Best and Worst of 2011: What Trends to Keep, and What’s Played-Out

The trends to keep heading into 2012, and what to put into deep storage.

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From candy-colored denim to the rise of "flatforms," 2011 introduced plenty of trends to love--and lose--going into 2012. Here, the trends we'll be keeping close at hand going into the new year, and the ones that are best put in storage.
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From candy-colored denim to the rise of "flatforms," 2011 introduced plenty of trends to love -- and lose -- heading into 2012. Here, the trends we'll be keeping close at hand and the ones we hope not to see again for a while.
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Best: Peplum-waisted jackets like this stripey number by Proenza Schouler still feel feminine and fresh going into 2012.
Worst: Power to Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss for their fearless use of the hot pant, but for the non-supermodels among us, we recommend slightly longer lengths in 2012.
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Best: Mixed-up prints and patterns (like these wild Mary Katrantzou creations) continued to show up on spring '12 and pre-fall runways. Hold on to your favorite, flashy prints for new outfit experiments in the new year.
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Worst: Both men's and women's runways were crowded with see-through mesh separates in 2011, including this alarmingly sheer top from Richard Chai. Come 2012, we plan on keeping our belly button under wraps.
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Best: Mysterious and old-fashioned, floppy-brim fedoras haven't fizzled out yet on New York sidewalks.
Worst: Other than the giggle-inducing sidewalk spills that "flatforms" tend to produce, there's nothing flattering or even particularly comfortable about these peculiar clunkers.
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Best: Menswear-inspired suits like this oversize number by Rachel Comey continue to look fabulous at the office or "off-duty" on the weekends.
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Played-Out: Interesting though it was, we recommend that the "pajama-dressing" trend be put to bed -- for good, with apologies to Mr. Hefner.
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Best: Classic lace looks like this romantic Lanvin dress made a big comeback this year. Always elegant and sophisticated, we're hoping the trend sticks around for a while.
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Worst: Tie-dyed locks with streaks of pink and violet were all the rage in 2011, but -- much like half-shaved heads -- we're betting this trend doesn't last long.
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Best: Tuxedo dressing is always in style as far as we're concerned, but 2011 saw some truly inspired editions from the likes of Jason Wu (shown above), Dsquared2, Phillip Lim and Ralph Lauren.
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Worst: Granted, we might feel this way because we just ate an entire packet of M&M sugar cookies, but for the over-14 crowd, crop tops feel a tad juvenile going into the new year.
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Best: Tomboyish and hip, military-inspired parkas like this one by Joseph Altuzarra may have been the most practical trend to emerge in 2011.
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Best: Playful polka-dots (like the ones on this Stella McCartney blouse) will still look exactly right in early spring and summer, when we could all use a little cheer to thaw our winter wardrobes.
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Worst: Shredded hemlines were a recurring theme at Cushnie et Ochs and Alexander Wang this year, but fashion seems to be moving in a more ladylike direction for 2012.
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Best: Thigh-high skirt slits like the ones on Michael Kors' fall catwalk are undeniably sexy, yet still sophisticated and approachable (read: you don't have to be Gisele to pull it off).
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Played-Out: Perhaps one of the biggest trends to emerge this year were "tribal" prints and patterns, though designers might consider steering clear of superficially African or generically Native American inspirations come 2012. Even brands like Suno have moved on to highlight new looks for spring.
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Best: Brightly-colored trousers like this pair by Yigal Azrouel are a quick and easy way to add personality to your wardrobe.
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Played-Out: As comfortable as they be, we're betting the trend of wedge booties are on the way out in factor of more ladylike, less "hoof-like" silhouettes.
Best: Likewise, candy-colored denim made a big retail splash in 2011. We suggest trying new hues in 2012, and also experimenting with slouchier silhouettes.
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