I bought a pair of questionably patterned pants about a month ago, which Serena apparently wore on an episode of Gossip Girl. This is basically the closest I’ll ever get to looking like Blake Lively. These were a post holiday sale impulse purchase and while it took me a while to actually wear them (in public), I do kind of love them. Something I try to do during the colder winter months is stock up on pants of interest. I realize this is the opposite of what most stylists might suggest, but I love the idea of bringing drama to an outfit from the bottom up. Rather than slipping on a sparkly top, I slide into patterned pants, velvet leggings, or leather embellished trousers and “top” them off with a simple tee or neutral blouse and leave the rest up to accessories. If you’re looking to switch things up, I suggest starting from the bottom up.