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Fashion Inspiration: Use Primary Colors to Mix Up a Winter Wardrobe

Feeling blue during the dead of winter? Me too. Especially when it comes to my wardrobe. My standard winter outfit consists of skinny jeans tucked into boots paired with a sweater or some kind of layered shirts combination. This outfit is starting to feel as boring as a sunless chilly day.

When brainstorming ways to spice up my wardrobe I immediately thought of the primary colors. What better way to brighten a dull winter day than with a vibrant red, yellow or blue? Check out my picks below to add a splash of color to a winter wardrobe.

[Wear this vibrant yellow dress to a party or on an evening out to add a bit of sunshine to a chilly winter night. Photo Courtesy Modcloth.]

Add a bit of sunshine to your winter wardrobe with this goldenrod dress from Modcloth. Stay warm by wearing it with funky tights and tall boots. This dress costs $50.

[With a chunky buckle and a quirky color, these aren’t your everyday Maryjanes. Photo Courtesy Plasticland.]

Give your everyday office wear a splash of color by pairing your pencil skirts with these edgy cross strap Maryjanes. These funky pumps are $72 from Plasticland.

[Give new life to your winter wardrobe by pairing your usual shirts with this vibrant red belt. Photo Courtesy Nordstrom.]

Wear this ruby red belt over a structured dress or a thin long sleeved tee to give your waist definition. Or try a skinnier version of this belt over a chunky cardigan. This wide faux leather belt by Betsey Johnson costs $25 from Nordstrom.

I hope these ideas bring a little cheer to your winter blues!

What do you think of primary colors? Would you wear them? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more winter fashion from everydaythreads? Then check these out.

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The Perfect Bag: What Are The Qualities Of Your Favorite Purse?

I consider myself a shoe person, not a purse person. Unlike shoes, which I buy too often, I usually find a purse that I love and use it until the handle falls off or it gets too dirty to wear in public.

[This houndstooth purse from Target has all of my “essential” elements for a bag. Photo by Kirsten Hudson.]

My favorite purse that I’ve been using lately is this large, houndstooth tote I bought at Target a while ago. This purse fulfills all of the qualities that I like in an everyday bag and then some!

Essential quality number one: Size

None of those little clutch purses that only hold a wallet and a phone for me; I need a large bag. My guy friends refer to this bag as my “camping bag” because they say it’s large enough to hold everything needed for a camping trip. Well, almost. Usually I cram books, several tupperware containers holding my lunch, a water bottle, a scarf or light sweater depending on the weather and other essentials when I head to class. I’ve even put groceries in it before when I forgot my reusable bags. This bag is big enough to hold whatever I may need without looking like a duffle bag.

Essential quality number two: Adaptability

I need a bag that can adapt to lots of different situations. This bag is very versatile. It works as both my backpack and gym bag, but looks nice enough that I can carry it to interviews and when going out to eat.

Essential quality number three: Look

When shopping for a bag though, it really just comes down to one factor. Do you spot it and say “Oh that’s cute,” or not. Because if not, all of the other qualities don’t matter. I love the classic look of this bag.

A little extra

The hands down best quality about this purse though, is the narrow pouch on the front. I use it as a cup holder almost every day to hold my water bottle. My little secret is that I often hide cups of coffee and other drinks that you’re not supposed to bring into movie theatres and other places in that pouch. It’s exactly the right size to hold drinks without spilling. The pouch is also great to hold keys or a phone because digging for keys at the bottom of a purse this size can get frustrating.

If you love purses that multitask like me, check out the slideshow below. I found several cute purses with those convenient front pouches!

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What are the qualities of your favorite purse? Tell me about them in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love purses? Then check out these other posts from everyday threads:

  • This Kayu clutch, made from natural and sustainable straw, features a funky turquoise clasp and works well for day or night.
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The Vest: Can It Ever Look Good?

Maybe it was the trauma of being forced to wear homemade vest/dress combinations sewn by my grandma (sorry Mimi!) when I was young, but I’ve always felt anti-vest.

The concept of the vest has always eluded me. Is it an accessory? Is it a layering piece, meant to keep you warmer? (And if so, it doesn’t seem to help a whole lot.) Is it just something to throw on when you don’t know what else to do with an outfit? These questions about the purpose of the vest have made me wonder if my assumptions are wrong and if a vest really can ever look good.

As it is now spring, I decided to focus on lightweight vests. Below is a slideshow of vests that aren’t too awful (ok they’re kinda cute.) If worn with the right outfit these could be a lot of fun.

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What do you think about vests? Do you like the ones in the slideshow? Leave me a comment and tell me all your vest-related thoughts!

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Check out these other posts on fashion accessories from everyday threads:

  • What’s your favorite fashion accessory? Let the world know your opinion in our poll.
  • Keep your face shaded in style. These three types of hats are perfect for summer.
  • Can you guess these four questionably fashionable summer accessories?

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