You should have by now conceded to the lamentable fact that your New Year's resolutions are but a sprinkling of fairy dust upon the grim light of reality. No matter how good your intentions are or were, the inevitable march of quotidian stressors will soon blight your best efforts to upgrade your 2019 software, leading to the very predictable crash. Sorry to be the doom monger but you know we're right. Transformations don't happen on a whim - giving up smoking, losing weight, being a nicer person or whatever it is - they take seismic shifts in attitude and they don't happen overnight. But looking better? That's a cinch. As we all head back to work, a simple upgrade in your business wardrobe might not do any wonders for your waistline, but it will make you feel (and your colleagues think) that you're stepping into the new year full of gusto and good intentions, even if that may be a subtle inflation of the truth. The most effective way to do this is with your shirting. A simple change in shirt style, colour, or collar and cuff setup can give you all the confidence you need to strive for those ridiculous KPIs your CEO has just set you. Take inspiration from some of film and television's most iconic shirt wearers so that you can be the business throughout 2019.
Show your stripes
As an alternative to the classic plain shirt, stripes add an optical advantage by leading the viewer's gaze directly to your neatly framed face. There's also the added effect of stripes making you look slimmer, which may be just what is required post-Christmas. Stripes most certainly break up the monotony of uniform but don't go overboard. A simple striped shirt in pastel hues such as 'business blue', seen here on Robert Redford in All The President's Men, will work wonders for a charcoal or navy suit and can be clashed with just about any style of tie.