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Top 100 Hip Fashion Trends of 2012

From Glamorized Athlete Editorials to 80s-Like Beachwear

— January 18, 2013 — Fashion
Many hip fashion trends from the past year took cues from previous decades, as retro looks became extremely popular. From 80s-inspired beachwear to hippie, 1970s editorials, designers everywhere were looking to recreate styles of the past.

Inspired by the 1970s Grey Gardens movie featuring a bankrupt mother and daughter duo, the Fashion Gone Rogue Grey Garden editorial is a haunting look at the styles worn by these two individuals. Fashion lovers are still using these past decades as a source of inspiration, and for good reason. When updated with a few modern pieces, these outfits remain chic no matter the year.

Our Hip Fashion Trend Report is a more comprehensive overview of the various trends that sparked consumer attention over the past year.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
97
Colorful Cosmopolitan Captures
Colorful Cosmopolitan Captures
Arizona Muse Stars in Massimo Dutti Spring Sumer 2012 Campaign
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96
Cherry Blossom Manicures
Cherry Blossom Manicures
The Arizona Tea Nails by Cutepolish are Sunny and Refreshing
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95
Tempting Taxidermy Shoots
Tempting Taxidermy Shoots
The Kat and Duck 'Fancy a Shag?' Shoot for Fantastics Magazine is Sultry
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94
Glam Pensive Photography
Glam Pensive Photography
The Miasto Kobiet 'Oblivion' Editorial Stars a Somber Gosia Ustupska
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93
Contemporary Geisha Captures
Contemporary Geisha Captures
The Patrycja Gardygajlo Glamour Germany Fuses East and West
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92
Wooded Violet Shoots
Wooded Violet Shoots
The Soley by Cecy Young Portrait Series is Edgy and Elegant
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91
Sun-Soaked Surfing Snapshots
Sun-Soaked Surfing Snapshots
The Jessica Hart Free People January 2012 Collection Gets Super Hot
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90
Rebel Character Manicures
Rebel Character Manicures
The 'Hunger Games' Nails by Cutepolish are Fierce and Chic
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89
Devilish Housewife Shoots
Devilish Housewife Shoots
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Archetype' Editorial is Prim and Provocative
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88
Sunny Animalistic Shoots
Sunny Animalistic Shoots
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Dream of Spring' Editorial Stars Meng Lu
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87
Vibrantly Fresh Fashion
Vibrantly Fresh Fashion
The H&M Spring 2012 Campaign is Pastel-Infused & Peppy
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86
Kitschy Carnival Editorials
Kitschy Carnival Editorials
Mila Kunis for Harper's Bazaar April 2012 is shot by Terry Richardson
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85
Falling Housewife Photography
Falling Housewife Photography
The Karlie Kloss Vogue US Editorial is 60s-Inspired
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84
Candid Metropolitan Captures
Candid Metropolitan Captures
The 'Free People January 2012' Shoot is Based in NYC
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83
Happening Hipster Earmuffs
Happening Hipster Earmuffs
The 'Hipstormossan' Ear Caps Keep Your Extremities Warm and Stylish
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82
Ethereal Pastel Ensembles
Ethereal Pastel Ensembles
The Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture Collection is Perfect for Award Season
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81
Lingerie-Clad Icon Shoots
Lingerie-Clad Icon Shoots
The Michelle Williams GQ Editorial is a Tribute to Marilyn Monroe
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80
Hazy Blonde Editorials
Hazy Blonde Editorials
The Planet Blue Lookbook 2012 is Hip and Hot
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79
Fierce Facial Jewelry Shots
Fierce Facial Jewelry Shots
The Givenchy Spring 2012 Couture Collection is Gothic-Chic
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78
Sequined Geometrical Editorials
Sequined Geometrical Editorials
Karlie Kloss Stars in 'Drama Queen' for W Magazine April 2012
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77
Shimmering Sweaty Swimsuits
Shimmering Sweaty Swimsuits
The Edita Vilkeviciute Vogue Spain Editorial is Lush and Sultry
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76
Hippie Housewife Photography
Hippie Housewife Photography
Jason lerace Captures Lola Van Vorst by Jason as a Free-Spirited Diva
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75
Cinematic Swimwear Photoshoots
Cinematic Swimwear Photoshoots
The Vogue Turkey 'Retro Dalgalar' Editorial Stars Juju Ivanyuk
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74
Fashionable Rebellion Photography
Fashionable Rebellion Photography
Fashion Gone Rogue's 'The Protest of Venus' Series is Dramatic
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73
Colorfully Chic Poolside Captures
Colorfully Chic Poolside Captures
Guess by Marciano Spring Summer 2012 by Hunter & Gatti
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72
Bubblegum-Haired Shoots
Bubblegum-Haired Shoots
Anna-Maria Nemetz and Ehren Dorsey Star in Bullett Magazine Spring 2012
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71
Softly Nerdy Photoshoots
Softly Nerdy Photoshoots
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Geeklandia' Editorial Stars an Accomplished Alexa
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70
Stylish Nurse Shoots
Stylish Nurse Shoots
The Nimue Smit W Korea Editorial Prescribes Retro Fashion
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69
Psychedelic Editorial Collages
Psychedelic Editorial Collages
This New Photo Series from Mikael Jansson is Outlandishly Good
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68
Sun-Kissed Aquatic Shoots
Sun-Kissed Aquatic Shoots
Maryna Linchuk Goes Waterskiing in Vogue Germany March 2012
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67
Clashing Print Beachwear
Clashing Print Beachwear
The Victoria's Secret 2012 Swimwear Catalog is Bold and Vibrant
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66
Pill-Popping Heiress Editorials
Pill-Popping Heiress Editorials
The Interview Russia April 2012 Shoot Has a Dark Edge
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65
River Viiperi
River Viiperi
Top Male Model of the Fashion Industry (INTERVIEW)
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64
Dreamy Pastel Photography
Dreamy Pastel Photography
The ELLE Vietnam 'Sac Pastel' Editorial Stars Naty Chabanenko
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63
Hazy Boudoir Editorials
Hazy Boudoir Editorials
The Gravure Magazine 'Alyona' Shoot is Softly Sensual
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62
Electrically Patterned Editorials
Electrically Patterned Editorials
The Flare April 2012 Shoot by Chris Nicholl is Boldly Vibrant
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61
Salmon-Saturated Shoots
Salmon-Saturated Shoots
The Quinta Witzel Nylon Editorial Stars a Pink Pastel Lady
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60
Lounging 50s Fashion
Lounging 50s Fashion
The ELLE France 'Pop Power' Editorial Stars a Funky Retro Hannah Holman
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59
Soft Fairy-Like Shoots
Soft Fairy-Like Shoots
The Numero April 2012 Edition is Ethereal and Feminine
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58
Feminine Hipster Fashion
Feminine Hipster Fashion
The AFIA SS12 Lookbook is Global and Youthful
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57
Cosmopolitan 60s Fashion
Cosmopolitan 60s Fashion
The View of the Times 'Pop' Editorial Stars Sophisticate Lauren Auerbach
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56
Music Festival Style Catalogs
Music Festival Style Catalogs
The Planet Blue X Foam Magazine Coachella Lookbook is Hot
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55
Glamorous 70s Shoots
Glamorous 70s Shoots
The Chloe Lecareux Grazia France is Richly Retro
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54
Patterned Lingerie-Like Fashion
Patterned Lingerie-Like Fashion
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'North Marine' Editorial is Edgy
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53
Glamazon Swimwear Galleries
Glamazon Swimwear Galleries
The Toni Garrn Vogue Italia Editorial is Cold and Sophisticated
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52
Casually Simplistic Captures
Casually Simplistic Captures
The 'Like a Rolling Stone' Online Editorial is Romantically Relaxed
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51
Blondtourage Skatepark Pictorials
Blondtourage Skatepark Pictorials
The Beginning Boutique Lookbook is Sunny and Chic
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50
Mask-Inspired Photography
Mask-Inspired Photography
Pierre Dal Corso for Masquerade Magazine Captures People's Various Sides
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49
Pastel-Haired Editorials
Pastel-Haired Editorials
The W Korea March 2012 Shoot is Colorful
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48
Mermaid-Inspired Photography
Mermaid-Inspired Photography
Ocean Dreams by Leyla Ugarte Pays Tribute to the Late Jesus del Pozo
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47
Witchy Newlywed Photography
Witchy Newlywed Photography
Factice Magazine's 'Brides and Widows' Editorial is Gothic
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46
Bronzed Swimwear Ads
Bronzed Swimwear Ads
The H&M Beach Sensation Summer 2012 Campaign Stars Isabeli Fontana
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45
Exotic Floral Editorials
Exotic Floral Editorials
The Kasia Struss Harper's Bazaar Spain Shoot is Vibrantly Lush
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44
Seductive Sporty Swimwear
Seductive Sporty Swimwear
The Marie Claire Brazil 'Esportivo Sexy' Editorial Stars Julia Faria
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43
Instagram-Inspired Editorials
Instagram-Inspired Editorials
Cara Delevingne by Nick Knight Playfully Poses with Baby Pets
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42
Ebony Rocker Editorials
Ebony Rocker Editorials
The Harper’s Bazaar Brazil June 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Dark Tati Co
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41
Retro Full-Figured Editorials
Retro Full-Figured Editorials
The S Moda May 19 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Sultry Candice Huffine
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40
Urban Granny Style Spreads
Urban Granny Style Spreads
'Senior Citizens' by Baldovino Barani for SCMP January 2012
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39
Dark Gloom-Ridden Editorials
Dark Gloom-Ridden Editorials
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Grace Alone' Shoot Stars Grace Hartzel
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38
Extravagant Arcade Editorials
Extravagant Arcade Editorials
Aline Weber is a Glamourous Gamer in Vogue Japan April 2012
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37
Glamorized Athlete Editorials
Glamorized Athlete Editorials
The Olympians by Joanna Kustra is Featured in Papercut Magazine
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36
Daring Gymnast-Inspired Editorials
Daring Gymnast-Inspired Editorials
The Plein Sud Spring 2012 Campaign Has a Chic Athletic Theme
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35
Melancholic Doll-Like Shoots
Melancholic Doll-Like Shoots
Abbey Lee Kershaw Stars in the Interview Magazine March 2012 Issue
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34
Ballet Teacher Editorials
Ballet Teacher Editorials
The Vogue Russia 'Red Lady' Photoshoot Stars Anna Selezneva
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33
Neon Old School Styles
Neon Old School Styles
Alba Prat Presents Her Glowing New Accessory Range
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32
Retro Diner Editorials
Retro Diner Editorials
The Vogue China 'The New Fifties' Shoot is Elegantly Seductive
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31
Prismatic Neon Photography
Prismatic Neon Photography
Jakub Wozniak's 'Colour Theory' Showcases Designs by Agnieszka Dydo
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30
Boho Ballerina Editorials
Boho Ballerina Editorials
The Amanda Norgaard Smug Magazine is Gracefully Raw
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29
Ethereal Spring Editorials
Ethereal Spring Editorials
Brynja Jonbjarnardottir by Antia Pagant for Fashion Gone Rogue is Bold
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28
Glamorous Hippie Editorials
Glamorous Hippie Editorials
The Alexandra Spencer Free People 2012 Lookbook is Steamy
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27
Geometric Plane Tattoos
Geometric Plane Tattoos
Marie Kraus Makes Her Mark in the Inking World
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26
Haunting 70s-Inspired Editorials
Haunting 70s-Inspired Editorials
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Grey Gardens' Stars Sabine and Djosfien
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25
Miami-Inspired Catalogs
Miami-Inspired Catalogs
The Free People May 2012 Lookbook Stars Sabrina Nait and Nicole Trunfio
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24
Chic Sequined Sportswear
Chic Sequined Sportswear
The House of Laurel SS 2012 Collection Boasts Haute "Athletenique" Wear
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23
Adorably Brief Body Art
Adorably Brief Body Art
The Dottinghill Temporary Tattoos Feature Some Amazing Designs
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22
Elegant 1920s Editorials
Elegant 1920s Editorials
The Madame Figaro April 2012 Japan Issue Oozes Old School Glamour
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21
Angry Angelic Editorials
Angry Angelic Editorials
The Vogue Japan March 2012 Shoot is Haunting and Whimsical
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20
Ghostly Elegant Editorials
Ghostly Elegant Editorials
The Lida Baday SS 2012 Campaign is Faded and Gorgeous
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19
Cimmerian Swimsuit Photoshoots
Cimmerian Swimsuit Photoshoots
The Marie Claire Spain 'Azul Indico' Editorial Stars Leah de Wavrin
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18
Punk Fashion Pictorials
Punk Fashion Pictorials
Carbon Copy Magazine's Latest Shoot Will Rock Your World
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17
Anatomic Tights
Anatomic Tights
Black Milk Clothing Makes You Look Ripped
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16
Stoic Swimmer Photoshoots
Stoic Swimmer Photoshoots
The Interview 'Olympiad' Editorial is Inspired by the Summer Olympics
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15
Steamy Mediterranean Shoots
Steamy Mediterranean Shoots
The Flare 'Bellissima' Editorial Stars a Simmering Bruna Tenorio
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14
Fairytale Wedding Gowns
Fairytale Wedding Gowns
The Jesper Hovring Spring 2012 Campaign Stars a Romantic Anne-Sofie List
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13
80s-Like Beachwear
80s-Like Beachwear
The Vogue Paris 'Perfect Girl' Editorial Stars a Fit Gisele Bundchen
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12
Sultry Fishnet Swimsuits
Sultry Fishnet Swimsuits
The Los Angeles-Based Minimale Animale Bikinis are Seductive
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11
Pastel Pastry Photography
Pastel Pastry Photography
The Marie Claire China February 2012 Editorial is Elegantly Delicious
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10
Gloaming Swimwear Galleries
Gloaming Swimwear Galleries
The Vogue Spain 'El Cuerpo' Editorial Stars a Curvy Hilary Rhoda
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9
Steamy Locker Room Editorials
Steamy Locker Room Editorials
The Zimmermann Resort 2012 Collection is Chic and Sultry
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8
Sleek Stiletto-Inspired Nails
Sleek Stiletto-Inspired Nails
Land Your Mitts on the Best Dressed List with Louboutin Nails
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7
Cowgirl Couture Fashion
Cowgirl Couture Fashion
The Spring/Summer Wildfox Couture Lookbook is Wild & Western
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6
Architectural Swimsuit Editorials
Architectural Swimsuit Editorials
Marie Claire Spain 'Sensorium' Stars Caroline Corinth
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5
Haute Hippie Shoots
Haute Hippie Shoots
The Vogue Australia February 2012 Issue is Stunning
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4
Seductive Beach Photoshoots
Seductive Beach Photoshoots
The Madame le Figaro Editorial Stars Hilary Rhoda
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3
Sporty Raver Editorials
Sporty Raver Editorials
Karlie Kloss is a High Energy Enigma in the Vogue Paris March 2012 Shoot
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2
Futuristic Warrior Fashion
Futuristic Warrior Fashion
The Morfium Couture 'Full Moon' Spread by Dusan Jaukovic is Striking
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1
Hippie-Inspired Jean Tutorials
Hippie-Inspired Jean Tutorials
'DIY Tie Dye Denim' by Honestly WTF is Impactful
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