Filed under: Education
Wanna know what the top apparel trends for 2012 will be? Then you need to look no further than 2011’s final issue of Wearables magazine, where Editor C.J. “Chaz” Mittica breaks it down and predicts what items could be the next big thing in wearable apparel. In the cover story titled “Top Trends of 2012“, Chaz not only discusses what’s gonna be smokin’ hot in fashion in 2012, but he provides a “Trend Meter” for each.
So without further ado, here are the trends, along with Chaz’s assessment as well as my personal take. Enjoy!
- Dusters and Trench Coats. CJ: Not only are these coats insanely fashionable, but they are also highly practical. Me: It’s hard for me to believe these ever go out of style!
- Men’s Jewelry. CJ: It’s definitely big in Europe, but the men’s jewelry trend is only beginning to make headway on our domestic shores. Me: I once got a gold chain for Christmas. I think I wore it once. Count me out of this trend.
- Shades of Orange. CJ: The bright trend has endured for multiple seasons, and continues to feed itself as the public buys more of these items. Orange will be a prominent color choice. Me: Despite being a bright and cheery guy, I just don’t dig bright and cheery colors … at least on me. However, I think women look great in orange.
- Black Ceramic Watches. CJ: Stainless steel and titanium are still the standard for watches, and that won’t change – for now. More watchmakers are experimenting with high-tech ceramic, however, and the material will soar in the years to come. Me: Never been a watch guy, and with cell phones being the modern-day “clock” of choice I just don’t ever see myself buying a watch again. But I do think a black watch would look pretty sleek on a wrist.
- Khaki Americana. CJ: Get ready to pitch khaki hard this year. It won’t replace jeans and denims – but frankly, the two get along just fine. Me: I love me some khaki and, like jeans, they pretty much go with anything. Count me in!
- Soft Briefcases. CJ: This is the new look for the workplace (and everywhere else, too). A top-notch bag will immediately get put to use. Me: I get razzed all the time for my soft briefcases, or “man bags.” All I’ve got to say about this one is bring it on!
- Anoraks and Hoods. CJ: Hoods and outerwear are nothing new. The anorak will continue to be a top outerwear choice and his little chance of falling out of style. Me: Hoodies are cool, but they mess with my hair. Borrowing from an old Garbage tune, I only like ’em when it rains.
- Drapey Tank Tops. CJ: It’s not the standard yet, but the trendiest suppliers will continue to play with draping in their garments. Be on the lookout for it. Me: This is a great look for women, especially with jeans in a very casual setting.
- Graphic Crewneck Sweatshirts. CJ: Hoodies are still massively popular, and that won’t change for a while. But finally, it looks like we’re seeing some push-back. Me: If I were still in college then I’d be all over this one personally. But since Education is a huge market in this industry, count me in!
- Neon Shoelaces. CJ: Neon shoelaces are arriving very quickly. Try it on now before the bright trend infects footwear everywhere. Me: OK, 25 years ago when I used to break dance and was known as “Cocoa,” I sported neon fat laces and ran with a group called the “Be-Bop Crew.” Unless break dancing and fat laces come back into style you won’t catch me wearing antyhing neon anytime soon.