Look More Chic in 2014 + Win Our $100 Smart Set Giveaway

Photos courtesy Smart Set

One week into January and we're smack dab in the middle of a polar vortex. Luckily, three snow days in a row means that I've had loads of time indoors to manhandle one of the top resolutions on my list: my closet. Though I'm supposed to be a good editor since my job title is 'Fashion Expert', even my closet is filled with things I really don't need. So now, we're colour-coded, culled and totally caught up which means that I'm allowing myself to buy a few more things. Pilled and stretched sweaters need to be replaced, old jeans need updating and, of course, I have my eye on a few things that I want, just because they're pretty.

This year, The CLOSET will be filled with loads of beautiful finds, fashion how-to's, and amazing giveaways to help you look super chic in 2014. To kick it off, I've rounded up some gorgeous finds from Smart Set to help you get your wardrobe right up to date. Plus, we're giving away a $100 Smart Set Gift Card to help you shop for your favs (scroll down for dets).

Happy New Year! So excited to share yet another super stylish year with you.

CHIC TIP #1: GO SLOUCHY

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: Look for sweaters and shirts that are baggy in all the right places. Ruched tummies, wide armholes and longer lengths mean less stressing about those 5 lbs you've gained over the hols. Plus, a little slouchiness helps us look cool and be comfortable at the same time. Win. Win.

OUR PICK: Boucle Sweater with Faux Leather Collar, $35, Smart Set

CHIP TIP #2: WEAR SPARKLES DURING THE DAY

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: Though dainty jewels are certainly pretty, one big statement piece often makes a bigger impact and certainly shouldn't be reserved for after dark. A bold statement necklace amps up everything from a basic white blouse at work to a plain grey tee and jeans on the weekend.

OUR PICK: Mixed Stone Statement Necklace, $14, Smart Set

 

CHIP TIP #3: WEAR MORE DRESSES

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: Let me start by saying that in this weather, dresses should stay in the closet. However, once the temps gets back to normal(ish), rest assured that a dress like the one pictured above is endlessly wearable and will always make you look like the most well-dressed person in the room. Pair it with a jacket at work or wear it with killer heels for your next date night.

OUR PICK: Sleeveless Fit and Flare Dress, $59, Smart Set

CHIP TIP #4: PILE ON THE RINGS

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: Don't worry about the art of the mix and match - Smart Set has done all the legwork for you. Simply pick up this 7-pack of mixed metal rings and immediately you'll look just a little cooler, just a little more in-the-know than you did in 2013. Easy!

OUR PICK: Stackable Rings, $7.99, Smart Set

CHIP TIP #5: CHOOSE JACKETS INSTEAD OF CARDIGANS

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: Nothing against cardigans - every woman needs a few - but at a certain point, one has to wonder why one has one in every colour, non? In 2014, let blazers and structured jackets dial up your look. They'll instantly lend polish and figure flattering fabulousness to your wardrobe and can (nay, should) be worn with distressed jeans if you want to look like a Parisienne.

OUR PICK: Boucle Blazer with Zipper Detail, $75, Smart Set

CHIP TIP #6: HAVE MORE FUN WITH FASHION

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: Though many of us go to great pains to look presentable every day, fashion is really just not that serious. This year, resolve to actually enjoy getting dressed in the morning. Whether it's a playful necklace, a crazy cool pair of shoes or a graphic tee, every woman at every age deserves to have fun with what she wears. 

OUR PICK: Love T-Shirt with Embroidered Beads, $25, Smart Set

CHIP TIP #7: WEAR MORE SCARVES

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: So many of us own beautiful scarves, yet they often are left to languish in our closets. Poor things! If tying and wrapping and knotting just feels like too much work, go for an infinity version for instant easy chic.

OUR PICK: Metallic Eternity Scarf, $16, Smart Set

CHIP TIP #8: PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: We're taught never to settle in our relationships but what about our clothes? Too often, we opt for the practical black, the basic crewneck, the wear-with-everything jeans. Boooo-ring. Sometimes, all it takes is an interesting lining, a button detail (the sweater above is shown from the back), or an extraordinary cut to make a wearable piece just a little more special.

OUR PICK: Knitted Sweater with Back Button Detail, $39, Smart Set

CHIP TIP #9: GO FOR GREY

HOW TO PULL IT OFF: Grey is practical like black but much softer and makes the perfect foil for winter's new crop of pastels - from pink to yellow to minty green. These jeans fit like a dream and will go with everything in your closet.

OUR PICK: Regular Fit Skinny Grey Jean, $55, Smart Set

 

WANT TO SCORE A $100 SMART SET GIFT CARD TO SHOP THESE LOOKS? HERE'S HOW TO WIN IT:

1) Leave a comment below telling us your fashion resolution for 2014.

2) Contest ends next Wed, Jan 15th at 5 pm.

3) Contest open to residents of Canada only.

4) We'll contact the winner via email.

Good luck!