Not a fan of going head-to-toe pink and red on Valentine’s Day? Stand out from the crowd in a cool mint-colored shift dress (add tights and a warm topper if you’ve recently been inundated with snow) or go for classic black with a touch of drama. A long skirt or dress with a leather jacket is just the right mix of cool and romantic for date night.
If you’re like me, you’re not headed to any super swank holiday parties but I like to show up looking like I put a little effort in. I’m not super into the menswear-inspired party look (tuxedo jacket, bow tie, you get the idea) but I don’t like to go overboard girly either. Something a little sparkly and a little quirky feels just right, like a plaid shirt with a sequin pencil skirt.
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Whether it’s a pile of jewelry or a splash of sequins, I always like to balance daytime bling with something less flashy.
If I’m headed to the office, a blazer, button-down or a sophisticated pair of wide-leg pants will work. For the weekend, a pair of jeans and a big, cozy sweater makes it feel like you’re not so gussied up to go to the grocery store.
Combined with something smooth, silky, shiny or sleek, a cozy knit sweater, hat or gloves can look super chic and sophisticated. To counter the bulk that inevitably comes with a thick, nubbly piece, pair your knit with something slim on the bottom – like leather skinnies or a slim pencil skirt.
Another great way to stay cozy without looking like you just rolled out of bed is with a pair of tall cable knit socks or tights with a sleek pair of ankle boots.
Green is one of my favorite colors so I’m always on the hunt for fresh ways to wear it. You can never go wrong pairing green with black – the richness of both colors makes for a striking but not over-the-top look.
Mixing it with colors next to it on the color wheel, like inky blues, navy or chartreuse, gives green an extra boost this season. Pastels like pink, mint or any other pale color from your spring wardrobe would also contrast nicely with such a dark saturated hue, or try subbing in a dark green accessory for your usual black to add a little character to an outfit if you’re not fully committed to the color.
Military style coats, dresses and boots are never really out but their heavy materials, dark color palette and structured silhouettes make them especially suited for fall. Olive greens and blacks would look great with nudes or pale pinks any time of year but, for a fresh take this fall, try them with primary colors like cobalt blue, bright red or yellow.
I’d balance the structure and masculinity of this style with something softer and more organic, like floral prints, lace or sequins, a classically feminine piece like a shift dress, and plenty of jewelry.