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Top trends of 2010

2010. Another year is over. I am reminded of that classic 1979 ABBA tune, 'Happy New Year':

"Sometimes I see
How the brave new world arrives
And I see how it thrives
In the ashes of our lives
Oh yes, man is a fool
And he thinks he'll be okay
Dragging on, feet of clay
Never knowing he's astray
Keeps on going anyway..."

Oh ABBA, always such wisdom.

What I can tell you for certain, is that this past year has provided us with some pretty 'interesting' trends, some of which I hope will continue to thrive, and some I wish would just go away.

Now in no particular order, the top 10 trends of 2010:

1. Hairy chested actors and models.

For far too long, American TV has been telling us to sport clean pecs with narry a hair in site. This past year has started to prove otherwise. Take a look at this guy:

Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick (pictured) and Penn Badgley both sport some fine manliness in their show. And then there's the very handsome Bradley Cooper from 2010's A Team and of course People's choice for sexiest man of the year, our very own Ryan Reynolds.

The point is: stop shaving and waxing boys! Sure, a little good grooming goes a long way, but if you've got it, flaunt it!

2. Plaid.

Sure, plaid has never really gone out of style, but this past year it seemed to rear its colorful head in all sorts of ways. Think lumberjacks, fishermen and even prim and proper saville row suits...

Even the Daily Mail in the UK had this to say about plaid shirts:

"Once ridiculed as the clothing of a simple, hulking woodsmen, the lumberjack shirt has moved on from fashion faux-pas to must-have.

Sales of the traditional long-sleeved check shirts have shot up 62 per cent from last year at high street retailer Debenhams, making the garment the key item to get you through through cold snap in style.

Inspired by celebrities including Jessica Alba and Emma Watson, the plaid shirt appears to be the celebrity choice for casual daywear. Male style icons including David Beckham and Robert Pattinson have sparked a boom in menswear sales.

Ruth Attridge, spokesperson for Debenhams says, "Although the lumberjack look is back in vogue, the chunky check shirt is now more likely to be worn out on the town than slogging away in the forests."

3. Crossfit Training Gyms.

If you work out at all, and you should if you want to feel and look good, then chances are you've heard of or already joined a Crossfit Gym. This trend was HUGE in '10.

A hard core strength and conditioning program, Crossfit claims to deliver fitness training that is 'broad, general and inclusive'. The truth is, it's hard as hell! It's the single best way to whip yourself back into shape and stay that way, but don't expect to spend time chit chatting by the water fountain or showing off your brand new NIKE dry-fit tank top...these trainers only care about fitness and you'll know that the first time you heave your breakfast up or wake up the next morning unable to move.

At last count there were 14 Crossfit Training Centers in the lower mainland.

4. Biking.

You live in Vancouver. There's no avoiding it. With the implementation of official bike lanes on Dunsmuir and Hornby streets complete with self-watering planters, these new bike lanes are here to stay. If you're going to bike, do it in style. Fancy mountain bikes are still the norm here in the city but do it up with a little Mount Pleasant style and get a 3 speed Euro inspired Pashley Roadster, a retro west-ender 10 speed or a funky North Van BMX.

5. 3D

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