5 Must-Have Fashion Pieces for 2012

From updated floral prints and refreshing pastels to outrageous in-your-face jeans, 2012 is definitely an interesting year for fashion.
If you’d like to stay on top of the trends and update your wardrobe for the coming seasons, here are the top five fashion pieces you absolutely must have!

1. Floral prints
Floral prints seem to be re-imagined every year, and 2012 is no exception, with bold botanical shapes and bright colours blooming all over the high street. For an ultra-feminine take on the trend, opt for a classic floral blouse. Alternatively, give the look a bit of edge with a pair of funky floral printed jeans, as seen on Jessie J and rising US star Lana Del Rey.

2. Brightly coloured jeans
Last year we fell in love with dapper chinos and the androgynous look, but this year the focus is firmly on brightly coloured skinny jeans, a fun and versatile wardrobe must-have. As far as this trend goes, no shade is off-limits – so why not choose daring red denim and style with monochrome accessories? Or, if you’d like to channel another prominent trend, opt for 90s-inspired jeans in neon shades of turquoise and yellow.

3. Pastel shades 
Sugary pastels are bang-on-trend at the moment, with ice-cream shades like baby pink, lilac, minty green and sunshine yellow proving the most popular. Whether you’re shopping for tops, shorts, dresses or even a new pair of brogues, be on the lookout for pastel colours – and don’t be afraid to mix and match several pastel shades in one outfit for an eclectic look!

4. Blazers
Back again for a second year, blazers are a perfect staple piece all-year-round, and look just as good at the office as they do on a casual night out with the girls. The boyfriend fit will be equally big this year, in shades of pink, beige and cream – but you should also look out for drapey, waterfall styles.

5. Colour-block wedges
With summer on its way, a pair of colour-block wedges or platform sandals is essential. These bright beauties have been spotted on countless celebrities, and are great for giving an outfit extra impact. Opt for beach-friendly shades of pink, orange and yellow and wear with a floor-sweeping maxi dress for a relaxed look.

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1 comment

Despina T. said...

great list!it concludes every basic piece for a complete wardrobe.the only thing i miss is a blazer.i've got to get my hands on one of these.