Playing with proportions is a very current way of thinking, fashion-wise. Try layering a little cardigan or shrunken suit jacket over a longer blouse (which you leave out, never tuck).
Express blazer, $49.50;
Modern, hip dressing is all about layers. Create sleeves by putting a long-sleeve garment under a sleeveless top or sheath.
Stella McCartney blouse, $1095;
Forever 21 long-sleeve V-neck top, $6.80;
Your daughter has been asking, no, BEGGING you to update your jeans for years, and she’s right. Don’t have a pair of "boyfriend" jeans? Think about getting them. Then, roll them at the cuffs so they hit at about the ankle, and wear with killer heels.
Silver jeans, $80;
The strand of wedding pearls is over-today jewelry is all about big, bold, costume pieces. I’m a huge fan of necklaces because they make a statement and provide a great frame for the face. But you can get the same effect from a cuff, a pair of big earrings or a colorful cocktail ring.
Gemma Redux necklace, $382;
Whether you’re wearing a blazer, a collared shirt or a little jacket, it’s a great, relaxed look, because it’s casual (read: youthful), and it lets your under layer peek out.
LOFT blazer, $79.50;
Big and baggy ages you. Whether you’re wearing a tunic, a long sweater, a sheath dress or even a traditional cardigan, adding a belt will update the look in a jiffy. Good tip: A belt is a fun place to use shine (patent leather, metallic) or a pop of color.
Michael Kors belt, $350;
For those interested in advanced style, this is it. Within one outfit, mix prints for a bold effect. Best bet; Stick with one color scheme, and make sure the prints are of different sizes (like a small floral shirt in a mélange of blues with a larger-scale plaid in the same color combination).
Coat – Tuleh, $1,995
Blouse – Tuleh, $995
Tuleh skirt, $895
Wear open-toe shoes all year long. Yes, your grandmother would cringe at the thought, but it’s what all the young girls are doing. Wear opaque tights (black, gray, brown are favorites, but any color could work) with slingbacks or open-toe shoes.
Nine West heels, $89;
Choose one new trend a season and add it to your wardrobe. It can be as big as a coat, as small as a belt, but it’s a sign that you’re with the times. This spring, look for stripes, florals and sheer fabrics.
Rebecca Taylor dress, $345;
Heels, heels, heels! Not every day, not for a day when you’ll be on your feet for 10 hours, but some days you should break out of your same old, same old comfort shoe and think about throwing on a pair of great heels (with jeans, with a dress).
Michael Antonio heels, $50;
Slip on dressy flats for the evening instead of heels. There are lots of beautiful, embellished flats in stores now, at every price point. I especially like this look with pants.
Vera Wang Lavender Label flats, $295;