Three Pieces to Transition to 2012

Beauty + Fashion

2012 – a fresh new year and the chance for a fresh new start. As the excitement of a new year hits and the hangovers wear off, the attitude “out with the old in with the new” abounds. But before you invade your closet and start tossing every faux fur vest and leopard heel, check out my three key trends from fall 2011 that will transition wonderfully well into spring.

The Wide Leg Pant…While heavy wool or lined pairs aren’t the best choice for keeping cool when the temps start to rise, wide legged pants in lightweight fabrics or denim can easily make the switch to spring. Lighten up dark pants by pairing with a light colored top and opt for wedges or high heeled sandals over boots.

From Left to Right:
Yigal Azrouel S/S ’12 (courtesy
Satin Beige Top, $8, MANGO
High Waisted Wide Leg Trousers, $33, Windsor Store
Green Pleat Front Clutch, $12 (sale), Dorothy Perkins
Bracelet, $14, (sale),
Desrt Winter Sandal, $50,

The Tuxedo JacketAn easy option for after hours, the tuxedo jacket is a fashion staple that transcends well beyond the 2011 season. For spring, it doesn’t matter if it’s black or white – mix with a chic pair of shorts or dress for a quick fix of fab!


From Left to Right:
Doo Ri S/S ’12 (courtesy of
Vanessa Bruno Jacket, $225 (sale),
Rick Owens Satin Harem Shorts, $270 (sale),
Necklace, $30, Top Shop
Cream Basic Vest, $12, Top Shop
Marum Sandals, $25 (sale), Aldo

The ’60s Peter Pan Collar…Intended to evoke a sense of eternal youthfulness, the rounded collar adds an elegant touch of whimsy to otherwise everyday attire. However, tread with caution fashionistas…the trick to this trend (ironically enough) is to not appear overly youthful.

From Left to Right:
Jill Stuart S/S ’12 (courtesy of
Gamine Collar Dress, $17 (sale),
Pastel Skinny Belt, $11, Asos
Spot Blouse, $45, Dorothy Perkins
Large PEach Flower Cluster Ring, $18,
Type Z Asher Pumps, $38 (sale), Zappos


Haley Ellis

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