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New Years Fashion Resolutions for 2011

Rather than writing a New Year’s resolution list where I pledge to swear off chocolate, declutter my life and exercise more often, this year I decided to create a list I might actually keep—a style resolution list.

[Ring in the New Year with fashion resolutions. Check out my 11 style resolutions for 2011.]

Below are my eleven (ordered from what I deem least to most difficult to achieve) fashion resolutions for 2011.

1. To incorporate an animal print into my wardrobe.

Fall fashion in 2010 was all about wearing a cute leopard print flat or zebra striped scarf. My love for neutrals made it difficult for me to consider wearing an animal print, even though I love the idea. In 2011 I plan to go for this trend, probably with an accessory.

2. To wear a skinny belt.

When I was window-shopping recently, I spotted a mannequin at the Buckle wearing a cardigan belted around the waist with a thin belt. In 2010 I wasn’t brave enough to try this look, but maybe I’ll get up the courage in 2011.

3. To invest in a trench coat.

For years I’ve wanted this adorable coat that never goes out of style. The trick is finding one that won’t look ridiculous on my five-foot frame. Maybe 2011 will be my lucky year!

4. To get rid of old clothes.

This task sounds easy enough, but whenever I’m deciding what to get rid of I often wonder, “What if I need this sometime?” and it goes back in my closet. In 2011 I want to start fresh. If I haven’t worn it in more than two months, it’s going to Goodwill.

5. To mix up my accessories.

As this blog shows I adore clothes, but I’ve never been much of an accessories girl (other than shoes.) Sometimes coordinating jewelry and purses just makes me tired. But fashion is about more than just clothes and I want to put in a little more effort to make my outfits pop with accessories in 2011.

6. To wear heels when I want to (even if I feel overdressed.)

Many times, especially when going out, I want to wear heels, but I go for flats because I’m afraid of being overdressed. Well not in 2011! If I want to rock a pair of stilettos, then why not?

7. To not sacrifice comfort for style.

Too many times I’ve gotten progressively grumpier throughout the day because of an itchy sweater or a skirt that just won’t stay in the right place. For 2011, I’ve decided that just because an item is cute doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice comfort.

8. To not be swayed to purchase something just because it’s on clearance.

Sale racks can be wonderful resources for the budget-conscious. That said, just because an item is on clearance, doesn’t mean I have to purchase it. In 2011, I hope to reel myself in a bit when it comes to sales.

9. To only purchase items that I adore.

This resolution stems from resolutions seven and eight. I hate when an item sits in the back of my closet and I wonder why I even bought it. In 2011 I want to solve this problem by only buying clothes that I adore.

10. To buy sustainable clothing.

About a year ago, I was an editorial intern for Natural Home magazine, a sustainable lifestyles magazine. Working for this magazine helped me learn about how to lessen my carbon footprint. Since then, I’ve wanted to purchase sustainable clothing, but haven’t. In 2011 I plan to research this option.

11. To not be afraid to take fashion risks.

For a fashion blogger, I’m actually fairly conservative when it comes to style. I don’t take a lot of risks. Maybe in 2011 I’ll turn into a fashion daredevil (and chronicle it here.)

Do you have any fashion resolutions for the New Year? Feel free to tell me about them in the comments section.

Photo by Andrea Rinaldi/Flickr

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Heels For The Holidays: Velvet High Heels

While a luscious pair of velvet high heels may not guarantee that you make it through all of the holiday festivities, family get-togethers and last-minute shopping extravaganzas unscathed, they certainly will help you feel better. Who can be stressed with these gorgeous numbers on her feet? Check out the four delicious velvet-clad heels below—all for less than $50. They’ll make your holiday season a little brighter. Promise.

[These velvety heels just beg to be worn. Photos courtesy ModCloth.com.]

These sassy emerald heels play on the Victorian look with their pointy toes and pale green satin ribbons. Wear these dreamy shoes with a structured blazer and trousers to a holiday party. These heels cost $50 from ModCloth.com.

The T-straps of these textured black heels lengthen legs to infinite heights. Show off these shoes’ crisscross details and peep toes by pairing them with a flirty dress. These shoes cost $40 from ModCloth.com.

[These heels look luxurious for day or night. Photos courtesy Forever 21 (pictured left) and Charlotte Russe (pictured right).]

Bring in the New Year with these royal blue velvety heels on your feet. These statement shoes are the perfect compliment to a party dress. These heels cost $26 from Forever 21.

Jet around town in these black kitten heel pumps paired with jeans and a casual top. The soft black exterior of these shoes will add a dose of feminine to any outfit. These heels cost $23 from Charlotte Russe.

What do you think about velvet heels? Would you wear them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Shoes obsessed? Learn more about other great footwear:

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Fashion Trend: Adorable Fall Boots Under $50

Walking through a pile of colorful crunchy leaves may be one of the best parts about fall, but it can only get better if you have a pair of cute fall boots on your feet.

From the over the knee boots trend to Western-inspired styles to ankle booties to high-heeled boots, the picks are endless. Below are just a few of the great boots out there. Check out this season’s styles below and tips on how to incorporate fall boots into your wardrobe while staying on budget.

Cowboy boots

You don’t have to be from the Midwest to enjoy wearing Western-style boots. The four styles below are modern and affordable.

[Both of these cute ankle styles (pictured top right and left) are only $30 from Target. Photos courtesy Target. These Western boots with great details (pictured bottom right and left) are $37 and $35, respectively. Photos courtesy Forever 21.]

With a palette of warm browns, these boots are the essence of fall. Tuck skinny jeans into Target’s pointy toed ankle boots to show off the detailed buckles and straps. If skinny jeans aren’t your thing, wear these high heel ankle boots from Target under wider-leg jeans. The slight heel will give a boost to your height and the cute rounded toe will peep out from the jeans.

For a more edgy look, wear these suede ankle boots with crossover straps from Forever 21 with a tight mini dress. Or give off a more casual vibe by pairing these Western slouchy boots from Forever 21 with a flowy dress. The key with cowboy boots is to not go over-the-top with Western. Don’t wear a plaid button-down shirt and a cowboy hat with your boots (no matter how cute they are separately.)

Cuffed boots

One of this season’s super fashionable trends is cuffed boots. These statement-making shoes aren’t for the faint of heart, so proceed with caution.

[These black cuffed boots (pictured left) from Forever 21 are only $35. Photo courtesy Forever 21. These studded boots from DSW (pictured right) are $50 and also come in black. Photo courtesy DSW.]

Wear these flirty black cuffed boots from Forever 21 on a night out. The heavy cuff might weigh down the look so make sure to balance with form fitting pants and tops or even a tight mini skirt. For an easy bohemian look wear these studded cuffed boots from DSW with a floral or abstract print dress. Or wear them with your favorite worn-in jeans for a casual weekend look.

Over the knee boots

With the right outfit, over the knee boots can be super fun. Go for a dramatic look with stiletto styles or wear flats for a more understated confidence.

[These slouchy black over the knee boots (pictured left) can be oh-so-chic with the right styling. They are $43 from Forever 21. A flat pair of over the knee boots, like these casual tan boots, (pictured right) are great everyday wear. They are $36 from Forever 21. Photos courtesy Forever 21.]

Although thigh-skimming over the knee boots can be extremely sexy, you’ll be walking a fine line between stylish and dominatrix if you choose a black high heeled style like the one pictured left from Forever 21. If you’re confident enough to pull these black bow boots off, pair them with black leggings and a tunic dress. The boots will blend into the leggings and tone down the sex appeal. Avoid wearing tight mini skirts and leather with these boots.

If you want to try an over the knee style, but are concerned about looking too Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, try a flat pair or a pair that isn’t so tight on the legs. For a comfy everyday look, wear these over the knee riding boots from Forever 21 with skinny jeans and a slightly oversized top.

Do you love fall boots? What’s your must-have style of the season? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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Fashion Trend: Combining Vintage With Modern

Delicate jewelry. Embroidered tops. Lace. Nothing looks more feminine than clothes with vintage touches. Keep your look fresh, and not reminiscent of your grandmother’s wardrobe, by pairing vintage with modern pieces. Think skinny cargos and moto boots.

Want to add a little romance to your wardrobe? Check out the looks below to learn how to mix vintage elements with today’s trends.

[Pair soft and edgy pieces to update vintage items for fashion today. Photos courtesy Maurices and Forever 21.]

The look above mixes hard and soft elements to create an outfit that is ultra-modern. With a floral overlay, fluttery sleeves and a soft cream color, this vintage-looking top from Maurices is super sweet. But when paired with skinny jeans or cargos, and these edgy brown moto boots from Forever 21, the top goes from sweet to sexy.

[Menswear-inspired pieces combined with ultra feminine, vintage styles keep this look fresh. Photos courtesy American Eagle and Forever 21.]

Combining a classic, like this white oxford shirt from American Eagle, with a vintage piece, like this flowy gray skirt from Forever 21, creates a simple, yet sophisticated look. Add some vintage jewelry to up the feminine feel of this outfit.

[Military-inspired clothing is super fun to pair with girly pieces. Photos courtesy American Eagle and Old Navy.]

This pretty bronze-colored tank with fabric flowers from Old Navy goes great under an army green military jacket, like this one from American Eagle. Pair military-inspired styles with ruffles and lace to keep the look feminine.

Do you like the vintage look? How do you like to wear it? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out this blog series featuring vintage clothes and accessories salvaged from thrift stores, auctions and garage sales:

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Question Of The Day: How Do You Transition Your Wardrobe Between Seasons?

During the end of September and early October, the weather likes to play a teasing game. At least in the Midwest, each day during these months could bring blazing hot temps or chilly winds or (not often enough) something in between.

So what do you wear when it’s not quite time for fall fashion? Combat Mother Nature with these tips to stay stylish even with erratic weather.

Light and airy

Keep your fabrics light. You want to wear something that’s breathable in case of a warm front. Fabrics like cotton, linen or silk are naturally breathable, but jersey and other knit fabrics can also stay cool.

[This simple cowl neck top from Old Navy has 3/4-length sleeves, which makes it a great piece to wear during the transition from summer to fall. Photo courtesy Old Navy.]

This cowl neck top from Old Navy is made of jersey fabric and has draping that keeps it pulled away from the body. Plus it’s only $17.50.

Layers upon layers

The hands-down best way to transition your wardrobe between summer and fall is to wear light layers. For this look, buttons, zippers and ties are your friends. You want clothes that are easy to pull off and on with unpredictable weather changes.

One of my favorite trends for fall is the slouchy cardigan. It adds a comfy, yet fashionable vibe to an outfit.

[Add this cute neutral cardigan to any outfit if the weather turns chilly. Photo courtesy Forever 21.]

This charcoal cardigan from Forever 21 has an open front, which keeps air flowing. But the cardigan still covers the arms and can be pulled closed if the weather turns cool. To balance its length, pair it with slim pants or a pencil skirt. This cardigan costs $20.

Pretty dresses

Not only are dresses easy to wear, (just pull it over your head and voilà: instant outfit) but they also are perfect transitional pieces. Wear a dress as-is for warmer days or add tights or leggings with a pair of great fall boots for cooler weather.

[Add some tights and boots and this pretty dress with ruffle detailing transitions easily from summer to fall. Photo courtesy Gap.]

At $45, this ruffle shirtdress from Gap is a little more expensive. This dress would move easily from summer to fall. It’s made of lightweight cotton, looks great by itself or with tights and has delicate details that keep it always in style.

How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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Fall Fashion Trend: How To Wear Military-Inspired Styles

Get ready to head into battle ladies; this fall’s latest trend is military-inspired clothing. Originally, the women’s military look came out of the 18th and 19th centuries, during which women added touches of military style to their gowns by using braids, tassels and cords.

[Keep the military look feminine by combining strong masculine pieces, like combat boots, with girly pieces, like dresses or skirts. Photo courtesy Gabriela Camerotti/Flickr.]

Military-inspired styles are nothing new in the fashion world, but for Fall 2010 the look is more reminiscent of today’s military uniforms, rather than historical uniforms.

Today’s look is played down. Key elements of an outfit, not the entire outfit, reflect military style, which helps to keep the look feminine. So what makes an outfit”military” style? Check out the elements below.

Elements of “military” style.

Color.
Earthy tones such as greens, dark browns, khakis, and of course the classic army green, help create the military look.

Tailored.
Structured jackets, shirts and pants give off a masculine vibe.

Functionality.
Features such as pockets, flaps, buckles and buttons give clothing a utilitarian edge.

How to wear it. (While on a budget.)

[Photo illustration by Kirsten Hudson. Photos courtesy Forever 21 and Payless.]

A great coat.
One of the best ways to incorporate military style into your wardrobe is to purchase a versatile coat. This double-breasted coat from Forever 21 is the epitome of military style with its structured design, flaps and rows of metallic buttons. The bright red color tones down the harsh edges of the coat, and gives it a feminine feel. Plus the coat is only $33!

The aviator look.
If you want to try the military look without going overboard just put on some cute aviator sunglasses. They’ll add a dash of chic to your outfit immediately. Try this pair from Forever 21 for $6.

Piece by piece.
An easy way to mimic the military look without breaking the bank is to use pieces already in your wardrobe. Wear a chunky boot that you already own, especially if it has buckles. These boots from Payless are a good example. They don’t scream “military,” but still give that feel.  Or simply take that military cap you were wearing all summer and add it to your fall wardrobe. Of course, you could always buy a new one, like this adorable wool buckle cadet hat from Payless for only $10.

Pair with feminine pieces.
In a recent episode of Project Runway, the designers created looks with the combination of military and lace; the ultra-masculine with the ultra-feminine. To make the military look appear less harsh, add uber-feminine pieces. For example, wear a ruffle top under an open military jacket. Or try cargo pants with a high heel.

What do you think of military style? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more fall fashion? Get your fix here:

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Fashion Trend: The Maxi Dress

Since summer clothes began hitting stores a few months ago, I’ve seen the maxi dress popping up everywhere. This floor length flowy gown is made of lightweight fabric and often comes in tropical prints and bright colors.

[The maxi dress is a hot trend right now, but this long dress doesn’t look flattering on many women. Photo courtesy Forever 21.]

Maybe I’m just jealous because my five-foot stature would never allow me to wear a maxi dress, but it doesn’t seem like this trend can appeal to the masses. These dresses seem to be fit only for models and Amazonian women.

According to a National Health Statistics Report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2003 to 2006, the average woman’s height in the U.S. is about 5 foot 3 inches. Meaning most women in the U.S. would look like toddlers playing dress up in their mothers’ clothes if they wore maxi dresses.

Everything about the maxi dress isn’t all bad, though. The dress appears to be a fashionable and easy alternative to a swimsuit cover up. It also would be a nice, breezy outfit on a hot summer day. It’s just not a good trend for anyone who doesn’t have miles of legs.

What do you think about the maxi dress? Do you own one? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

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