Ring in the New Year with Celeb-Inspired Looks

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With 2012 only hours away we are excited to explore some new fashion trends with some inspiration from some of our favorite celebs. We also received some fantastic tips on how to get this started from Fashion Designer and Expert Claudia Patel to help us all channel our inner starlet. Here are some of Claudia's tips to kick-off the new year on a fashionable note.

Classic LBD with a Twist:
Who says a twisted situation is always negative? In fact, a twist on the classic LBD screams flirty chic. If you would like to keep it simple, the asymmetrical styling of a twisted one-shoulder dress creates a great fashion focal point. Steer clear of necklaces, and opt for drop earrings. Spice it up with a bold color. If you have broad shoulders, stay away from cross over twisted tops that will draw attention to your problem area, and further broaden your shoulders. This look works great on petite frames.

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Tuxedo Jackets:
This versatile look can take you from sleek to chic, and can be worn night or day. A truly good investment, you can pair a tuxedo jacket with bold color jeans, a dress or your new black skinny jeans. Is your upper body your problem area? Then draw attention to your legs in this number. Want to keep it classic? Pair a black tuxedo jacket with tight skinny jeans.

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Long Sleeve Dresses:
A long sleeve dress can be sophisticated and elegant. And if you have a formal party this year, this look will elongate your body and show off your curves. Hitting the town or going to a more low-key party? Get inspired by this look and take it up a notch'??above the knees. Steal this look, but make it short. Shoulder pad inserts can also glam up your look to ultra chic.

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Nude/Blush Gowns:
You don'??t need to wear bright colors to make a statement. Flesh toned colors are both glamorous and stunning. With just the right amount of sparkle here and there, your frock will turn heads. A short version will work just as well for a cocktail party for this year'??s countdown. Although nude suits all skin tones, it works best with lighter/medium skin tones. Go bold with your lips for a fun look.

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Turtle Neck Gowns:
A glamorous twist on the not-so-glamorous turtleneck, the turtle neck dress has been donned by some of the hottest celebs. Mimicking a throw-over scarf embellishes your neck in the perfect way. Highlight your shoulders and arms and draw attention away from your hips and thighs. Stick to a basic color to keep it classic.

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Sequined Stripe Minis:
Form fitting sequined striped minis have been a hit with celebs on the red carpet this winter. And it'??s no wonder why. This tight getup is both sexy and has the right amount of sparkle for this year'??s party. Horizontal stripes work best with petite frames, as they add width. Opt for darker colors that give a slimming effect and a few wide stripes, instead of thin if you are shapely.

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Information courtesy of Fashion Designer/Expert Claudia Patel.

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