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The Best Trends: Spring/Summer 2012

While the trends that have been highlighted on this blog over the past ten weeks haven’t been the only trends of spring and summer 2012, they have definitely been some of the most popular. According to encyclopedia.com, fashion trends became widely known and divergent during the 70s and 80s, but they’ve been changing constantly ever since. One of the greatest aspects of fashion is that everyone has their own opinions on and variations of each trend. As I’ve stressed in every post, it’s important to make the trend your own. Different people achieve this differently by playing up their look with accessories or by combining two trends to create diversity.

Students at Western Kentucky University have declared their favorites of the trends I highlighted and they have spoken out about why their favorite trend appeals to them the most and what they do with the trend to make it work for them.

 

If you are just finding out about the hottest trends of spring and summer 2012, don’t fret. There is still time to find your niche and make it yours with help from the advice given in my posts and projects.

As always, please share a photo of how you work your favorite trend as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

For any questions regarding this post, contact me at courtney.cheatwood353@topper.wku.edu.

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Pastels

Spring colors are one of the first things that pop into mind when the spring season arrives. Baby blues, pale yellows, soft pinks and light greens are seen all over the place- including clothing. According to to purelypastel.com, pastels are sticks of pure pigment and clay which causes them to never fade in a work of art. Just like in art, pastels will never fade away from fashion. Despite this, though, many people are turned off by the thought of pastels and clothing. Don’t fear the colors any longer, because two fashion-forward women from Western Kentucky University’s Textiles and Apparel Merchandising program are letting you know how to work the pastel trend this season.

Check out Banana Republic, Forever 21, H&M and Urban Outfitters for pastels in all types of clothing styles for all types of prices. Any piece of clothing that is a lighter shade than that of the normal color counts.

Examples of this trend can be found all over the internet. If you’ve already gotten in on the trend, please share a photo of how you work your pastels as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

For any questions regarding this post, contact me at courtney.cheatwood353@topper.wku.edu.

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Polka Dots

You’ll be easy to spot this spring when you wear the classy-cute polka dot trend. Polka dot, a term that has been around since 1854 when it was first used in The Yale literary magazine, refers to a pattern of filled-in circles arranged in a way that they’re equally sized and spaced from each other. Polka dots can be considered retro, because they were first popular fifties, but they are also considered classic, because they will never go out of style.

Whether you wear your polka dots with inspiration from the fifties, the eighties, or present day, wear them with confidence. The beauty of a pattern like polka dots is that it can be dressed up for a formal occasion or it can be dressed down for a casual outing. It’s also common for people to pair their polka dots with red accent pieces like a red belt or red jewelry.

Polka dot pieces can be found in all kinds of stores for all different ages and for all different prices. Forever 21 offers adorable polka dot slingbacks and flats for great prices. J. Crew’s polka dot selection is pricey, but broad with dresses, swimsuits, and classic organza shorts that can be casual or classy depending on what they’re paired with. Although many people don’t think of men wearing polka dots, J. Crew offers a masculine pair of men’s polka dot swimming trunks and Urban Outfitters offers a subtley polka dotted men’s dress shirt.

Examples of this trend can be found all over the internet. If you’ve already gotten in on the trend, please share a photo of how you work your polka dots as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

For any questions regarding this post, contact me at courtney.cheatwood353@topper.wku.edu.

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