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Who, what and wear: style goals for 2016

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Tomorrow marks the start of a new year — a brand-new chance to try something different with your style, if you dare.

Lifestyle asked people to tell us one way they'd like to switch up their fashion sense in 2016.

Torri Simons, 48, said this will be the year she “keeps it real” when it comes to her style.

“I just want to be able to be at the top of my game when it comes to fashion,” the senior visual merchandiser said. “I want to be straight out of the gate with it and be the first to try out certain styles.”

Ms Simons said she's always been fashion-forward and prides herself on wearing creative clothes, shoes and accessories.

“I've always been different, unique and edgy,” she said. “I feel that people should have their own sense of style, so I try to think outside of the box and be different. I don't follow trends. I try to be a trendsetter and am not afraid to experiment with different colours, patterns and textures. So in 2016, I think I just want to expand on that a bit.”

She gets some of her style inspiration from magazines. Websites like Pinterest are also a useful resource, she said.

Real estate agent Danielle Spurling is hoping to make 2016 the year she tries out more colourful clothes.

“I tend to wear a lot of black, but I think it would be nice to have a pop of something bright to add some flair to my wardrobe,” the 29-year-old said. “Black can sometimes be a little dull. And with animal prints I tend to wear those a lot because they're fun, young and easy to match things with.

“This year I might wear some things that are more exciting and bright to stand out. Maybe I'll try some neon.”

Ms Spurling said she gets inspiration shopping at her favourite stores. She tends to go in with an idea of what she wants, then will browse around to see if she finds that particular item. “I love stores like French Connection, and Banana Republic when I'm away. I also like going to little boutique stores in the US. You always pick up nice finds there.”

Qian Dickinson, 35, wants to make this the year he steps “outside of the box” and sports pieces that are a little more edgy.

“I'd say I'm not really that into fashion, so it might be nice to get a little more interested,” he added.

The bank e-channels specialist said he normally dresses quite plain. His wife tends to be more fashion-forward, so he usually lets her pick out his clothes.

“She's my stylist,” he said. “She finds fashion inspiration all over the internet. She knows what's in and is way more savvy than me.

“For me it's all about comfort. As long as I'm comfortable I'm good. I like things simple so I will buy clothes that I can mix and match versus something that's flashy.”

His brother, Melvin Dickinson, said his main goal with his style was to find a few quality pieces that fit him well.

“Last year I decided to step out of my comfort zone and switch up my style from the baggy look to more of a fitted look, so I want to continue that this year,” he said.

“It's important because I'm a young entrepreneur so my hardest thing [as CEO of Mediaville] is convincing clients I'm not just a little kid trying to sell them services. You have to dress to impress and dress the part so you're taken seriously.”

The 30-year-old said he gets a lot of inspiration while window shopping. His favourite place to do that? Banana Republic.

“I tend to only shop from that one place because their clothes tend to fit me well,” he said. “I'm not the type of guy who's really into fashion, but I just like looking clean and simple. I might also add in a little pop of colour once in a while.”

New Year Fashion: Torri Simons would like to be the first to try out new styles in 2016. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
New Year Fashion: Danielle Spurling wants to take a break from wearing black in 2016. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Melvin Dickinson, 30, wants to include more fitted clothes in his wardrobe in 2016 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
New Year Fashion: Torri Simons, 48, would like to be the first to try out new styles in 2016. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
New Year Fashion: Qian Dickinson hopes to 'step outside the box' with his fashion in 2016. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
New Year Fashion: Danielle Spurling wants to add more colour to her wardrobe. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
New Year Fashion: Qian Dickinson hopes to 'step outside the box' with his fashion in 2016. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
New Year Fashion: Qian Dickinson hopes to 'step outside the box' with his fashion in 2016. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Brothers Qian (left) and Melvin Dickinson (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Melvin Dickinson, 30, wants to include more fitted clothes in his wardrobe in 2016 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published December 31, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm)

Who, what and wear: style goals for 2016

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