10 Top Spring 2013 Fashion Trends (What They Are and How to Wear Them): Ruffles, 90’s Revival, Stripes, Leather, and more!

So the Fall 2013 collections have recently wrapped, and it’s high time to start thinking about getting prepped for Spring! Though it’s still pretty cold (and rainy!!) in NYC, the weather will be turning before you know it. Get ready for warm temps and bright rays with these Spring/Summer 2013 fashion and shoe trends:
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1. Checkerboard/Diamond Prints
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As seen at: Louis Vuitton, Balmain, House of Holland.

From Left: Balmain, Louis Vuitton, House of Holland
From Left: Balmain, Louis Vuitton, House of Holland

How to wear it:
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To achieve the full look, rock a checkered dress, or add just a dash of chic with a checkered top or heels.
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2. Stripes
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As seen at: Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana.


From Left: Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta
From Left: Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta


How to wear it:
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Whether sliced vertically or horizontally, stripes, some nautically inspired, will be sure to set off your wardrobe with panache. It’s all about bold combinations for Spring. Layer stripe on stripe, or take it easy with a lined dress. Note: horizontal stripes can make you look wide, while vertical stripes make you appear long and lean. Your choice!

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3. Ruffles
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As seen at: Gucci, Balenciaga, Givenchy.


From Left: Balenciaga, Gucci, Givenchy
From Left: Balenciaga, Gucci, Givenchy


How to wear it:
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Ruffles truly make a statement this year with scale–the bigger the better. Frills work best on cute cocktails or skirts, so grab a few if you want to fall in line.
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4. 90’s Revival
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As seen at: DKNY, 3.1 Phillip Lim, House of Holland.


From Left: 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, House of Holland
From Left: 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, House of Holland


How to Wear it:

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Get all your logo loving in with tops and pants emblazoned with labels. Not into free advertising? Overalls, tie dyed separates, and cropped blouses can help you get the look without being too obvious.
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5. Cropped Tops

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As seen at: Peter Som, Giulietta, Anthony Vaccarello, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Derek Lam.


From Left: Derek Lam, Anthony Vaccarello, Peter Som
From Left: Derek Lam, Anthony Vaccarello, Peter Som


How to Wear It:

00  Rihanna's London Rihanna for River Island White Crop Top, Double Top Jeans, and Army by Yves Salomon Fur Trimmed Parka
If you’ve been up in the gym, working on your fitness, cropped tops are for you! Your best accessory would be flat abs. Go for high waisted to fudge it a bit.
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6. Leather

02  Kim Kardashian's Yogurt Land Givenchy Shark Lock Fold Over Wedge Boots
As seen at: Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Sally LaPointe.


From Left: Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Sally LaPointe
From Left: Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Sally LaPointe


How to wear it:

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Leather in the summer? Why yes. Yes, indeed. The sturdy fabric has carried over from fall to enter into our spring lexicon, thanks to lighter weights, brighter colors, and skin baring cut outs. To wear this well, go for perforated or sliced leather looks, or strapless tops that allow for a bit of ventilation.
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7. Bold Florals
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As seen at: Brood, Paul & Joe, Moschino, Preen, Peter Som, Suno.


From Left: Peter Som, Suno, Preen
From Left: Peter Som, Suno, Preen


How to Wear It:

01 Ashley Madekwe's 15th Annual Costume Designer's Guild Awards J. Mendel Floral Print Mikado Trapeze Top, A-line Skirt, and Christian Louboutin Pink Neuron Suede Sandals
Yes, flowers in spring skews obvious, though this season, step it up a notch. Mix and match like Beyoncé or go full full on floral like Ashley Madekwe, slipping on a top and matching bottom (I’m a fan!).
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8. Gladiator Heels
09 Jennifer Lopez by Katja Rahlwes for Harper’s Bazaar US February 2013.
As seen at: Tom Ford, Giuseppe Zanotti, Versace, Altuzarra.


From Left: Altuzarra, Tom Ford, Versace
From Left: Altuzarra, Tom Ford, Versace


How to Wear It:

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Get your fingers poised to lace up and buckle your sandals! Gladiator heels are back, but they’re more adventurous than ever. Most versions lace up to your ankles–some go up to your thigh. Rock ’em with a short hem to truly let them shine.
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9. Global Prints

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As seen at: Vera Wang, Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Duro Olowu.


From Left: Altuzarra, Duro Olowu, Vera Wang
From Left: Altuzarra, Duro Olowu, Vera Wang


How to Wear It:

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India, Asia, Africa…take inspiration from world cultures to inform your springtime garde-robe. Like florals, the more prints the better. If you’re unsure, rock a full on printed dress or match a top and skirt like Solange.
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10. White Shoes

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As seen at: Lanvin, Chanel, Fendi.


From Left: Lanvin, Chanel, Fendi
From Left: Lanvin, Chanel, Fendi


How to Wear It:
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Let white pumps be the exclamation point to a patterned or colorful look. It’s a neutral, so you can rarely go wrong.
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Phew, that does it! I’m running out to buy a pair of gladiator heels (and a new pair of white pumps!).
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Images: Fashion Wire Press

Claire

Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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