Take it or Leave It? Top Trends of 2011

It’s time to look back at the hottest trends of the year, and decide which ones we should bring to 2012 and which should be left in 2011!
This year saw dozens of fads, but we’ve filtered it down to The Fashion Bomb’s Top 5:

1. Colorblocking

Few trends were as ubiquitous or wildly followed as 2011’s colorblock trend. The craze had fashionistas all over the world whipping out their color wheel, mixing and matching bold hues from primary to pastel.

Whether pairing pink and orange, purple and teal, or red and blue, colorblocking works and looks fab on everyone.

Photo from GeekyChic.ca

Let’s keep it going in 2012!
2. Totally Sheer Garments
Fashion Bomb stylistas got hip to the runways this year, rocking totally sheer garments as spied on the Fall 2011 runways of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Givenchy.

While the look seems alluring in theory, it’s hard to pull off, and 2 out of 3 times this trend simply doesn’t work.

The odds are not in our favor, Bombshells. Let’s keep it in 2011!

3. Leopard Love
Leopard is a classic and has been around for decades, but in 2011 we saw both men and women truly taking to the wild print.

Though not everyone is a fan of the male interpretation, I personally think leopard works all the time. I can’t get enough of it, and it seems the stars can’t either.

All that to say: leopard is here to stay.

To 2012 it goes!

4. Hi Lo Hems
Hi lo hems appeared again on recent runways with Chanel’s Fall 2009 couture collection, but didn’t trickle down to the stars until this year. Numbers of celebs had no problem showing off their gams in dresses that were all business in the front, with a party in the back.

I personally adore plays on hems, and think this trend still has a bit more steam.

Yep. Let’s take it to the new year.

5. Super Platform Heels

2011 was undoubtedly the year of the vertiginous Christian Louboutin Daf heels. Whether in pump form or more demure in Mary Janes, everyone from Beyonce to Ciara to Jennifer Hudson simply couldn’t get enough of the chunky, super platform shoes.
For me, these heels look uncomfortable and clunky–the opposite of sleek and chic.

I’ll have my regular pumps back, please and thank you. Let’s leave these in 2011!

Which trends would you like to stay? Which should go? And what did we miss?



Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style blog in the world.