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2012 style update

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Sofia Davis

I met Sofia Davis, personal shopper and New York Fashion Week stylist, to talk shop — shopping, that is. Specifically, I wanted to know what to wear in the new year. Thankfully, Davis doesn't open with new-purchase demands, but with recommending the revamping of existing wardrobes. "Start with a clean palette; figure out what fits you best," she tells me from our perch at Starbucks. "Perhaps pick out two or three shirts you already own. And remember, you have to dress for your body type. You can always be stylish no matter what your size or frame."

It wasn't long before our colleagues behind the counter began asking how they could update their uniforms as well. But Davis and I noticed that the baristas are already doing some styling of their own: a fashion tactic called color blocking. With their staple green apron and black Polos, the Starbucks uniforms are the perfect example of a trend that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. The technique uses at least two or more "blocks" of color to create a dramatic effect, either enhancing or minimizing the figure. Thankfully just about every body type can look great making use of older styles such as layering and color blocking, and for good reason. "You can wear a bright color underneath a black fitted blazer, and that will give you a better silhouette," Davis says.

While last year's recycle-savvy fashionista modeled global austerity trends, this year will include integrating new pieces that compliment the old. An update. And what better place to find this updated look than the streets? "A lot of the trends for the new year have been inspired from street style," she adds. It's an ultra-urban, modern look. And just like life in the big bad city, this fun trend is meant to be played with, potentially ranging from conservative suits to unlaced boots and wrinkled scarves.

While Davis smiles on recycled fashions: there are limits. We're talking chanclas. "I just think that we need to stay away from flip flops," she says. "Just because it is hot doesn't mean you cannot look good. For example, in Miami it's really hot and humid just like here, but there's always style with the weather there." Amen. •

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