It was the year mullets became more than just a hairstyle, pyjamas were worn out to restaurants, and floral prints were a little bit of everywhere. The midriff made a comeback, retro was revived and Buddy Holly-style glasses became as popular as they were 25 years ago.
I chatted to Lifestyled.com.au‘s Paula Joye and asked for her thoughts on the best and worst fashion trends of 2011.
Here’s what she has to say:
The 3 Best Trends
1. Colour blocking
“The thing that was great about it was that it made people be inventive, try a bit harder with their wardrobe and use colour. I think actually just using colour alone was one of the greatest things to come out of colour blocking. It was definitely the biggest trend of 2011 because it was (and still is) everywhere and in every shape and form.”
“What colour blocking is supposed to be is that you use two colours on the opposite sides of the colour wheel (eg: bright orange and bright blue). So you don’t put together green and navy blue. It is supposed to be colours that clash.
I think some people find it hard to wrap their heads around that concept and that’s why it sometimes goes really wrong. The Governor General and The Queen and Michelle Obama all did versions of it by using colours within the same family so it would be say, a light purple top with a dark purple bottom. That can look amazing.
Anything’s okay with fashion, it’s about finding your own voice.”
2. Ray-ban Wayfarer Sunnies
“You couldn’t walk down the street without seeing people wearing wayfarers. It was the year of the Wayfarers. That was Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, it was Tom Cruise in Risky Business. They sort of started sneaking in and then they were everywhere; every single colour on every teenager and on every 50 year old.”
3. Man Style Tailoring
“2011 was an incredibly girly year. From the Lady Like ‘Mad Men’ trend to Boudoir Lace, floral prints to the Tom Ford driven Seventies Sexy look – it was a great twelve months to be feminine. But then there was Man Style Tailoring (my personal favourite for 2011) that saw the return of the sleek tuxedo jacket and cigarette pants. Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Jason Wu all did sexy, sequined, metallic versions of the male classic. And then there was Anne Hathaway in Lanvin at the Oscars.
You can’t look bad in a well cut tuxedo. Every woman should own one. Nothing is sexier or more versatile.”
The 3 Worst Trends
“They are not jeans and they are not leggings and they really are not flattering. Jeggings have got to be the worst trend of the year. There’s no redeeming features about them. I mean, I’m very big that leggings are not pants anyway, but jeggings – they’re just leggings with some stitching on it.