So, you survived the holiday season—the kids are back in school and that gift money is burning a hole in your pocket. This sounds like the perfect opportunity for a little shopping spree, or at the least, a trip to Target for some new winter wardrobe pieces.
Introducing some winter 2012 trends like animal prints, bright colors, sheer fabrics, fur, and leather is simple and doesn’t need to break the bank. I suggest working the trends into outfits using modest, versatile pieces (read: just because animal print and fur are popular, a full-length cheetah print coat is not okay). Invest in simple pieces of clothing or accessories that can be used with many outfits. Read on for a few outfit ideas for everyday scenarios and start the New Year off with a bang!
Peasant Blouse | Leather Skirt | Blazer | Oversized Sunglasses | Nude Pumps | Satchel
Work-wear doesn’t need to be boring. Add a touch of leather, like in this (faux leather) skirt, and pops of color in jackets or tops. Bold colors are right on-trend, but be sure to balance them with neutrals. Walking around the office looking like the Jolly Green Giant probably won’t get you that promotion.
Fur Vest | Striped Sweater | Merlot Jeans | Riding Boots | Shoulder Bag | Aviators
Ditch the yoga pants and sweatshirt this weekend and add some fun to your weekend wardrobe. Fur is “in” this winter, and for budget-minded ladies, this means there are plenty of cheaper versions of “fur” all over the stores. Try a faux fur vest or a crop jacket with a simple sweater. Work in those bold hues with colorful jeans or corduroy pants. The grocery store clerks won’t know what hit ‘em when you walk in the door looking like a million bucks.
Spice up your weekly date night outfit with a slightly sexy sheer blouse. Tuck the flowy top into dark jeans and add a blazer and heels. Channel your favorite celebrity with an animal print clutch and oversized sunglasses. Your man will love the touch of mystery that the barely-there blouse and dark shades give you.
Sheer Blouse | Cropped Jacket | Boot Cut Jeans | Cheetah Clutch | Booties | Sunglasses
Black Jeans | Sequin Top |Waterfall Jacket | Cat Eye Sunglasses | Ankle Boots | Clutch
Call up a babysitter and grab the girls, you’re going out! Sequins were all over the winter runways, and although New Year’s is over, you can still sparkle in a simple sequin top. Add some color with a bright blazer or jacket and keep the rest of your get-up simple with black jeans, boots, and accessories. You certainly won’t get thirsty with all free drinks being sent your way!
Guest author Maggie V. lives and works as a writer in Indianapolis. A fashionista on a budget, she enjoys bargain hunting and loves getting creative with her old clothing. When not reading a magazine or scrounging around a vintage store, Maggie enjoys staying active, attempting cooking, and traveling.