2014 Style Resolutions

25 Seattle designers, stylists, artists, and other well-dressed personalities are thinking about style for coming year.

Edited by Laura Cassidy Illustrations by Lauren Mortimer December 17, 2013 Published in the January 2014 issue of Seattle Met

Lust Life
The year 2014 is evoking Bianca Jagger, Michelle Obama, and Richard Branson. Lipstick, tailoring, leather, brutalist jewels. Print abstraction. A not-sorry strong lip. Maasai beads. Four-inch heels. I will dress for an extraordinarily lusty life. Meet all the people, do all the things, and look like a lady. No T-shirts allowed. 

Cori Ready, professional partyer and creative strategist,

Work It
The salon is my catwalk. This year it’s out with baggy and in with trim, tailored trousers and clean, linear cuts. Simple rock chic. I’ll strut color-blocked neutrals and occasional splashes of color.

Antonio ­Solimeno, owner and stylist, Antonio Salon,

Chew on This
Working long hours in the kitchen is not the most conducive to developing your sartorial self, but I’ll continue to focus on bringing a stronger, more defined voice to my look via inspiration from icons Patti Smith and Katharine Hepburn for menswear, author Charlotte Birnbaum (recently featured in the UK’s avant style biannual Gentle Woman) for tailoring and elegance, and LA chef and restaurateur Suzanne Goin for quality and technique. Goin is far removed from the fashion world, but her approach to cooking—clean, simple, and considered—finds its way into much more than just in the kitchen. Attitude cues from French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld will also be in the mix.

—Monica Dimas, sous chef, Mkt. restaurant,

Palette Cleanser
In my 30s I worked to hone in on a simple uniform of clean and lean suiting—Tom Ford–inspired, but rarely at that price! In my 40s I’m trying to stop buying the same damn thing. No more black skinny suits. No more black patent leather dress loafers. Color, please be my new friend!

—James Todd, vice president of artistry, Gene Juarez, ­

Stepping Out
I’m transitioning out of being the kind of person who only has one pair of shoes at a time. I’ll be getting that other pair of shoes. I’ve insisted on cutting my own hair for the last 15 years, and I’m planning on finding someone who I can trust—someone with a vision that doesn’t just make me look like Prince Valiant, a military recruit, or just a boring man. Style references include Weimar-era Bauhaus and French surrealist gatherings, and Karlheinz Weinberger’s photographs of Swiss greasers for dressing down.

—Robin Stein, photographer,

Seize the Day
I’ve always bought my best and priciest pieces for special occasions. This leaves them imprinted with impossible-to-shake memories of a particular moment, so I’m often hesitant to wear them again. But in 2014, I’m making a pact to make every day special and weave these investment pieces into everyday outfits. 

—Tali Edut, astrology columnist and adviser by the stars,

Win the West
I’m gonna rock some concho boots and a poncho. Clint Eastwood is one of my heroes. I’m always jealous when I see women wearing ponchos, and I wonder why certain pieces of clothing have a hard time crossing the gender gap.

—Gerald Wu, hairdresser, Gerald Wu Hair Design,

Object Lessons
I love looking at beautiful things and buying them too, but I usually talk myself out of the thing I really want and settle for something less expensive. This year my resolution is to buy the thing I really want.

—Hana Ryan Wilson, business director, Craft and Culture,

Cut it Out
This past year I only wore blue jeans once, when I mowed a lawn. This coming year I plan to not mow any lawns.

—Jeremy Buben, writer,

Break the Rules
I’m going to be more unconventional with my pairings; I’ll ditch the guidelines and mix casual and formal. I’ll pair Nikes with suits, conductor overalls with oxfords, and mandarin-collared shirts with pleated trousers.
And I’ll wear a lot more hats ­because…why not?

—Kirby Calvin, freelance stylist and style blogger,

Be in the Moment
I’ll examine my relationship with adornment and find contemplative moments in the dressing ritual. Treat tossing on a dress, fragrance, bracelet, or boots as if I were flawlessly creasing half-inch folds into yards of a silk sari or wrapping the kimono exactly left over right.

—Jamie Fish, director of scouting and development, Heffner Management, ­

Mergers and Acquisitions
I’ll start collecting investment pieces with maximum functionality. I know myself well enough by now that if I can’t work or walk 10 blocks in it, it won’t get worn. Luckily, shooting for Totokaelo this year has exposed me to a lot of great boutique brands that will be welcome replacements to the worn-out threads currently in my closet. Common Projects, Hope, Humanoid, and Edith Miller are some of the designers I plan to start incorporating.

—April Brimer, photographer, ­

Be Prepared
I bought a robe recently. Then I envisioned myself in this robe—with frizzy hair, drinking coffee, and hating life. My hope for 2014 is that I do not hold on to any article of clothing that brings on these thoughts. I also need to start carrying bracelets and rings in my purse and my car so when I rush out of the house I can slip them on and pump up whatever I tossed on.

—Kisha Vaughan, dancer and choreographer


Few of a Kind
Craft is the new black. Okay, I will always have black in my wardrobe life, but working through the curation of my shop, I continue to discover countless independent designers and crafters out there creating amazing things, and it’s impossible to not incorporate more of their work into my daily looks. It’s so refreshing to don something you know you aren’t going to see on 20 other people or on every retail shelf. 

—Erin Krohn, owner, Hammer and Awl,

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You Are What You Wear
After years of resisting being a spokesmodel for my brand, I’m interested in mixing more Prairie Underground into my wardrobe. Recently I wore our hemp jersey Medieval Mood T-shirt with an ivory wool Ann Demeulemeester blazer. Rethinking our garments is a great discipline.

—Davora Lindner, cofounder and designer, Prairie Underground, ­

Story Time
When I’m selecting fashion pieces for Glasswing, I’m always drawn to garments that have a story, whether it be, say, an interesting fabric-dying process or a designer’s overt idiosyncrasy. I love the subtle details in clothing that string together a narrative. I would like my own wardrobe to encompass more of that point of view. 

—Sean Frazier, co-owner, Glasswing, ­

Feel Free
After a year of loss, creativity, love, and reflection, I start this one holding onto the last one’s lesson: Time goes fast, be your true self. Be the person you’ve always dreamt of being. I dream of the drag queen Divine, Yoko Ono, Nefertiti. Fearless women who don’t care what’s in fashion; their look is a voice. I vow to wear clothes that make me feel alive, proud, and happy—and red lips and big hair, always.

—Adria Garcia, owner and stylist, Indian Summer Vintage

I’m abandoning purposeful dishevelment in pursuit of subtle elegance. (Adios mixed prints and embellishment.) I want my look to be more coherent, calm, and powerful. My big splurge is going to be a Rick Owens leather jacket. And I’m making a commitment to lipstick and manicured nails.

—Virginia Bunker, online marketing copy manager,

Quick Fix
I recently read that those with true style take no more than 10 minutes to get dressed for any occasion—that is my challenge to myself for 2014. I plan to invest in key basics, choose quality over quantity, and edit my closet down to only pieces that I actually want to wear.

—Kaylen Steele, marketing and events, Mario’s,

Favorite Things
This is what I’m feeling for 2014: subversion, naughtiness, prettiness, mixed media, digital video, neon, vintage magazines, silk, masks, hand embroidery, linen, rear screen projection, mirrors, sensory environments, image spectacles, jacquard tapestry, plastic, macramé.

—Erika Dalya Massaquoi, consultant curator, Seattle Art Museum, ­

Living Color
If shopping (like sex) is a crucial part of a woman’s happiness, I’m going to make more time for it. I’ll ditch the boring LBD and search for exciting things like Indian pink silks to wear over purple velvet. Twenty fourteen is the year to seek out indulgences!

—Ghizlane Morlot, aspiring screenwriter and Seattle Symphony maestro Ludovic Morlot’s wife and biggest supporter

Carte Blanche
Years ago I began wearing strictly red, white, and black. In 2014 I look forward to wearing more completely white outfits. I’ll visit the underpicked thrift stores in Stanwood for white heels and cotton pants in the vein of tennis-­playing grandmothers in Palm Springs.

—Traci Eggleston, artist and musician, Codependency,

About Face
I’m trading up my leggings and skinny jeans for cuffed men’s trousers and wide, wide legs. I also want to make a promise to my lips to not leave them out in the dark anymore. I’m going to dive into the lipstick pool and paint these babies in the boldest of colors—but maybe I’ll start by dipping my toes in first with light pinks and sweet corals.

—Elizabeth Rudge, photographer,

Buy American, reject made in China. Whittle the denim stacks to the essential 20 pairs. Be bold in layering and silhouettes, not colors. I will not lose another pair of sunglasses. Create the perfectly fitted three-piece suit for less than $500 (including tailoring) from completely mismatched new and/or vintage pieces. Wear this suit with my most trashed pair of boots as much as possible.

—Rick Moe, owner and buyer, Tyranny and Mutation,

Upgrade ME
1. Get rid of all the unimportant pieces I’ve accumulated and invest in higher-quality basics, outerwear, and shoes. 2. Don’t buy anything unless I absolutely need it, even if it’s a bargain. 3. Dress every day as if I might meet Beyoncé.

—Lena Joy Whittle, artist,

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