Fashion Plans for 2012

I’d like to consider myself a relatively fashion-conscious person, but the past few years I feel like I haven’t embraced the trends as much as I used to. I’ve gotten lazy. But I’m a firm believer in the idea that you can never be too dressed up. I don’t mean it in a over-the-top sense. A good outfit does wonders for self-confidence, no matter how trivial the day’s happenings will be. It’s easy for me to just assume some of the bold trends won’t look good on someone who’s 4 foot 11. But this year, I’m going to make an effort. And maybe if I get a real job I’ll be able to afford it! Here’s to dreaming.

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1. High-waisted shorts. Not denim, though. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet. I personally like more loose, flowing fabrics that have cute details, like a belt at the waist. This is also the only time I would consider wearing heels with shorts. Because they are more loose, it’s almost like a skirt and doesn’t look as casual as regular shorts.

2. Maxi dresses. These have been around for a few years if you haven’t noticed, and I think they are here to stay a little longer. I used to think they would only work for tall people, but as long as the style and proportions of the maxi dress are right, it can work for any height in my opinion. I should have realized this sooner. Tons of celebrities under 5′ 2″ wear maxi dresses; Nicole Richie, the Olsen twins, Hilary Duff. My pet peeve about maxi dresses in most stores is the ruffle seam/hem thing a lot of them have about 6 inches from the bottom. I just want a plain hem!

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3. Pointy toe flats and platform wedges. Both of these aren’t that crazy when it comes to shoes–I just really want some. I would say the lace-up cargo/mid-calf boot trend, but I’ve pretty much already embraced that. I was afraid it might not work with short legs but a good pair of skinny jeans to go with them did the trick. Pointy toe flats elongate the leg, and would look good with some fancy work trousers. Platform wedges or pumps could also look good with work pants, as well as many summer outfits.

Enzo Angiolini wedge, Halogen flat, nordstrom.com

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4. V-neck & long sleeve dresses. The perfect answer for the never-ending spring season. Everyone knows summer doesn’t really arrive in Oregon until mid-July. Long sleeve dresses are perfect for the bipolar spring that lasts from March-end of June. I love a good v-neck.

5. Camel colored things. I also just really like to say the word camel. It reminds me of my mom because I’m pretty sure she hates this color. She’s obsessed with black. She used to hate grey, but she’s come around a little bit on that front. For a while I was unsure about wearing a lot of tan/camel colors because of my skin tone and that it might wash me out, but I’ve decided that my dark hair balances it out.

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6. The one shoulder look. When this started to surface again in the last couple years I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It seemed a little too soon, and it brought me back to several of the brightly-colored, rhinestone-encrusted one-shoulder Limited Too tops I wore circa 1998. Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m not referring to more formal one shoulder dresses, I already love that look. Lately, there have been a lot more one shoulder casual tops and dresses that are very cute.

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That’s all for now I think. If you are wondering what fashion trends might be suitable for you, or if you’re unsure if you can pull something off, my best advice is to find a celebrity with a similar body type and see what they wear. My list of go-to petite celebs: Rachel Bilson (5′ 2″), Mary Kate & Ashley (5′ 1″), Hilary Duff (5′ 1″), Kourtney Kardashian (5′ 0″ even though she’s a lot curvier), and Nicole Richie (5′ 1″). Also fun fact, did you know Lady Gaga is only 5′ 1″? No wonder she always wears those shoes. Not sure I’ll be taking a page out of her book though.

P.S. I want to add a little something about jewel-tone skinny jeans, brought to my attention by my lovely friend Sarah. I feel like I literally just got rid of my old rust-colored skinny jeans last year. But I guess that is a little different that brightly colored jewel tones. This is one of those trends that is definitely time sensitive in my opinion. That doesn’t mean I won’t partake, it just means I won’t shell out the same amount of money I would on designer denim in a classic style.

Amanda Seyfried in red skinnies.

Also another side note, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming release of a TOM’s ballet flat. Normally I would be skeptical of a brand branching out when makes one specific style the best. But these flats look basic, cute and comfortable, just like toms.