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style + fashion

the art of getting dressed.

a year in review: favorite looks of 2010 - style!

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

happy new year everyone!  can you believe it's 2011?  i had every intention in the world of getting this last post up before the new year arrived, but life gets in the way, non?  however, i did save the best review of 2010 for last.  style style style!

i've come to discover that style means something different to everyone.  i know that seems obvious, but maybe not.  living in manhattan, i see so many different looks and styles and they're all so inspiring!  for me, i've come to realize, style is about being a chameleon.  it's about going from floral and girly to leather and tough and never losing a sense of who i am.  style means injecting pieces of who i am into what i'm wearing, even if i'm in the lab at work. (i totally belt my lab coats! it's all about creating a silhouette!) mixing prints, mixing masculine and feminine, high and low, doing minimalism one day and a sequin dress the next.  style, to me, is taking opposing forces and making them work together in a way that makes heads turn.

this year i spent a lot of time in a lot of different looks, and there were some looks i wish i had spent time in too!!  (the right opportunity didn't present itself, obvi).  it was a great year in the world of fashion!

i would have to say that most of my friends and coworkers would not describe my style of dressing as minimalistic, but ...they're wrong!  i love minimalism and spend the largest chunk of my income on really well-made basics from my favorite designers.  my closet is over-flowing with tshirts and tank tops of many varieties, leggings and pants, and sweaters and wraps from designers like the row, alexander wang, t by alex wang, and yigal azrouel.  well-made basics are the foundation of any good wardrobe, and i really wore all of my minimalistic pieces to death this year.  they work with jeans, with skirts, with shorts, with dressy pants, with a loud, glitzy top, or even underneath a dress, and a great, perfectly cut minimalistic outfit is the perfect canvas to add major jewelry, major shoes, or a philip treacy hat!  and honestly, sometimes, less really is more.  there is nothing wrong with a well tailored black black, a modal cotton black tank top, and a great pair of black tuxedo pants.  it's a beautiful, simple, clean look that will never go out of style.

in a complete 180 from minimalism, i also worked a LOT of drama this year.  i mean, if you're going to get dressed, and i mean really get dressed, you might as well make a major statement.  huge ballgowns, sweeping skirts, major ruffles on a marchesa dress, sky-high heels, massive hair, bold red lips; the kind of look that makes everyone step out of your way and whisper 'wow, look at her.' wear a skirt that takes up two seats at a restaurant, wear shoes that make you tower over your boyfriend, rock a cape that billows out and while you're at it...cover your hair in lace.  why not?  i love to dress & live out loud.  sometimes, a statement just needs to be made.

again, in dichotomy against my love of minimalism...i was also all about feathers and (faux) fur this year.  a little fur jacket is such a great eye-catching piece, as well as a wonderful conversation starter, and adds instant glam to whatever you're wearing, even if it's just jeans and a tshirt (from The Row, of course).  and feathers...mmm i can't say enough about feathers.  they add luxury and volume to an outfit, and i think a majority of people have a serious lack of volume in their wardrobes!  i have to say, i think out of every editorial i laid my eyes upon this past year, the strapless brown feathered column dress over the grey tshirt is probably my favorite look.  it's everything i stand for in fashion.

last, but not least, leopard was everything for me this year.  it takes some guts to wear leopard print.  it's loud and if you're wearing leopard, you can forget about blending in with the crowd.  but honestly, it's such a strong look, you'd be crazy not to try it.  done correctly, it's ultra chic and incredibly glamorous!  i live for my 5 inch heel leopard print booties, my leopard bra that i let peek out from a basic black strapless dress, and i even had a leopard print manicure a few times this year!  leopard must be done in moderation, or it can come off as gauche, but it was my favorite way to spice up an all-black ensemble this year!

like i said, style is different to everyone.  it's very personal.  we all have different ways of dressing that make us feel confident, safe, or comfortable....and that's what makes the world go round!  ...some people may think it's love, but i think it's love + fashion = world going round ;)

happy 2011 everyone!  can't wait to see what this year has in store for our closets!