolutions that will also make you feel energised this year. – And what better way to do so than by sharing with you the ones our very own stylists are implementing themselves – from buying less but better to discovering brands that align with their values. The best part is they’re super easy to achieve, so you won’t find yourself giving up on them come February.
Repurpose, repurpose, repurpose. Before buying new items, especially in the new year, I’m going to take some time to sift through what I have already. While it might not sound as fun as having a scroll on my favourite shopping app, actually, I’m sure I’ll be surprised at the gems I have lurking at the back of my wardrobe. Then, I can focus on purchasing one staple piece to lift up and bring life to those pieces I’ve owned for years.
This year I really want to wear brands that match up to where I am in terms of principles, ethics, and values. Making an effort to shop sustainably this year is not only going to be focused on limiting purchases to those pieces I really need, but also to specifically filter through brands, check online for their reports and credentials, and shop from those with ethical and sustainable business practices.
I really do want to try and be more conscious about what I buy going into 2022 and for me that means stripping back my late-night (boredom-driven) shopping sprees and focusing on buying less but buying better. Before I buy anything this year, I want to ask myself three things: do I really need it, does it have longevity, and does it fit in nicely with the rest of my wardrobe? If I can answer yes to all of them, then I’ll buy it.
My trusty answer to most style questions is find a good tailor and it’s definitely something I want to continue in 2022. Remember, items are made to stock sizes, so they’re never bound to fit perfectly. Sometimes all it takes is a slight hem on a sleeve or trouser length or a nip in at the waist that can truly transform an item and make it just right for me.
After the year we’ve all had, if it doesn’t bring me joy, it’s gone. When sorting out my wardrobe in 2022, I’m not going to keep hold of pieces that I’m not 100% on ‘just incase’ – if I haven’t worn it in the last six months, let’s be honest, chances are I never will. Those jeans that will look great when I’ve lost a few pounds? Gone. The jumper that is really cute but itches like mad? Goodbye. The shoes that give me blisters? On Depop they go.
Opting for more intentional purchases is high on my priority list in 2022. In a trend-based society it’s easy to get swept into the new ‘thing’ but it’s always important to remember that durable essentials are timeless and essential for creating that capsule wardrobe that is cost-effective, well-rounded, and versatile.
Words: Yasmine Kennedy, Millie Rich, Hannah Thistleton, Leanne Long
Illustration: Ryan Gillett