The 2012 Recap: 10 Trends That Need to Retire in 2013
Posted by on January 3, 2013 | 10:30 pm EST

Any fashion lover will agree to the fact that 2012 has been a fruitful year, as quite a number of trends took over fashion in ways we didn’t think they would. From Hollywood A-Listers to fashion editors, trends such as the pastel hair, wedge sneakers, and the now-cliché peplums have truly benefited many women style-wise.

For us however, the time has come for these once-sought-after trends to be buried six feet deep in secondhand clothes until we’re ready to face them again. We rounded up the 10 trends that made waves in 2012 that have no spot in our style radar this year.

Kelly Osbourne

Pastel Hair
– We get the cuteness of the cotton-candy colors on the hair, but this trend must be put to a screeching halt. Seriously, who would want to get her hair damaged with all the hue alterations just to jump into this crazy color wheel of a bandwagon?

We’re hoping that more women take a cue from X Factor US judge Demi Lovato, who went back to her brunette locks after sporting pink highlights for a while. As for Kelly Osbourne, well, we’ll just have to wait and see if she’ll switch it up this year.

Cassie attends the 65th Cannes Film Festival

The Skrillex Haircut.
 The infamous side-shaved hair is usually reserved for the ladies of rock n’ roll. Though she’s more of an R&B/Soul singer, Cassie pulled off this haircut when she showed up at the 65th Cannes Film Festival last May. Nonetheless, we still want this style to bow out and make way for more feminine and womanly haircuts this year.

Demi Lovato

Top Knots
– You couldn’t walk along any street in the US without seeing a girl wearing a top knot. Undeniably the most popular and ubiquitous hairstyle of the last 12 months, this trend needs to retire. Although celebrities (the Young Hollywood crowd, to be precise) continue to wear their hair this way on the red carpet, we’d much prefer something more glamorous.

Ashley Benson graces Ubisoft's Just Dance 4 Music Video Game Launch

Studded Collars
– Style icon Alexa Chung always looked adorable in her dresses that featured studded collars. Whether peppered with sequins or imposing jewels, these embellished collars have definitely brought new life to many women’s lineup of plain blouses. But then again, it’s a trend more appropriate for tweens than women of sophistication and class.

Charlize Theron at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

Pretty Peplum
– The peplum, a 2012 classic, was as suffocating as the top knot. While we might see reality TV star Kim Kardashian continue this trend, we think this pretty peplum already ran its course. We don’t despise it, mind you (especially when it’s Charlize Theron). In fact, we think the peplum pandemonium will make a massive resurgence. For now however, we need a break from this.

Kristen Stewart at the Snow White and the Huntsman World Premiere

Sexy Sheer
– Showing off too much skin is never pleasing to the eyes. The controversial Kristen Stewart and her golden Zuhair Murad gown is perhaps the gown of 2012, but this 2013, we hope red carpet events see more clothes and less skin. By less, we mean anything but this Marchesa number Stewart wore at the Snow White and the Huntsman’s world premiere.

Victoria Pendleton at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012

Optical Illusion Dress
– The fashion-forward optical illusion dress—a trend on its own right–is one that should rest in peace for now. Jennifer Aniston looked ravishing in the patterned dress she wore at the Wanderlust premiere back in February 2012, and so did Kate Winslet and Kate Moss in their Stella McCartney numbers, but we think this has seen way too many red carpets for sartorial comfort.

A look from the streets of London

Wedge Sneakers
– Isabel Marant was the designer who made these wedge sneakers famous. Miranda Kerr, Alicia Keys and Beyonce are just some of the personalities who actually wore the statement shoes back when they were still, hmm, current. We won’t argue with the truth that they are comfortable, but they are just a little bit too ubiquitous as virtually every label now has their own interpretation of the trend.

Nicki Minaj at the Pink Friday Roman Reloaded CD Signing

Stiletto Nails
– These pointy, Halloween-inspired nails should make way for a new set of nail trends that are more fashionable and applicable for women. Nicki Minaj’s dagger-like nails are more scary than trendy if we were to be asked.

New York Street Style

Pajama Pants
– The pajama-inspired pants were a fresh and interesting update on the usual pants, but like the wedge sneakers, this trend quickly saturated the market. Even worse was how several celebrities overcompensated and overkilled these pants, making them look like they forgot to change clothes before walking on the red carpet. They’re fabulous but only when you’re wearing them at home.

While we want these trends to finally end, retire or die, we at Fashion Glamour believe that there will come a time when these 10 trends will return to bug us all. That is, essentially, how fashion works. For now however, we’re basking in the promise of a new year, clinging on to hope that new trends arriving this Year of the Water Snake will break the mold and heighten the fashion experience.

[Photo Credits: PR Photos and Net-A-Porter]

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