Hottest Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Trends

Need some fashion inspiration this season? From monochrome to ruffles, we show you how to embrace this seasons key trends.

With the weather heating up, we enlisted Westfield Style Ambassador, Sally Obermeder,  to give us the latest fashion forecast for Spring/Summer 2013!.

Floral

Inspired by nature, Floral makes a strong return this season, and what better time than when flowers are coming into bloom. A spring time staple, the Floral trend will see women inject a kaleidoscope of colour into their wardrobes.

The motif will feature across a range of items, from dresses, skirts, tops and for the loudest statement, pants. Wear the trend in one of three ways, head-to-toe for a bold declaration of flower power, mix another print such as stripes for a fashion-forward look, or keep it simple by pairing it with plain solid colours. Whatever you do, make sure you blossom!

Sport Luxe

Sporty fashion has veered from the running track and made its way to the pavement. The sport luxe trend has casual chic at its heart combined with comfort and a touch of glamour. Beware though; the trend is not an excuse to wear tracksuit pants in public!

The look features sleek and minimal lines with black and white being the dominant colours of the season. Sport luxe can be integrated into any wardrobe with the introduction of wedge hi tops, crop tops or a baseball cap. For a night time look team a jersey singlet with an asymmetrical or ruffled skirt - another of this season’s hottest trends.

New Ladylike

Being ladylike never goes out of fashion with this super-femme look making a return for spring/summer. Nothing says poise like a dress with a cinched waist, pussy bow and point heels. A new twist on this trend is the introduction of one of the season’s chicest prints, oriental.

The print will feature on luxurious textiles with intricate blossom prints on silk and satin in dainty cuts such as cropped jackets, shell tops and pencil skirts.

Extend the ladylike Eastern influence through your accessories collection with key pieces such as metallic sandals, satin clutch bags and tasselled or oriental inspired earrings.

White

White is the new black this season and it’s best worn from head-to-toe. The hue will feature heavily on tailoring, blurring the lines between masculine and feminine cuts, for an overall look that is as classy as it is androgynous. Get sartorially savvy by pairing oversized white blazers with narrow white legged trousers.

Invest in a classic crisp white shirt as it’s a versatile and effortless mainstay.

Balance the all-white look with subtle elements such as gold signet rings, hoop earrings and fine bangles.

Ruffles

Not to be confused with the flounce of the late 80’s, this seasons Ruffles are structured and precise, designed to frame and flatter the female form. Ruffles add flair to otherwise simple dresses, skirts and tops, making them a key item for day-to-night dressing.

Ruffles make a dramatic fashion statement on their own, so they are best paired with simple, classic accessories such as stilettos or pumps and fine gold necklaces or hoop earrings.

Monochrome

See the world in black and white with the modern take on monochrome. There’s something reassuring about clean, simple black-and-white, especially when it forms the palette of classically flattering cuts such as pencil skirts, wrap dresses and wide legged whimsical trousers.

Best paired with assertive accessories such as patent leather heels and belts, in black and white, or statement Perspex jewellery in the same tones to maximise the impact.

Romance

This key trend has all the coyness of a blossoming spring romance with sheer tops and dresses, appliqué details and lace pieces teasing a hint of what lies beneath, without baring it all. The tactile textures of the Romance trend carries through key pieces such as silk camisoles and slips, floating dresses and skirts and fine cardigans.

Add to the allure of this trend by pairing with feminine clutch bags, fine gold jewellery and kitten heels or Mary Janes for an utterly irresistible look.

Shine

This season’s Shine trend is less about rocking out heavy metals and more about subtly balancing shimmery and shiny textures on simple cuts for a relaxed yet elegant aesthetic. Inject some futuristic sophistication into your look with matte sequins or

metallic and jewelled detailing on key pieces such as cocktail dresses, pencil or A-line skirts and boleros.

The simple lines of this look allow you to ‘bring on the bling’ when accessorising. Key pieces include metallic jewelled clutch bags, matte gold mules and kitten heels, chandelier earrings, metallic jewelled headbands and skinny metallic belts.
 

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