Take it or Leave It? Top Trends of 2012

Let’s take a look at this year’s top trends and decide which ones we’ll keep and which we’ll toss in 2013!


As with each passing year, many trends stood out. Below are a list of the top 5 (as determined by you!)

1. Peplums

Peplums were a budding trend in 2011, but 2012 saw them fully blossom. Armed with versatility, and the ability to make every women look good, it was virtually inescapable.

Whether on tops, skirts, or dresses, it was the go-to look for many ladies.

Let’s keep this for a little while longer.

2. Leather

If, by some chance we thought leather wasn’t poppin’, KimYe definitely let us know to keep our eye on the goods. While we were all catching the breeze in flowing maxi dresses, the pair braved the heat to help forecast the fall 2012 favorite.

While we’re generally used to jackets and boots, this year we saw leather take form in tops, dresses, and flared skirts. Everyday bombshells and famous fashionistas can’t seem to get enough.

I’m still loving leather! Take it!

3. Neon

Neon was back in a big way in 2012. It was once an afterthought of the ’80s, but quickly became one of our 5 trends to try this previous spring.

Some of The Fashion Bomb favorites were bold while pairing neon with neon, while others tempered the vivid hue with neutrals.

Eh.. After the ’80s, and a solid run this year, I think we can leave it right here in 2012.

4. Tomboy Chic

Heels and frilly dresses? Nope, not here! 2012 morphed into a year of comfort and ease. Fashionistas like Rihanna traded in their 6″ stilettos for a fly pair of kicks and fitted caps; fully embracing the tomboy chic aesthetic.

To keep things interesting, male inspired pieces were sometimes paired with heels for the perfect balance of feminine and meets masculine.

Hot! Let’s keep this going.

5. Animal Prints

Animal prints were another big hit in 2012! Solid hues seemed passé when variations on leopard, zebra, and snakeskin were introduced.

Celebrities proved yet again they are just like us, spotted both on the red carpet, and on their down time rocking out in animal print pieces. If you remember, Fashion Bomb readers submitted their ensembles, showcasing their interpretations of the trend.

Animal print is a classic! I’ll definitely be taking the look into 2013. 

By the looks of things, I’m a bit of a fashion hoarder; taking most of this year’s popular trends into the new year.

How about you? What trends do you want to see go? What trends do you want to stay?