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Forget about it!

Every fashion year brings some trends that sail through the season effortlessly and some that come to a screeching halt. Even those that come to an abrupt end don't disappear fast enough.

The shrug, popular in 2002, hung around way too long. Not quite a shirt, but definitely not a jacket, it was really just sleeves that came across the back and covered the shoulders in a sort of mock shawl. If my description sounds confusing, it's because the shrug fad was confusing and utterly useless.

This spring's ultra-feminine looks have a few shortcomings, too. First, the bolero jacket has shimmied its way onto fashion pages. Granted, the traditionally cropped and puffy-sleeved jacket has been updated by designers like uber-hip Dsquared, but really, no jacket that hits you at the ribs is all that flattering. If you aren't blessed with a 6-foot frame, don't mess with extreme proportions.

The revival of the '50s this season ushered in the return of pedal pushers. Not really pants, not really shorts, they are slim and fall right above the knee. Sure, your calves will look great, but if you're looking to create mile-long legs, pedal pushers — even by Ralph Lauren — aren't the way to go.

Finally, the slim cigarette pant, like those shown on the runway by Marni, look great if you have legs like a supermodel. But for most of us, all the style does is slim our ankles. High heels are your best bet if you want to pull off this look, but walking in stilt-like heels, especially when cocktails are added to the mix, is quite treacherous.

With all of the beautiful clothes featured this season, these pieces aren't the ones to invest in. Spend your hard-earned cash on flattering dresses and skirts, shapely shirts and cropped-to-the-hip jackets. These current trends won't be disappearing any time soon, and you don't have to be 5-foot-11, 110 pounds — aka Giselle — to look fantastic in them.

If you have a tip or have noticed a trend you think our resident fashionista should know about, e-mail your comments to product@creativeloafing.com.