Posted February 19, 2010 by Strawberry Blunt in
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Trends You Can Start Wearing Now: Red Dresses, Exposed Hardware and Shoulder Pads!

It’s been a mostly color-less season, and neutrals are governing the runways with one extraordinary exception–the ruby red dress! There is no better way to celebrate the month of love with a seductive little red number! Here’s my favorite pick that you can wear today and still enjoy during the warmer months!

Pleated Bodice Zip Detailed Dress

Bebe.com, $98

This dress has it all, and it’s under 100 bucks? I’m in heaven… The big shoulders and bold pleats are inspired by the 80s, yet the zip pockets on the hip make this dress a modern flashback to die for. There’s no doubt that exposed hardware is a wavy trend, and from handbags to shoes, its time to get zipped in, buckled up and studded out! I am lovin the padded cap sleeves, even though I wouldn’t mind if they were a little more highly sculpted. Whether its shoulder pads or jeweled details around the shoulder, one thing is for sure: shoulders are a fresh focal point to start playing with! The defined waistline keeps your figure looking right.

Wear it with…

Christian Louboutin
Bobo Leather Ankle Boots

Bobo Leather Ankle Boots

Saks.com, $1395

All my “recessionistas” better take advantage of the fact that most winter booties are on sale now! Unfortunately, my babies by Christian Louboutin might force you live off of Ramen noodles all month, but the pair is worth splurging on, and noodles are sounding kinda good right now. It features two buckles, a zipper and pyramid studs ( <3 more exposed hardware <3). The leather’s tan color is beneficial for three reasons: it will elongate your legs, match almost anything, and make them totally appropriate to wear right into the spring! Word for the wise- exposing your piggys during the winter months is NOT cute…even if your pedicure is lookin fresh. So stay with the closed-toe booties that will work PERFECTLY with this dress while it’s cold out!

Accessorize romantically to soften up the rough edge of shoulder pads and exposed hardware. Try these flirty heart Betsy Johnson studs and pair it with a matching multi-strand bracelet. The gold bows in the studs will catch the eye and the faux pearls on your wrists will glam up the whole outfit.

Read more after the jump

Betsey Johnson ‘Miami Chic’ Stud Earrings and Bow Bracelet

Nordstroms.com, $25

Betsey Johnson Bow Bracelet

Nordstroms.com, $80

Now go out and knock em’ dead! Get it girl!