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Trend Forecasting: Wearable Trends for Spring 2012
By Farah Qureshi on Saturday, January 14, 2012

As we impatiently wait for designers such as Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera and Calvin Klein to reveal their big Spring collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in early February, we can't help but imagine what they have in store for us. If you're like me, staying up to date with trends ignites a sense of excitement.

Those who don't work in high fashion on a daily basis may have a hard time pulling off the avant-garde looks that these designers create, even in the most special of occasions. So, let's take trends we will see on the runway this season and modify them for regular wear.

Trend 1: Unusual Prints

Prints change from year to year, but this year, expect to see some crazy patterns. Designers will take these prints and make extravagant dresses that would seem impossible to pull off. You can modify these to be more casual by taking a weird print (I'm talking a floral tie-dye fusion here, yes you can do it!) as a mini skirt, and pair it with a neutral top. Perfect for date night!

Trend 2: Color-Blocking

Ever since we were kids, we were taught to match our colors. Good thing we're all grown up now, because that concept is so 20 years ago. Color blocking is one of my favorite trends to date, and I think it works best on dresses. That way, all of the mismatched colors can appear on one garment. The misconception with color blocking is that it is too obnoxious to wear. Wrong! This trend is actually perfect for work. Take a color blocked dress with a bright palette and throw a dark cardigan over it - this tames down the brightness, but you still get to show off your fun personality.

Trend 3: Funky Nails

Beauty trends are also something we expect to see on the runway. Within the past year, I have become obsessed with nail color. If you're one of those women who keep your nails neutral so they can match with most outfits, go to the drugstore and buy the brightest nail polish available and shock your system out of that habit! It no longer matters if your nail color matches what you're wearing. In fact, strive to make sure your nail color does not remotely match what you're wearing. Try it, and I promise you'll never go back.

So you see, it's easy to modify high fashion trends and make them wearable for every-day.

By Farah Qureshi
Textile & Apparel Management and Business
University of Missouri '13

 

Oasis shirt dress
$95 - oasis-stores.com

Jil Sander turtleneck sweater
$791 - feathersfashion.com

Lipsy cardigan
£35 - lipsy.co.uk

CHICHIALONDON short skirt
  $191 - notjustalabel.com

   

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