With velvet making quite a comeback this holiday season, several of you probably have velvet leftovers you’re planning on tucking away until the end of the year. Rather than store them for the months to come, try ringing in the first month of the new year with alternative ways to wear them.

This Fashionista, a vintage lover, brought a fresh take to a somewhat ’90s-inspired look by pairing baby blue velvet crop top with high-waisted blue jeans. She successfully mixes old and new to create a look worthy of 2015, yet still reminiscent of the past, perfect as we reflect on the past year and move into the new one.

Finding her inspiration amongst the several thrift stores in her area, she complements her crop top with an otherwise head to toe thrifted look. Transforming a child-size blazer into a cropped one for herself, she finds the perfect balance of casual and dressy. Instead of dealing with the challenge of finding separates that are cohesive, this Fashionista found a quick fix to making her separates flow. She ditched the color-blocking and went for a monochromatic look. Due to the simplicity of the outfit alone, she allowed herself more freedom in terms of adding accessories later. In the midst of this sea of blue, she offsets the color scheme with a pair of tan loafers.

These days, it seems that anything goes in fashion. Between prints on prints and sheer dresses, crop tops in the winter seem more than acceptable. With the right amount of layers, remaining weather-friendly in a crop top is doable.Try this light pink velvet crop tee paired with a brighter hot pink cropped jacket or blazer, incorporating both the velvet trend and the monochromatic color scheme. The warmer colors, unexpected in the dead of winter, offer a change of pace from the Fashionista’s icy blue palette. Dressed for success, this Fashionista is starting off the new year and the new semester right: polished, recharged and ready to go.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Velvet is a blast from the past, but I think it adds a new texture to today’s style scene. And you don’t always have to color-block; pick one color, expand on it and accessorize!”