Night Styler: Lighten Up

[In early adulthood there is an activity that plays a large role in most of our lives; nights out on the town. And with those nights out always comes the question: “What am I gonna wear?!?”

Each week I’ll be putting together a cute and affordable “going out” ensemble guide (that you can tweak to your own personal style and body type, of course) so that maybe that age-old question can be answered a little quicker than usual. And your friends aren’t waiting – for hours – for you to emerge from your room. Just consider me your own (free) personal Rachel Zoe.]

Once fall/winter hits, we tend to shy away from bright colors and lean more toward blacks, grays, and earth tones. That’s fine – winter is kinda cold and depressing. I get it. But you shouldn’t be afraid to rock out some color this time of year.

Part of being fashion forward is breaking fashion rules, and busting out a brightly colored top in the colder seasons is a great way to brighten up your day/night, and is sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

Look for a cute printed top that’s got a great accent color you can play up. Geometric and floral prints are a good option.

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Pencil skirts are super sexy and great curve enhancers, so slip into one and tuck the shirt in.

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Pick out an accent color and put emphasis on that with a skinny belt and a hot pair of heels. With the above shirt, purple is the way to go…

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You don’t want to go too matchy-matchy, so avoid using a purple purse or putting on purple jewelry. Simple gold jewelry will do the trick.

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If it’s too cold out to go bare legged, you can always put on a pair of black tights, though I usually try to brave it by just wearing a long coat. Let’s be honest, a pencil skirt with super high heels and bare legs is just wowza, which is exactly the look you are going for.

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