What’s In Style, May 2012

Date Tue, May 22 2012

I’ve spent a good amount of time shopping lately, and I’ve noticed some definite trends. I don’t know if I haven’t shopped enough before to realize them, or if they’re just extremely noticeable now, but there’s some definite collaboration.

The ’80s Are Back in Style

We're Tying in Front Again?

We're Tying in Front Again?

Entire stores pretty much look like this. Neon colors are everywhere. I’m still not super comfortable wearing every color and, even if I was, I’d probably only wear them as accents. It’s just too much, too bright. Lace is also big. In fact, there’s many tops that are both lace and neon. I’m slightly more of a fan of lace, though. I wouldn’t mind a nice lace cardigan. I’m also drawn to the one-shoulder tops that are making a comeback. I have yet to find one that I love, however. Another throwback to the cocaine era is large t-shirts that are usually off the shoulder or quite short tops that tie in the front. None of these are actually flattering to any body type, of course. What’s up with that?

Animal Print is In

I can do animal print. I tried on a black and white top with spots. The top was weird, but the color was nice. I’m also seeing a lot of mix and match patterns, like the bra I got from Smart & Sexy.

Tiered Tops

Tiered Tops

Tiered Tops

The tiered tops trend seems like it’s not going anyway. Tank tops and off-the-should tops are especially common in this style. I haven’t found one that I like, but I’m not necessarily against the trend. It might not work with every body style or shape, of course. There’s some interesting tutorials I’ve seen on Pinterest that highlight this trend.

Those Sleeves Are Huge!

This is another throwback to the ’80s, really, but I wanted to list it on its own. Sleeves are really long, as in the armholes. I tried on a shirt and felt like I had wings. I didn’t find it comfortable or flattering. It’s all over, though. Some tops even have decoration to make it look like the sleeves are longer than they are!

The Maxi Dress

Giant Sleeves and Awkward Waistline?

Giant Sleeves and Awkward Waistline?

Listen, I’m short, so I can’t rock this look but, even if I could, I wouldn’t. It makes you look like a hippie. It’s just not my style. Put it away, please? No? Damn.

UltraLow Waists

A lot of shirts tie or have elastic bands at the hips. The rest of the fabric hangs down loosely from the waist. It almost always looks like two shirts were sewn together, to me. It’s definitely meant for someone thinner than I am. I can see it working but it doesn’t look pretty on the hanger.

5 Responses

  1. daisy May 26 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Cute clothes!

  2. Crystal C May 27 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I love the tiered tops and low waists. I just did some shopping last weekend and everything I bought features one of the two

  3. Pam May 28 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    I like tiered tops but not those neon 80’s colors.

  4. Beeb Ashcroft May 30 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    I love animal print and the ’80s since I have a strong affinity for kitsch fashion, ha ha! That layered top is cute.

  5. Cole May 31 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    The animal print is maybe my favorite trend right now.

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