Top 10 Fashion Trends You'll Be Wearing in 2013
From bermuda shorts to emerald green to the new low heel, 2013’s top trends are not only chic but refreshingly easy to wear. (12 Photos)
As the days grow longer, we start to dream of the season ahead. The runways were loaded with temptations both old and new that gave us a long list of reasons to get stoked for spring. Here, we share some of the top trends we’ll be wearing in 2013 so you’ll be totally on trend once the warm weather hits.
Don't Call it Comeback
The New Length: The Bermuda Short
Why We Love It: Short shorts are only pull-off-able for the genetically fortunate (or, let’s face it, the super young) few. The new long bermudas are good to go for women of most ages and body types, which is super news for those of us who typically shun the short.
How to Wear Them: At Peter Som, DKNY and Rag & Bone, models sported the slouchy shorts low-slung with crisp, white buttoned-up shirts and heels for ultimate urban-girl appeal.
Try: Peter Jensen Loose Shorts, $296, asos.com
The Hot Hue: Emerald Green
Why We Love It: Because, because, because, because, becaauuuuse.... The rich, verdant green is vivid yet calming and unlike some Pantone picks from past seasons, is super flattering on everyone. Plus, the shade will work beautifully into your wardrobe from spring right through to winter.
How to Wear It: Try out an emerald blouse or sweater to liven up your neutrals or dare to go oh-so-2013 monochromatic from head-to-toe.
Try: Fine-Knit Jumper, $30, H&M
The Global Influence: Asia
Why We Love It: Eastern promises hold serious sway with those dreamers wishing to explore far-off lands.
How to Wear It: Go big or fly home - after all, these prints are made for showing off. Look for overtly Asian-inspired motifs like dragons and lotus flowers. For those wanting to make a more minimalist statement, look for precise kimono-inspired cuts, as seen at Prada and Haider Ackermann. Either way, you’ll feel beautifully exotic.
Try: Wilfred Japanese Printed Peplum Blouse, $110, Aritzia
The Era to Emulate: The Sixties
Why We Love It: The mod mini skirts, sweet Mary-Janes and A-line dresses hearken back to a decidedly optimistic era.
How to Wear It: Google Jean Shrimpton or Twiggy for a crash course.
Try: Joe Fresh Spring 2013 CollectionGeorge Pimentel
The Shoe: The Low Heel Why We Love It: For obvious reasons, it’s a bit of a relief to say so long to sky-high platforms. The new shoe might be low to the ground but remains undeniably sexy thanks to its sexy details like fierce pointy-toes and ankle straps.
How to Wear Them: Whether flat out or with the new low chunky heel, the flat shoe is super versatile. Wear them with skirts and dresses or better yet, to add some refinement to slouchy jeans or bermuda shorts.
Try: Ballerina with Jewel, $100, Zara
Stripe it Rich
The Print Pick: Stripes
Why We Love It: The ultimate classic print, stripes have long been a fashion favourite for their timeless appeal. Designers showed their stripes in a big way for spring, from bold black with red or green at Michael Kors to classic black and white at Dolce & Gabbana and Marc Jacobs.
How to Wear them: Whether horizontal, vertical or every which way in between, the key is to commit to getting graphic - ie. a matching short suit, or paired with another graphic print like checks or polka-dots.
Try: Striped Tab-Sleeve Top, $33, Old Navy
The Movie: The Young Girls of Rochefort
Why We Love It: The sixties French film stars Catherine DeNeuve and her sister Françoise Dorléac as twin sisters, each looking for love and a life outside of the seaside town. While we’d never dare to test out this trend in real life, a surprising number of designers from Armani to Louis Vuitton sent out models marching two-by-two in matching outfits
How to Wear It: In this case, what comes down the runway should stay on the runway.
Print Dresses (not really meant to be worn together, except in this stunning holiday ad), $39 each, Joe Fresh
The Detail: Exaggerated Ruffles
Why We Love Them: While we normally think of ruffles as wedding mainstays, the new ruffles are far from precious. Both larger and more sparely employed than we’re used to seeing, these ruffles are almost architectural in their construction, bringing a surprising sophistication to any piece.
How to Wear Them: Choose a ruffle-detailed dress anytime you want to make a lasting first impression. This Zara dress is so Balenciaga it hurts (in a good way)
Try: Combination Frilled Dress, $119, Zara
The Detail: Digitally Printed Flowers
Why We Love Them: Flowers pop up every spring and always add a healthy shot of botanical whimsy to our wardrobes. What’s new about 2013’s best buds? These florals are soft yet futuristic with digital printed motifs and abstract florals making a pretty statement.
How to Wear Them: Get some major flower power and unapologetically embrace floral prints from top-to-toe.
Try: Topshop Floral Origami Dress, $120, The Bay
Pumped Up Peplum
The Detail: A Peplum Hip
Why We Love It: Though the peplum was already a huge trend in 2012, expect it to remain strong through spring 2013. The flounce at the hip instantly shows that you’re in-the-know and we love that it helps us play up our womanly curves
How to Wear It: Keep it simple by pairing your peplum with a streamlined separate (ie. wear a fitted crew-neck sweater under a peplum skirt or a slim pencil skirt with a peplum-accented top or jacket)
Try: Kate Peplum Skirt, $130, Club Monaco
The Style Spot: Sarah FrancisiVillage Canada's fashion reporter Sarah Francis is the style maven behind realliferunway.com. She combs the racks finding the latest trends, reporting back with easy ways to look gorgeous on a dime.