Here's the trick to looking like a fashionista. Pick one piece. Just one. If you're a fearless mixer who likes to pile on the trends, we applaud you. But, the truth is that there are a million trends out there. And there are very few of us that can pull off every single one of them. Today, I'm giving you three that you can wear no matter your age or body type. Just wear them one at a time with your favorite basics to look like a pro.
Let's start with perhaps the most daring of the three – sparkling pants. You can really insert any bold pants here. Think bright denim, velvet pants of ruby red or silky trousers. These glam leggings from Knotting Hill are just what the maven ordered for the holidays. I'm often advocating the ease of wearing a cocktail dress under a business blazer or cardi to work on a party day and transitioning to night with some accessories then going sans jacket. The sparkling pants are a great version of that as well. In fact, to truly pull off the effortlessly chic vibe, we advise keeping the top of your look decidedly unsparkly (lest you should veer into Real Housewives New Jersey territory).
In the world of metallic details, this IND Styler can't get enough of studs. Brother's on the Boulevard has a cool army green sweater with stud details on the shoulders. We love it paired with riding boots. It would also work great with distressed jeans and some moto boots. And if a sweater with stud details is a bit much, simple accessories with studs are a great option. Over at Vanessa V., they have some amazing clutches covered in studs you can rock even if you're not a rocker.
Then there's the fur vest. I love a good fur vest. The one pictured from Little Town is great with pretty much any color you could imagine. We love it over a color blocked look. My favorite is topping an all black ensemble. We saw several ladies at Palates and Pate that went this route and looked uber chic. Remember to keep the vest snug to keep a slimmer silhouette even with all that volume. Add a long pendant and, if you're feeling super IND Style, add a floppy hat. Just promise us you won't wear any other fur with that vest.
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