Most wearable spring fashion trends 2013
Bright colors: Pastels
Each season, designers forge fashion we either love or loathe. Star trends are born, but that doesn't always mean we'll want to be seen in them. We survey this spring’s hottest looks for the most practical picks. — Shannon McCarthy
The light stuff is softening our spring fashion flings, but if you feel pastel shades (think powder pink, baby blue and sherbet orange) wash out your complexion, wear these gentle tints away from your face. Shorts as well as shoes offer a pretty style punch.
Bright colors: Greens
When Pantone intones, everybody listens: This year we’re going green. Think you can’t sport this plucked-from-nature color? Grab your green – everything from mint to emerald to olive – in small-scale verdant bursts. Scarves, totes, statement earrings and even sunglasses frames display this key spring ’13 hue.
Bright colors: Metallics
No one blinks an eye anymore at molten metals worn in the daytime: Metallics now are considered just another neutral. Knockout shine is very hip this season, but if you prefer to tone down your glam, choose brushed metallics, or the simple, single accent of a yellow gold cuff bracelet.
Maxi dresses: Loud prints
Bing: Loud prints
We’ve seen the head-to-toe matching print pantsuits, and for the lovers of color in the crowd, they’re mesmerizing. But will you dare wear them after this season? A better investment is a ravishingly raucous maxi dress, as it’s a timeless canvas for big prints and daring patterns of all kinds.
Maxi dresses: Halter necklines
Bing: Halter necklines
Yes, even the tops of smocks get seasonal trend taps, and this spring’s fling is definitely a flattering one. Décolletage of all shapes and sizes – juniors, misses and plus-size – are bewitching in the shoulder-baring beauty of a halter neckline. And when that neckline flows into a long, luscious pour of maxi dress? Devastating.
Maxi dresses: Ruffle tiers
Bing: Ruffle tiers
Feminine flounce is always welcome after a winter of woolen wraps, and spring-happy maxi dresses aren’t afraid to shake that thing. There are boho-cute cotton maxis, sleek and sexy silk numbers, minimalist gowns with simple ruffled hems, and maxis that offer multiple tiers of figure-flattering flounce.
Chunky heels: Chunky high heel sandals
Bing: Chunky high heel sandals
Height without fright is a beautiful thing. And lucky for us fashionistas, the steady charm of the chunky heel is back. Way easier balancing than those crazy skyscraper stilettos, the thicker heel – whether anchoring platforms or über-trendy single soles – lends a steadier, and therefore sexier, stride.
Chunky heels: Chunky heel booties
Bing: Chunky heel booties
Booties have walked right into our hearts, and they’re not leaving simply because it’s spring. Low-heeled booties are by definition chunky heeled, and those pairs are all-day comfy, but we’re also loving all the soft suede booties rocking height-boosting heels crafted with walking ease – and killer style – in mind.
Chunky heels: Wedge sandals
Bing: Wedge sandals
All hail the once and future queen of all chunky heels: the wonderful wedge. Remember when these babies were a funny-funky trend that few guessed would stand the test of time? Wedge sandals took off as a fad, and we haven’t taken them off since. Score pairs now and wear 'em forever.
Cropped pants: Colored jeans
Bing: Colored jeans
Almost blue just doesn’t cut it this spring. Your next pair of cropped jeans should be anything but basic: green, pink, coral, purple, now’s the time to proudly don your fave shade. And since we’re talking wearable trends, just pair these extroverted bottoms with tops and accessories in neutral shades.