With varying temperatures, different occasions and circumstances that need different dressing codes and a perpetual time shortage, staying stylish at all times can be extremely challenging. However, the J. Crew holiday 2011 catalog is here to answer our daily style woes by tackling the practical, the chic and the trendy allure with a deceivingly simple approach.

You don’t have to wait for warmer days to add vibrant colors to your outfits. You can shake off the style rut created by dark, monochrome outfits that are seen as the most suitable for the season. Stripes, dots, animal prints or bold color punches can be wisely used for an instant style statement.

Tackling common style dilemmas on how to combine two print styles, how to make a monochrome outfit bold and exacting, how to create a sexy librarian look or how to stay warm and stylish in freezing temperatures, J. Crew uses simple approaches by focusing on a perfect balance between tight fitting and slim fitting pieces for contrast, adding eye-popping accessories and putting an emphasis on sexy yet comfortable alternatives.

Must have pieces vary depending on the look you are trying to tackle. Craving sophistication with modern vibe? Go for A-line mid length skirts, sequined blouses, classy trousers or sassy animal prints. Creative weekend outfits? Colorful cardigans, ties, loose fitting blouses, denim and unexpected accessory choices are a few good picks. Cozy and practical? Don’t be afraid of color and contrasting tones if you want to be in the spotlight.

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