Style resolutions for 2017: tips from the Guardian fashion desk

I will dress weather appropriately

My style resolution is not ahead of the fashion thing. More to make my day better. I have a long history of dressing in a way that does not match the weather. If winter is about to turn into spring I will always be in a furry tights. If it rains, there will certainly be some kind of suede pump at my feet. And no one wants to spend time and I all know that I have a nasty winter coat. Let alone an umbrella. But 2017 is different. I will become a person looking at the weather application before I get dressed, I have invested in a jacket, anyway, I like to wear, make me warm. Revolutionary, I know. Let’s see how long it lasts.

A model on the Marques’Almeida AW16 catwalk

I will stop buying going out clothes

Elle MacPherson once told me that her secret to keeping in shape was that you should never eat more than you can fit in your two hands cupped together. This has haunted me ever since, because that’s not a meal, Elle! That’s a snack!

Kate Moss in a (very much party-only) dress in 1993
Anyway, the point is, I have never been much good at doing anything in moderation. Which is why my wardrobes are packed tighter than a pair of size 25 jeans in January. Specifically, I have approximately 567 party dresses. Which is at least one for every actual party I will realistically attend in the next decade. Which means that the ones that are out of fashion now will be back on trend by the time I get round to them, if I play my cards right.

I will start to dress like a girl

Off-shoulder short lace dress
I have spent most of my career as a fashion writer wanging on about tracksuits, which is handy because tracksuits have also been in fashion. EastEnders’ Nancy, Caitlin Price, Adidas and their various collaborations. So next year I have plans to perform a volte-face by dressing more like a girl. A girl in the historical, archaically-defined sense of the word, which isn’t as unsisterly as it sounds, but rather a reminder that I have legs. Hell has always been tight clothing and suggestive hemlines but I have huge plans to try short skirts, dresses, tights and entry-level heels. I may even wear over-the-knee boots, which I accidentally did for a shoot earlier this year. While I’m here, I’m also planning to phase out white trainers and wear in my Doctor Martens (this may take a long weekend) and stop carrying such a huge bag around in case something unexpected happens. Essentially adopting a YOLO approach to my everyday.

I will wear less black

APC jumper
Black is easy, and the anonymity of it is comforting. It’s easy to collapse into an oil- slicked ocean of the colour as I have done in the past but next year I hope to change it up a bit. The problem with wearing brighter, primary colours has always been the issue of not wanting to look like a children’s TV presenter. Next year, though, I’m going to try and wear more warm colours: orange, mustard yellows, deep greens and dark blues.

I will be more considered in my outfits

Ganni shirt
I have always taken a very uniform approach to show me. Buying a large number of similar-ish pants black and navy, with many similar-ish jumpers and tops and a pair of black, navy and gray. They all have subtle differences, but in fact I’m a professional able to get dressed in the dark and “miraculous” all work together. Well, this year I’m going to leave the comfort zone and introduce some styles that will need more consideration … a few patterns maybe, some bright colors, maybe one or two silk shirts. You absolutely can not put a silk shirt.