The Best Of Fashion 2014

I’ve never really been a decisive person, which is why instead of relying on myself to make the tough call on my favorite fashion from 2014 I turned to you. As you very well may remember, a few weeks ago The Style Note put up a poll that asked you to vote on various fashion topics. 2014 was a whirlwind year for fashion and we wanted to get your feedback on what trends, designers, retailers and more came up on top. You voted, and now is the time to reveal the results. Here’s the best of fashion 2014…

Best Beauty Trend – Pouty Lips

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We rarely share celebrity images on The Style Note BUT even we can admit that the pouty lip trend is pretty much synonymous with Kylie Jenner at this point. The resurgence of pouty lips have inspired the fashion and beauty industry to embrace lip liner, gloss and lipstick in a bold new way. Sure it can look a little silly sometimes, but this trend makes the lips take center stage in an incredibly sexy way, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it continues to play out in 2015.

Accessory Trend – Wide Brim Hats

ASOS Felt Fedora Hat With Wide Band

ASOS Felt Fedora Hat With Wide Band

Floppy hats were the “have to have it,” accessory of 2014. There were floppy hats with adornments, floppy hats in felt, floppy hats in straw, floppy hats in bright colors, floppy hats in… you get the point. It had a little 70s flair, but still managed to be super modern, plus there was an abundance of variations in the design that made it the perfect accessory for any style. In fact, we loved the trend so much that we even posted about the best ways to style it.

      Most Creative Brand – Alexander Wang

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Alexander Wang has obviously had one hell of a year. From designing for his own namesake label, Creating denim X Alexander Wang, his collaboration with H&M (which sold out instantly) and turning out stunning and provocative campaigns and shows for each season, his creativity seems to be unstoppable. Alexander Wang always keeps us guessing and that’s exactly what the “most creative brand,” should do.

Designer Brand – Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs' Fall 2014 campaign

Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 campaign

As far as best overall designer brand goes, it was almost an unanimous decision that Marc Jacobs was the man for the title. Even with leaving Louis Vuitton, Jacobs managed to impress us all in 2014 and maintain his loyal fans and followers. Marc Jacobs was particularly innovative when they launched their contest to find a new face for Marc Jacobs on Instagram and featured the winners in their Fall 2014 campaign.

Best Retailer – Nordstrom

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While innovation is incredibly important when it comes to fashion, so is stability. Apparently we like knowing what to expect from our retailers and Nordstrom managed to fulfill this need. Nordstrom is always a reliable spot for shopping plus they have a great brand voice on social media and manage to put on some super cool events.

Best Fast-Fashion Retailer – H&M

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H&M is always a got to spot for cheap and trendy fashion. However, with an impressive runway show at paris fashion week, eco-conscious initiatives within their store, a new icons campaign led by top models, a new Times Square flagship store and impressive collaborations with designers, musicians and artists, H&M really stepped it up for 2014.

Color – Dazzling Blue

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Pantone laid out a lot of stellar trending colors for 2014. From Radiant Orchid, which was in every retailer imaginable, Cayenne, Sand, Paloma and more, they all brought different strengths to the color palette to fashion in 2014. However, none of these colors quite captivated our attention like “Dazzling Blue.” Bold, bright and exceptionally sharp, Dazzling Blue appeared in collections throughout the year and we loved every minute of it.

Spring/Summer Trend – Bomber Jackets

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Phillip Lim SS14, Tracy Reese SS14, Balmain SS14

It’s not really that surprising that bomber jackets were the favorite spring/summer trend for 2014. They’re versatile, edgy and on trend, so what’s not to love? Whether they were embellished with sequins and patches, patched together in mixed prints or reminiscent of your high school varsity jacket, the bomber jacket was a great piece to add to any look in spring/summer.

Autumn/Winter Trend – Knit Layers

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Marc Jacobs AW14, Stella McCartney AW14, Michael Kors AW14

Knit layers have always been a staple of fall fashion, but 2014’s take on this classic trend really played with proportion and texture in an incredibly innovative way. Whether it was large cozy sweaters layered on top of maxi skirts, knit tops paired with knit pants or large knit scarfs with a draping knit dress, this trend proved that you can be comfortable and fashionable at the same time, which we’re HUGE fans of.

high low collab – alexander wang X h&m

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Alexander Wang X H&M. courtisy of: Elle.com

We posted about the H&M and Alexander Wang collab when it first dropped in early November and it seems like a lot of you agreed  with our sentiment: this collection rocked. Containing leather pieces, comfortable crop tops, cut out tops and “Wang,” on every item, Alexander Wang X H&M had a strong sporty/street wear vibe that was super cool.

Did your favorite fashion moments make the cut this year? What other things do you think were the “best” of 2014? Leave your answer in the comments below. 

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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