By  on December 13, 2007

What defines a season are the trends and innovations in fashion that linger. The year 2006 boasted a range of candidates from longer tunics and skinny jeans to shirt dresses. Layering, fitted jackets and deliberately exaggerated silhouettes also emerged on the fashion landscape. Each garment, accessory or trend made an impact on the fashion pages of 2006. But now with the calendar down to just one page, the pundits ponder whether one quintessential fashion defined the year.

"I think if there were one collective theme to 2006, it would be a return of classic garments updated in a fresh way in terms of fabrics and colors," says Jessica Paruch, a product trend analyst with Cotton Incorporated. "They feel new, but offer a nod to tradition."

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