Top Ten Fashion Trends of 2010
Some say that the first decade of the new millennium doesn't have a "look," the way previous decades have -- but we say they can't see the forest for the trees. It can be hard to notice that what you're putting on every day is actually contextual, and indicative of the time in which you're living. To the wearer, it just seems like "good taste" and that those previous decades were "so silly," but even if you didn't buy anything new, how you wore it this year probably changed.
Here are the Top Ten Fashion Trends of 2010:
Sunglasses had gotten so big, something had to give -- and it did. Big, plastic frames suddenly looked tired and costume-y, and gave way to sleek metal-rimmed aviators this year.
Some wore crochet as a trim in place of lace, whereas others wore entire crochet dresses. The 2010 look was a fabulous throwback to a playful, yet ladylike 60s and 70s trend, sometimes prim (like Natalie Portman, above) and sometimes scandalous.
3. Ombre Hair
This is one of those looks we can't believe happened. If you had Ombre Hair last spring or summer, we understand, but if you still have it now, get thee to the hairdresser! This 2010 trend is over.
4. Pale Neutrals with Metallic Accents
Spring 2010 was all about pale neutrals with splashes of either metallics or bright, edgy color. The look was sophisticated and elegant, but with a delightful streak of havoc.
5. Southern Belle
From pretty mini-floral prints to lace and scalloped edges, the sweet, laid-back Southern Belle look was all the rage. Many attribute its rise in popularity to Anna Paquin's character Sookie Stackhouse on HBO's vampire series True Blood. It seems that girly is the new goth.
6. Embellished Boots
Last year it was cowboy boots or sleek styles, but this year, boots turned fancy. Embellishments like tassels, buckles and even costume jewelry dressed up the boots of 2010 style. Bonus points if you wore them with lace leggings.
7. Rich Boho
The flamboyant bohemian fabrics of summer were dressed up this year with lots of hard metal bling and fur accessories. The statement necklace was so 2009 -- in 2010, we wore all of them at once. Stacked bangles and necklaces gave edge and an air of wealth to the free-spirit look, and fur lent it luxury.
8. Sexy Velvet
In a return to opulence as the economy recovers, lush velvet is huge for this holiday season. We like it best in sexy little dresses and high-heeled shoes.
9. Global Fabrics
Worn just like the classic boho fabrics; travel-chic, globally inspired prints were a huge 2010 trend. They were worn on bodies, bags and even seen in home furnishings -- bright, unexpected Aztec, African and Asian patterns.
Fur (and fake fur) made a huge comeback on the runways and the street in 2010. Even handbags were stroke-worthy and the warm winter accessories were (and still are) divine.
Were you on trend this year? What did you wear? Let us know in the comments below.