Even though 2011 isn’t officially over yet, fashion moguls and trendsetters are already preparing for the fashion trends that are slated to become dominant and popular in the spring and summer of 2012.

If you like to stay on top of the latest fashion trends, or even if you’re hoping to update your wardrobe just in time to ring in the New Year, here are six fashion trends to prepare for in 2012:

1. Floral Prints

Flower patterned clothing has become quite the trend over the past couple of years, but you should still expect to see the presence of floral prints for many months (or years) to come. Not just limited to floral print patterns, many top designers are choosing bold graphic prints and layering different pieces of clothing together to combine them with various prints and create a bold and fresh fashion statement.


2. White, Monotone and Tan

This summer we witnessed a “white/tan is the new black” sort of movement, and 2012 is no exception. Be prepared to see a lot of white and “safari-style” clothing in the summer months, or even clothes with a combination of white and black throughout the rest of next year.

3. Vintage Clothing

Given the current state of the economy, more and more fashion trendsetters are looking to vintage and recycled clothing to help create a fresh new trend for the upcoming months.

4. Reds

Fashion lovers are already taking note that numerous different styles and pieces that are slated for the upcoming 2012 fashion shows seem to have a lot of fresh and strong reddish colors like poppy, geranium or even clothes with orange tones. (As a matter of fact, a lot of top designers are choosing red as their primary color of choice).


5. Oversized Jewellery

Oversized gem rings, necklaces and bracelets are expected to dominate the fashionable accessories movement for the upcoming year, so if you’re going to go on an accessory shopping trip, try to find accessories that have bold colors and try to mix and match them with different tones of red, black and white.

6. Plaid

Mimicking the grunge trend back in the mid-1990s, plaid clothing is expected to make a triumphant return next year, specifically in the late winter and early spring seasons. Be on the lookout for tartan and plaid articles of clothing, as well as plaid accessories, skirts, coats and trousers.

Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and recent graduate of Elon University. She is a blogger, in her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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