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Lady Gaga, chew on this: Meat dresses are so last year. All of those opposed to wearing carnage as clothing, say goodbye to the antics of 2010 and hello to a sharper, more stylish 2011. Make better style a top New Year’s resolution with the Avenue’s list of fashion dos and don’ts. With it, you’ll be sure to avoid a fashion faux pas and maybe even end up on 2011’s best dressed list.

DON’Ts

Uggs

Perhaps the name of these boots came straight from the fact that they are in fact ugg – as in ugly, even more so when they’re worn with a pair of sweats or cutoff jeans. Sure, they’re warm, but unless it’s snowing (fat chance in Florida), opt for a pair of regular boots.

Parachute pants

Let’s face it: The best clothes are those that flatter the figure.  Whoever thought it was a good idea to load fabric at the thigh and tailor it at the ankle was obviously misguided. Plus, it’s 2011, not 1970.  MC Hammer, you can have your pants back.

Skin-tight clothes

Muffin tops just look bad. Wearing the right size of clothing is key. Not only will well-fitted clothing make the body look better, but it’ll be comfier as well.

Tights and leggings as pants

Sheer clothing was never meant to be worn alone. Yes, early class-goers, we’re talking to you. Whether pressed for time or not, set that alarm early enough to slip on a pair of jeans or at least sweat pants.

Ed Hardy gear

Sometimes high price doesn’t translate to high fashion. This stuff may have the price tag of a classy ensemble, but it looks no better than something bought at a trashy 10-cent store. With the ability to make guys and girls look like total tools, wearing this tacky-festooned wear is a definite fashion don’t.

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DOS

Play with prints

There’s no better way to spice up an outfit than with a bold print. Make a dud of an ensemble shout with leopard print flats or a floral print top. Just don’t go overboard. Unmixed prints in small quantities are a girl’s best friend, but those in excess make for a fashion end.

Sheer layering

Take layering to the next level by pairing lace or chiffon with solid colored tops. When done the right way, this trick can make for a playful, feminine look. Just be sure to avoid the trashy, you-can-totally-see-my-bra-through-this look.

Accessorize

Express fashion individuality by throwing on a few rings, a nice scarf or an edgy purse.  Accessories can completely change the tone of an outfit, so don’t be afraid to take chances.

Mix fabrics

Attention, Gators: Despite what the commercials say, cotton may be “the fabric of our lives,” but it’s not the only one. Mix up your fashion palette by trying fabrics with texture. For example, slip on a knit cardigan instead of hoodie or a pair of polished corduroy pants instead of boring old denim.

Socks with heels

It may sound silly, but this trend is one of the latest to hit the runway, and it’s no surprise why. It’s nothing like the obvious fashion no-no of wearing socks with sandals. Ew. Trust us:  Soft, comfy socks paired with a pair of edgy, fun heels is one of the most stylish ways to keep your toes warm this winter. Stick with solid colors that match your shoes, and don’t be afraid to perk up a neutral, understated outfit with a pair of brightly colored socks. But be warned: Avoid white crew socks at all costs!

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