New Year's Eve is just a few days away and that means it's time to create a new set of New Year's resolutions. Instead of the typical weight loss resolution, why not make a goal to work on your fashion game?
We've all made a few style mistakes this year, but now's the time to put those bad looks to rest and start planning your hot new year of style. Here's Black Voices' list of the tackiest fashion trends we suggest everyone leaves behind in 2011.
Unless you are Lady Gaga or making a 'Single Ladies' video for YouTube, it's best to leave the professional dance gear like unitards to the pros. Most women aren't built like Beyonce, so for the rest of us, skintight unitards will only highlight every single lump and bump we are desperately trying to hide. In 2011, pair last year's unitard with a cute miniskirt to get that sexy, sassy look you were going for. Your thighs will thank you!
It's okay to show a little skin, but it's not okay to show your goods, or -- in Kelly Rowland's case -- your girls. Super sheer items like blouses or dresses where your bra or other undergarments are clearly visible, fall into this category. Not only are these looks too revealing, but they can make you look a bit sleazy. When the New Year rolls around, add a simple nude or black camisole or slip under your sheer piece and leave a little to the imagination.
Let's be clear -- leggings are a really great fashion staple. They are perfect for those days when you want to switch up your look, because they work great under garments like skirts, tunics, oversize shirts and sweaters. However, what they don't do is work as pants. That's right, no matter how many times you've seen it happen or how tempted you've been, NEVER wear leggings as pants! The fact is, most leggings are made of lightweight, thin material, which is a lot more like tights than the thick structured material of a pant. So in addition to giving the world a front row seat to view your behind, tummy, and lady parts, you are often letting everyone see right through to your underwear, which isn't cute. If you must wear a body hugging pant in 2011, try a jeggings -- the perfect mix of jeans and leggings.
When peep toe boots first came out in early 2010, many women were intrigued by the mash up of their favorite shoes: boots, peep toes and high heels. But as time went on, the complete impracticality of these shoes became clear. They aren't boots, so they won't keep your feet warm, and they aren't fancy enough to be worn as a heel. They're simply a failed attempt of combining two very practical and stylish looks into one. For 2011, keep it simple and stick to one type of footwear.
Recently, there's been a popular explosion of furry winter hats that look like you have an animal -- complete with ears, nose and paws -- sitting on top of your head. We're all for the idea of being a kid at heart, but these are just silly and immature. Once you're past the age of 12, leave this style for the kids -- or Halloween for that matter -- and get some grownup head gear.