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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