Fashion is full of contradictions, and here are two seemingly opposing perspectives:
Take a fashion risk, or you’ll slip into a style rut.
Develop your own signature style, and don’t deviate from it.
My advice – do both! Impossible? Not really. Here, 3 simple ways to take fashion risks while staying true to your own unique style vision.
1. Try a New Color
Whether the new shade is a bold red lipstick or Marsala, the color of the year, adding different colors into the mix can totally freshen your look and make it current, with little effort. If you’re afraid of color, start small. A scarf, a cuff or a pair of pumps work beautifully with what you already own – no major commitment required. Here, 3 ways to incorporate new color into your closet:
2. Try A New Texture
And by texture, I’m talking leather. And yes, I’m talking to you. Leather (or vegan leather, if that’s your preference), isn’t just for shoes and bags anymore. A little leather goes a long way and adds luxury and interest to everything. Leather-ish leggings are one of my favorite choices for easy, everyday style. They’re comfortable, effortless and chic. If leggings are too much for you, look for glazed denim, which has a slightly more subtle effect. Other textures to explore: fur, feathers, and chunky wools. Contrasting textures are an easy way to add interest to a monochromatic outfit, i.e., a chunky black boyfriend cardigan, sleek black jersey tee and glazed black denim pants.
Try a New Silhouette
Whether you’ve always stuck with bootcuts or skinnies, button-downs or tees, a new year is a chance to try some new styles, and to step outside of your comfort zone. Fortunately, pants styles in particular are all over the place this year, so you have lots of options, from flowy wide legs to skinny distressed to slouchy and cool.
A good rule of thumb? If you respond to it, and love it, then it’s “you.” (I think this applies to home decor as well. My house is a mixture of very different styles and they all work because they are all me). And before making a new purchase, make sure it works with 2-3 items in your existing wardrobe!