Fashion & Accessories

By Alexandra Taylor

With a new year upon us and resolutions to be made, consider refining your wardrobe for a fresh start and a more fashionable self in 2012. From trends to ditch to styles to look out for, these tips will guarantee spot-on style this year.

Trends to Ditch:

2011 was filled with several inspiring styles popping up on the runways and in department stores alike, but the past year also brought a slew of disappointing and at times unbearable trends worth purging from your closet. The first fashion offense is one that is quite impractical for any occasion outside the bedroom and seemed to fill the runways and stores this past spring/summer. The play on pajama dressing is cute in theory, but showing up to work in a pair of leopard print, silk drawstring pants will catch the wrong kind of attention. An alternative to this relaxed look is to purchase a pair of casual fitting silk or wool trousers, which can be coordinated with a fitted blazer and camisole or a crewneck sweater and pumps for uber-chic (not to mention appropriate in public) style. This past fall, an overflow of sweater-dresses hit the stores. When designed well, these cozy dresses can be very stylish and not to mention a comfortable alternative to a tailored dress or separates. But when crafted and designed poorly, the look can go terribly wrong and can be extremely unflattering. The oversized cowl neck sweater dress should be discarded in 2012. The exaggerated neckline is not figure flattering and adds unwanted drape to the bodice. Try a fitted crewneck sweater dress in a quality blend paired with opaque tights and short booties for a casual, yet sophisticated day to night look.

While the maxi skirt trend is still going strong a few seasons in, this summer’s sheer take on the easy and usually modest style has had many fashionistas disowning the look. Wearing a maxi skirt or dress requires a little more styling and bit of height in my belief, but it can easily be a part of your wardrobe if chosen correctly. The sheer maxi skirt seen throughout the streets of New York is one to ditch, as it is very hard to pull off, unless one wears a sample size, and even then it can look cheap and unfitting. As a substitute for the sheer maxi skirt, shop for a knee-length full or a-line silhouette, this will add femininity to a basic knit tee or a contrasting leather jacket. Lastly, a shoe trend to leave behind this coming year is the covered platform wedge bootie. Whilst, there are some pairs that are crafted in a sleek manner, most of these shoes are bulky and clubfoot-like and similar to sheepskin boots are not very appealing to the eye. For another choice of shoes, look for a pair of ankle boots with a stacked heel for comfort when walking and a refined silhouette. Take these style tips into the New Year to keep your stylish wardrobe up-to-date and in-fashion without being a slave to style trends.

Originally published January 2012
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