Ditch Your Old Duds
It’s a new year, so clean out those closets and toss the dated or unflattering fashion trends that didn’t work (we’re looking at you, harem pants). With a clean fashion slate, you can incorporate 2012’s most daring (but wearable) items to amp up your look. Melissa Liebling-Goldberg of luxury fashion website Gilt Groupe, and fashion expert Lilliana Vazquez (seen on Bravo and The Style Network) of TypeF.com share the hottest new trends.
Liebling-Goldberg says 2012 is the time to break out the color. "Put away your little black dress this spring, and keep it tucked away," says Liebling-Goldberg. Neon colors, as well as deep jewel tones, will be popular. If these bold hues are too daring, incorporate flattering pastels like aqua, seafoam green and light lemon. Vazquez suggests incorporating bold colors on areas of the body you'd like to highlight. Got a great butt? Show it off with a neon skirt or pant.
?Ali Ro jersey shift dress, Cusp.com, $215 and Frankie B's tropical skinny jeans, $121
?"This is not the year to be a wallflower -- get ready to command attention in photo prints, bold florals, neon shades and saturated pastels," says Liebling-Goldberg. On-trend patterns easily update your wardrobe, and tribal-inspired or exploded floral patterns are ideal for bold girls. If you're hesitant to incorporate a pattern, start small by mixing a classically-shaped patterned top with neutral pants.
Return of color blocking?
It's back with a vengeance as this trend will be huge in 2012. Want to start small? Incorporate the look into your shoes and accessories. "A color blocked bag or ankle strap heel is an easy way to add a current trend to your work look," says Liebling-Goldberg. She also suggests pairing bright colors with nude for a chic, wearable outfit. Not sure which colors coordinate? Vazquez has a simple trick. "You can try wearing complementary colors (colors directly across from each other on the wheel) like blue and orange, or analogous colors (any three colors next to each other on the wheel) like yellow, yellow-green, and green. Boom, you're done," says Vazquez.
?Of course, what better way to liven up an outfit than by incorporating texture? According to Liebling-Goldberg, fringe was prominent on the runway and is great for a fun, flapper-inspired evening look. Mesh was also seen in fashion shows like Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang (to name-drop a few), and is a versatile trend with pieces ranging from sporty to romantic.