world beats to American classics, spring 2013 is highlighted by a
range of looks for every style, shape and budget. Mixing and matching
patterns, colors and fabrics instantly expands every wardrobe, while
keeping it monochromatic is stunning in its simplicity. No matter your
personal style you are guaranteed to find that perfect piece to ensure
you put your best, most fashionable foot forward this season. Here are
five key trends to incorporate into your wardrobe now.
Is there a more
classic piece for your wardrobe than the fabulous and oh-so versatile
shirt dress? A universally flattering closet staple, the shirt dress
continues to be a style star for spring/summer 2013. The look is fresh
in novelty patterns like stripes, polka dots and florals or bold,
bright colors. Pair it with a large satchel and sandals for an easy
go-to luxe look.
afraid to shake things up this season. In an era of celebrated
self-expression and individualism, itís vital to know your fashion
voice ó and have the confidence to express it. So why not say it
loud and clear with fun prints and patterns? Kaleidoscope prints,
florals, dots, stripes, chevrons, tribals and more are popular this
season in both attire and accessories. Just follow this rule of thumb
for a flawless combo look: Always mix large prints with small prints.
As with anything in life, itís all about the balance!
LAYER IT ON
just for fall and winter anymore. Especially prevalent in menís
collections this season, layered looks are across-the-board hot for
spring. Stick to light fabrics like cotton, linen and sheer styles to
avoid overheating. Plus, try the look in monochromatic tones or in
various shades (and patterns) of one color to pull off the ultimate in
sleek and sophisticated spring style.
HARD AND SOFT
dynamic, not static, so why be afraid to combine two trends into one?
Unleash your inner vixen ó and coquettish sweetness ó in one hot
look by mixing and matching hard and soft. Try a flowy dress with a
statement necklace and accessories rough with grommets and leather.
Or, choose a structured look with soft, colorful extras, like a
chiffon scarf or pink handbag. Either way, itís the perfect way to
celebrate the wonderful bi-polarity of fashion!
simplicity and sophistication of black, but are afraid to wear it in
the warmer months? Banish those thoughts and make basic black a chic
addition to your spring and summer wardrobe. From little black dresses
to pencil skirts, cropped summer leather jackets, ankle skinny jeans
and sheer blouses, black is always a "choice" choice. Itís
also the perfect neutral tone to pop your favorite neon, juicy and
pastel colors in statement accessories and hot heels. This summer,
fierce style is back ó in black.
just for the Army anymore. The popular print is now a style
standout for men and women alike. Women, try it in a skinny pant
or rugged jacket, while the boys should opt for cargo pants,
blazers and Ts.
As cities become
more commuter friendly, the need for a stylish and comfortable
flat is ever-present. This season, opt for a colorful flat sandal
that makes a chic statement ó sans swollen toes.
Denim pants are an
every-season style staple, but this summer reach for a classic
denim shirt when you are feeling "blue." For a fresh
look for both men and women, try a denim shirt with jeans or
chinos in an array of rainbow colors: red, blue, green, pink,
yellow and beyond.
fabrics, and hard and soft edges makes for a unique, eclectic
approach to style in summer 2013. The key is finding the right
combination for a winning look. Turn to page 76 to see 15 looks
that hit a high note.