What To Wear

5 ways to make your wardrobe more daring

OK, maybe you’re not much of a daredevil. Your one and only bad-girl moment was last month, when you ditched a study sesh for the mall. But if you’ve been craving thrills, why not experiment with fashion? Find your inner wild child and take on these risky trends—the right way!
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    Dare #1: Shorts with tights

    If you just can’t wait ‘til summer to dust off your cutest pair of cutoffs, then this trend is for you. Wearing tights under shorts is a chic Euro trend that lets you combine the best of your summer and winter wardrobes. Go classic with denim and black tights, or mix it up with jewel tones and patterns.


    Destroyed Medium Wash Denim Shorty Shorts, $20, aeropostale.com

    Super Opaque Comfort Stretch Tights, $10, macys.com

    Acid Wine Denim Hotpants, $45, topshop.com

    Patterned Microfiber Tights, $16, target.com

    Black Crochet Short, $25, delias.com

    Rib Tights, $14, walmart.com

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    Dare #2: Rompers

    What boasts the flirty feel of a dress without constant risk of a wardrobe malfunction? Of course, we’re talking about the romper. And here’s some good news if you’ve been fearing the fad: The rumors are false! This look does not require a certain height or a certain body to look totally fab. Pick sweet, floral patterns for a feminine vibe. Then pair your piece with neutral boots, wedges or sandals for a one-step spring getup.


    Strapless Sweatheart Romper, $25, target.com

    BC Footwear ‘At Large’ Sandal, $45, nordstom.com

    Daisy Print Playsuit, $68, topshop.com

    Opera Bootie by Pink & Pepper, $54, francescas.com

    Button Belted Floral Romper, $30, delias.com

    Soda Kose Off White Linen T-Strap Platform Wedge Sandals, $28, lulus.com

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    Dare #3: Super-graphic tees

    Ready to take your pattern obsession to the next level? If you pick the right pieces, it’s easy to rock animal faces and artsy scenes on your shirts. Skip the scary skulls or offensive phrases and focus on fun, out-of-the-box designs. Cat tees like these are a few of our faves.

    ‘Rave Cat’ Tee, $32, topshop.com

    Relaxed Cat Graphic Tank, $13, forever21.com

    Cute Cat Tee, $32, topshop.com
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    Dare #4: Lively leggings

    Patterned pants are risky enough, so printed leggings can be even more intimidating. But don’t settle for solids! Stripes, zigzags and patchwork are good places to start. The goal is to spice up your go-to piece without overdoing it—that means stay far, far away from metallics, sequins and weird cutouts. By keeping the rest of your outfit simple and letting your legs be the stars, you’ll tackle that daring trend in style.

    Tapestry Patchwork Legging, $29, urbanoutfitters.com

    Wiggle Road Leggings, $19, urbanog.com

    Leggings in Monochrome Pleated, $31, asos.com

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    Dare #5: Flirty fringe

    Don’t fight the fringe! Embrace this hippie-cowboy inspo with shirts, shoes and even jewelry. A single piece is all you need to boost the wow factor of your fave looks. The teeny tassels add movement and texture to any outfit. Go 3D with a style that makes you wanna shake it!

    Fringe Passion Top, $31, urbanog.com

    Metal Fringe Short-Strand Necklace, $2, aeropostale.com

    Mini Skirt With Fringing, $47, asos.com

    Pink & Pepper Fringe, $60, zappos.com

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BY JULIE HARANS ON 4/9/2013 11:00:00 AM

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