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Top 100 Chic Fashion Trends in 2012

From DIY Spandex Jewelry to Colorblocked Assassin Attire

— January 18, 2013 — Fashion
This year's chic fashion trends covered a wide range of designs, from spandex jewelry to mermaid-inspired looks. However, the main stand-out feature that caught the eyes of consumers in 2012 was the DIY aesthetic.

Instead of spending their cash on expensive luxury items, many individuals decided to try and recreate these looks for less. Bloggers everywhere offered tips on how to create the latest clutch for a night out, and even demonstrated how-to steps for jazzing up footwear in no time at all.

There are also signs of a backlash against the stereotypical paper-thin model types. Plus size fashion shows and full-figured editorials in 2012 may just be the spark needed to entice major couture labels to have curvier females featured in campaigns, ads and runways.

In terms of aesthetic, 2012 was as diverse as ever. Sporty, country, punk and hipster looks all had their moment in the spotlight, proving that the Internet has accelerated diverse fashion tastes.

Trend Hunter's Fashion trend research dives deep into the world of fashion, and is one of the largest Trend Reports we have to offer. Check it out to see if you and your business is on the cutting edge for the upcoming year.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
97
Final Frontier-Inspired Footwear
Final Frontier-Inspired Footwear
The Nike Foamposite 'Galaxy' Sports a Space Exploration Theme
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96
Picture-Cloaked Clothing
Picture-Cloaked Clothing
The Dead Meat Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is Camotastic
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95
Rebel Character Manicures
Rebel Character Manicures
The 'Hunger Games' Nails by Cutepolish are Fierce and Chic
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94
Vibrantly Fresh Fashion
Vibrantly Fresh Fashion
The H&M Spring 2012 Campaign is Pastel-Infused & Peppy
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93
Antenna Eyewear Advertorials
Antenna Eyewear Advertorials
The Karen Walker 2012 Lookbook is Alien-Inspired
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92
Ethereal Pastel Ensembles
Ethereal Pastel Ensembles
The Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture Collection is Perfect for Award Season
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91
Ornate Blue-Haired Editorials
Ornate Blue-Haired Editorials
The Blue Blood Reflex Magazine Shoot Features Edgy Accessories
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90
Controversial Curvy Catwalks
Controversial Curvy Catwalks
Full Figured Fashion Show in New York Straddles Obesity & Empowerment
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89
Carefree Hippie Captures
Carefree Hippie Captures
The Planet Blue Foam Magazine Editorial Features Bohemian Styles
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88
Trend Hunter Reality Promo
Trend Hunter Reality Promo
Superhero Fashion, Paparazzi Flash Mobs, Tattoos & Augmented Reality
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87
Cinematic Swimwear Photoshoots
Cinematic Swimwear Photoshoots
The Vogue Turkey 'Retro Dalgalar' Editorial Stars Juju Ivanyuk
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86
Fashionable Rebellion Photography
Fashionable Rebellion Photography
Fashion Gone Rogue's 'The Protest of Venus' Series is Dramatic
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85
Tie-Dye Tresses
Tie-Dye Tresses
The Ones2Watch Signs Editorial Features Electric-Hued Locks
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84
Colorfully Chic Poolside Captures
Colorfully Chic Poolside Captures
Guess by Marciano Spring Summer 2012 by Hunter & Gatti
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83
Softly Nerdy Photoshoots
Softly Nerdy Photoshoots
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Geeklandia' Editorial Stars an Accomplished Alexa
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82
Psychedelic Editorial Collages
Psychedelic Editorial Collages
This New Photo Series from Mikael Jansson is Outlandishly Good
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81
Patriotic Pink-Haired Lookbooks (UPDATE)
Patriotic Pink-Haired Lookbooks (UPDATE)
The Wildfox White Label Spring Campaign is Retro
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80
Sun-Kissed Aquatic Shoots
Sun-Kissed Aquatic Shoots
Maryna Linchuk Goes Waterskiing in Vogue Germany March 2012
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79
Superhero Sweatshirts
Superhero Sweatshirts
The Power Ranger Hoodies Let Your Harness the Power of the Dinosaur
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78
Greased Hair Editorials
Greased Hair Editorials
The Angela Lindvall for Marie Claire Photo Shoot is Stunning
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77
River Viiperi
River Viiperi
Top Male Model of the Fashion Industry (INTERVIEW)
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76
Electrically Patterned Editorials
Electrically Patterned Editorials
The Flare April 2012 Shoot by Chris Nicholl is Boldly Vibrant
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75
Soft Fairy-Like Shoots
Soft Fairy-Like Shoots
The Numero April 2012 Edition is Ethereal and Feminine
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74
Feminine Hipster Fashion
Feminine Hipster Fashion
The AFIA SS12 Lookbook is Global and Youthful
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73
Glamorous 70s Shoots
Glamorous 70s Shoots
The Chloe Lecareux Grazia France is Richly Retro
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72
Patterned Lingerie-Like Fashion
Patterned Lingerie-Like Fashion
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'North Marine' Editorial is Edgy
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71
Carnivorous High Heels
Carnivorous High Heels
Iris van Herpen and United Nude's Fang Shoe is Literally Long in the Tooth
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70
Glamazon Swimwear Galleries
Glamazon Swimwear Galleries
The Toni Garrn Vogue Italia Editorial is Cold and Sophisticated
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69
Casually Simplistic Captures
Casually Simplistic Captures
The 'Like a Rolling Stone' Online Editorial is Romantically Relaxed
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68
Seductively Sweet Spring Looks
Seductively Sweet Spring Looks
Dani Seitz is 'Candy Coloured' for Vogue Portugal April 2012
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67
Alluring Pirate Pictorials
Alluring Pirate Pictorials
The 'Stories From The Sea' Editorial is Artful and Avant-Garde
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66
Blondtourage Skatepark Pictorials
Blondtourage Skatepark Pictorials
The Beginning Boutique Lookbook is Sunny and Chic
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65
Mermaid-Inspired Photography
Mermaid-Inspired Photography
Ocean Dreams by Leyla Ugarte Pays Tribute to the Late Jesus del Pozo
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64
Woeful Wedding Photography
Woeful Wedding Photography
The Isabeli Fontana Vogue Paris April 2012 Editorial is Romantic
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63
Haunted Forest Photography
Haunted Forest Photography
The Juju Ivanyuk Zoo Magazine Winter 2011 Shoot is Dark and Eerie
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62
Seaside Hipster Catalogues
Seaside Hipster Catalogues
The Wasteland Spring 2012 Lookbook is Summer-Ready
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61
Seductive Sporty Swimwear
Seductive Sporty Swimwear
The Marie Claire Brazil 'Esportivo Sexy' Editorial Stars Julia Faria
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60
Instagram-Inspired Editorials
Instagram-Inspired Editorials
Cara Delevingne by Nick Knight Playfully Poses with Baby Pets
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59
Retro Full-Figured Editorials
Retro Full-Figured Editorials
The S Moda May 19 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Sultry Candice Huffine
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58
Sequined Seaside Ensembles
Sequined Seaside Ensembles
The Martha Streck for Elle Brazil Shoot is Bright and Sparkly
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57
Urban Granny Style Spreads
Urban Granny Style Spreads
'Senior Citizens' by Baldovino Barani for SCMP January 2012
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56
Sea Maiden Suits
Sea Maiden Suits
The 'Swimmable Mermaid Tail' Takes Buyers Under The Sea
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55
Dark Gloom-Ridden Editorials
Dark Gloom-Ridden Editorials
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Grace Alone' Shoot Stars Grace Hartzel
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54
Extravagant Arcade Editorials
Extravagant Arcade Editorials
Aline Weber is a Glamourous Gamer in Vogue Japan April 2012
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53
Lingerie-Clad Hotel Heiresses
Lingerie-Clad Hotel Heiresses
The Paris Hilton for FHM Photo Shoot is Insanely Hot
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52
Glamorized Athlete Editorials
Glamorized Athlete Editorials
The Olympians by Joanna Kustra is Featured in Papercut Magazine
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51
Daring Gymnast-Inspired Editorials
Daring Gymnast-Inspired Editorials
The Plein Sud Spring 2012 Campaign Has a Chic Athletic Theme
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50
Angry Hipster Captures
Angry Hipster Captures
This Zoe McConnell Photography Features Frisky Lounging Ladies
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49
Melancholic Doll-Like Shoots
Melancholic Doll-Like Shoots
Abbey Lee Kershaw Stars in the Interview Magazine March 2012 Issue
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48
Neon Old School Styles
Neon Old School Styles
Alba Prat Presents Her Glowing New Accessory Range
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47
Retro Diner Editorials
Retro Diner Editorials
The Vogue China 'The New Fifties' Shoot is Elegantly Seductive
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46
Gothic Femme Fatale Editorials
Gothic Femme Fatale Editorials
The Emily DiDonato Vogue Mexico Photo Shoot is Dark and Mysterious
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45
Wallpaper-Inspired Nails
Wallpaper-Inspired Nails
The 'Faded Floral Mani' by The Beauty Department is Easier Than it Looks
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44
Prismatic Neon Photography
Prismatic Neon Photography
Jakub Wozniak's 'Colour Theory' Showcases Designs by Agnieszka Dydo
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43
Boho Ballerina Editorials
Boho Ballerina Editorials
The Amanda Norgaard Smug Magazine is Gracefully Raw
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42
Ethereal Spring Editorials
Ethereal Spring Editorials
Brynja Jonbjarnardottir by Antia Pagant for Fashion Gone Rogue is Bold
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41
Glamorous Hippie Editorials
Glamorous Hippie Editorials
The Alexandra Spencer Free People 2012 Lookbook is Steamy
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40
Miami-Inspired Catalogs
Miami-Inspired Catalogs
The Free People May 2012 Lookbook Stars Sabrina Nait and Nicole Trunfio
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39
Dry Marker Damsel Drawings
Dry Marker Damsel Drawings
Chun Fui Ng Renders Fashionable Women with Faint Ink
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38
Chic Sequined Sportswear
Chic Sequined Sportswear
The House of Laurel SS 2012 Collection Boasts Haute "Athletenique" Wear
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37
Lady Gaga Tribute Pictorials
Lady Gaga Tribute Pictorials
The Color & Dust Not Safe For Fashion Shoot Pays Homage to a Pop Icon
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36
Elegant 1920s Editorials
Elegant 1920s Editorials
The Madame Figaro April 2012 Japan Issue Oozes Old School Glamour
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35
Angry Angelic Editorials
Angry Angelic Editorials
The Vogue Japan March 2012 Shoot is Haunting and Whimsical
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34
Ghostly Elegant Editorials
Ghostly Elegant Editorials
The Lida Baday SS 2012 Campaign is Faded and Gorgeous
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33
Cimmerian Swimsuit Photoshoots
Cimmerian Swimsuit Photoshoots
The Marie Claire Spain 'Azul Indico' Editorial Stars Leah de Wavrin
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32
Punk Fashion Pictorials
Punk Fashion Pictorials
Carbon Copy Magazine's Latest Shoot Will Rock Your World
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31
Anatomic Tights
Anatomic Tights
Black Milk Clothing Makes You Look Ripped
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30
Stoic Swimmer Photoshoots
Stoic Swimmer Photoshoots
The Interview 'Olympiad' Editorial is Inspired by the Summer Olympics
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29
Carefree Pink-Hued Campaigns
Carefree Pink-Hued Campaigns
The Planet Blue Fall 2012 Lookbook is Hippie Chic
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28
Steamy Mediterranean Shoots
Steamy Mediterranean Shoots
The Flare 'Bellissima' Editorial Stars a Simmering Bruna Tenorio
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27
Carnival-Inspired Editorials
Carnival-Inspired Editorials
The Tina by Xi Sinsong for Fashion Gone Rogue Shoot is Ethereal
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26
Fairytale Wedding Gowns
Fairytale Wedding Gowns
The Jesper Hovring Spring 2012 Campaign Stars a Romantic Anne-Sofie List
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25
80s-Like Beachwear
80s-Like Beachwear
The Vogue Paris 'Perfect Girl' Editorial Stars a Fit Gisele Bundchen
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24
Hispter-Approved Eyewear Ads
Hispter-Approved Eyewear Ads
The Ksubi Autumn/Winter 2012 War Lookbook is Edgy and Urban
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23
Eccentric Ethereal Editorials
Eccentric Ethereal Editorials
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Simone' Shoot is Heavenly Vibrant
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22
Sultry Fishnet Swimsuits
Sultry Fishnet Swimsuits
The Los Angeles-Based Minimale Animale Bikinis are Seductive
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21
Retro Biker Portraits
Retro Biker Portraits
The Vin­nie Wool­ston Numero Hommes Editorial is Rebellious
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20
Pastel Pastry Photography
Pastel Pastry Photography
The Marie Claire China February 2012 Editorial is Elegantly Delicious
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19
Gloaming Swimwear Galleries
Gloaming Swimwear Galleries
The Vogue Spain 'El Cuerpo' Editorial Stars a Curvy Hilary Rhoda
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18
Modern Monarchy Editorials
Modern Monarchy Editorials
The Visioni Amica Magazine Shoot has a Vintage Aesthetic
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17
Steamy Locker Room Editorials
Steamy Locker Room Editorials
The Zimmermann Resort 2012 Collection is Chic and Sultry
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16
Cowgirl Couture Fashion
Cowgirl Couture Fashion
The Spring/Summer Wildfox Couture Lookbook is Wild & Western
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15
Pink-Haired Beach Campaigns
Pink-Haired Beach Campaigns
The Wildfox Summer Lookbook is Candy Colored
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14
Haute Hippie Shoots
Haute Hippie Shoots
The Vogue Australia February 2012 Issue is Stunning
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13
Seductive Beach Photoshoots
Seductive Beach Photoshoots
The Madame le Figaro Editorial Stars Hilary Rhoda
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12
Sporty Raver Editorials
Sporty Raver Editorials
Karlie Kloss is a High Energy Enigma in the Vogue Paris March 2012 Shoot
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11
Superheroic Eye Shadows
Superheroic Eye Shadows
Makeup Artist Jangsara Celebrates The Avengers with Alluring Looks
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10
Colorblocked Assassin Attire
Colorblocked Assassin Attire
The Kenway Jacket Will Give You a Totally Lethal Look
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9
Psychedelic Beauty Looks
Psychedelic Beauty Looks
Allure March 2012 Reveals the Wildly Colorful Makeup of Spring
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8
Futuristic Warrior Fashion
Futuristic Warrior Fashion
The Morfium Couture 'Full Moon' Spread by Dusan Jaukovic is Striking
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7
Fashion Icon Illustrations
Fashion Icon Illustrations
Hayden Williams Depicts Stylish Stars in Impressive Drawing Series
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6
Dark Rebellious Editorials
Dark Rebellious Editorials
Keira Knightley Stars in the Interview Magazine April 2012 Cover Shoot
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5
Tanning Hole Bikinis
Tanning Hole Bikinis
The Kiskin Basic Color Collection Will Give You a Sun Tattoo
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4
DIY Spandex Jewelry
DIY Spandex Jewelry
The Brit & Co. Chunky Necklace Makes Use of Unconventional Materials
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3
DIY Mantra Bracelets
DIY Mantra Bracelets
The Lumi Blog Shows You How to Make Customized Jewelry
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2
Hipster Princess Depictions
Hipster Princess Depictions
The DeviantART User Viria13 'Fashion Princesses' are Rad Recreations
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1
Friendship Necklace Tutorials
Friendship Necklace Tutorials
Learn How to Make These DIY Utility Rope Necklaces by Honestly Wtf
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