Trends to Look Out for 2012

January 5, 2012    |    By +
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Out with the old and in with the new! With a new year comes new trends, and although it seems a little early to be thinking about Spring, designers and retailers alike are already unveiling the new fashions for the season.

Being the avid trend-spotters that we are, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite trends you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the coming year, along with a few that are still going strong. So clean out that closet and make room for the new year.

Do the Tangerine Tango

Every year Pantone announces their “Color of the Year”, which is the color they think will dominate home decor and fashion designs. This year’s choice is already popping up in stores and ties perfectly into Spring’s color-blocking by outfit trend.

Collar Necklaces

An update on last year’s bib necklace trend, these new pieces are all about bold and modern geometric shapes. Like any statement necklace, they can make a boring old t-shirt look like a million bucks. Some are even collar-shaped themselves, continuing last year’s “Peter Pan Collar” and menswear trends.

Print Punch

Animal prints certainly had their moment this Fall and Winter, especially python, but with Spring on the horizon, it’s time to shed our animal skins and go for something more colorful in nature. Florals always make an appearance but this year designers have gotten really creative with their prints incorporating photographs, futuristic designs and mixing up traditional prints to make something entirely new. My personal favorite is anything by Tucker “the queen of print” in my opinion.

Jazz Age

Thanks to shows like Mad Men and PanAm, the ladylike and mod fashions of the 50′s and 60′s made a huge comeback with a new generation. Everywhere you looked, there were tie-scarf blouses and shift dresses.

But with a new year comes a new fashion revival and this spring is all about the Roaring Twenties. Head turbans are no longer reserved for your grandmother, art deco is all over jewelry and later this year the greatest Jazz Age story of all time, The Great Gatsby“, will be gracing the big screen. Now’s the time to get that bob you’ve been waiting for.

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