December 31, 2010

Happy 2011!

There is no better time than a celebration of the New Year to come up with THE party look.  I'm not much of partier, so dressing for the occasion is a delicate blend of the time of the year and my style.

There are certain "go to" looks that people lean towards.  Personally, I can never stick to just one look.  So, I decided to create three looks while utilizing one key piece:  the black blazer.  If you have this, you can dress up or even dress down any look.

Blazer & Shirt: H&M, Necklace: J.Crew, Pants: F21, Heels:DSW, Clutch:Rebecca Minkoff MAC bought from Gilt, Ring: Noir bought from Gilt

Look #1 - The Classic "Black & White" Girl:
I kept this look basic and simple.  Every woman can wear this without feeling awkward.  The focus here becomes the necklace, which is one of my favorites in my jewelry collection.

Blazer: H&M, Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Club Monaco, Belt: Zara, Tights: H&M Kids, Heels: DSW, Ring, F21, Clutch: Betsy Johnson 

Look #2 - The "Golden" Trendy Girl:
This look follows two big trends all at once - metallics and sequins.  Normally, I would never tell people to pile on trends simultaneously, but I really enjoyed this look overall.  The top and skirt are trendy but still classic in the cut, while the blazer, belt, and tights help subdue everything as well.  As a good rule of thumb, don't pile on big trends at one time; however, every once in a while, rules can broken.

Blazer: H&M, Maxi Dress & Tank & Ring: F21, Shirt: Rodarte for Target, Heels: Nanette Lepore, Tights: H&M Kids, Clutch: Gifted,
Bracelet: Gifted
Look #3 - The Bohemian Girl:  
The long dress/skirt look has made a strong comeback from the 90s.  While most people save the maxi dress for the warmer, summer months, I thought it would be nice to utilize the dress for the New Year and layer up to combat the cooler weather.  Likewise, the maxi dress allows me to add some color to my overall dark ensemble.  This is my interpretation of the "boho" girl dressed up!

Lucky for me, I did not have to go out shopping to dress for the New Year.  With all the holiday festivities, the funds dry up a bit by the time the New Year's holiday rolls around.  By using one key piece from my closet, I was able to create three dramatically different looks.  I hope you're inspired to do the same with your closet!

Have a great, fun and safe New Year celebration!  2011 is hours away (for the US folks, anyway) and I can't wait to see what the New Year will bring!

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