Meet fashion icon, consultant, and blog influencer, Julie D. Harbour of Stylish Paradox! We so enjoy seeing her unique, innovative sense of style (check out what she did with this Sleep Dress by Shadowline® 😱), and recently I was able to grab her perspective on what’s trending for the new year and late winter months.
It’s a new year and a new decade! What trend are you most excited to implement in the coming months? And what trend do you foresee taking over closets this spring?
I’m really excited about the polka trend that is returning this year. I’ve always been drawn to polka dots, and as we know styles are always in and out of fashion. I’ve never stopped wearing them, so it’ll really be style business as usual! I can really envision the neon hues and crochets pieces being all the rage in 2020.
Do you do any “spring cleaning” in the New Year to make room or simplify your closet? What is your overall strategy in deciding what to keep? (I.e. what are some classic staples you rotate year over year).
Definitely! Although I regularly clean out my closet, there is something about the beginning of the year that gets me in gear for a new wardrobe beginning!
My thought is that there are certain essentials that are must haves for a well rounded wardrobe! To mix and match with all the other garments I have in my closet, I maintain these pieces: a couple of classic white button down shirts, jeans, pants and skirts in black, blue and/or beige, 2 pairs of pumps in black and camel, loafers in black and camel, a classic jean jacket, black and red blazers and well made t-shirts in black and white.
What are your go-to SHOES for the late winter months?
My go-to shoes for the late winter months this year are combat boots, loafers and the classic pump. Right now, I’m really crushing on my latest purchase; a pair of black, steel toed combat boots with pearl embellishments. They are so edgy, but feminine at the same time.
Are you prone to boots or close toed heels?
I wear both equally the same. Since I do a whole lot of walking on the weekdays, I prefer my (low-heeled) boots. On the weekends/evenings, especially for special events or occasions, I pull out my stilettos!
What is your FAVORITE fashion moment from 2019?
Personally, it was wearing the most beautiful black and white ball gown to my husband’s fraternity holiday gala. Last year I decided I would never purchase an evening gown from an “everyday store”, but always buy from a unique boutique. A boutique/place where it would be least likely that someone would show up to an event in the same gown I am wearing.