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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 fiveversatile and budget-friendlyitems (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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!