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Our New Year's Style Resolutions

Forget “going to the gym” or “meditating.” The truest New Year’s resolutions are all about what you wear. Here’s how the GQ staff is shaking things up in 2021.


Find the right coat. The best resolutions are specific tasks you can accomplish in the precious few days when the “New Year, New You” energy is still strong. (“Sign up for a half marathon” is much better than “start running.”) So I’m keeping it concrete: Hit the after-holiday sales and finally find my perfect big, flowy wool overcoat. —Chris Cohen, wellness editor

Refine. I know my style, I know my taste, and I have my uniform. As I continue to learn more about myself in 2023, the more excited I get to refine my style to what really suits not only my body, but my personality. I’ll lead every purchase in 2023 with this question: “Does this really feel true and signature to you?” And if it does, consider the card swiped. —Anthony O’Baner Jr., Assistant to the Global Editorial Director

Follow the rabbit hole. Over the pandemic I started collecting jackets from Hai Sporting Gear, one of Issey Miyake’s diffusion lines in the ’80s and ’90s. Like the rest of his work, the clothes are… strange, resistant to western notions of what’s considered stylish. The HSG stuff is also designed to take a beating, and more to the point, it seems to fit my weird body well. With any luck, the stuff will make up most of my closet in 2023. —Chris Gayomali, articles editor

Stop buying black clothes. While putting away my wash and fold the other day, I pulled out a stack of five (5) black turtlenecks and was forced to take a serious inventory of my fiscal, sartorial, and spiritual choices. This* is not who I am!!! (*A waist-up Steve Jobs cosplayer.) My only realistic way to commit to buying more color? Shame myself right here on GQ.com. —Gabriella Paiella, staff writer

Go to a tailor. I have always found sifting through the racks of a suburban thrift store to be very meditative, which means that I own…a lot of clothing, from many eras and of varying degrees of kooky outdatedness. People I admire are always saying they get secondhand things tailored to fit them, which has always seemed very luxe—but now I’m convinced that it’s going to be the ticket to making my wardrobe full of special things I truly care about. —Eileen Cartter, style writer

Buy a really, really nice suit. My style resolution is incredibly specific: I want a great suit. I want a perfect suit. I want it from a special brand like Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Dries Van Noten, Factors, or, like, The Row!! I want to try them all on—transforming my life into one of those rom-com montage scenes—and say things like, well, I love the shoulder structure on the other one but the material on this one is so wonderfully sturdy. My wedding that got cancelled in the swell of the pandemic finally needs to come back on the calendar so I’ll have a more than good-enough excuse. —Cam Wolf, senior style writer

Do more with less. Getting dressed has become a chore, and the culprit (I believe) is having too many clothes. The plan: round up about 60% of my closet and take it to Buffalo Exchange to sell what I can and donate the rest. I’ll only own what I want to wear, keeping my favorite and most versatile pieces and focusing on quality accessories to make it look great. —Noel Howard, senior director, creative development

Buy one good thing. “Buy less, buy better” is a very useful shopping motto. But a way sicker shopping motto is: “Buy almost never, buy exceptional.” Here’s to only buying extremely sick stuff, and vanishingly little of it, in 2023. —Sam Schube, GQ Sports director

Wear more rings. I’m the queen of misplacing my jewelry so my hands tend to be pretty bare, but that’s going to change in 2023. At the end of last year, my aunt gifted me with a few pieces from her personal collection, including a dainty gold-hearted antique ring that I’ve been wearing daily ever since. It’s the kind of family heirloom that I’d never forgive myself for losing. —Melissa Yang, social media manager

Shop for the story. Don’t we all live for the moment when someone compliments, say, a ring you’re wearing, and you have a cute lil story to share about where you found it? In 2023, I’m shopping for that feeling—avoiding the usual suspects, and hitting vintage shops, picking favorite up-and-coming brands, finding artisans who make one-of-ones, and going with a zero gatekeeping policy when someone wants to talk shop. —Joel Pavelski, global content strategy director

Improve my time management. This year, I wasted time the same way I imagine most of you did: by doom scrolling on Twitter, getting sucked into the TikTok vortex, and mainlining article after article. Next year, I’m going to waste time by browsing SSENSE and Grailed and The Real Real and my elite saved eBay and Etsy searches and even Live Auctioneers. If I’m going to fry my attention span every time I look at my phone, I might as well flex my connoisseurship while I’m at it. —Samuel Hine, fashion writer

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