Looking back, 2011 was a volatile year for fashion, and we think that 2012 will be even more dynamic, with more risks, more throwbacks, and more unconventional silhouettes to shake up the status quo. Check out the industry predictions for upcoming fashion trends in 2012.
Motocross Inspiration — Alexander Wang's spring '12 collection was inspired by motocross gear, and we can see mesh, padding, and stripes replacing last season's surf-inspired neoprene and zippers.
Drop-Waist Dresses — A throwback to the '20s, drop-waist dresses give off that babydoll look, but feel fresher, and well, more grown-up. We like a sleeveless version for nighttime glamour, but can totally see gals wearing sleeved versions as their daytime uniform.
Rockabilly Beauty — Bring on theeyeliner and hot rollers… it's time to get glam again. A cross between Bettie Page and a schoolgirl, we think the modern-day rockabilly will be a little more pop and princess than rock-'n'-roll.
Brooches — Dresses embellished with large, brooch-like embroidery were a runway fave last season, and we can totally see a DIY movement evolving from there. Just like friendship bracelets, brooches are easy to make, cheap to buy, and fun to collect.
Coiffed Hair — Whether it's a meticulously styled finger wave or a perfectly curled-under bob, we predict the end of messy, fly-away hair. 2012 will be the year you'll get up ten minutes earlier to wield that can of hairspray.
Baseball Caps — Cropping up no less than a dozen times on the spring '12 runways, baseball caps might be the headwear of choice for ladies sick of fedoras. These aren't your average sports caps — leave it to designers like Karen Walker to design beautifully patterned ones that won't make you look like a T-baller.
Platform Sneakers — A logical transition from last spring's flatform, the platform sneaker is a little less in-your-face than those from the Spice Girls days, but it'll still give you a little vertical boost.
Loose-Fit Jeans — Not quite a boyfriend jean, but not really skinny either, these loose-fit jeans give your legs some room to breathe, and make for an irreverent silhouette when paired with some vertiginous stilettos.
Neutral Tones — We've had a good dose of color therapy, and it might be time we went back to basics. Neons had a good run, but relearning how to play with subtle whites, tans, and blacks should be refreshing. Look at how chic it looked at Céline!
Bermuda Shorts — Good news for ladies who are so over hot-pants! Looser, longer styles of shorts are easier to wear, and look particularly good with the slim-fit crop tops that were so popular last summer.