We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but more often than not, New Year’s resolutions are about as flimsy as a fake Chanel Boy bag. Gym memberships go unused, diets are abandoned and vows to stay away from alcohol usually fall apart once the weekend rolls around. But we’re not judging! We know the struggle to better yourself and start fresh is real.
When it comes to new beginnings, we think it best to stick to the ever-changing world of fashion that keeps everything running here at The RealReal. There’s always something new going on in the style sphere, but we’re well aware that a set of guidelines for being “well-dressed” whispers in our ears when we’re getting ready each morning. And while you may think it’s sacrilege not to match your shoes to your handbag, fashion is all about self-expression and making any look your own.
With 2018 right around the corner, we asked around the office… what fashion rules (self-imposed or otherwise) are you going to drop in the New Year? Read on to find out how we plan to break the mold.
Cult Gaia Large Ark Bamboo Clutch; Gucci Tie-Dyed Boyfriend Jeans; Vans Suede Low-Top Sneakers
“I used to think clutches were exclusively for going out in the evening. In 2018 I plan to start carrying them in the daytime with more casual pieces like boyfriend jeans and my classic Vans. It’s a fun way to make them more transitional from day to night (just add lipstick!). I’m currently obsessed with the Cult Gaia bag I just got from the site. The architectural design adds just the right amount of magic and intrigue to an otherwise basic look.” –Bailee Harrison, Pricing Coordinator
“The only fashion rule I have recently considered breaking is… ‘never wear tights with sandals.’ Everyone from Céline to Altuzarra had me thinking twice after the Spring ‘17 shows, so I can’t wait to experiment with tights or socks and sandals come 2018.” –Sasha Skoda, Women’s Category Director
“In the New Year, I’m going to break away from minimalism and rock more jewelry, colors and heels. I often forget to accessorize, but I love how feminine I feel when adding a beautiful necklace or a pair of earrings to the mix. And who doesn’t feel great when wearing an amazing pair of heels? For 2018, I’d love to add a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps to my collection, or some gold Gucci sandals!” –Taylor Mopress, Marketing Intern
Oscar de la Renta Tassel Earrings; Hermès Enamel Bracelet; Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra 10 Motifs Necklace
“I’m starting to get back into wearing jewelry again, so Coco Chanel’s famous quote is what I want to forget for 2018: ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.’ Sorry, Coco. I’m all for layering on jewelry in the New Year, especially some Hermès enamel bangles and Oscar de la Renta beaded earrings!” –Adrienne Williams, Authentication & Brand Compliance Lead
“I really don’t like being told what to do. When it comes to fashion, I’ve always done what feels right and will definitely continue to do so in 2018. I’ve recently found myself liking things I never thought I would though, like faux fur. There are so many colors now! I never realized how fun it could be. I’ll definitely be trying some soon.” –Ava Thompson, Luxury Fashion Copywriter
“People say never to wear white after Labor Day, but I’m keeping my white pants in my wardrobe line-up all winter long. They should not just be saved for warm summer days, and I want to make sure I get use out of them year-round!” –Amanda Gallegos, Site Operations Assistant
Céline Jacquard Top; Balenciaga 2017 High-Rise Pants; Vetements x Manolo Blahnik 2017 Satin Slingback Pumps
“Anyone who sees me on a daily basis knows I love head-to-toe black. I have to admit, however, I was very surprised by how much Sies Marjan’s Fall ’17 collection inspired me. His super-vibrant colors and unrestrained textures made me realize bright colors don’t have to be confined to a season, and they’re more striking when they’re unexpected. This year I’m going to be a little bolder with shades outside my comfort zone.” –Kaila Abruzzo, Fashion Editor & Writer
Ready to break the rules and test-drive some trends? Get your 2018 off to a stylish start with our editors’ picks.