Fashion Best Trends of 2006 By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on March 25, 2015 @ 06:18PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage Best Trends of 2006 01 of 20 Retro Glamour George Pimentel/WireImage They're vamping as if they just stepped out of a time machine and into a flashbulb-popping, klieglight-strafing premiere at a grand and now sadly gone RKO movie palace. 02 of 20 Retro Glamour Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic In real life, head-to-toe styling that evokes Old Hollywood screams overkill, so don't try this at home. 03 of 20 Retro Glamour Sean Gallup/Getty But for these women, it's as much a performance as singing for your supper. So let the crowd roar. 04 of 20 Forward Thinkers Tony Barson/WireImage Why go mod when you can go modern? 05 of 20 Forward Thinkers J. Graylock/JPI It's no longer novel when a young actress reinterprets what it means to get all dressed up by rejecting the standard big-night-out silhouette for structure and shapes that are freer, easier, not as overt, yet equally flattering. 06 of 20 Forward Thinkers Lisa O'Connor By making the unexpected less unexpected, these women generate as much of a fresh breeze as they do a photo op. 07 of 20 Such Romantics Janet Gough/Celebrity Friends, Lovers, Countrywomen! 'Tis nobler to express your inner Austen-stoked dreaminess than to suffer, for there are now ways to do it without looking as if you escaped from a sachet drawer. 08 of 20 Such Romantics Janet Gough/Celebrity Captured in simple forms and contours, the ruffles, ruches and lace insets that whisper romanticism can eschew costume drama for a refreshing loveliness. Just leave off the locket. 09 of 20 Minimalist to the Max Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Banish brocade, tear off the tiers, and bag the ball gown. 10 of 20 Minimalist to the Max Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic Why retie a ribbon, straighten a bow or fluff a crinoline when you can step into something sleeker than a whippet with a summer haircut? 11 of 20 Minimalist to the Max Jane West/INF Goff There are no pleats to adjust, no big skirt to step on, no cumbersome train to practice kicking. And if you've done Pilates with diligence and avoided that cheesecake, well, ain't you the lucky one! 12 of 20 Worth the Risk Marsland/INF Goff "Hey, Guys! Over Here!" Since looking good is no longer enough to get noticed, one must consider the merits of sticking one's neck—or something—out. 13 of 20 Worth the Risk Gilbert Flores/Celebrity One approach remains stunningly effective—taking a plunge. 14 of 20 Worth the Risk Janet Gough/Celebrity However, Charlize's daring is a stylistic one: Love it or not, her gown is graphic, original and, on her 6-foot-plus-in-heels frame, in proportion. She was riveting. (OK, you had to be there.) 15 of 20 Best at Every Age Sara De Boer/Retna One heartening evolution is women reveling (sartorially) in their age. 16 of 20 Best at Any Age MJ Kim/Getty How welcome is the ingénue neither overwhelmed in fabric nor upstaged by carats. 17 of 20 Best at Any Age Jane West/INF Goff What a pleasure to see the shapely one embracing her arcs; the all-grown-up trusting sleek confidence over divatronics; and the mature woman who knows choosing tailored simplicity no longer means she'll be ignored. 18 of 20 Perfectly Dressed Dave Allocca/Startraks In Hollywood timing is everything. You wouldn't open a serious movie over the Fourth of July weekend. 19 of 20 Perfectly Dressed Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic If your preview has Oscar buzz, you hold it till Christmas. Any of these dresses would get lost in the shuffle on Oscar night. 20 of 20 Perfectly Dressed Jeff Vespa/WireImage But at an indie première, a press luncheon or an event promoting someone else, they exhibit enough graceful restraint to make photographers strain to get the shot.