Here at MTV, the Style team is definitely looked to for fashion and beauty advice by sheer virtue of our occupation. I mean, who better to field your style queries than the girls who are knee-deep in it, right? Whether it's where to score the best vintage finds or what liquid liner applicator is best for a novice, we're always open to sorting out our friends' and coworkers' fash problems, BUT that doesn't mean we're 100 percent diligent about taking our own advice. Hold the gasps, guys; we're humans, too, and thus, we have faults. But what better time than the top of a new year to turn over a new leaf? As a crew, we've compiled our most pressing style resolutions for 2012.
WEAR BRAIDS IN NEW WAYS:
Erin Fetherston, Rihanna, and Jessica Stam in braids.
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If you're the kind of person who prefers to roll out of bed and start your day or you've scheduled your morning routine down to the millisecond, it's hard to find time to experiment with your hair at all, let alone develop the dexterity needed to braid it yourself. BUT whether we like it or not, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the braid, and we will not let ourselves get left behind. Those of us who haven't switched up our tonsorial routine since before Justin Timberlake had a solo career (i.e., everyone but Andi, who gets to say things like "It's really easy!" when actually referring to creating some inhumanly complicated zigzag-track French braided updo with its own legislature) are determined to carve out all the hours and YouTube tutorials it may take to perfect the self-fishtail.
Hillary Boles, Stefanie Kuncman, and Daniella Robins.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers
It's almost Christmas, y'all! *looks at calendar* WAIT, IT'S LITERALLY THIS WEEKEND. Sheesh, time is flying by! Well, we better get our holiday ensembles in check, and what's an easier way to get festive than with a themed sweater? It instantly transforms any outfit into a party-ready ensemble! Butttt we have to make a disclaimer. Some (OK, most) Christmas sweaters are ugly. Like, really, really ugly. And unless you're ACTUALLY going to an ugly Christmas sweater party, you probably shouldn't sport one of those bad boys in public. Luckily, we found some 'dorbs bloggers who wore holiday-themed knits in the most subtle of ways. Let's find out how to cop their look!
Veronica Ferraro, Lini Trinh, and Lena Petersson.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers
If there's one super simple (and adorable) way to beat the cold this winter, it's with a ginormous scarf. An oversized knit can instantly transform any outfit in a snap, and even Mom will approve of this trend because it's sosososo warm! We love how scarves completely changed these girls' outfits from just plain cool to incredibly eye-popping ensembles. It's seriously amazing what one piece of thick fabric can do, so take note! Buy a long knit in a bold color, drape it over a solid coat or sweater, and voilà! You'll look street smart AND street chic.
Kaitlin Isabella, Mira Berglind, and Lina Tesch.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers
Whew! It's officially time to start bundlin' up out there—Christmas music is in the air, and it's only a matter of time before you're surrounded by snow and SOOO cold that you're left with no choice but to sport that ugly winter puffy jacket (AGAIN) just to make it five blocks without getting frostbite. Luckily, there are ways to still look 'dorbs on even the coldest of cold days—with a cute, warm winter hat! We spotted three girls who wore head toppers in the most cop-worthy of ways, and we can't WAIT to tell you more about their stylishly warm ensembles. So let's go!
Morven Smith, Kasia Gorol, and Lua P.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers Cats And Rocking Chairs, Jestem Kasia, and Le Happy
You know why winter rules? Because you don't sweat. I mean, yeah it's cold, but when December hits you can literally wear any material out in the blustery cold (well, as long as you layer up and make it look uh-mazing, obvs) and not get all hot and bothered. One of our favorite winter staples is a nice pair of leather (or pleather, we don't judge) shorts that you can dress up or dress down and pair with tights, knee socks, or (if you're brave) bare legs! We scoured the web for fashion bloggers who sported leather shorts in three cop-worthy ways, and we think you'll be preeettttty pleased with our findings. Let's peep the deets on their outfits below!
Autilia Antonucci, Aurora L., and Dani Roche.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers Autilia's Blog, Aurora Loveless, and Dani At Kastor And Pollux
We have to say we're kinda GLAD it's getting colder out so we can mix up our fabrics a little more these days. Luckily, since the '90s fashion comeback is in full swing, velvet is making quite the reappearance. From dresses to pants to shirts, we're seeing the soft stuff everywhere, and we can't get enough. We didddd kinda notice something while scouring the web for our favorite velvet looks, though. Oftentimes black velvet can end up looking really heavy and really, um, goth. LISTEN, we're not anti-goth at all (we wear black basically every day... like every other New Yorker), but this season's trends (maxis, skulls, crosses, dark lipstick) paired with lots of black can look a bit scary. Instead, we picked three takes on velvet that add a little bit of color to your ensemble. Peep the deets below!
Addie Yeo, Lisa D., and Breanne Sewards.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers The Cat Hag, Just Another Fashion Blog, and Flattery
On a brisk fall morning you want to be warm and cozy but still look totally cute and confident, which is probabblllyy how the sweater dress was invented. It's the perfect combination of warmth AND style—all you have to do is pair it with some warm tights or knee socks and call it a day! I mean, what is EASIER to style than a sweater dress? It can be belted, not belted, layered, heavily accessorized or even left completely accessory-free. But, if you're having some trouble trying to decide which route to go, we picked some bloggers who styled their sweater dresses is three totally cop-worthy ways.
Doina Ciobanu, Shareen Sarwar, and Mayo.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers The Golden Diamonds, Vintage Mavens, and Mellow Mayoness
Now that Halloween has passed, the growing chill in the air is a constant reminder of the impending holiday season! Along with exorbitant amounts of food (which may sometimes bring about a sudden albeit fleeting urge to reevaluate the style merits of elastic waistbands), it signals a lot of upcoming merry-making. From cocktail parties to ugly sweater soirees to ushering in the New Year, you'll need to secure yourself more than a few party-ready frocks. One of our favorite looks of the season and an always appropriate holiday staple is the sequined party dress and we found three ladies who wear it well!
Alicja Zielasko, Jennifer Grace, and Marcella Lau.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers Alice Point, Native Fox, and Fashion Distraction
Halloween is just around the corner, which only means one thing: It's time to get spooky, y'all! If you're not into the whole costume getup, we found another way to celebrate the holiday and look ridiculously stylish while doing so—sport some skeleton print! It's totally Halloween appropriate, but also incredibly cool to wear more than just once a year. We found three adorable fashion bloggers who showed off some boney looks we love. From sweaters to leggings to leotards, let's find out where to cop these anatomy-lovin' ladies' skeleton-inspired ensembles.
Claudia Paola Ambrosino, Lani Zervas, and Anjeza Tufina.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers Molto Fashion, Mon Petit Chou Chou, and The Dolls Factory
It's officially SWEATER WEATHER, y'all. It's finally time to bust out those layering skills that you've put to rest all summer long and get to WORK. Super cute cardigans are the easiest way to warm up in a jiff, and the best part about these bad boys is that they can be worn with LITERALLY any ensemble. They can be super long, super short, super sheer, super thick, but mostly, just super awesome. We handpicked three bloggers who wore cardigans in some jealously-inducing ways that we want to try immediately. Let's find out how to cop their look below!