Best of 2012: Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

At the beginning of the new year, everyone suddenly becomes retrospectively thoughtful, sifting meticulously through all the significant experiences they had in the past twelve months, glorifying the highs and feigning amnesia about the lows. Likewise, the fashion trends and moments command such a review. Here is a look back at five of 2012's greatest spring and summer fashion trends. 1. Metallics

From sequined jackets to silver tailored pants with a bit of a sheen, metallics were a notable trend this past spring. On the runway, designers like Cynthia Rowley and Rebecca Taylor, ramped up classic pieces by adding a layer of richness in the form of gold, silver, and other metallic shades. On the street, this trend provided additional elegance giving outfits a decidedly "Space-age" feel.

2. Peplum

While the peplum has been around since the 1800s, the last time the trend took the fashion world by storm was in the 1980's. During the warm months of this past year, the peplum was a staple, not only on the runway, but in our favorite stores as well. On the runway, designers like Zac Posen and Jason Wu, brought the trend back in both decadently dramatic and subtle ways. On the street, the peplum trend was surprisingly versatile; this featured added a flirtatious dimension to dressy outfits and lent chic volume to separates for more casual outfits.

3. Neon

While winter is a time for darker colors, spring and summer are a time to turn to the light and bright. While pastels, beiges, and soft whites are staple color schemes for spring wear, neon is a whole new animal to tame. This past spring, the neon trend was in full effect, appearing on everything from shoes to satchels to sunglasses. If worn well, this trend could turn an ordinary outfit into a fabulous one.

4. Colored Jeans

Blue jeans are an American classic for good reason: they are exceptionally versatile. However, this past year, denim has been worn in every shade imaginable. In the fall, subtle earthy tones like olive or rusty reds made frequent appearances. In contrast, the spring called for soft pastel shades and bold brights, like the coral shown below. Colored denim has given our favorite pair of pants a dynamic and interesting twist, which is why it makes our list of best trends of 2012.

5. High-Low Hems

Called the "mullet" of the fashion world, the high-low hem trend has been riding a wave of popularity for these past few seasons and was a highlight amongst trends this past spring and summer. On the runway, this chic shape was featured with a bold mix of floral and graphic prints in the S/S 2012 runway looks of designer powerhouses such as DKNY and Alexander McQueen. On the street, the high-low hem was a breezy and universally flattering addition to the traditional mix of skirts for the warmer season.