After another strenuous and stressful year, the determination to start 2022 with a positive outlook is non-negotiable. A fresh mindset, accompanied by new stationery and a meticulously detailed vision board, can make the start of the new year feel like your own personal playground. It’s a brand new year with new goals, new vibes, and new…whatever you want, really. Many of us thrive on the idea of a fresh start and the opportunities afforded with it; a way to put actions behind the self-work we did all year.
For many of us though, this can be achieved by implementing simple habits and routines that effortlessly enhance your day-to-day. An uncomplicated way can be by cultivating an everyday look that breeds confidence while maintaining a level of comfort. Especially if you’re still working from home, looking your best is a surefire way to feel good and perform at your best. A bright sweater on a rainy day or an oversized blazer on a meeting-heavy day can effortlessly uplight and enhance your mood.
Aligning the unique energy of each day with your wardrobe can make you feel prepared, self-assured, and focused. Keep scrolling to see a week of my life through outfits that make me feel ready to tackle the new year.
"Since my weeks start meeting-heavy, I gravitate towards looks that make me feel self-assured and put together. Nothing says that like tonal dressing, so I paired my favorite chunky knit with my favorite trousers for an elevated WFH ‘fit."
Where to Shop: Re Ona Sand Trousers (Black-owned), H&M turtleneck, Nike Air Forces, Telfar Mini Oxblood (Black-owned).
"For snow-filled days, the assignment is easy: Stay warm. So when I did venture outside, I reached for this baby blue puffer without hesitation. It’s pretty lightweight so I wore a thicker long-sleeve bodysuit underneath, paired it with faux leather leggings, and topped it off with the pièce de résistance: Oversized white combat boots."
Where to Shop: Express Faux Leather Leggings, Black bodysuit, Steve Madden Boots, Telfar Mini Cream (Black-owned).
"Causal vibes for humpday, especially when it’s below freezing outside. Since I opted for my satin blue joggers to elevate the look, I dressed it down with a white sweater and camel teddy coat. To keep an element of style to the look, I added my retro 1’s and Pillow Tabby Coach bag."
Where to Shop: TIER satin blue joggers (black-owned), H&M white sweater, Jordan 1’s, Zara Teddy Coat.
"If I had a ‘winter uniform,’ this would be it. There’s something so simple and marvelous about a perfect pair of denim and a structured blazer. I opted for a cutout high-neck top and Doc Martin-style boots to add a bit of cool."
Where to Shop: American Eagle loose denim, Zara white blazer, All Saints Boots, Urban Outfitters top.
"Date night is here and sis is ready! I love to play with ‘less is more' during the winter, especially on date nights. I adore this peephole turtleneck for that exact reason. When paired with this midi-length faux leather skirt, the silhouette can’t be beaten. I added the leopard platform shoes for a bit of sass, and my Telfar mini to keep it all the way cute."
Where to Shop: Undra Celeste turtleneck (black-owned), SHEIN leather skirt, Jessica Simpson leopard platforms, Telfar Cream mini.
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Finding your personal style seems like an easy feat, but start the journey and you’ll soon find it overwhelming with minimal initial reward. Since style is so intricately tied to the type of person you are, it evolves and changes as you do. The uncomfortable truth is, it can take years to cultivate and perfect your personal style. But that shouldn’t stop you from honing in on what you like and replicating that in your wardrobe.
It can seem like an arduous task, especially in a trend-crazed industry like fashion, but I promise it’s not. To help start your journey, I asked four wickedly talented stylists for advice and tips on finding your personal style.
"My journey to my personal style began in my teenage years as an act of rebellion. I experimented with opposing colors and patterns in this stage. However, my love deepened in my college years when I was able to wear clothes other than the 'required uniform.' I fell in love with aesthetics at this stage; the grunge, preppy, urban, and chic aesthetics literally stole my heart. As I developed in life, I found that my style constantly changed based on my personality and perception of life.
"If I had to describe my style right now, I would call it freedom. I freely explore all style aesthetics that excite me while staying true to my core aesthetics, or vibe as I call it; grunge, urban, chic and preppy. My style is my safe space to explore myself as a person and online shopping is my favorite destination for exploration."
Her Top Tips for Finding Your Style:
- Identify three character traits you'd like to embody.
- Find three stores that complement your body type and style desires.
- Try on everything that makes you uncomfortable! (It may surprise you!)
"I would like to attribute finding my personal style to my grandma. I grew up spending summers with her and we would always go to the mall and shop until we were absolutely tired. She also is one of the most stylish people I know and she owns it. She always gets tons of compliments when she is out and about and I've always admired that about her. I basically followed in her footsteps when it comes to my personal style.
"Throughout my childhood and adulthood, my style changed so much. I went from wearing matching plastic jewelry and Jordans to vintage jewelry and graphic tees with my favorite flats; all the way up until now my style is comfy chic. I will most definitely be wearing sneakers but I wear what is comfortable to me. Maybe that's a skirt or a jumpsuit. Then I add my own twist or edge to it. I love my style!"
Her Top Tips for Finding Your Style:
- Wear what you want! Don't worry about what other people think. Not your friends, family, or strangers. Wear what you feel comfortable in!
- Be open to trying new trends and/or starting your own! You never know who will be inspired by your style.
- Own it. People can definitely tell when you are uncomfortable with what you're wearing. So when you drape those clothes on your skin, make sure you OWN IT.
"I've always had a love for fashion but my true journey started when I was in college. It was a time that I became more expressive in my overall appearance and how I was feeling. I just felt so liberated! I would describe my style as being a girly tomboy. I love to wear heels and dress up but I also love a good t-shirt and sneakers. After my college experience came to an end, I began to take more risks with my style. I love to play around in color, stand out, but also be effortless and relaxed when needed.
"It's funny as I am talking about it, it truly makes sense that my personal style has continued to elevate and grow as I am growing into the woman that I am called to be. My style is only an expression of who I am today: I'm bold, unique, authentic, a risk-taker, and confident. My style will only continue to evolve as I evolve in this life. I'm fully embracing change and I am not afraid to step outside of the box."
Her Top Tips for Finding Your Style:
- Be authentic, be you! God makes us one of one and you should fully embrace that there is nobody like you. Your style should reflect you and only you.
- Designer is NOT style. Fashion is trendy and style is timeless. Style is your aesthetic choices: how you pull your overall look together down to the hair and outfit of choice.
- Be a risk-taker in the way that you think about your style. I truly believe that my best work with my clients has been taking risks instead of playing it safe. When you take risks with something as simple as your outfit, you naturally become more confident.
"I started off wearing my sisters' hand-me-downs but knew I wanted to dress in a way that expressed specifically who I am and what I knew looked right on me. So, I began to think about my body type and the clothing pieces that complemented my frame and found stores that sold pieces that worked for me. I started experimenting and eventually found what stuck. and what best mirrored my personality! Eventually, I started studying other body types and what pieces worked for them and began my personal styling journey, helping women dress for their body types and best express themselves."
Her Top Tips for Finding Your Style:
- Hire a stylist for an expert analysis of what style best reflects your style goals.
- Ask yourself questions about how you want to present to the world, and what clothing items best make that statement.
- Explore what clothing pieces make you feel most comfortable and like yourself.
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Sustainability has been the buzzword for fashion brands over the past few years. Due to the highly visible spotlight of global warming, brands and consumers are a buzz to embrace more sustainable habits and processes. But it still leaves a lot of us thinking, what exactly makes a brand sustainable? According to the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, a sustainable brand features “local sourcing and production, transparency across the supply chain, traceability of work processes and raw materials, environmentally friendly raw materials, safe working conditions, and fair wages.”
As you can see, the inefficiencies in the industry not only impact the environment around us, it also influences the culture it employs; with an estimated labor force of 3.3 million people, the impact is substantial.
The fashion industry has many complicated issues that will only balloon in the coming years. With that though, comes a plethora of ways for us to course-correct if we’re willing. A few sustainable buying habits include embracing the rental market with programs like Rent the Runway or Vivrelle or purchasing secondhand clothing over new ones. But as consumers, one of the most impactful steps we can take is ‘conscious fashion.’ It’s the most popular example of sustainability that puts the onus on the consumer to not only avoid fast fashion but to also use sustainable efforts in caring for their garments.
We can all do our part to help the environment. Below are several sustainable brands that are stylish, ethical, and worth it.
1.Local European, a womenswear label based in Los Angeles with a focus on timeless silhouettes with modern touches.
Where to Shop:: https://localeuropean.com/
2.Reformation, a womenswear label with the mission to bring sustainable fashion to everyone.
Where to Shop:: https://www.thereformation.com/
3.Madewell, a denim-focused brand that recently branched out to men’s apparel as well.
Where to Shop:: https://www.madewell.com/
4.Everlane, a brand that sources the finest materials and factories for timeless products.
Where to Shop:: https://www.everlane.com/
5.Girlfriend Collective, an athleisure brand using recycled, biodegradable fibers.
Where to Shop:: https://girlfriend.com/collections/all
6.Megan Renee, a Los Angeles-based unapologetically feminine and bold women's brand.
Where to Shop:: https://shopmeganrenee.com/
7.Quince, high-quality products at radically low prices.
Where to Shop:: https://www.onequince.com/
8.ABLE, an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty.
Where to Shop:: https://www.livefashionable.com/
9.Aday, a minimalist capsule brand for maximizing life.
Where to Shop:: https://www.thisisaday.com/
10.Aritzia, a design house with an innovative global platform.
Where to Shop:: https://www.aritzia.com/us/en/home
11.Eileen Fisher, a womenswear brand that effortlessly combines timeless and elegant lines.
Where to Shop:: https://www.eileenfisher.com/
12.Cuyana, a label with timeless collections for the modern woman through carefully selected fabrics, precise silhouettes, and attention to detail.
Where to Shop:: https://www.cuyana.com/shop
13.Amour Vest, womenswear specializing in luxuriously soft-tailored styles.
Where to Shop:: https://amourvert.com/
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Whether we're ready or not, 2022 is here. Besides receiving utter relief from what felt like both the longest and shortest year ever, I am also looking forward to some serious style upgrades, starting with why and how I make purchases moving forward. My purchasing philosophy before the 2020 lockdown was very similar to Ariana Grande and T.I’s: "I want it, I buy it." Lately, though, my habit of abundance has taken a back seat as I find myself more intentional about my money in regards to my wardrobe. And since I still yearn for the excitement of a new trend, it’s left me a bit confused.
To get a kickstart on my inner Marie Kondo, I picked the brain of the internet’s fashion favorites and asked one important question: What's one item in your closet that you're ditching in this new season of life, and what's something you're gravitating towards in its place?
Keep reading to see what these style stars have to say, and make sure to follow these ladies for everyday style inspiration.
Brittany, Style Influencer and Founder of GREIGE
"I'm trying to rid myself of overconsumption and have been making an effort to purge items that have been too fussy or trendy that I don't wear as often. I'm always on the go, so as of late I've been dedicated to adding more functional, classic pieces to my wardrobe that have longevity and can be easily put together and styled up with great jewelry and a statement shoe or bag.
"I've recently purchased an amazing pair of lace-up chocolate-colored 'Manhattan' sandals from the brand 10th Floor that I know I'll get a lot of wear out of. Now that the world is opening back up, I'm looking forward to all the fun shoes and bags hitting the market again to get dressed up for those brunches and dinner dates."
Nikki, Dallas-based Style Influencer and ¼ of Influencing in Color
"In the new year, I’m ditching bright colors. I know it sounds crazy! I love color but as my style matures, it has become more simple and streamlined. I’m really into neutrals and investing in classic pieces!"
Jen, Maryland/DC-based Style Content Creator and Photographer
"With the new year, most fashion lovers are thinking about their wardrobe and how they want to show off their personality through their clothes. While doing an audit of my closet I realized that I’m 'ditching' all of my more fitted jackets and super cropped ones. It’s not a look that works with who I am today no matter how much I try.
"In its place, I’m gravitating towards comfort and adding more oversized, loose jackets and outerwear. Think slightly looser trench coats that can belt for a more polished look, the ever-popular shacket, and even my beloved moto jackets in a slightly longer silhouette. I’m thinking of hitting at the hip or a little lower over above the hip. Speaking of leather, I also added a few maxi leather jackets and love it!"
Tashira, Style Influencer and Founder of The Joy Lounge
Valentina, Style Influencer and Digital Communications Manager at Catbird NYC
"One item in my closet that I am ditching in this new season of life is anything I have not worn twice. I am a stickler for cleaning out my closet each season, but the new rule going into this year is ensuring I am wearing my pieces up to 5+ times and giving it the life it deserves in my closet!
"Something I am gravitating towards [when] replacing any items I am cleansing out of my closet is, more space for vintage pieces! I want to start a capsule I can enjoy and also potentially have my little cousins enjoy as well once I am done with the pieces!"
"An item that I'm leaving behind [are] vests. I tried my best, but they're not for me. I'm looking forward to leaning into styling more sneakers. Wearing them with dresses, playing with patterns, and of course, matching sets."
Dominique, Style Influencer and Content Creator
"In this new season of my life, I’m ditching items that don’t make me feel good! If I put it on, on several different occasions and it has consistently been an 'ehh, nevermind' — it’s gotta go no matter how good it looks on a hanger!
"I’m definitely gravitating towards more color! I love wearing black, but seeing dark-skinned Black women wearing color— and a variety of it— has been so refreshing to see! I’ve definitely been inspired to continue to wear more color."
Abria, Fashion and Finance Influencer
"I recently found myself parting ways with a lot of my 'business professional' clothing. As the world continues to change and I evolve with it, workdays look much different than ever before. I’m slowly but surely dumping any items left in my closet that I simply don’t feel my best in. Whether that be stuffy blazers or random t-shirts that have seen better days, they all have to go!
"In their place… I have my eye on a few special pieces or 'FinStyle Highs' as I like to call them that I have been hunting for and believe I’ll be adding to my closet in 2022. My goal is to finance a closet I absolutely love!"
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Although we all know this season isn’t about the material things, it’s nice to splurge on the ones we love most, when we can. We can all agree that unboxing something truly special is momentous, especially when given by someone you love. This list of last-minute luxury gift ideas is hand-selected to ensure you find the best gift without wastefully spending your hard-earned coin.
For the fashionista, for the homebody, for the bookworm, and the corporate powerhouse, there’s something on this list for everyone.
It’s Giving Luxury Beauty…
Give the gift of renewal and relaxation with the La Mer Energize and Replenish Set for $195.
Jenny Patinkin Cryo Glow Globes
For anyone who tackles early mornings on the regular, these Cryo Glow Globes will do the trick. For around $60, you can’t find a better gift for a woman on the go!
We’re all looking for a great night’s sleep and a silk sleep mask can aid in that. This one from SLIP is crafted from the highest-grade mulberry silk and designed to block out all light without irritating your skin.
Awarded Allure’s Best Of Breakthrough in 2020, the T3 Lucea ID is the latest version of the three-in-one styler. Equipped with a smart-touch interface and HeatID technology, T3 Lucea ID intelligently adjusts heat to your unique profile, based on your hair texture, length, and color treatments.
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray
One of the hottest perfume brands on the market, Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb is a delicious and iconic floral women's perfume infused with a flower bouquet of cattleyas, jasmine, freesia, and millions of rose petals.
Dr. Dennis Gross
There are limited skincare brands we’d recommend for Christmas, and Dr. Dennis Gross is one of them. The holiday Merry Smooth + Bright Skin Kit includes the coveted DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro, the Correction Eye Serum, the Texture Renewal Serum, and a 5 of the Daily Peel packets.
It’s Giving Luxury Living…
These minimalist coasters from Jonathan Adler can add character to any room. It’s the perfect stocking-stuffer for your work BFF, in-laws, or (let’s be honest) yourself! If coasters aren’t your thing, Adler has a bevy of other beautiful homeware pieces to pick from.
Virgil Abloh. Nike. ICONS by Virgil Abloh
An often overlooked gift is a beautiful coffee table book. Whether it’s for your interior designing bestie or your stylish guy friend - the Virgil Abloh ICONS book hits the mark. ICONS traces Abloh’s investigative, creative process through documentation of the prototypes, original text messages from Abloh to Nike designers, and treasures from the Nike archives.
Who doesn’t like a bit of drama while hosting a party? This crystal ice Bucket from Soho Home screams drama and glamour; perfect for the friend who also hosts girls' night.
Dr. Vranjes Firenze
Dr. Vranjes Firenze is hand-crafted in Florence and by far one of the best fragrance brands globally. The gift set includes a scented candle and their iconic diffuser in the scent Ambra, which is a blend of amber, patchouli, and sandalwood.
You’ve probably seen these books in the background of your favorite TikToker, and for good reason. Assouline specializes in hand-crafted luxury books, across a range of subjects and industries. Their recent collection of travel books, written and curated by globally renowned artists, make the perfect gift for a friend who can’t stay still.
One positive thing that came out of multiple stay-at-home orders in 2020 was the resurgence of unique and creative home decor. This 'Breast Friend' ceramic vase playfully depicts a curvaceous bust and can be a stand-alone piece or filled with beautiful seasonal florals.
It’s Giving Luxury Fashion…
Guaranteed to be on the Christmas list of any fashion addict, the Fendi First bag will be 2022’s IT bag. Available in a myriad of colors and sizes, you can’t go wrong with this under the tree.
MACH & MACH
Be prepared to make anyone’s Christmas with the shoes of the season: the Mach and Mach Double Bow 100MM shoes. The lustful shoes reached cult status (thanks, TikTok!) and that energy doesn’t seem to be diminishing anytime soon.
Give the gift of ultimate glam with these Swarovski crystal earrings from Valentino. The VLogo signature earrings are perfect for any glam girl on your list.
Oliva Von Halle
The past two years have taught of the importance of luxury at home, and the Olivia von Halle robe is just that. Featured in a variety of silk-satin patterns, this robe is designed in London and is a favorite amongst fashion IT girls.
Etoile Isabel Marant Dilys Belted Puffer Jacket
This gift is reserved for the trendiest person in your friend group. It’s a great long-wear coat as it encapsulates the après-ski trendiest perfectly, but the silhouette keeps you going back for years to come.
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The moment I stepped into my 30s, my entire sense of self changed. It could be a placebo effect since women are often told, in many subtle and unsubtle ways, how life ends at 29. And if you're a single woman engrained in southern culture, you might be saturated with questions of children or marriage before you even hit 3-0. While it can be scary to transition from the wild days of your 20s to a seemingly quieter life in your 30s, we're slowly seeing that stereotype being shattered. We are surrounded by female icons and celebrities who refuse to adhere to the ageism experienced in almost every professional industry. And that confidence translates to your personal style.
More so than before, it's about the silhouette and investing in clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident. In this stage, we're happily trading night outs for early morning boardroom meetings, and weekend ragers for staycations in the mountains with your intimate tribe.
Even if the mainstream trends are set by younger generations without a full paycheck or corporate jobs, there are plenty of trend-worthy pieces that will stand the test of time and work perfectly for the hustling lifestyle.
I'll be honest: I never understood the need for a perfect pair of suit pants until I got into my very late 20s. For many years, denim was my go-to gal so much so that I never bothered to date other types of trousers. But once you find your first pair of excellent suit pants, akin to finding a gifted nail technician, you never look back. And as elevated suiting resurges from its 90s grave, investing in suit pants that flatter is paramount.
Where to Shop: Re Ona, Hanifa
When you reach a certain level of confidence within your personal style, typically towards your late 20s and early 30s, it's no longer only about showing skin. Sex appeal is defined differently and your wardrobe needs to reflect that. For a first date night, a girls' night out, or an über-sexy moment; a satin dress will keep right - morning, noon, or night. You go with an ultra-mini hemline to show off those gorgeous legs or opt for an ankle-sweeping flare that flatters and elongates the legs. Either way, a satin dress is perfect for adding a significant amount of sex appeal to your style without sacrificing comfort.
Where to Shop: Kai Collective
Not only are the 90s strappy heels making a comeback, but they are also perfect to pair with almost anything found in a working woman's wardrobe. One of the key elements to nailing style in your 30's is utility. With the strappy heel, you can effortlessly dress them up or down - with a cozy pair of denim, under a perfect pair of trousers, or with your favorite midi dress. The longevity of this trend is one of the most enticing things about it; if you invest and take care of your items, you can carry this trend for decades.
Where to Shop: Tom Bianco; Lilly's Kloset
It's time to put your super skinny jeans on hold and invest in a new trend. As of late, and especially in the wake of a whole year of WFH, a perfect pair of loose-fit denim remains my best friend. Cropped or baggy; high rise or low rise; there are many options for the perfect loose-fit denim. As with many trends in this article, you can easily dress up your denim with a shorter blazer or strappy heels; you can also dress down by adding your favorite flats and crisp white shirt. After all, the name of the game is sustainability.
Where to Shop: Madewell, American Eagle, Good American
Whether you live in a cold climate is irrelevant; everyone needs a long-lined trench in their wardrobe. It's the one stellar go-to coat that you can style with elevated basics or your favorite corporate suit. Trench coats are available in a plethora of silhouettes, fabrics, and across a variety of price points - making them customizable to your personal style.
Where to Shop: Burberry, ASOS
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