Best and Worst Fashion Trends of 2009

2009 staged the return of retro-feminine style with hint of boho chic. But with the good comes the bad. We've counted down the best and worst fashion of the year.
high waisted dresses
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high waisted dresses
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Do: High-Waisted Dresses
2009 marked the return high-waisted, feminine dresses. Camilla Belle looks gorgeous in this chic, retro look.
thigh high boots
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Don't: Thigh High Boots
We are all for boots with eye-catching detail, but Angie Harmon’s leather-strapped thigh-high boots look like a mummy costume. There’s a reason Halloween only happens once a year.
little braids
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Do: Little Braids
We've been envious of Jennifer Aniston’s hair for decades and these little braids are no exception. They’re a chic, laid-back style that will look good on everyone’s head.
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Don't: Plaid
Plaid has been the breakout pattern of 2009, but enough is enough. Taylor Momsen, give the Brawny man his shirt back and go put on a dress!
Do: Military Jacket
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Do: Military Jacket
Add a little order to your closet with a military jacket like this one on Taryn Manning. Pair it with almost anything and watch as heads turn to salute your sexy style.
harem pants
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Don't: Harem Pants
Even the gorgeous Sienna Miller has a hard time pulling off harem pants!
sailor stripes
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Do: Sailor Stripes
Sailor stripes are fresh and sophisticated and can even make a fashion wildcard like Bai Ling look classic and sleek.
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Don't: Paisley
The usually chic Mandy Moore looks like she whipped up an outfit from a set of drapes, proving that there is a fine line between grandma-chic and just plain grandma when it comes to paisley.
Do: Big Scarves
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Do: Big Scarves
Scarves are the ultimate multi-purpose accessory and we love this silky red one on Eva Amurri. Her look proves that scarves aren’t just a winter necessity but a fun year-round fashion statement.
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Don't: Fringe
Sometimes less is more, and when it comes to fringe, less is always more. Apparently Gwen Stefani didn’t get that memo. Her Chanel dress, made entirely of fringe, is just overwhelming to look at.
chunky/retro eyeglasses
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Do: Chunky/Retro Eyeglasses
Remember the glasses Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's? Classic, sexy, iconic. We like Eva Mendez's decision to top off this adorable polka dot ensemble with retro sunglasses.
egg shaped dresses
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Don't: Egg-Shaped Dresses
A dress should accentuate your natural curves, not make you an extra-wide curve. This egg-shaped dress gives Louanna Rawls a Humpty-Dumpty figure, rather than enhancing her own hourglass shape.
soft pink makeup
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Do: Soft Pink Makeup
Disney star Selena Gomez gets girly and looks pretty in petal pink. The subtlety of pink complements every skin tone.
shoulder pads
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Don't: Shoulder Pads
Euna Lee channels her inner linebacker into this little black dress achieving truly magnanimous shoulder proportions. We're sorry to tell you this, Euna, but the '80s are over.
high heeled pumps
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Do: High-Heeled Pumps
Round toes and higher heels make feet look dainty. Vanessa Hudgens, Susie Castillo, and Hayden Panettiere look unique and adorable in these colorful pumps.
open toe booties
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Don't: Open-Toe Booties
We have no problems with model Behati Prinsloo's outfit...from the ankles up. Not only do open-toe booties undermine the purpose of a boot, they just look silly.
metallic fabric
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Do: Metallic Fabric
A little shimmer does a body good. Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler turn heads in their long, metallic gowns. Not ready for full-body metallic? Start with a shirt that peeks out just below your jacket.
neon and open toe booties
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Don't: Neon (and Open-Toe Booties)
Proceed with caution when you're making a bold statement with neon, and keep the rest of your outfit toned down. Normally a fashion diva, Ashanti pairs this bright ensemble with open-toe boots, turning her fashion experiment into a red-carpet disaster.
wide leg jeans
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Do: Wide-Leg Jeans
Vanessa Carlton reminds us that a pair of wide-leg jeans can make a slenderizing fashion statement, especially when everyone seems to be squeezing a lot into skinny jeans.
bib necklace
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Don't: Bib Necklace
You would never wear a bib in public, so please don’t wear a bejeweled bib on the red carpet like Julie Bowen.
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