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.
Stephanie K. Smith is a freelance writer working across mediums. Her pieces have appeared on sites ranging from CNN.com to National Lampoon and she’s written television pilots for Fox, CBS, The CW and Legendary Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, Dash and their (girl) cat, Fred.  http://www.stephanieksmith.com/

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