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10 Back to School Fashion Tips for 2012


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Embrace Femininity
A bright lace top goes well with black pants, as worn by actress Yvonne Strahovski.
A bright lace top goes well with black pants, as worn by actress Yvonne Strahovski.
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2012 is about letting your inner girlie-girl shine through. While the androgynous look of straight pants and boyfriend jeans still lives on, this year is also about ruffles and frills, sugar and spice and everything nice.

Puffy shoulders and peplums on jackets and shirts, recycled styles from the 1980s, are some examples of feminine flair that you'll see this year. In case you don't know, a peplum is a strip of fabric attached to a top and flared at the waistline. This look goes great with a skirt, pair of skinny jeans or your favorite leggings.

Continuing the girlie trend, design houses like Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior are playing up pleats and lace, and young celebs like Lea Michele ("Glee") and Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries") are sporting lace on the red carpet, ensuring these styles will make their way to a mall near you. Pair a lace dress with tights and boots or a brightly colored lace top with black pants, and you'll be set for a date night or a movie with friends

If you follow the runways, you'll notice that design houses like Zac Posen and Alexander McQueen are embracing their feminine sides with silhouette and hourglass shaped dresses and blouses. Rather than covering up our curves, this is the year to flaunt them!


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