5 Style Rules To Break This Winter

With all the casual get-togethers on the horizon (like super bowl shindigs and stag parties on Valentine’s Day), we want to look our best. But no need to be confined to a sartorial status quo. Here are 5 easy ways to shake things up – just enough.

1. White!
Creamy leather bags, bright white denim tucked into rugged boots, and winter white cords with cozy sweaters.

2. Plaids, meet stripes.
Don’t be afraid of a little pattern power struggle. A tartan tie and striped sport shirt can get along after all.

3. Bring outerwear in.
Plan whole all-day outfits using fall jackets. Top a maxi with a cropped leather jacket or try a tweed blazer over a T-shirt and jeans.

4. Daytime dancing shoes.
Swap in formal footwear with everyday looks. Just picture: patent pumps will do wonders for cropped jeans and a drapey top.

5. The dusky showdown.
Mix and match brown, black, and navy. Our advice: dim the lights and make sure you can still distinguish the different pieces.

January 30, 2012