As we enter the holiday season, here are some tips on what to wear to look on trend and age-appropriate as a stylish young adult.
Flowy Blouses, Chunky Knits: The theme on top is voluminous, so think big and billowy. Grab a blouse that has some flow and a thick weave on your next cozy sweater. Layer camis underneath both for added warmth.
Bootcut: After three years of supremely skinny pants, we’re finally seeing a wider hem. So if you like bootleg jeans go for it!
Splashy Skinnies: Of course, skinny jeans, cords and jeggings aren’t going anywhere and pair best with the big tops above. To really spice things up, get your denim in a bright hue or bleached with added texture like distressed, waxed or torn. (Just make sure to leave these at home for interviews or formal events.)
Boy Meets Girl: Plaids, argyle and herringbone—they seemingly make a comeback every fall, and designers have made it a decidedly patterned season. Winter florals are fresh. Even wearing stripes with stripes is catchy, so give it a go.
Beanie Me Up: If ever there were a year for beanies this is it. Keep your head warm with a beanie in a cool hue; this isn’t a look for solely the skater set any longer.
Attention Hair: From sparkle pins to woven and floral headbands, there is a multitude of fun ways to accessorize hair. I personally love vintage hairclips or brooches pinned into tresses for a holiday evening: so elegant. Low, sloppy ponytails, high buns and piecy, half-up-dos are popular right now.
Jazzed Jackets: As the weather turns crisp, use thin jackets like a long blazer to mix and match with other separates. To truly keep warm, fitted puffer jackets with reduced down will keep you toasty while retaining your silhouette: this means no more marshmallow man!
Ankle Booties: The versatility of ankle boots means you can wear them with jeans, pants and dresses with tights. Find the right style that flatters your ankles and legs (you’ll have to play around with where the boot ends on your leg and of course the fit), and then have fun with the hardware: buckles, exposed zippers, rushed leathers, etc.
Journalist Amy E. Goodman was America’s Junior Miss in 1991. She’s the author of Wear This, Toss That!, a style writer for NBC, editor-at-large for Coastal Living and a frequent contributor on the national airwaves. She invites you to join her on Twitter: @amyegoodman.