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5 Must-Have Items to Update Your Wardrobe for 2013


2013 fireworks
Photo Credit: jeff_golden

New year, new wardrobe. At least, that’s my New Year’s resolution. Every year, once the holidays are good and over, I like to go on a closet reorganization spree, ditching last year’s fast fashions and stocking up on the latest trends.

That’s when my checking account gets really mad at me. There are just too many new styles to try!

If you’re looking to expand your wardrobe without breaking the bank, read on. I’ll be showing you five versatile and budget-friendly items (all under $100 and most under $50, except for one pair of boots) that will make this year your most stylish yet.

1. An Embellished Sweater

These stylish sweaters are anything but simple. This year, it’s all about the details. Whether you’re rocking tiny pearls, glimmering sequins, or edgy studs, these cozy yet glamorous sweaters will help you turn up the heat (in more ways than one). Try one with a pair of your favorite dark skinny jeans and some killer ankle booties and let the compliments come pouring in!

Embellished sweaters
Product Info: Necklace Sweater – Nordstrom, Jeweled Pocket Sweater – Mango, Pearl Sweater – Forever 21
Studded Pullover – Forever 21, Spike Shoulder Sweater – Forever 21, Embellished Shoulder Sweater – Nordstrom

2. Riding Boots

Even if you’ve never set foot near a horse, riding boots are a wardrobe necessity this season. They look fabulous on everyone because they create sleek lines, elongating the leg. Not to mention, they can elevate an average “jeans and a tee” look to polished perfection. Styles range from preppy to boho, to edgy, so there’s a pair out there for everyone. A great pair of riding boots can be pretty pricey, but don’t be afraid to splurge on a classic pair you can keep forever!

Riding boots for 2013
Top, L-R: Steve Madden, Go Jane, BooHoo, Kelly & Katie
Bottom, L-R: Tilly’s, Lulu’s, Topshop, Rachel Roy

3. Emerald Nails

Pantone declared emerald the color of the year, and I couldn’t love their choice more: This lush green is a total stunner! But don’t worry, I’m not about to go all Wizard of Oz on you. At least, not yet.

Try out the trend in a subtle way by picking up a bottle of emerald nail polish. Deep green tips are a stylish alternative to the same old dark reds, purples and metallics we usually see this time of year, so don’t be afraid to go bold! Whether you prefer matte polishes or glittery accents, you just can’t go wrong with this gorgeous shade.

Emerald green nail polish
Top, L-R: 1. Deborah Lippmann, 2. ORLY, 3. Butter London
Bottom, L-R: 1. China Glaze, 2. Illamasqua, 3. Essie

4. Something (faux) Leather

Every girl needs a little leather in her life. Tough but soft (much like the perfect boyfriend), the right leather piece can take your look to the next level, even if it’s just a simple clutch or a fun cuff. Pair a leather jacket with a lace dress or a soft sweater for some killer contrast, or go full-on wild child by pairing edgy coated leather-look jeans with a cut-off tee and studded flats.

Leather pieces to update your wardrobe for 2013
Product Info: Jacket – Forever 21, Coated Jeans – JCPenney, Cuff – Miss Selfridge, Bracelet – ASOS, Skirt – Forever 21, Belt – Debenhams, Flats – Payless, Clutch – Topshop, Bag – H&M, Shorts – Topshop

5. Spiked Jewelry

Look sharp (literally) this year in my favorite trend of the moment, spiked jewelry. You don’t have to be a motorcycle aficionado or a Sex Pistols fangirl to adore this trend – after all, a touch of edge can add so much to an otherwise-average outfit. Though it’s easy to pair these pieces with a leather jacket and combat boots and call it a day, they look especially stunning with girly or more classic looks. Lacy top and a no-nonsense blazer with a spiked cuff? Yes, please.

Trendy spike jewelry
Top row, L-R: Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet | Middle row, L-R: Bangles, Ring, Necklace
Bottom row, L-R: Cuff, Necklace, Earrings

Your thoughts?

How will you update your wardrobe for the new year? Which trends will you be rocking on campus? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Posted on on January 15, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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26 Responses to “5 Must-Have Items to Update Your Wardrobe for 2013”

  1. 1
    January 15th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I’m in love with the trend of embellished sweaters and riding boots!
    I’m going to try to do my own sweaters, really need to search some DIY, but I’m going to put my hands and start working.

    However I can’t appreciate the emerald nails, I can’t picture my nails in green, it wouldn’t match with anything..

  2. 2
    January 15th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    What about riding boots for girls that have bigger calves than normal? It’s so hard to find one that will fit

  3. 3
    January 15th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Hey Cristina,

    For girls with larger calves I suggest riding boots that feature an elasticized back, or adjustable buckles.

    There is a whole section on Nordstrom’s website, under Boots, Extended Sizes, and then Wide Calf! Hopefully you find something that works for you :)

  4. 4
    January 15th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I feel that the whole grungy, studs, and leather trend is way off course from my personal style for me to follow it. I do however love the emerald nails (or anything jewel toned) and I think that an embellished sweater can fit nicely into anyone’s style.

  5. 5
    January 15th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I love all of these and I say bring on the emerald city. I’d love to see a Pantone color post from CF!

  6. 6
    January 15th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I like the leather and spike trend going on

  7. 7
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I love these posts ;) I have to say though, I don’t think spiked jewelry is essential….I don’t think that’s necessarily me. But, I could definitely get behind a spiked sweater! Maybe spikes in general are the “in” item :)

  8. 8
    January 16th, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I love the look of riding boots, but my calves are so small that the boots look ridiculous on me. Any suggestions on a brand that carries smaller calve boots?

  9. 9
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Love all these items! I think you can learn to evolve each one of these pieces based on one’s personal sense of style. I am really lusting after an embellished sweater though :)

  10. 10
    January 16th, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I already own everything but emerald nail polish.

  11. 11
    January 16th, 2013 at 4:39 am

    So, to wear all of these together: an embellished sweater, leather pants, riding boots, jewelry and nail polish. You can even combine the color emerald with a sweater and embellish it.

  12. 12
    January 16th, 2013 at 4:40 am

    You forgot printed jeans too.

  13. 13
    January 16th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Revlon “posh” nail polish is the perfect emerald cream color! I use it all the time and it’s only $4!

  14. 14
    January 16th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I like that : “new year, new wardrobe”! Great selection Carina! Many thanks

    Zoe xxx

  15. 15
    January 16th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Love your fresh and new ideas. Keep up the good work!

  16. 16
    January 16th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I love all of the boots, I got some Miss Sixty ones for Christmas a little bit like the ones on the bottom left. Love them!

  17. 17
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I LOVE this list. The spikey accessories are a MUST-have. I already have so many spikey pieces from Baublebar and Asos. I think they add the perfect amount of edge to an outfit! Also, I’ve always wanted a pair of riding boots. I’ve been craving Frye Harness Boots for the longest time, but they’re too pricey! Thanks for giving me some cheaper alternatives!

  18. 18
    January 17th, 2013 at 5:21 am

    This list is literally perfect! Even though it’s well and truly Summer where I live, I cannot wait to jump into Winter fashion :)

  19. 19
    January 17th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hi all,
    Love your blog and the pieces you’ve put together! This is my first time to your blog so will definitely add it to my bookmark list. Loving the ASOS leather skirt. Is it still available? I’ve been eyeing up a leather jacket in Warehouse not sure whether to get it or not but they have free uk standard del at the mo!

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    March 18th, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I really love the spiked idea, but only spiked headbands. I was inspired by a Korean girl group’s latest song that came out on Jan. 1st: Girls’ Generation’s I Got A Boy. I really loved their style. I specifically saw a few of their members wearing spiked headbands for one of their performances. :)

  21. 21
    October 21st, 2013 at 10:18 am

    All of these are beautiful trends and even nearing the end of 2013, still very popular. I absoutely love tall riding boots. I invested in a pair 4 years (i mean invested – yikes!) and I am so pleased that they have remained “trendy.” Talk about a good investment! I am looking forward to your “top 5″ for 2014!

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