Best Of 2012: Fashion

To conclude our Year in Review coverage, Youth Advisory Board member Emily Smucker looks back at the top fashion of 2012. Many of the trends we saw this past year are modern updates of past styles and like Emily, we hope many of these fashion trends are still in style in 2013!

Best of 2012: Fashon

Fashions come and go, and the things that get us excited this year may have us laughing in twenty five years. However, we had some stellar fashions in 2012. This is a list of the best fashion trends of the year, trends which are so lovely that I predict that even if they fall out of fashion, you might as well keep the items in your closet because you can be sure they’ll come back in style someday.

Lace

Lace ClothingOf all the trends this year, lace is the one I can get behind 100%. In and of itself, lace is pretty, feminine, and delicate. However, lace can also be edgy when paired with the right things. But most of all, lace is a classic. It has been around for centuries. As such, many of the items we snatch up today can be worn for years and years without looking dated.

Color blocking

Everyone was color blocking this year, and I loved it. I love the creativity, the eye-popping colors, and the way it encourages people to pair things up which they normally wouldn’t pair up, expanding the options in their wardrobe. However, problems do arrive when people start color-blocking colors that look terrible together.

GlitterGlitter Clothes

A year and a half ago, I found a pair of glittery flip-flops at a thrift store, and loved them so much I desperately hoped glitter would come in style so I could stock up on more glittery items. What do you know, it did! This trend is obviously not for everyone, but those who can pull it off should definitely be stocking up. Too much glitter looks cheap, but having one article…

 
 

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Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

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Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

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