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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!

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Plaid

With a touch of intelligence and a hint of spunk, the plaid trend will help give you a “smart and tough” look this spring and summer. As many of the other trends, plaid comes around nearly every year. Vogue reported a statistic that if you’re standing in a crowd, you will always be no less than ten feet away from someone wearing plaid. The pattern itself is timeless but how to wear it varies year to year. Plaid can be a trend for just about anyone because depending on which way you choose to wear it, it can have a preppy, rocker, or country feel.

Guys can casually sport the trend by pairing a plaid button-up shirt with jeans. Pairing a plaid shirt with light jeans will appear more casual than pairing it with dark jeans. A plaid shirt paired with dark jeans would be a nice look for going out on the town. Girls can casually wear plaid by also pairing it with jeans, but also by wearing an oversized plaid shirt with a belt to accentuate the waist and some boots or ballerina flats. Guys can wear the trend in a dressy way by wearing a plaid dress shirt, pants, tie or bowtie. Girls can wear the trend in a dressy way by wearing a plaid skirt, dress or blazer.

Plaid can be found for reasonable prices at Forever 21 for women and men. They carry a variety of items, including a casual shirt and a dressy blazer for women, and a casual button-up and plaid dress pants for men. Pricier items, such as a dressy skirt and a casual top can be found for women at J. Crew. Express carries pricier plaid in both casual and dressy button-up shirts for men.

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 plaid as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

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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!

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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!

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Shady Gray

After reading the title of this post, you may be thinking that gray is one of the last colors you would think of trending during the spring and summer. That same thought is the exact reason why gray is encouraged in wardrobes during the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Seen on the runways in Tokyo, Japan’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, wearing gray during what are typically thought of as colorful seasons will make you stand out in a mysterious way.

Precision Intermedia states that the color gray is associated with stability and timlessness. For this reason, gray is often encouraged in the workplace for both men and women. While acknowledging this, keep in mind that gray definitely isn’t restricted to the office. Used in the appropriate way, gray can be perfect for an “everyday” outfit.

Lighter shades of gray are more suitable for the spring and summer months while darker shades are more suitable in the fall and winter months. Despite these norms though, any shade of gray can speak differently when paired with another color. A very popular way to wear gray, and perfect for the spring and summer months, is to pair it with a bright or pastel color. This not only tones down the gray but it adds depth to the color.

Gray clothing can be found for low prices at Forever 21 for both men and women and for higher prices at Express for both men and women. These links show just a few of many gray pieces offered by stores. No matter the time of year, stores are almost always guaranteed to have at least a couple of gray clothing options so get to shopping.

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 pink short suit as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

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Neon

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Spring may be approaching, but don’t bother pulling out the pastels and paisley prints- neon will be a bold way to “amp up” the season this year. Found on shirts, shoes, pants, socksdresses and more, neon clothes are already taking over the stores. Not only will the trend be found in a variety of clothing articles, Marie Claire says that it’ll be available in a variety of colors from bright white to electric blue.

A 2010 article titled “Top 10 Fashion Trends Men Hate too See on Women” on Yahoo! Shine listed neon with 73% of men polled disapproving of the trend. (No statistic was found on the female opinion towards men wearing neon.) Before brushing off the “neon” trend due to this statistic, consider that the opinion towards neon has every possibility to change now that two years have passed and now that men are also given the chance to actively participate in the trend this time around.

For those of you who are still iffy about the screaming colors, try pairing a neon item with a neutral item to achieve balance. Also, neon can be worn in accesories, such as a belt or a bracelet, yet it can still make a strong impact. As I always say, dress as if 2012 really is our last year…make a statement!

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

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Afrocentric Prints

This summer will be hotter than the African safari. I’m not just referring to the weather, I’m referring to the Afrocentric prints trend. Afrocentric prints are any type of animal, ethnic, tribal and raffia designs.

United Kingdom’s Vogue says that this trend will be popularly worn on gowns, party dresses, suits, jackets, shirts and skirts. Some designers, such as Balenicaga, are even throwing a modern twist on the trend by incorporating shiny material.

PETA.com says that “every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry.” This may turn many people away from the animal print aspect of the Afrocentric trend, but there are countless options for the trend to be worn with faux fur or animal-inspired print patterns. Some people may also be hesitant to experiment with such bold prints. Don’t worry, though. Afrocentric prints are meant to make a bold statement. Therefore, if you stand out from the crowd, you’re wearing it correctly.

For those of you who like shopping on a budget, Forever 21 has great options at great prices for guys and girls. For girls, a flowing maxi-dress gives the trend volume and movement, and a dressy pencil-skirt will look hot on a summer night out. For guys, a lightweight cardigan would be perfect if there’s a chill in the air.

If this trend is hot enough for you to splurge on, girls can get hot yet sophisticated animal print dresses by Michael Kors and guys can dress down the trend by wearing a tribal print shirt by Armani Exchange.

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 Afrocentric print as a response to this post. Share your style ideas!

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