With every year comes a plethora of trends in a parade of cuts, shapes and colors to play and experiment with. We can't wait to see what 2010 will have in store! Although, we've got a pretty good idea about which key statement pieces from 2009 will crossover seamlessly into the new year. We're taking a look back and celebrating the past year's biggest trends that will surely continue to speak to your fashion sensibilities in 2010. So, before you clean out your closet and deem some items passe, let these style mavens help you decide the new year's wardrobe essentials.
Big Trends of 2009
Not since the 80's has the shoulder been such a focus for designers. 2009 saw shoulders adorned with bold pads. This isn't your Diahann Carroll in Dynasty power suit pads. This re-incarnation comes in the boxier, subtle cut or thestructured, sharp, exaggerated version Rihanna is wearing here. It's surprising how impeccably modern everything from t-shirts to dresses look with a bit of padding
Beyonce breaks up the monotony of her now signature leotard look by giving it a rebellious makeover with rounded shoulder pads and sequins.
Leather jackets were 2009's perennially cool outerwear. It popped up on the backs of countless style mavens. Whether it's a bomber or motorcycle cut, the leather jacket lent some tomboyish edge to dresses and jeans alike. Alicia Key's unique studded version is lust-worthy.
Ciara's full metal jacket is a cut above the rest.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you couldn't turn a corner without seeing a woman prancing, or better yet stomping, around in platforms shoes this year. Same goes for the red-carpet, celebrities were rarely seen without an extra boost from their fetish heels. Just one look at a towering Zoe Saldana in metallic, platform pumps, it's easy to see why this fierce shoe trend caught on so strong.
Kelly Rowland reinvents her look from pretty to sexpot with the help of this year's sexiest heel.
Leggings were made for Laissez-faire dressing.They are perfect alone or layered under skirts, dressed up in heels or down in flats. This year we saw a slew of versions from prints to even leather gracing legs. Vanessa Simmons looks casually chic pairing her leggings with a knit tunic and flat riding boots.
Jordin Sparks shows us how the cult bottom can be dressed up with shine, heels and sequins.
If there was one dress silhouette in 2009celebrities everywhere were swooning over, it was no doubt the long sleeve mini. While Selita Ebanks is showing lots of leg in this total scene-stealer, her covered top keeps the look from being over-the-top.
The subtly defined shoulders of Keri Hilson's long-sleeve mini-dress adds structure to her futuristic, body-hugging look.
Kerry Washington epitomizes lady-like posh in a high-waisted, pencil skirt that makes any woman look instantly chic and pulled together.
Keke Palmer's high-waisted, denim, sailor mini is a young take on this ageless trend.
This fall the over-the-knee-boot exploded on the scene. The bold boot of choice for our fave style makers demands much attention. Rihanna may have paired her luxe, suede over-the-knee boots with a traffic-stopping outfit not suitable for real life, they would look equally fashionable over a pair of jeans or leggings.
Amerie raises the bar in these spectacular, strappy, platform Rodarte thigh-high boots.
The wide belt placed high on the waist was a popular addition to most women's wardrobe this year. Not only did it look great, but a wide belt was a stylish way to accentuate and define the waist. Raven Simone opts for a black, wide belt to spice up her tangerine dress.
Leave it to our stylish First Lady to not only sport the trendy, wide belt, but to demonstrate her sartorial fashion choices with a fashion forward, black, leather, cut out version cinched over a proper cardigan.
Queen Latifah steals the spotlight in one of this year's big trend: sequins. The shinny texture of her cropped, black blazer steps her look up a couple of notches.
Serena razzle dazzles in a emerald, sequins dress.
The blazer craze is here to stay. It's an effortless way to pull together any look. Angela Simmons' MJ inspired, blinged out, marching band, blazer goes into overdrive thrown over a catsuit.
Chrisette Michelle's menswear blazer gets a feminine twist with embellished sleeves.