January always tends to signal a lull in fashion trends; perhaps it’s the post-holiday slowdown, the lack of major events in the fashion world, or the halfway-between-Spring-and-Winter offerings that abound at local retailers. (Resort pieces, anyone? No?) But if you live in a cold climate, this month likely indicates the most frigid of Winter – and that there still remains a few more months until temps truly break into something balmy. Get rid of the Winter Blahs by mixing a few on-trend pieces into your wardrobe to shake things up when you get into a style rut:
Leopard anything: as an accessory, accent, or even full-on piece is being treated as the new neutral of 2012. Mix and match with anything, even florals (see below), for a new look all your own! Try: Leopard Tail Shirt, $58, NastyGal.com.
2. Skinny Colored Jeans (or Pants)
Sometimes when gray is all around a little pop of bright can make your day. Try a pair from Target (they actually have a variety of colors, in bright red, blue, purple, coral, and green, that mimic the high-end J. Brand colored skinnies) that can add a dose of fun into an otherwise standard outfit. Try: Mossimo Supply Skinny Denim, $22.99, avail. in-store only.
3. A Cape
No, not just for Batman! This great shape as a winter coat works best when paired with a slimmer bottom half, lest you look like you’re starring in a period drama. The Cape brings enough drama on its own! Try: Color Block Cream-Black Cape, $99.99 (sale), Romwe.com.
4. Big, Dangly Earrings
80’s trends have been back for awhile, and oversized dangles are being dug out of jewelry boxes everywhere to dress up lobes (note Prada S/S 2012 runway, shown above). If the look its too literal for you, try a smaller size for a bit of understatement. Try: Vintage Earrings on Ebay or a search at your local Goodwill store. If your find is for pierced ears, make sure to disinfect before wearing; clip-ons may be a more hygenic option and better suited to hold the weight of larger pieces.
Strings of pearls thrown over casual outfits dress up anything with a ladylike vibe. Long and loose paired with other necklaces or chokers can also look chic when you’re going for more is more. Try: Pearlescent Chains Necklace, $8.80, Forever 21.
6. Floral Patterns
One piece or even many, mixed into any outfit, forecasts Spring’s arrival with bright and fabulous blooms (see Dolce & Gabbana’s S/S 2012 runway collection, pictured above). When mixing different florals, try to keep the patterns within the same color family to look less thrift store junkie and more Vogue. Try: BB Dakota by Jack Magdalena Floral Print Dress, $58, Lulus.com.
7. Belt It!
Belts are suddenly everywhere this season, and they’re thrown over just about everything: capes, coats, sweaters, and dresses. Try wearing two skinny belts at once, knotting the ends of a belt in a bow, or trying a wide obi belt on over your heavy Winter coat for some more variety. Try: Pastel Metal Keeper Super Skinny Belt, $10.91, ASOS.com.
Product photos from their respective websites; photo arrays by me.
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Oh, thank you! That was very helpful! Adore belts, happy they are “in” this season! 🙂 Also happy to know that lovely floral prints ain’t going anywhere!
Thank you so much, these are very helpful! Great pictures too! These are definitely current trends, so thank you for sharing them with us!
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No problem! Glad you like!:-)