As 2011 draws to a close it is time to take a look back on the year to high five the things we love, and say goodbye to those we hate. Fashion is constantly changing, but we like to think the classics stick around for forever….and the bad stuff can get tossed out with the flat champagne and left over 2011 party favors.
In no particular order, here is what we hope to never see again:
Glitter….everything: Sparkles are fun, but this past year brought glitter to a whole new level- shoes, clothing, make up, hair accessories and nail polish. It was a never ending sparkle parade and glitter is like a bad photograph on Facebook- you can never get rid of it completely no matter how hard you scrub. Here is hoping the next year is more selectively sparkly.
Leggings as pants: Leggings have a time and a place, but leggings are not pants. There is nothing worse than realizing that the woman in front of you in line has committed this fashion faux pas and you can see the fun striped pattern of their undies. When in doubt, put on real pants. We cringe even more when the LAPs (leggings as pants) are paired with a horrendous foot choice, like Uggs in August.
Booties: There are some people who can pull booties off, but more often than not the person wearing them has inadvertently cut their leg off at an odd point, suddenly turning their legs into stumps. Booties are one of those fashion trends that are hard to pull off and when they fail, they fail horribly. We look forward to saying goodbye to the bootie and ushering in a more foolproof shoe choice.
Crop tops and capped sleeves: Didn’t we get rid of these in the 90′s? Did we learn nothing? Few people can pull of a crop top, for most of society they accentuate areas we would rather keep covered – not to mention crop tops are never work appropriate. Capped sleeves are uncomfortable and again cut most women off at an odd point on their arm- making your arms look unnecessarily stumpy or large. We’d like to see these styles banished to the clearance rack for forever.
Hair feathers: Hear me out before you tell me how cute your hair feather is! The tweens can rock them. They are probably cute in your hair during a girls night out. But whoever spread the rumor that hair feathers are office appropriate lied to you. Hair feathers (for the most part) require a quick trip to the salon to have them put in and taken out, so they are bound to be worn on a night out…and then to work. While I’m sure at least one person will comment that hair feathers are appropriate in their office or their field I’m going to be bold and say that hair feathers are not appropriate in most offices – which means I simply can’t embrace them as a trend given their semi-permanency.
While all of the above are hopefully on the way out, 2011 brought us some trends we hope are here to stay:
Dresses with sleeves: We can credit Duchess Catherine and her sister Pippa for this resurgence, but we are happy to send them a thank you card in the mail. Sometimes you just need sleeves on your little black dress -for modesty, for the weather, for the office. It is nice to have options that don’t require a cardigan.
Lands’ End Wool Dress, Petites through 26W
Flats: Heels have a time and a place (hello pencil skirt + pumps), but we for one are glad that flats have made a comeback. Moccasins, ballet flats and even TOMs provide comfortable, stylish looks that don’t remind you of an orthopedic shoe. From leather to patterned fabric, there is something for everyone and every budget.
Me Too ‘Lysette Flat’ Size 4-13
Capes & ponchos: When properly sized a cape or poncho can be magically slimming (or curve creating depending on the style) and they are so comfy you feel like you are wearing your pajamas. In soft wools and pretty plaids, we hope to see more capes and ponchos this winter.
Liz Claiborne Knit Poncho, Petite through 3x
Jewel tones: Lets face it: black can get boring if you wear it every day, and not everyone can wear pastels year round. Jewel tones have finally come back in a way that doesn’t remind us of the 80′s. Three cheers to adding color to every closet.
Merona Maternity Dress XS-XXL
Merona Plus Size Party Dress, 1X-4X
Merona Ponte Knit Dress, XS-XXL
Good accessories: No matter how big or small you are, all women understand the value of a good accessory: they make you feel pretty and they always fit. They add oomph to an otherwise every-day outfit and can make an outfit go from day to night or home to coffee shop with ease. Our favorite accessories these days are the uber-trendy infinity scarves and pretty hair pieces – unlike feathers they can be removed quickly and put on for a fancy party or night out. Yes please!
Frenchie Scallop Knit Infinity Scarf, One Size Fits All
Hair Accessories, One Size Fits All
What about you? Are there any trends you love that we left off the list, or something else you can’t wait to say goodbye to?
Daisy is a lawyer married to a lawyer (insert lawyer jokes here) living in a small condo in a big city with a new baby and beagle. She breaks up the legal-speak by blogging about life in Chicago, which is filled with escapades of urban living. In the summer she enjoys patio dining and in the winter wonders what she was thinking when she moved here. You can read more from Daisy on her blog, Just Daisy.
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