Spring fashion guide 2013
Fit and flare dresses
Spring awakens with a garden’s worth of prints in mesmerizing mixtures of color. Solid tints work their wonders, too, as a jewel like green takes center stage. While ladylike trends charm, rocker-chic picks such as moto jackets, graphic tees and destroyed denim turn the season sexy. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing : Fit and flare dresses
A key trend this spring is all about focusing on the femme and cinching some extra waist-to-hip ratio from our figures. But these fab flared dresses are sweet, not suffocating, and work as well with ballet flats for day as they do with stiletto platforms at night.
Bing : Emerald green
Pantone prides itself on picking the most trend-worthy tint of the year, and 2013 proves it’s easy being green. Emerald – a shade of green at once bright and substantial – is just the hottest verdant variety on display. All manner of greens are keen for spring, and look terrific paired with bright white.
Slim, cropped, printed pants
Bing : Slim, cropped, printed pants
Prints are charming this season, waking up everything from simple handbag silhouettes to dare-to-wear head-to-toe printed suits. When you want to make a midrange sartorial statement, don a fun pair of kicky pants in a vibrant print. Then go neutral with the rest of your outfit for effortless chic.
Bing : Black-and-white prints
A trend that’s trend-proof, new black-and-white printed pieces for spring are smart investments. This color combo never goes out of style and is particularly smoking hot at the moment. Keep the form simple for maximum repurposing: Simple sheath dresses or clean-lined, unembellished handbag shapes will work for years to come.
Bing : Pencil skirts
Phenomenally flattering, and ideal for fashion’s new emphasis on layering, pencil skirts sleek over your form for work-to-play versatility. The cut is minimalist and pairs great with a blazer and sensible heels. This canvas is also irresistible to designers, and they’ve decorated it with gorgeous botanical prints and big, bold colors, too.
Bing : Print blazers
If you never went in for that whole minimalism thing, you’re in luck. Go for your spring awakening in a top layer that blooms with color. Look for blazers emblazoned with watercolor florals, baroque patterns, colorful abstracts and that old -- yet still on-trend -- standby: the animal print.
Bing : Lace dresses
Lace is ace for spring 2013, and we’re not surprised. The ultrafeminine fabric has been on fashion’s radar for a few years now and continues to be piping hot. While you’ll find its textural mark on shoes, handbags and other accessories, we think the lace race is won with a gorgeous dress.
Bing : Peplums
Don’t fear the flounce: Far from adding extra girth to the hip area, modern peplums are designed to lie in a way that flatters. Whether softly draping or sleekly tailored, these feminine flourishes -- found on tops and dresses -- actually visually whittle the waist and camouflage the tummy.
Pops of color
Bing : Pops of color
If you’re not ready for a full-on neon skirt suit or bright turquoise shift dress, get your trendy hue cues from a subtler category: accessories. Any neutral spring ensemble benefits from the energy of a citrusy orange tote or pair of aqua-blue wedge sandals. A light silk scarf in your fave pastel works wonders, too.
Bing : White
It’s fresh, clean and absolutely now: White is right this season. A head-to-toe look is the fashionista’s choice, but you can easily rock the trend in smaller, yet equally chic, ways. A white linen tank over cropped print pants works, as does the accent of a cross-body handbag in bright white.