Tip # 1: Trade basic black for a purple frock
Though weÂ've never met a little black dress we didnÂ't like, weÂ've got to concede that they can be a little boring. Instead of reaching for that go-to hue, take a tip from Hana Soukupova and try pretty purple instead! The Czech stunner looked darling in her grape-colored Miu Miu frock, which she accessorized with a Prada leather jacket, Nicole Miller booties, and a New York Vintage cuff from the sixties. If you like her outfit too, we suggest taking a peek at TopshopÂ's Silk Tie Side Dress ($125). The yummy plum dress will serve you well all through spring!
Tip # 2: Start wearing springÂ's bow accessories
In the spirit of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and her black leather and metal Givenchy headband ($305, 312.587.1000), we respectfully suggest that you get on springÂ's big bow trendÂ--now! Seen here at a party in Paris, JRRÂ's bow-band added a dash of innocence to her black Rock & Republic ruffled mini dress and YSL Tribute Mary Janes. The contrast of killer heels and a sexy dress with the sweet hair accessory is not only wonderful, itÂ's also easy to emulate. Until the you save up for the Givenchy version, we suggest trying something like Susan DanielÂ's Bow Headband ($56) for an immediate and inexpensive bow fix.
Tip # 3: Add slim black pants under party dresses
Baby, itÂ's cold outside, but that doesnÂ't mean you must banish your best party dresses to the back of your closet! Get more wear out of bare frocks by pairing them with slim black pants. Natalia Vodianova showed off this savvy look when she attended a gallery opening in Moscow wearing Alexander WangÂ's one-shouldered dress over narrow, noir trousers. Whether you go for your favorite skinny black pants or pick up a pair of little leggings (VPLÂ's Leap Leggings ($325) are crazy cute), youÂ're sure to add a little warmth and a lot of style to your outfit!
Tip # 4: Wear cropped boyfriend jeans with ankle boots
Between our Current/Elliott fetish and yesterdayÂ's Who What Wear TV Jean Trends episode, we clearly have a thing for boyfriend-style denim. While these cropped-and-pegged jeans are perfect for showing off a strong pair of sandals or cute flats, they also look swell with a winter-friendly ankle boot. Vogue accessory editor Sylvana Soto-Ward recently demonstrated this lovely look when she wore 7 For All MankindÂ's Josefina Organic Boyfriend Jean ($198) with a pair of YSL boots (plus a Paul & Joe blazer and Alexander Wang blouse, for those inquiring minds). Please feel free to use her sleek style as inspiration for your own outfits! If somehow youÂ've yet to add this denim style to your closet, try either Soto-WardÂ's aforementioned pair or Calvin Klein JeansÂ' Cropped Cuffed Boyfriend Jeans ($69.50).
Tip # 5: Mix rich velvet pieces into your winter looks
Erin Wasson always intrigues us, as she invariably shows up at events in truly interesting clothing combinations. Case in point: take a look at the outfit she put together for the Louis Vuitton Tribute to Stephen Sprouse party. Her sumptuous bronze velvet jacket (vintage, of course), worn over a sheer black shirt and slouchy trousers, won us over at first glance. You can give your everyday ensembles a similar luxe touch with pieces like Lotta StenssonÂ's Woodland Vest ($372) or a pair of Members Only Stretch Velvet Leggings ($88).
Tip # 6: Try a little leather in a bold hue
Up-and-coming model Victoria Wallace showed us a fresh take on the typical little black leather moto. She attended the Sprouse party in a juicy red Junya Watanabe jacket (worn with a Gareth Pugh dress, Balenciaga booties, and a Phi bag), which made us crave color in a big way. Happily, there are many equally bold options on the market right now. Bebe has lots of bright leather jackets at very reasonable prices: try the Leatherette 4 Pocket Bomber Jacket ($129) in Green Isle or the Multi Zip Motorcycle Jacket ($198) in Ultramarine. You also might like the F1 Vegan Jacket ($220) by Alpinestars; itÂ's fitted, faux leather, and comes in a vivid fuchsia!