Here at Fashionista, we unsurprisingly spend a lot of time thinking about personal style and shopping, a process that is a mix of restraint and courage. So at the end of last year, we decided to each come up with our fashion resolutions for the upcoming 12 months.
Now as 2014 comes to an end, we're renewing the tradition, looking back on our success (or lack thereof) with last year's resolutions, and stating our new resolutions for 2015.
Overall, Fashionista editors seem to be focused on doing more with less. Read on to read what we're going to do and stop doing, and share your own resolutions in the comments!
Lauren Indvik, Editor-in-Chief
"My goal for 2014 was to buy less, but better. And I succeeded, but not nearly as far as I would have liked. I still bought too many things, and only a small fraction of them felt really precious.
So, for 2015, I'm challenging myself to only buy 15 fashion items — one item a month on average, with three to spare in the case of a shopping trip abroad or special event. "Fashion items" include clothes, shoes, handbags and other accessories; but not basics like tights, underwear or running shoes. I also want to shop for most of these things in person, not online; I find that the clothes I have the most success with (generally, have the best fit) are the ones I discovered in stores. I'm hoping I come out of 2015 with 15 things I really love and that my wardrobe really required."
Dhani Mau, Senior Editor
"In 2015, I want to continue working towards my 2014 goal, which was to buy fewer things of better quality. I also want to incorporate things that are a little dressier into my wardrobe, as opposed to the casual basics I tend to lean towards — they're great for sitting on a computer all day and weekends, and not great for much else. I also want to focus on buying a few great handbags, pairs of shoes, and nice jewelry, instead of just clothes."
Alyssa Vingan, Senior Editor
"Over the past year I made good on my resolution to stop shopping fast fashion, and it honestly feels like a weight in my life has been lifted — my closet is also so much less cluttered. I feel like a new woman! This year, I want to make more of an effort to really take care of the things I have. So, instead of buying boots every season (seriously, I DO NOT need another pair of black boots), I should get the ones I already own shined and resoled. Good as new!"
Tyler McCall, Senior Associate Editor
"This year, I finally got better about not buying things I wore just once before realizing they didn't go with the rest of my wardrobe. It really helped to define my #aesthetic at the beginning of fall, so I want to try and do that every season and keep it in mind when shopping. I also want to (for real!) save my money to buy quality over quantity. Now, if I could just break my Asos habit..."
Chantal Fernandez, Associate Editor
This year, my style resolution is to take better care of the items I already have in my closet. That means regularly going to the shoe repair guy and finding a tailor I trust to repair any rips or holes and fit my clothing to my specifications. I just dropped off with my tailor a pair of jeans that I have been meaning to get shortened for the four years since I bought them! There's no excuse, so here's hoping I do better in 2015."
Lauren Sherman, Editor at Large
"My goal is always to buy less stuff. I actually accomplished that in 2014, and I am so much more happy/satisfied with what I did buy. Next year, I'd like to buy myself a nice piece of jewelry. And more sweaters from The Row. And that's basically it."
Cheryl Wischhover, Beauty Editor at Large
"For the last six months I've been wearing enormous tops over leggings more and more frequently. I'm getting concerned. It's time to re-embrace my waist and perhaps even show the world that I have an ass without always covering it up. Leggings and shapeless tops are fine for sitting on the couch with a computer on my lap (which is how I spend a good chunk of my day as a freelance writer), but they're not ok for when I need to enter the real world, which is still pretty frequently. Oh, and also I want to wear more lipstick. I have like 700 of them, so I should be able to commit to it on a daily basis. Then maybe no one will notice my leggings."