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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The Newsfeed

“There are alleys with street art that I've walked out of my way to take pictures of to share on Snapchat/Facebook.”
—Female, 32, IL

Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

 “I’m too lazy to exercise on purpose. Too much work…If I can't get it with my dog, my job, or my nightlife, it ain't happening.”
—Female, 23, CA

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