Although it might seem like a cliché, there really is no better time than the beginning of a new year to take stock of your style, reinvigorate what works, and remove what doesn’t. Easier said than done, right? If you are unsure where to start, let us show you the way with a fresh batch of Style Tips that are spot-on for the new year! Whether you want to update your entire look or just fine-tune your fashion prowess, we have tips and tricks that are sure to kick your new year’s resolutions into high-gear. Read on!
Don’t be afraid to experiment with color.
Although experimenting with color may seem like a simple resolution, it can be trickier than it seems, so take notes from Shailene Woodley, who recently hit the red carpet in an electric-violet lace dress. Now, a dress like this is sure to stand out from the crowd, but the reason this look works is as much about the accessories as it is about the dress. By adding simple black pumps into the mix, Shailene allowed her dress to take center stage, resulting in an exciting yet ladylike ensemble. If you are ready to experiment with color, try pairing a dress like Trina Turk’s Atlantis Dress ($258) or Topshop’s Fluro Dress ($98) with Dolce Vita’s Rosetta Pumps ($121).
Start investing in classic, timeless pieces.
Although it is fun to fill your wardrobe with seasonal picks, we recommend you use the new year to refine your style and invest in some classics that will last season after season. Take, for instance, the beige trench coat that Amber Heard was seen wearing recently. This is a timeless piece that every woman should have. The benefits? Not only will it instantly give any outfit a chic twist, but it really is so versatile—it works from season to season, and can be dressed down or dressed up. To start your style portfolio off on the right foot, consider these pieces: Burberry London’s Cotton-Gabardine Trench Coat ($1,195), J Crew’s Icon Trench ($298), and Banana Republic’s Classic Trench ($198).
Give every outfit your signature touch.
Is there something about your style that you would consider your signature touch? If not, why not make 2012 the year you develop your signature, using Gwen Stefani for inspiration. Gwen is known for her eclectic, sometimes whimsical sense of personal style—while you may never know what she will wear next, there is something about every outfit that is quintessentially Gwen. (Plus, of course, she is known for her red lipstick!) Ready to give your style its signature? Consider these ideas: wear vintage jewelry like Free People’s Vintage Tiered Necklace ($328); dress in bohemian pieces like Akiko’s Empire Waist Dress ($120); or infuse every outfit with a rocker-chic piece like Obey’s Jump Street Studded Jacket ($108).
Update your look by tweaking your staples.
If you already have your look down cold, you can use the new year to fine-tune your style by making small tweaks to your staple pieces. And for inspiration, we suggest you look to Alessandra Ambrosio. Alessandra is often spotted wearing casually-chic outfits like boho blouses paired with jeans, and boots. The formula is simple, but there are many ways to change it up, like swapping out your blue jeans for a bright pink pair, the way Alessandra has done. If you are ready to fine-tune, consider tweaks like swapping your solid trousers for printed pants like 10 Crosby by Derek Lam’s Wide-Leg Trousers ($335), or exchanging your blue jeans for patterned jeans like Current/Elliott’s Snake-Print Jeans ($200).
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