10 Style Resolutions for 2012

1.  BRIGHTER OUTLOOK!

To  stay on trend in 2012, you’ll need to add a shot of color to your wardrobe — clothing racks are going to explode like hothouses early next year with bright  hues of tangerine and electric orchid. Yellow will be an especially popular  color. For spring,  H&M is carrying a version of Ginnifer Goodwin’s acid-yellow frock by  Roksanda Ilincic.

2  PLAY WITH PAINTS

Nails are the new handbags — an accessory that will dress up any outfit.

Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Katy  Perry have all adopted multicolored claws, but now the trend’s reaching the  masses — via Deborah Lippmann’s glitter-packed polishes and Sally Hansen’s “Crackle Effect” top-coats, not to mention rhinestones and glued-on charms. But  you don’t have to bling it all out — Selena Gomez’s Easter-egg manicure is  pretty but creative, giving her red-carpet look just enough edge.

3  PICK A BOLD LIPSTICK

It’s scary to wear a strong lipstick if you’re not used to it. But the right  bold lip color works with just about any skin tone and style of outfit — from  girly gowns to crazy prints to neutral day wear.  Betsey Johnson sent her models down the spring runway sporting bright-pink  puckers, while at Nanette Lepore, the pouts were orchid-purple. With Tom Ford’s new  ultra-luxe makeup line, you can taste the rainbow: from left, “Cherry Lush,”  “Crimson Noir,” “Scarlet Rouge,” “Violet Fatale” and “Black Orchid,” $48.

4  ADD SPARKLE TO YOUR STEP

Express yourself through leg wear is going to be even more popular in  2012. And, hey, if you have to slog through three months of snow and rain, why  not do it with happy feet?

These silver rain boots from Rockport they are shiny and bright while  Sarah Jessica Parker jazzes up a neutral ensemble with an unexpected pop of  turquoise tights.

5 CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

The new year isn’t just about cleaning out your closet — it’s about  streamlining your wardrobe, too. Toss the trendy stuff you’ll never wear again,  and invest in sleek, minimal and classic pieces. Calvin Klein Collection, Celine and Jil Sander are  showcasing their trademark elegant looks this spring.  But avoid looking like  a plain Jane by playing up your makeup and hair, just like Rooney Mara with her severe bangs and dark lipstick.  It’s simple but striking.

6 CHANNEL YOUR INNER GIRLIE-GIRL

There’s never been a better time to be feminine! Expect to see a flurry  of peplums, ruffles, pastels and feathers in stores.  Warning: Don’t go all-out with this trend, or you could end up  looking like a “Toddlers & Tiaras” contestant. Just try one look. A peplum  jacket, top or dress is the trending look for spring. And dont forget to add your decorative bra straps!

7 JUST RELAX

Did you hate the loungewear-as-outerwear trend in 2011? Too bad, because PJs  refuse to go quietly into the night. Next year, designers like Rachel Comey, Rag & Bone and 3.1 Phillip Lim are stocking slouchy pajama pants and comfy  cardigans, proving that dressing like a female version of Hugh Hefner is finally  socially acceptable.

8 TRY OUT FOR SPORTS

If you’ve never been athletic but always wanted to get in the game, this is  your year. Sporty details like Spandex, mesh and racing stripes are zipping  across shirts, dresses and pants so snazzy that Danica Patrick wouldn’t look out  of place wearing them behind the wheel. Alexander Wang has sprinkled his high  heels with reflective touches — perfect for the most stylish of bike riders. And  while super-feminine designers like Victoria Beckham and Monique Lhuillier are  suddenly joining the team, you can pick up more affordable mesh togs from  American Apparel, or sport a mesh clutch from Topshop.

9 PULL OUT THE PRINTS

Solid colors are simple but oh-so-boring. Make a statement with a print, and  you won’t need a single accessory. Designers are going mad for exuberant  patterns next year, embracing starbursts, giant pastel  checks  and diamond tribal prints . Topshop  and Ann  Taylor  are also getting on the bandwagon, and if  you really want to show your flower power.

10 HAVE A ROUGH SHAG

It’s shagadelic, baby! The shag — a layered cut with messy ends — is totally  in, says top New York hairdresser Sally Hershberger. “Think ’80s — really edgy,  messy. Like Deborah Harry but more extreme,”.   This look requires almost no  maintenance. Frankie, a stylist at Bumble & Bumble, says that at “the  [runway] shows I [worked at], we didn’t even have to do much hair.”

 

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