Year in review: Style

From left: Zac Posen, Burberry Prorsum, Rebecca Taylor,

From left: Zac Posen, Burberry Prorsum, Rebecca Taylor, rag & bone (Photos: Getty) (Credit: From left: Zac Posen, Burberry Prorsum, Rebecca Taylor, rag & bone (Photos: Getty))

There’s no denying that 2010 was a thrilling year for style-minded New Yorkers. Thinking back to all the trends we’ve seen grace the runway and the streets this year, we narrowed them down to the most prominent.

A trend that was worth investing in this year, classic coats and clothes in shades of camel, sand, khaki and beige will never give you a “What was I thinking?” moment. (Perrie Samotin)

Fur and faux fur
Animal-loving ladies would rather go naked than wear fur, but even they can’t deny the coziness of a faux piece — and neither could designers and retailers in 2010. Proof: The scores of New Yorkers wearing fur and faux vests, coats, cropped jackets and accessories throughout fall and winter. (Julie Gordon)

Leopard print
Leopard print joined the world of neutrals this year — with designers seamlessly mixing full-length coats, sky-high shoes and bags into their palettes of black, white and color. (JG)

You couldn’t walk a block in New York this spring or fall without running into a guy or gal donning a military-style jacket, pair of cargos or worn-in canvas backpack (or all three). Their inspiration: The runways. Everyone from rag & bone to Marc Jacobs showed off utilitarian-style jackets and the like. (JG)

There’s something dramatic yet ultra-practical about a cape coat, which was a glamorous upgrade over the standard fall jacket this year. (PS)

Denim on denim
Yes folks, denim-on-denim — or the Canadian Tuxedo as it’s known in local parlance — made a major return this year, showing up everywhere from Fashion Week to Hollywood. (PS)

Navajo motifs
Things got graphic this year, with Navajo prints popping up everywhere from clothes to housewares. From Pendelton’s major redux (the brand partnered with both Opening Ceremony and Urban Outfitters) to Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent’s coveted blanket sweaters, city dwellers were given a healthy dose of classic Americana. (PS)

Floor-grazing skirts
Throughout the year, we saw designers swap micro hemlines for floor-grazing maxi skirts, often pairing them with louche, utilitarian tops that worked well for daytime looks. (PS)

Blush, cream, white, tan and everything in between seemed perfectly suited for spring and summer on streamlined and gauzier dresses, jackets and skirts, and took on a richer quality during fall and winter on furs, coats and wool pants. (JG)

Structured leather bags
Slouchy leather: out, structured attaché-style bags: in. That seemed to be the handbag mantra this year, thanks to luxe brands such as Proenza Schouler, who introduced the coveted "PS1" bag, and Mulberry, who made waves with the "Alexa" style. We also saw high-street haunts H&M and Zara putting their own economical twist on the style, making it accessible to all. (PS)

Socks that show
A former fashion “don’t,” letting your socks show became a major “do” this year. For fall, designers such as Marc Jacobs, DKNY and Marni paired socks with high heels and ankle booties, while trendsetters took it one step further and rocked the sandal-and-sock look and the punk-tinged thigh-high. (PS)

Karl Lagerfeld kick-started the return of this Dutch-gal staple during his Chanel spring show, prompting women to wear clogs from spring ’til winter in shades ranging from cream to currant. (JG)

Side braids
Need more proof that design wunderkind Alexander Wang is a trendsetter of the highest order? During his Spring/Summer 2010 runway show, he sent his fleet of models down the runway with the same hairstyle — a crude side braid. Before we knew it, we couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a gal whose tresses followed suit. Of course, the real credit belongs to stylist Guido, who created the look for Wang. (PS)

Ombre hair
Remember when dark roots were once considered a major faux pas, or at least a sign that you needed to hightail it to the salon? No longer, thanks to this year’s dark roots and light ends mega-trend. Huge on the street, we also saw an armload of celebs embracing the style, most notably Rachel Bilson, Erin Wasson, Lily Aldridge and Shenae Grimes. (PS)

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