January may be halfway over, but if you’re like me you could use a few style tips to spice up this winter’s wardrobe. The trick to dressing for January is achieving a balance of warm layers and colors that can transition into spring. When the holidays come to an end, I like to swap shades of red and sparkly sequins for pastel hues and sleek silhouettes.
To see what I mean, take a peek below and check out my 10 style tips for this month…
1. Give your boyfriend jeans an update.
Boyfriend jeans are all the rage right now. And besides being extremely comfortable, they lend themselves to being dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Give yours a cosmopolitan touch by wearing a faux fur coat, vest or scarf on top.
2. Spice up winter white with a touch of plaid.
You all know by now that I’m a big proponent of winter white. And I think a patterned scarf like the plaid one above looks particularly appropriate for the winter season. A polka dot, striped or chevron scarf would give a similar effect, too.
3. Become bejeweled.
This bejeweled J.Crew coat may cost a pretty penny, but it actually inspired me to DIY a similar look onto blazer lapels and blouse collars. Why not try adding a few jewels to your own outerwear… You may be surprised at how they give your look a little sparkle.
4. Incorporate the color of the year.
As many of you know by now, Pantone declared the 2014 color of the year Radiant Orchid. Incorporate this bright, girly hue in a midi skirt, a cable knit sweater, or even a pop of color in a small clutch.
5. Go for a gray pleated skirt.
If you live somewhere where it’s warm enough to sport a miniskirt with a sweater, opt for a heavier fabric like wool, tartan or leather. This gray pleated skirt looks perfect with a chunky sweater and tall riding boots.
6. Bring back wide legs.
Skinny jeans hold a special place in my heart. But when I came across this outfit photo of wide leg jeans, I suddenly got the urge to pull my own pair out from the back of my closet. Wear your wide legs with a slouchy sweater and heeled boots for a look that flatters your figure.
7. Pair “pajama” pants with a cable knit.
If you have a pair of pants that feel comfy enough to be pajamas but look presentable enough to wear in public (read: silk cigarette pants), go ahead and wear them with your favorite sweater. This is the best cloudy day uniform there is.
8. Play with proportions.
You might remember me mentioning in my Proportion Play post that volume pairs best with slim, short silhouettes. This means that pairing a mini skirt with a long trench gets an A+ in my book.
9. Wear off-duty plaid.
For those days when you’re running errands and living off caffeine, a soft, oversized plaid shirt is the way to go. Wear it with your favorite distressed denim and go for that messy-chic-on-purpose hairstyle (even if it’s unintentional).
10. Pair leather and tweed.
My favorite two fabrics to mix together lately are leather and tweed. The tweed gives off ladylike vibes while leather is nothing but tough. Think Coco Chanel meets Kate Moss.
What pieces are on heavy rotation in your closet this month?