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Monday Mingle: New Year’s Fashion Ideas

 

Holiday outfits don’t require an expensive trip to the mall. Adding a new top, pant or piece of jewelry can help turn a ho-hum look into a fashion statement. This week we had a bit of a fashion challenge working with LOFT. They gave us $150 to put together a New Year’s Eve look.

We headed to our local LOFT shop in Brooklyn Heights and found so much to work with. Since I didn’t want to just get a dress and be done, I set out to buy separate pieces that would enhance items already in my closet. First, I wanted a top that would work with everything from dressy jeans to a fitted black skirt. I scored with the Draped Ruffle V Shell Bold Teal ($49.50). Love the rich jewel-toned color and the modern neckline.

 

Next, I wanted a dressy pant that would work with my beaded tops as well as holiday sweaters. These trim Velvet Pants ($69.50) fit the bill perfectly. Finally I added this beaded belt ($39.50) similar to this ruched belt. The three pieces blend nicely with the rest of my closet and serve as a timely update.

Finally, I added this jeweled necklace (from last holiday) to the outfit for a little sparkle and a pair of Ralph Lauren heeled booties. Now, here’s my advice to getting party ready this holiday.

Comfort matters! When you will be heading to a party you want to exude style and grace. If your shoes are too tight or a top doesn’t fit perfectly you’ll feel “off” all night. Always give the outfit a trial run before a special night.

I’m really into statement necklaces. I like to add a little sparkle with a chunky piece. The one featured was from last year’s LOFT collection and it still looks great.

Here’s a go-to outfit: Black pants and a bright or beaded top. Dresses are amazing–but they also don’t allow you to mix and match as much as separates. I have quite a few dress pants in black (velvet, tuxedo and leather) that I then pair with fancy tops. I like the funky, unexpected look of separates.

Add a touch of sparkle–either chandelier earrings, a sequin scarf or a chunky necklace AND a great new red lipstick!

WIN IT! One lucky ready is going to will this fabulous bag from Serena & Lily. The STINSON GYPSY TOTE ($99.99) Sometimes we find inspiration on our travels; other times we find it in our own closets. This perfectly weathered shade of mustard is the exact color of Serena’s favorite summer pants. Featuring the same hand-embroidered motif as our Prague Gypsy Tote in warm tonal shades of camel.

To enter, simply link up your look from the week. For more fashion fun join us every Monday as the style powerhouses behind Glamamom.com, Momtrends.com and BonBonRoseGirls.com hold a weekly fashion linky.



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