We may be stuck in the thick of winter with its multiple snowstorms and single digit weather, but that doesn't mean every palette in our lives has to be gray. In fact, 2014 Resort and Spring collections have served as a colorful inspiration board, and, as we're revamping our closets with the turning of the calendar, we're looking to invest in some good new stuff that's markedly 2014.
So what should you buy first in the new year? Here’s a list of 14 items to start 2014 off on the fashionable foot.
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With the proliferation of designers specializing in creative color combinations, prints are here to stay.
Clover Canyon Twist Scarf Print Scuba A-Line Dress, $295, nordstrom.com
Graphic Shift Dress
The shift silhouette is all the rage this year and it’s super flattering.
Kate Spade New York Julian Dress, $398, bloomingdales.com
Hawaiian and Striped Top
Clearly designers are craving sun and surf as much as we are, as evidenced by the tropical elements in their collections. Add in some stripes, and you’ve got yourself a piece that is a sartorial coup.
Kenzo Palm Print Hem Stripe Top, $435, nordstrom.com
Hawaiian Mini Skirt
Short hems were a common theme for 2014, for both tops and bottoms, so this mini is a perfect way to incorporate both the tropical motif and the cropped aesthetic.
A-line Skirt in Hawaiian Mirror Print, $66.67, asos.com
Striped Crop Top
2013 tentatively introduced us to the crop top, but the trend is even more major for 2014. Add on-trend stripes and you’re pretty much good to go.
Torn by Ronny Kobo Emma Crop Top, $198, shopbop.com
Graphic Cropped Sweater
While we’re on the topic of crops, this cropped sweater is both warm and stylish.
Mod Cropped Sweater, $19.80, forever21.com
Who says you need to wear the same basic black down coat or a better-suited-for-a-prepubescent neon puffer to keep warm? This plaid version is a sophisticated take on the tartan trend.
Hunter Plaid Checked Down Coat, $280, bloomingdales.com
Still obsessed last year’s color, emerald? Maximalism is a major 2014 trend so these over the top earrings are the perfect way to mix your nostalgia with your fashion-forward style.
Oscar de la Renta Crystal Vine Clip Earrings, $290, net-a-porter.com
After several seasons of tailored trousers, the new pant is all about mimicking the look and feel of sweatpants without sacrificing style.
LA’t by L’Agence Slouchy Pants, $125, shopbop.com
The staple material for classic jeans, denim, is now everywhere — on dresses, hats, skirts, even shoes.
Jonathan Simkhai Blocked Denim Tee Dress, $345, shopbop.com
Last year everyone was obsessed with printed pants, but 2014 is all about the texture.
Tory Burch Harp Textured Straight-Leg Pants, $325, cusp.com
Like pants, tops are becoming increasingly tactile and this boxy version is a great transitional piece.
Sam & Lavi Luca Basketweave Textured-Pattern Top, $118, saksfifthavenue.com
Vibrant Suede Booties
Colorful suede is another major trend that is easy to incorporate into your current winter wardrobe and is the perfect way to spice up those drab cold-weather staples.
Lara Manni Ankle Boots, $160, yoox.com