January Hot List: Red Lipstick, Bows, and Chunky Knits Make a Big Impact

By Erin Donnelly

Turn up the heat with these fashion and beauty trends.

pic1Color-Blocked Apparel: Make like Mondrian in Theory’s Alisse Air Dress (shown) or Diane von Furstenberg’s Piet Knit Skirt.

The Red Handbag: Handbags are on red alert this season, so upgrade your wardrobe with something bold, bright, and hip like the Marc by Marc Jacobs Softy Faridah Tote in Poppy. It’s a great contrast against an all-black outfit.

The High-Waist Skirt: It’s okay to be terrified of high-waist jeans. High-waist pencil skirts, like the sleek version from Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, however, are much more wearable and less 1970s.

pic2Red Lips: Any woman can wear red lipstick. No, really. Shu Uemura’s new Rouge Unlimited Red Collection is specially designed to give even the biggest skeptics a case of scarlet fever thanks to its universally flattering RD165 hue and five other crimson-inspired shades.

Wide-Leg Pants: Say sayonara to skinny jeans! Your legs are ready to come up for air, and this roomy Arden B. Self Belt Trouser is just the pant to cut them some “slack.”

Booties: Retire your riding boots in favor of this season’s fashion-forward ankle boots. Unlisted by Kenneth Cole’s suede Chance It pair is a steal at $60 so you can trot out the trend without breaking the bank.

pic3Bows: Ready to tie one on? Indulge your feminine side with an oversized bow like the one on this stunning Newport News Silk Charmeuse Keyhole Blouse (shown), which works for both day (throw a black blazer on top) and play (add bold gold hoops and fitted black pants). pic4

Golden Glam: From gilded eyelids, to gold-flecked lips, to the real gold nano-particles in Chantecaille’s Nano Gold Energizing Cream (shown), makeup and skincare is getting the 24k treatment. Haven’t you always dreamed of being a Fort Knox knockout?

pic5Chunky Knits: With temperatures dropping, it’s time to seek refuge in a cozy sweater. This beautiful Ann Taylor Loft ¾ Sleeve Marled Button Front Cardigan will help you stay toasty without sacrificing style.

The Dramatic Coat: Your North Face parka just isn’t going to cut it. Instead, make a fashionable statement in a coat that makes you feel like a million bucks even when you’re ankle-deep in snow. Recommended: The Shoshanna Empire Coat (shown).

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