2016 is the Year of Casual Elegance — a mix of crisp, long blouses or soft tunics, signature jacket, thick leggings, and sexy flat shoes or booties. Go full on with the accessories — an arm full of wide metal bracelets, layers of long necklaces, statement glasses, a chic handbag. The aim is to look fresh and modern, while feeling honest and comfortable in your clothes, like you could step onto an international flight to the other side of the world.
Be a smart shopper only adding key pieces to your wardrobe after careful consideration. Your closet should be sparse, not cluttered. Every piece matters. Not a bunch of junk!
Here are some must-have wardrobe additions for 2016:
Why do I love this look (above) so much? Because she looks so cool and comfortable. The sweater is modern because of the high turtleneck, loose fit and ribbed waistband. Paired with interesting, loose-fitting wool pants and stylish sunglasses you can go anywhere — from lunch with the ladies to a walk in the park.
I’m always looking for comfortable tunics that bring a punch of color. Soft Surroundings has ingeniously added a wide band of lace to the bottom creating a long tunic. The color is divine! Accessorize with layers of long necklaces and you’re set to go.
For anyone who doubts whether she can wear leggings, here’s your answer. YES YOU CAN! Buy a thick, structured legging (Some popular brands: Lysse, Tart, Hue, Eileen Fisher) and wear them with a long blouse or tunic top and plenty of necklaces or gorgeous scarf. You can wear leggings with flats, heels, ankle boots, or tall boots. Just remember the rule: leggings are not pants, so you have to cover your crotch and bum completely!
So, here’s what could be on your list of must-have winter fashion purchases:
- Tunics and/or long blouses
- Trendy turtleneck sweater
- Sweater dress
- A simple dress in a gorgeous pop of color
- Lots of accessories
Please share what’s on your must-have shopping list this year!