Spring is in the Air, and So Are Spring Trends!

Daylight Saving has come and gone, and so has one hour of our day. As we move our clocks forward an hour, we must also move forward onto spring fashion! So we have dedicated a whole post on 2013's Spring Trends, courtesy of Vogue's Spring/Summer 2013 A-Z Trends article, to bring you runway fashion to street fashion. Whether you agree with each trend or not, we hope that this post can inspire you to try different things and to venture out into the fashion unknown.

1. Cropped Pants & Jackets

(L to R): Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, Elizabeth and James, Balenciaga, Donna Karan, Chloe, Chanel
Cropped pants & cropped jackets; what's not so spring about that? With the weather getting warmer, shortened tops and bottoms seem to be coming back into season once again. Pairing lose-fitting cropped jackets with tight pencil skirts create interesting angles that make you look slimmer at the waist. Cropped pants elongate your legs with a pair of simple heels by giving the illusion that your pants are slightly shorter than your "long" legs.

2. Flower Power
(Top Row; L to R): Gucci, Mulberry, Thom Browne, Valentino, Victoria by Victoria Beckham
(Bottom Row; L to R): Alexander McQueen, Prada, Prada, Prada, Jason Wu, Zuhair Murad
Spring means that the flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. So of course, spring/summer fashion would have to incorporate flowers! From A-to-Z, all designers have incorporated florals into their spring runway designs (as demonstrated in the picture above). So if you're the type to stick to solid-colored wardrobes, venture out into the field with floral patterns that bring femininity and pops of color to any outfit. 

3. Graphics

(Top Row; L to R): Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors
(Bottom Row; L to R): Moschino, Moschino, Thom Browne, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop Unique, Alice + Olivia
Some designers stayed away from floral and went toward linear graphics instead. Many designers featured checkerboard prints (Louis Vuitton), vertical and horizontal thick stripes, chevron zig-zags, and plaids in their designs that is playful and young-hearted-chic at best. Stripes and linear patterns give you a lot of leeway to incorporate color and creativity to any wardrobe. However BEWARE: Horizontal stripes may be unflattering and make you look fat. (Hey, at least we're being honest). 

4. Interesting Cut-Outs

(L to R): Jason Wu, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Moschino, Tom Ford, Versace, Versace, Balenciaga
Cut-out seems to be the new "avante-garde" fashion statement these days that lets women show just enough skin without being too scandalous (well...for the most part). The Spring/Summer 2013 runway pieces featured several interesting cuts that definitely caught our attention, making us lust after copping these pieces too for our everyday wear whenever we want to show a little skin without showing too much. One of our favorites was the orange diagonal-slit silky dress by Versace (third picture from the right) with circle lace that covers up while still showing some. Not only are cut-out dresses sexy, they're also very refreshing for those hot summer days/nights.

5. Laduree Macaron Colors (Pastels)

(L to R): Christian Dior, Vera Wang, Emilio Pucci, Mulberry, Christian Dior, Chloe, Viktor & Rolf,
Emporio Armani, Donna Karan, Valentino
Laduree, macaron heaven of Paris and possibly the world, features a variety of delicious macarons that are internationally known. Not only are they the creators of the double-decker macarons, they're the creators of beautifully colored treats that can translate into the fashion world (in terms of colors, of course). Forget the calories, and lets focus on the colors of Laduree macarons. Many designers incorporated pastel colors that look reminded us of strawberry, rose, lemon, pistachio, earl grey, lavender, marie antoinette, and vanilla macarons (omg, we're drooling as we're writing this). Nothing says spring like soft, bright colors...and delicious macarons.

6. Mesh

(L to R): Celine, Victoria Beckham, Donna Karan, Emilio Pucci, Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen
Mesh has redefined itself in the 21st century where the fishnet-type of fabric is no longer associated with the hideous mens mesh shirts from the 80's. Now mesh is used to show skin in the haute couture world. A trend we've observed from the dresses in the pictures above, is the use of mesh from the neckline to the stomach. Don't let the horrid past of 80's mesh man-tops deter you from incorporating this sexy fabric into your wardrobe. Just try not to overdo it with fishnet stockings.

7. Oriental

(L to R): Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Emilio Pucci, Jean Paul Gaultier
Like Japanese cherry blossoms blooming in the spring, we see the blooming of oriental prints that can liven up your wardrobe while giving it that exotic Asian flair. The Far East meets the West in these designers' incorporation of ancient Asian fashion as colorful prints and silk provides a sense of elegance fit for an empress. Oriental prints and cuts are timeless as is the Chinese tradition and can be applied in any season. 

8. Whites

(Top Row; L to R): Celine, Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Moschino, Moschino, Vera Wang, Versace
(Bottom Row; L to R): Gucci, Elizabeth and James, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Yuna Yang, Topshop Unique, Mulberry, Alexander Wang
Black and white are two timeless colors that are not only versatile, but tres chic at any time of the year. However, white is more fitting for spring and summer because it reflects light from the hot sun, keeping you feeling and looking cooler. The fashion world says that you can't wear white after Labor Day, so it's a good thing Labor Day's in the fall! For a pop of color, pair your white wardrobe with neon colors such as hot pink, grass green, orange, and cobalt blue to stand out from being too one dimensional. However a word of caution: If you're a messy eater or careless with colorful things (i.e. coffee, wine, red pens, taco sauce), be extra careful when wearing white.

9. X-Ray Fabrics

(L to R): Chanel, Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Emilio Pucci, Jason Wu, Jean Paul Gaultier, Saint Laurent
In accordance to mesh, the use of sheer fabrics bring sensuality and sexiness to your outfit. We love the Jean Paul Gaultier collared top (pictured above) because it shows skin in all the right places. The oversized front pockets cover up the breast area while showing the rest of your top in x-ray vision. Pair your sheer black tops with solid-colored bras (i.e. neon pink or neon blue) for that spring vixen look that's both tantalizing and x-cellent. Another word of caution with x-ray fabrics: There's a fine line between sexy and trashy. Try to stay within the sexy range, and always remember: Stay classy, NEVER trashy.

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