Top Ten: Spring 2013’s Best Fashion Trends

Off the top, the purpose of this article must be clear. You can go anywhere and find out what the big trends are according to who has thought them up, who is marketing and promoting them, or according to major magazines that carry the ads. This is not one of those lists.

This is a curated, personal, wearable and hopefully real-life version of matters for those who actually have a life they need to dress for. So no, Céline’s brightly dyed Dr. Seuss-ish fur sandals will not be mentioned here. Having said that, don’t come here hoping for tips on how to wear your old sweats. The magazines have been read, the stored inspected and the collections studied. I have consulted with philanthropists (who think I should forget about it), real girls and fashion lovers. I have nixed the ridiculous, even if Louis Vuitton says it’s the latest and greatest, and I have considered the far-out to see whether it really is realistic. I have even embraced things I don’t personally like but which I do believe have legs in the world of great trends.

So, without further ado, my list of what will make any wardrobe so much better this spring, and what will stay a while (not just a season) and what will work with an existing wardrobe.

3. Black and white graphic, photo from French Vogue

3. Black and white graphic, photo from French Vogue

1. Emerald green. If there is just one thing you can do to let the world know you’re up-to-date with your spring style, it’s to wear some serious green. Even an accessory can get the point across if you don’t feel like going for something as bold as a bright green top. Seldom has a color been hailed with the fanfare of this trend which, in truth, really began last spring. In China, it is the Year of the Snake. In fashion, it is the Year of Emerald Green.

2. Snake Motifs. Thank China. You can also thank China for a lot of overpopulation and small, lead-filled toys that should be banned, but today let’s thank them for one of the best trends of spring 2013. This trend really started in fall 2012, but it’s only been growing in popularity since then. Find this trend at stores with lots of accessories: a great way wear this is on bracelets.

3. Black and white graphics. Bold and striking. Probably the best trend to put your money into just because it always looks good in some form. Black and white graphics means that you put bold black or white stripes and other strong shapes against the other color.

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4. Rachel Sin’s fall 2013 collection. Photo by Philippe-Olivier Contant

4. Polka-dots. A part of me started to cry when I saw the new fall collection of Canadian designer Rachel Sin. It’s not too soon to get polka-dots for yourself though, and you will be able to wear them into fall if you pick your colors right. For instance, goldy-yellow and black are in for spring and will be in again for fall (left).

5. Water motifs. Not sure yet if this is a result of global warming and reflects the threats to the environment like so many other recent trends. Designers have been showing these swirling watery designs in blue and aqua, often on a white background. Wear this trend as an environmental statement if you like, it’s your choice.

6. Low heels. Don’t expect everybody to wear this trend on the runways, but many tall girls will be happy to hear about this, and so will people who walk a lot. Don’t throw your high heels away though, because nothing will make your legs look as good as the perfect pair of high heels, but low heels can be a welcome sight after years of serious impracticality in shoe trends.

7. Hothouse flowers. Think of oversaturated photos of crazed garden tea-parties (below). Overscale flowers on everything from shorts to dresses, pants to blazers. Wear it head to toe for highest impact or just one piece to let the world know you have style.

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8. Poppy motifs on clothing by Prada, photo from Vogue

8. Black and red and poppy all over. Prada, thank you. I can’t wait to see what you do with The Great Gatsby. Like me, many people probably have a lot of black and red to start with, but you might have to get poppies. Pins, bags, t-shirts and jewelry are all great ways to slip a few poppies into your life without looking back and feeling like Dorothy on her way to Oz, and wondering why you have such an overabundance of poppies in your life. Make sure the poppies you pick (pun intended) are “mod” in style or shape (see above photo), because realistic-looking poppies aren’t quite the look.

Dress from The Free People

Dress from The Free People

9. Denim. Lots of it. Denim comes back on a regular basis, but not this much. You can wear denim head to toe: baggy or loose, flowing or tight. Skinny jeans, jackets, shorts, dresses – every possible incarnation. This year’s denim isn’t really dark or patterned, it’s just washed blue denim, the classic style.

10. Crochet fabrics. Similar to lace but heavier, this look is feminine but can be worn a little more edgy if you add leather jacket. Crochet shorts, skirts, shirts and dresses all work well, but make sure you get a creamy off-white. My “covet” in the crochet department is a dress like in the photo to the right.Now that spring fashion is coming into stores, all I’m waiting for is the snow to melt so I won’t freeze to death. To be honest, I’m more or less ready for summer clothing now.

What about you?  Is your closet ready for Spring?  

What’s the top 2013 Spring trend that you intend to wear?

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27 thoughts on “Top Ten: Spring 2013’s Best Fashion Trends

  1. I love all these trends!! Especially emerald green!

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  4. i am loving the trends— the prada shoot in vogue is everything !

  5. OMG the white dress at the end!!! :))

  6. I love how u gave ways of wearing each trend and chose trends that were wearable, or if they don’t seem wearable to most people, u made them wearable. lol, I don’t know if that made any sense.

  7. nice update! I felt a little pride when I saw the black & white image (It’s from Dutch Vogue with Dutch model Bette Franken). Inspirational Image for one of my next vintage collections on http://www.TheStyleLion.com. Thanks!

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  10. That’s really cool! Where are you based out of?

  11. thanks for following me, i love the content you have. wish i could just prance around in cute things and have fabulous taste in cloths! haha i often feel fashion dumb because i am either WAY dressed up for a shoot or in sweat pants, love your practical take on edgy fashions!

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    Lovely trends,Well presented.Thank you for stopping by .wishing you success.jalal

  13. You sound like a woman of good sense. Well done! Thanks for following. 😀

  14. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! thank you for finding me, because when you read my blog post and liked it, I had to come and take a looksie. WOW! I am happy to find you here. And I am SUCH of fan of the black and white. Have you shopped the Black Market and White House stores? I’m a BIG fan of the one in Del Mar, California. Thanks for this!!

    • White House Black Market isn’t in Canada yet but we’re getting one within the year and it’s supposed to be really near so I’m WAY excited. Thanks for the positive feedback, I’m so happy that you like my blog!

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