Friday, January 18, 2013

New Year Fashion and Beauty by Anya Sarre

Today's FashionGawker post is brought to you by Anya Sarre. She is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.

Here is what she has to say about fashion and beauty for 2013:

The hottest fashion trends for the New Year focus on looking polished and put-together at all times. This means that young women are putting more effort into their casual wear and office ensembles alike. At first, it may seem overwhelming to have to look noticeably styled on a day-to-day basis, but learning how to piece together mature, clean-cut outfits is a skill that is applicable to all situations.

Stores like Forever 21 and H&M are moving away from teen-oriented florals and soft silhouettes. The current stock in many stores is largely comprised of structured, professional-looking dresses. Sheath dresses are extremely popular right now. They skim the entire length of the torso through the hips and down to the knees. It takes a strong woman to wear sheath dresses without looking out of her element, which is why these dresses have become favorites of women who want to establish themselves at work. The great thing about the rising standards for casual clothing is that one can go from the office to happy hour without having to go home and change first. A sheath dress with a peplum and a funky pattern will always set the wearer apart from her less fashionable peers. Women who do not want to show off all of the contours of their bodies should embrace A-line shirtdresses. Old Navy has produced a great deal of flattering button-down dresses lately. A handmade hairpiece crafted out of feathers and buttons can accent a fun dress. Pinterest and Etsy provide inspiration for DIY accessories.

There has been a drift away from standard black pumps toward ankle boots covered in distinctive buckles and other details. Similarly decorated flats are growing in popularity as well. ShoeDazzle can help shoppers figure out which shoes best complete certain kinds of outfits. Since makeup preferences depend on one's complexion as much as they depend on popular color palettes, shopping for makeup can be frustrating and time consuming. Monthly shipments from Birchbox make it fun and easy to experiment with new cosmetics. Birchbox sample packages allow women to try new makeup combinations in their own homes, away from crowded and harshly lit department stores. MAC's capsule collections are fun primers in whatever is hot at the moment. A quick glance through any of the brand's limited-edition offerings will give an unsure shopper a good idea of where to start in her quest for new makeup.

The year 2013 may very well be defined by exaggerated femininity that is countered with loud quirk.

Below are some of my favorite sheath dresses and ankle boots!

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