Top 12 must haves of 2012

Two thousand twelve is going to be an exciting year in terms of fashion.  The styles and trends that will be celebrated in the months to come are feminine and ladylike with an extra focus on old Hollywood glamour. As I styled the set below, I continuously thought of my great-grandmother who always wore cat eye glasses and my maternal grandmother who wore form fitted floral capri’s and ankle socks.  Now it’s our turn to rock some of the best looks of the 1950’s.

For the next twelve months, peplums will mostly be seen on skirts of all lengths giving a little extra va va voom to our womanly curves.  For the hair, all types of hair candy including those with chiffon, rhinestones and sequins will be acceptable to jazz up the do in a youthful yet ornamental way. You won’t even have to comb it to get the perfect 2012 look.  Just finger style your hair into a messy low pony and wear your favorite hair bling on a headband or a decorated hair pin.

As far as make up, frosted glosses and shimmery lipsticks will be out and bright matte looks will be all in throughout the year.  Expect to see darker colors early on and brighter hues closer to Spring.

The over-sized blue clutch may be an Ipad clutch but it can also be worn during a day out on the town .   The size here is the key component (no more common designer wristlets please unless you’re eight and are going shopping with your friends).  The metallic shoes and over-sized earrings are my favorites. It seems I cannot get enough of these two these days and I am looking forward to collecting more for the new year.  The great thing about metallic shoes is they go with absolutely everything and will never look dated.  The earrings? Well, the bigger the better for any occasion is the rule!

Capes will be hot this year all the way into Spring. They will especially look fabulous with opera length leather gloves for those chilly days (not pictured but a true necessity in my eyes). Next on the list is floral jeans.  I know you’re not used to wearing this much of a floral pattern at once but I encourage you to try it and let go of any inhibitions against floral patterns.  If worn right, they can look cute on just about anyone.

Color blocking is still a hit.  Plan on wearing the lighter color on top and the darker on the bottom for a slimming effect.  Great color pairs to consider are pink & red, teal & navy blue, black & white and orange & hot pink.

So as you can see, the top 12 must haves of 2012 are colorful, charming and chic. I encourage you to enjoy each trend and have fun.  It’s the year to look exquisite!

Top 12 Must Haves of 2012


Amanda Uprichard sleeveless dress, $194
Paul Smith strap dress, $557
Yves Saint Laurent cape coat, $1,965
French Connection pleated skirt, £33
Mary Katrantzou elastic waist pants, $604
Betsey Johnson floral print skirt, $79
Giuseppe Zanotti peep toe heels, $850
Valextra genuine leather handbag, $1,310
Miriam Haskell tahitian pearl earrings, $180
Flower hair accessory, $23
Yves Saint Laurent square frame sunglasses, $275





Shannon Lazovski is the Founder & Editor of Detroit Fashion News.  Find out more about one of Detroit’s top fashion bloggers here!

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