After last winter’s obsession with comfy-chic pieces like over-sized sweaters, chunky grandma-inspired cable knits, and upscale takes on the crewneck sweatshirt, it’s no wonder why the fashion world took the opportunity to run wild and free with stand-out prints like leopard and in-your-face sequins. The loudest of patterns and textures have been having quite the extended moment, from shoes to bags to night-out dresses and beyond, but have you considered putting them together for a serious statement that won’t quit? I know, sequined leopard sounds a bit like something that crawled into Snooki’s closet and died, but when done right, the look is effect is bold and fun and exudes a confidence that’s perfect for starting the new year off the fiercest way possible. You may just be recovering from your NYE partying, but it’s not too late to equip yourself with a sexy sequined animal print dress, which can be paired with tights for a chilly night out. If you’re not ready to let your entire outfit ride on this risky trend, try complementing your outfit with a sparkly leopard clutch – this BCBG one is sleek and slim, but I love the mixed textures of this Lulu envelope clutch! As for shoes, these wild Fifi pumps by Christian Louboutin would update your trusty LBD in a flash, but if you’re not ready to take yourself too seriously, try these cheeky Sperry boat shoes on for size to amp up your casual look!
– Alex Gambardella