Effortless Looks For The New Year

Subtle shifts make big changes for 2017

Easy elegance is everywhere as we head into 2017 – a trend that makes adapting as effortless as it sounds. Whatever your closet contains, rest assured, being chic has never been so simple.
Shift your shoes…
It’s a miracle! Or at least it seems like one. For the second year in a row sneakers are on top of the footwear trend list, suggesting it’s not just smart, but chic to relinquish uncomfortable high heels in favor of softer soles… for day wear, at least. Glitter, satin, leopard, and other fabrics and prints provide plenty of options to stay stylish and maximize comfort.
Not into sneakers? Well worry not, because next up on the shoe trend tree are kitten heel mules. They have just enough boost to make you feel sexy, but all the comfort of a flat, if not more! Mules are a great option for those who want to be on trend without sacrificing too much flirty femininity.
Mix and match
Love it or hate it, the athleisure trend is sticking around, but that doesn’t have to mean wearing your Pilates pants to the office. Nailing this trend can be as simple as pairing a structured button down with your matte Lycra leggings, or donning a blazer with a super soft t-shirt and jeans. It makes the transition from spin bike to boardroom a little more seamless.
Stripe yourself
From classic French tees to flowing high-waist pants, adding stripes of any form to your wardrobe will freshen up your look. Pinstripes, particularly the vertical variety, are slimming, while thicker chalk stripes have an artsy vibe, sliding them straight into a museum-inspired trend.
Skip the skinnies… or at least add to them
While skinny jeans have reigned supreme for the better part of a decade, more classic, straight-leg and wide-leg silhouettes have been pushing to make a comeback for a few seasons now.This just may be the year that it happens. Add a few different denim cuts to your closet for an instant, of-the-moment upgrade.

Spice Up Your Outfit

How to make impact with accessories

In life, we can’t sweat the small stuff. But when it comes to putting together an impact ensemble, the details definitely matter. If you’re among the many women who find themselves intimidated by the little extras that can either complete an outfit or destroy it, don’t worry. Here’s your guide to accessorizing with style!

Make your face part of your outfit!
Think makeup isn’t an accessory? Think again! By deciding upon an actual makeup look – not your everyday style, but a bold lipstick, sparkly eye or fully contoured face, you’ll transform the most basic outfit to chic in an instant! Clothing anything but basic? Let your makeup compliment – it’s the simplest path to a put together look!

Think beyond your jewelry box!
Sure, the right piece of statement jewelry can amp up your style… and this season there’s no shortage of big, dangling earrings and bold necklaces to choose from. But if you’re looking for a more innovative way to spice your style, you’re in luck! These days, it’s not just rings, earrings and necklaces stepping off the runways into women’s wardrobes. Sunglasses (particularly round or bright colored frames) are super of the moment – after all, skies can be brightest on the coldest days. And a wide, waist-cinching belt will emphasize your shape – and your fashion taste.

It’s in the bag!
Choosing the right bag to complete your look can make all the difference between on-point and just pulled together. This season, expect bucket bags to make an even bigger comeback for day looks and in the evening, think beyond the little black purse. Something square or sparkly (better yet both) can up your fashion quotient, no matter what you’re wearing.

Make the season work for you
And last, but not least, we all know hats and scarves have practical purposes. However, if you choose your winter-wear carefully, you’ll go from eskimo to fashionista in a snap! Learn how to layer – complementary and contrasting fabrics can all work well together and you’ll feel warm, but look hot!

Style Essentials for 2017

Take the year’s trends from Runway to Real-way

The new year is upon us, and fashion will be so exciting this year! The runways showed us tons of options to take from runway to real-way. Here are some style essentials every woman needs in 2017.

We are not talking about wearing plants, but rather incorporating the color dubbed as “Nature’s Neutral” into your 2017 wardrobe. Greenery is Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year and it can work from Winter to Summer; and works on almost every closet piece, from pants to blouses to coats. This color can also be paired with neutrals, brights, pastels and even metallic tones, making it a smart fashion essential.

White blouse with a twist
A white shirt is a wardrobe essential at any time, but this year, add in a white shirt with some pizazz. Look for styles with bell-sleeves, embellished buttons, collars or anything that sets it apart from a classic button-down style.

Embellished boyfriend jeans
Taking a cue from the white shirt, boyfriend jeans are another wardrobe essential. In 2017, look for styles that are embellished or patch worked to give them a fresh look.

Art-work inspired prints
In 2017, look for styles that incorporate bold artwork into their patterns. This applies to anything from handbags to pants. Your wardrobe could literally be a walking piece of art!

Faux fur
Faux fur, whether it be a stole, a collar or a coat, will be a fun essential in 2017. It can take a boring winter outfit and make it sassy and chic.

Other trends to look for
Other style trends to look for this year are leg-lengthening flare pants, wide belts to cinch sweaters and coats and feminine mid-calf hemlines in dresses and skirts. 2017 is a fabulous fashion year for choices that are flattering and can be incorporated into any woman’s wardrobe, no matter what her age or stage of life!

Dress Up Your LBD for the Holidays

Fresh New Party Mixes for Celebrating In Style

If your tried and true little black dress (LBD) is the basic go-everywhere piece you’ll be wearing through the holiday season, style it with some fresh panache. Our holiday inspired style strategies will transform your basic black into three brand new looks!

Black and Unexpected Brights
Here’s how to combine unexpected brights for an event where fun and hip is the look you’re going for:
Choose a pair of opaque bright tights — think turquoise, pink, burgundy — to wear with matching pumps or high heeled two-strap sandals. Balance out the look with a fuzzy cropped cardigan, a party purse or earrings in a contrasting bright color. (Pick just one).

You can add the balancing pop of bright color with makeup instead of accessories. Use a bold shiny eye shadow shade for a smoky eye look along with a neutral shimmery lip color. Big, full hair adds even more style to this merry look.

Casual Elegance
For an evening out with the girls or family gatherings, choose patterned, fishnet, or opaque black stockings to pair with your best black pumps or flats. Experiment with a grouping of faux sparkly pins placed off one shoulder. You can find them at fast fashion and discount stores this time of year. Plus everyone’s mom or grandma probably has a few you can borrow. Choose a velveteen duster or sweater coat in black to cover up.

A nude makeup look and easy hair are the perfect finish for this festive combo.

All Out Glam
When the night calls for shine and shimmer, invest in a pair of statement party shoes to elevate your soiree outfit. Stilletto heels with lacing, ankle straps, or jeweled embellishments are one of the top looks of the moment. Show off your best shiny baubles, too. Layer your neck pieces, or invest in one of the season’s already mixed and layered designs. Or, forget the baubles and go for a sequined, beaded or embroidered jacket – whatever works best with the LBD.

This modern classic holiday look also calls for shiny polished nails and hair slicked back into a top knot or ponytail.
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