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2011 Fashion Trends We Love & Hate

by Daisy on December 26, 2011

in Style & Beauty

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.

Image courtesy Katie Blench

Untypically Jia December 26, 2011 at 10:49 am

LOL I’m going to say it . . . I love the crop tops! I have a teal and white striped one that has a diagonal cut and I wear it over a long white tank and it’s my favourite shirt LOL! I think mainly because at the time it was back in fashion and I got it right off the rack – which is a very rare thing for me to do.

Daisy December 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I’m going to need to see a photo of this!

Untypically Jia December 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

It’s not the best angle, but here’s a photo of me in the shirt a few months ago, (the one at the bottom of the post):

Rachel December 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Hello. My name is Rachel, and I wear leggings as pants.

And I look pretty damn good doing it, if I do say so myself. Other people say so, too. Actually, the word usually used is hot (that’s from men & women). When it stops being hot and moves to the OMG wth is she wearing??? end of the spectrum, I shall stop wearing them thusly. Except in the privacy of my own home, where I will wear whatever the hell I want.

Of course, my style can best be classified as bag lady chic, as I generally have no idea what is in fashion at any given time, and really couldn’t care less. Plus, I wear a *lot* of layers.

No transition: I have to find the pattern for that scarf!

Daisy December 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hmm. The way you describe the layers, I do not think you are wearing leggings as pants. Leggings are only pants when none of your top layers cover your bum. Think fitted t-shirt with leggings. That I cannot get behind, no matter how lovely a behind the wearer has :-)

Becca December 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm

You’re right on with everything on this list. I never understood capped sleeves. They dig into your armpits and make even nice arms look ridiculous.

Daisy December 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

YES. So heinous.

Brandy December 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I absolutely LOATH work out clothing as regular clothing. If you are not in yoga class I don’t want to see your cropped yoga pants and work out jacket standing in front of me at Starbucks in the mall where they are the equivalent of leggings in thickness. No thank you.

Daisy December 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Uh oh..GUILTY. But…yeah, no excuses. I’ll try to remember that in the new year!

Natalie December 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm

But how about if you just got done working out? :-)

Brandy December 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

If you JUST got done working out and you have that awesome glow about you then I give you a pass. BUT if you turn around and start walking around the mall then the pass is gone. LOL. :-)

Val Payne December 27, 2011 at 2:46 am

Oh crap. I used to think the same way, but I’m now so pregnant that I have started to actually leave the house in my yoga pants. A lot. I look awful, but I’m so comfy……

Stacy December 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Yep, what Val said about the yoga pants. I’m pregnant, I feel icky 85% of the time, and I am currently a stay at home mom. Getting dressed is just too much for a trip to the grocery store, plus spending a lot of money on maternity clothes makes no sense as I have no where to go. So.. I have a few maternity pieces for date night with the hubby, etc but live in yoga pants and tshirts.

Brandy December 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

Well I will also give a pass to pregnant ladies. I can’t blame you too much there. :-) I don’t wear pants but I certainly had jersey skirts that were basically my equivalent when pregnant that were super comfy. Pregnant ladies do need comfy clothes.

Val Payne December 27, 2011 at 2:49 am

You forgot to mention the peep toe booties. Those things are just so horrendous.

akimparty December 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I Agree. For me, Yay for dresses with sleeves!

SnarkyAtLaw December 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Can we please say goodbye to wide horizontal stripes, especially on a loose top? Please? Even if it doesn’t necessarily look bad, it is never, ever the most flattering option.

Kalyn Bergeron January 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I for one am tired of the horizontal stripes, all they do is make us feel and look wider! They say vertical stripes are best for curvy gals, but the ones I have seen are horrendous. Can we please get some fashionable, and cute VERTICAL striped shirts PLEASE! I love stripes. Not when they make me feel bigger then I am though. Never tried the peep toe booties, looks great on my Super fit sister, but me not so much! Give me my peep toe heels or flats and I’m good to go!

Brandy December 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

Oh and I absolutely LOVE dresses with sleeves. I don’t wear sleeveless clothing so always having to find a little bolero sweater or cover up of some sort gets VERY old. Just finding something with sleeves off the rack – score!

Nicole @theWardrobeCode January 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Jewel tones, yes. Dresses with sleeves, yes. You mentioned Uggs – but how did they not make the list? Also, booties are a good thing. Just because sometimes they’re difficult to pull off doesn’t mean we should abandon them. Experiment! Find what DOES work.

ERB January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

This may just be a sign of my age (46) but I truly dislike the platform high heel. To me they look like shoes that a hooker would wear. I help at funeral services quite frequently and am horrified when a family member (granddaughter maybe) tetters onto the altar in those things. Poor grandma/pa is spinning in that coffin.

Rey January 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

Maybe it is just me, but some of the “fashionable” items seem like that they hide the curves, not show them off. (Dresses with sleeves to cover fat arms, pancho to cover everything)
Sorry, but when it gets hot, I’m going to let my fat arms flap in the wind in a cute sleeveless dress.

Daisy January 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

As far as ponchos go, I was pretty outspoken that some ponchos accentuate curves, such as a gorgeous belted one I have my eye on- it is all about you wear them & pair them up. And dresses with sleeves…oy vey. I wouldn’t wear a dress with sleeves when it is hot, but there are SO MANY times when social rules or the weather dictate that you cover your arms or shoulders. Off the top of my head I can think of my office (all the time, you can’t wear sleeveless things), weddings in churches (most churches want your shoulders covered), and the entire fall & winter season in Chicago when I have things to dress up for. In all of those instances, dresses with sleeves are amazing, so I don’t have to buy another item or wear another layer to cover up my arms. Two years ago when looking for a dress for a winter wedding I couldn’t find anything with sleeves and I froze! Now I have a gorgeous, curve amplifying belted sheath dress with perfect sleeves that I can toss on for all my fall & winter events! None of these items are about covering up your body in order to hide.

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