It was a good year, fashionably speaking.
While compiling this article, I realized that one of the most unique aspects of last year’s runways was the frequency at which trends were combined in one outfit. A cardinal style sin – wearing too many “It” looks at once – worked in 2006. Dresses and sweaters combined to make the sweater dress, which was often worn over leggings as a layered look, and frequently in an all white palette or maybe with a metallic piece peeking out and if not only a peek, then in a fully luminous dress…and so forth.
8. Pretty in metallic
I don’t normally use the non-descriptive word pretty, but I find there is no better way to articulate what designers like Burberry did with shiny this year.
7. Get shorty
Be proud of what your momma gave you. If she gave you great legs, that is. The teeny dress, the mini skirt and short shorts were back in action in 2006. And they’re only getting shorter in 2007.
6. White out
All white ensembles were the new power outfit. Some designers went crisp and cool like Narciso Rodriguez, while others channeled breezy â€œold lady chicâ€? like Chloe.
5. Pile it on
Blame it on the Olson twins. At first I wasn’t sold on layering (a look some deemed the new grunge), but I warmed to it when I realized it’s actually the combination of carefully considered pieces, placed together to create interest.
4. She’s got leg(ings)
Layering wouldn’t be complete without leggings. A look we haven’t seen in more than 20 years resurfaced this past year as a staple in our wardrobes.
3. The skinny
2006 was long and lean, in the pants that is. We saw it with slim suiting, pencil skirts and the hotly debated skinny jean.
2. Sweater dressing
We wore it with leggings, with tights and heels, over cozy knit tops or skinny jeans. Near and dear to my heart, the sweater dress was a versatile look that I hope doesn’t go anywhere soon.
1. The dress
As I wrote last spring, 2006 was the year of the dress. And those with pockets are still one of my favorites. How else can you be dressed up yet pared-down?
7. Roberto Cavalli
6. Narcisco Rodriguez
5. Marc Jacobs
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs
2. Dolce & Gabbana