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2011 Fashion Finale: A Look Back at This Year's Top Trends

2011 was a big year for fashion. With trends from many eras, this year in style brought many out many fashions new and old.

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the top trends of 2011. Many decades combined this year to help people realize that real fashion is self expression through style.

When surveyed, young women chose jeggings as the top trend for 2011. This variation on the traditional skinny jean provides a comfortable way to achieve the popular '80s look.

Jeggings are made of soft material that is more comfortable than traditional denim. They allow a girl to stay cozy while remaining stylish.

Jeggings paired perfectly with cardigans and booties this year, but they work well with any favorite tank and hoodie as well.

This trend is a versatile and vital part of a young woman’s wardrobe that transitions well from winter to spring. Pick up a pair at American Eagle or Pac Sun at the post-holiday sales at a price that won’t break the bank.

Young women also channeled the '80s with leggings. Leggings are not pants, but peasant shirts and long sweater dresses made this a stylish, retro look.

Animal-inspired trends were a big part of fashion. Faux fur, feathers and print clothing prowled onto store shelves and runways. Deer and other animals appeared on sweaters, scarves and accessories to help wearers bring out their wild side.  

The important rule with these trends into the next season is moderation. Limit an animal-inspired item to one or two pieces in the outfit to make a statement.

In addition to fierce fashions, 2011 was a time to shine. Glitter, sequins and rhinestone embellishment added glow to tops and handbags. Express carries many sequined tops, which remain chic into the spring season.

In the shoe department, last summer provided gladiator sandals, while fall fashioned many moccasins and booties to tackle chill weather in style. Minnetonka took the faux fur trend into footwear with their suede bootie, great worn casual with jeans or formal with tights and a dress.

Toms and Sperry Topsiders were also top in the footwear section this year, available in a variety of colors and patterns to match any outfit.

Another important trend this year was the scarf. Spring brought floral, light material scarves, while winter’s thicker scarves provide warmth as well as wearability. Available in a variety of colors and prints, they are the perfect item to update an outfit and insulate on a frosty day.

The knit beret was also hot this year. This look is perfect for a bad hair day, or if it's chilly outside. Target has cute berets at awesome prices. Berets with bows or glitter accents add extra feminine charm.

For young men, plaid flannel shirts were a hit this year and remain a must throughout the wintry season. Available at many stores, these shirts are warm and manly during the cold months.

Aside from T-shirts and flannel, thermals were one of the most popular clothing items for young men this year. They are available in a variety of colors and prints, working well worn alone or layered to insulate in style. Pac Sun and American Eagle carry this look at a great price.  

Men's jeans varied from skinny to relaxed fit, but to stay in style into 2012, stick with a darker wash for a classier look.

In the shoe department, this year’s top kicks for men included Converse, Nike and Adidas. 

2012 brings many trends new and old. Look your best by making the styles your own. Countdown to fashion and make a resolution to show off personal style in the new year.   

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