12 Trends That Should Stay In 2012

It’s a new year and you know what that means, out with the old and in with the new. Fashion, unlike any other industry, is constantly evolving and changing. What’s on trend one season can be a complete miss the next and the fashion in 2012 was no exception to this. There were good trends and then there were some really, really bad ones. The plus side to moving past old trends? Moving on to better and new ones. So essentially, while any trend can be ok in moderation, these are the ones I’m ready to say goodbye to.

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1.Harem Pants

Seriously, I’m surprised that these became as popular as they did. While harem pants may be comfortable and easy-going they literally do absolutely nothing for your shape. In fact, if anything, they make bodies look strange by creating an illusion that elongates a woman’s bottom and shortens her legs. They remind me of gaucho pants in the sense that everyone is wearing them and nobody looks good in them. They’re perfectly fine for lounging around the house in but that’s where they should stay.



 Let’s get one thing straight, there are very few people who can actually pull of neon. Chances are, you are not one of them. You have to have a very specific skin, hair, eye combination for neon colors to not wash you out completely. Neon is fun in small pops of color here and there like say in your nail polish, bracelet, or even a small accessory like a belt or clutch. However,  the full neon outfits and garments we were seeing in 2012 gave me serious Lisa Frank flashbacks. Also, I’d like to think fashion designers can be smarter when trying to achieve a summer vibe than just throwing  the brightest hues together.


3.high low

 Is it a maxi-dress? No. Is it a mini-dress? No. It’s neither! It’s high-low, and it can’t make up its damn mind. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen high lows that are actually very pretty (Marchesa, McQueen, etc.).  However, the high-low, a.k.a the mullet of the fashion world, is just another trend that has yet to translate from runway to real world. While the style looks gorgeous on 5’11 women walking down the runway with the train flowing behind them, on the everyday woman it tends to give off more of a “wannabe superman” vibe. Ya know?


4.Metallic make up 

Metallic make up was fun, for a little bit. 2012 was filled with metallic and while the trend is still continuing into 2013, there are some components of it that have been a little overdone. Metallic makeup can make features on the face really pop but in an extreme way. With all of the new metallic garments and embellished pieces, makeup should stay more neutral and fresh. A little metallic on the face is fine here and there but it’s time to move on to something new.


5. Feathers

We started with the literal bird trend in 2011 then worked our way to feathers. But here’s the thing, 9 times out of 10 feathers are a horrible idea. There hasn’t ever been a single accessory/piece of clothing that has been incomplete without them. They have become unnecessary and overall distracting to whatever the structure of the garment is. 2012 was a full on feather over load, from skirts, to jewelry, and even hair extensions, feathers were EVERYWHERE. And everywhere they were, they were leaving their trail because the damn things can hardly ever stay on whatever they’re a part of.


6. Flat forms

 Flat forms are the perfect shoe for you IF you’re the type of person who likes to wear bricks on your feet. Considering that there’s probably nobody that fits this description, I say it’s time for them to go. The point of a raised heel  is to elongate a woman’s leg, give her power in her stance, and make her hips sway when she walks. Flat forms do none of these things and look atrocious so there’s really no point.


7. “wet”  hair

Attention! Anyone who attempted the “wet” hair look in 2012, you should know that your hair looked really, really greasy. Like, really greasy. I’m so confused as to why this was ever a trend to begin with. So it’s high fashion and edgy, which may be all well and good, but this is one of the trends that should never catch on to the masses. This hairstyle looks so out-of-place in everyday life. Can you honestly imagine somebody going out grocery shopping or meeting up a friend with the top half of their hair looking “wet”? No, I didn’t think so.


8. Sheer

 I have collected an obnoxious amount of sheer tops over the past year. From long sleeves, tanks, and tunics, I couldn’t get enough of the super lightweight sheer pieces that seemed to overload each and every store in 2012. However, while sheer garments do tend to look nice they’re impractically is so absurd that I can’t stand to see this trend enter this new year. For one, unless you want your whole body to be visible you HAVE to layer something under sheer pieces. Secondly, because sheer is such a fragile fabric, it’s very easy to get runs in it. Lastly, sheer clothing is undoubtedly the most annoying thing to wash. When it comes down to it, I’m a 20-year-old college student and I don’t have the time or patience for complicated clothing.


9. bandage dress

So you have a nice body and you want to show it off? Good for you! But honestly, you can do better than the bandage dress. These types of dresses squeeze you in every inch of your body. Short and tight are as far as the style for bandage dresses go which is why it fits in nicely with club attire. General rule of thumb, to balance out a look and flatter your figure, you should stray away from an overall tight or loose silhouette. With the increasing popularity of peplum and A-line skirts there isn’t any reason that you can’t find another outfit that looks better.


10. Navajo

There’s been a lot of controversy over the use of Native American influences in fashion design in the past year. Despite this, Navajo prints were insanely huge in 2012. The easy-going tribal inspired designs seemed to fit in perfect for summer music festivals and the like. However, they’ve been so over done I can’t stand to see them continue in 2013. There wasn’t a forever 21, Urban Outfitters, etc, that wasn’t on the Navajo band wagon and consequently every teenager and hipster in America was right there with them.



11. Overalls

I really loved overalls… when I was 6. Seriously though, they were great for playing outdoors and quick changes when I was still in my pull up stage. I used to rock a pair of Osh Kosh B’gosh’s like it was nobody’s business. Overalls when I’m an adult? Eh, I don’t know about that. For practicality overalls may be appropriate if I was working on a farm or… something like that?  But when it comes down to it, there’s very little about them that are actually fashion forward.


12. peter pan collars 

I’ll admit to having worn maybe one too many peter pan collars in the past year. I went a little peter pan collar crazy and It seemed as though the more of them  I added to my wardrobe the more getting dressed became a struggle to not look like a pilgrim. It was as if you couldn’t escape them in 2012. First there was the traditional collar, then embellished collars, then collar necklaces. It was as though once I got over my infatuation with one type of peter pan collar, the next one was coming out. 2013 is my opportunity to say enough is enough and to move past them… at least for now.

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.


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I’m with you on the flatforms….just.don’t.get.it.
I wouldn’t mind subtle metallic makeup sticking around – sometimes a nice bronze shimmer is a great touch in the evening (and softer than a silver or gold)



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