We love the ‘new year, new me’ mentality when it comes to setting goals and visualizing the next year ahead, but what about your closet? Does it ever get the new year’s attention it deserves? Everything you do communicates in some way, after all, including the clothing you wear.
"To me, 'power dressing' plainly means that you are feeling like your most empowered, confident, comfortable self.” - Anine Bing
Consider this. A common adage from career counselors is often telling interviewees to dress for the job they want, not the job they currently have. Dressing for success can not only boost your confidence, but it can give you an edge over your competition and demonstrate your professionalism. We’re looking at you, #bossbabes.
And what about work out gear? Ever throw on cute athleisurewear with full intentions of simply watching Netflix and not working out (guilty), but end up going to the gym instead because of how you feel in them? Good workout clothes can inspire you to get your bum off the couch while making working out all the more fun.
So whether you’re looking to go after a promotion, introduce more movement into your day, or up your dating game, don’t forget to set yourself up for success by having the right clothing to go along with it. Here’s a roundup of our top picks for dressing for every goal in the new year. Because getting dressed is half the battle, after all.
The Work Edit
Whether you’re contemplating a career change in the new year or ready to take on a major presentation, these workwear trends will have you going after what you deserve.
Work Edit Tops
When it comes to workwear, the best pieces are the ones with the most styling potential. Make sure to have a smart chiffon top in your on-rotation arsenal— it’s lightweight enough for those summer months but can be effortlessly layered under sweaters for the chillier ones.
Work Edit Bottoms
We love leggings as much as the next girl, but when it comes to looking professional at work, it’s time to ditch the leggings passed as workwear and upgrade to something more polished. Tailored pants set the tone for a pulled-together look, but you can still let your style shine through with trendy patterns like tweed.
Skirts are a super versatile piece to make sure you have in your work edit this year. For a more formal office look, pencil skirts can be styled with tights and heels, or sweaters and mules if the vibe is more business casual. Perhaps the best thing about skirts is that they make sure your after-work cocktail look is anything but drab—just swap out sweaters for trendy blouses or bodysuits come happy hour.
Work Edit Coats
If wrap and trench coats don’t already have a place in your closet, it’s about time you made room for them this year. Not only are the long lines super flattering, but they can instantly pull together any look, ensuring you look effortlessly polished both on and off duty.
Work Edit Blazers
"Power dressing is all about feeling confident and my best self so I can take on life’s challenges. For this, my go-to look is definitely a blazer with shoulder pads and heels." - Jen Atkins, founder of OUAI
Oversized menswear blazers, ‘90s style blazers, plaid blazers—they’re all having a moment and we’re here for it. Their popularity arises in part from their undeniably trendy appeal, but blazers are also increasingly a symbol of women empowerment. So suit up boss babes, and make sure to get your blazer game tight in 2020.
Top of the (Workout) Class
We make lots of self-care promises in the new year, like opting for a Dry January, getting eight hours of sleep and hitting the gym more. And we think part of self-care is looking the part. Here’s a roundup of some of our must-have items for healthy living in the new year.
There is nothing better than walking into a room feeling invincible, whether that’s in heels or sneakers, lip gloss or a bold lip. - Jaclyn Johnson
When tapered joggers and biker shorts became on-trend, we couldn’t help but think of memories of the ‘80s and moms in Jazzercise classes—and all for a good reason. Biker shorts and joggers are seriously ah-maz-ing, and they’re just the thing to get you in a workout mindset.
Everyone knows leggings can double up for both daytime workouts and nighttime looks, but so can bralettes. Ultra-versatile, bralettes are the perfect staple to keep on hand for introducing gentle movement into your day with activities like yoga, meditation or tai chi, but they also pair perfectly with dresses, sweaters and cut-out tops, too, when workout time is over.
Date Night Must-Haves
Whether you’re heading out with bae or taking yourself out for a date, having these pieces in your 2020 wardrobe will have you looking your best self each and every time.
Date Night Dresses
It always pays to have a few flirty dresses in your arsenal for impromptu date nights, and we don’t see these trends going anywhere anytime soon.
Date Night Tops
We’re loving bodysuits and flattering wrap tops at the moment, especially ones that combine both elements into one. Save the t-shirts for breakfast in bed and go for glam on date nights.
Date Night Jewelry
Never underestimate the effects of a minimalistic necklace for bringing a little extra sparkle to your outfit and a pep in your step.