The Style Maven is giving y'all a homework assignment: Study your wardrobe and say goodbye to your old habits and trendy wares of the past year. Trends limit our choice and remove all creativity from the daily ritual of getting dressed. Waltzing through a shopping mall can be like driving through a cookie-cutter housing development--everything looks the same.
The following list of trends that must end should help you get started, and for inspiration on breaking out of your fashion cocoon in the new year, check out the new years resolutions of some of the Triangle's best-dressed. say goodbye to: Anything Ugg (Ugg stands for Uggly boots y'all!), hippie skirts (again), faux lingerie tanks (let's all learn a lesson from Madonna and do it real or don't do it), collagen lips, baggy "hip hop" wear (fashion should fit), small dogs and the bags they travel in, and unless you work at a strip club, please retire dresses with a neckline cut down to your belly button (J-Lo wore that Versace dress a looong time ago).
--Keith, the Barcelona Barrister of the Turntables
--"Cheetie," Raleigh's reigning rocker
--Matt, eccentric man of leisure
--Amanda, Carrboro's most bitchin' bartender (Aladdin's and the Cave)
--Caffé Luna's stellar waitress
--Suzanne, Duke's most beautiful employee
--Anthony, always impressing the ladies
--Dykki, The King of Downtown Durham
--Xtina, raven-haired NOFO goddess
--Meg, owner of Stock Exchange in Chapel Hill
--Tony, "Black Elvis" the video game superstar
--Shola, glamorous graduate student
--Amanda, the redheaded wordmaster, author of Raging Silence
--Alan P., aka Johnny "Nightclub" New York