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January 10, 2013  | by: Amanda Fiore



Although it may seem like we were just ringing in the New Year with friends by our sides and champagne in our hands, it is time to say our final goodbyes to 2012, including the fashion trends. Now is the time to be fashion forward and open your eyes to the looks that will soon be ruling the city streets and country roads. To help you out, here is a preview of the upcoming spring and summer fashion trends of 2013.

1) The belted floral dress. This is a staple for any 2013 wardrobe, as it merges both worlds of work and play. The lively, bright floral print represents the cheerful, blooming days of spring, while the sophisticated form of the dress makes it corporate appropriate.

Designer Marc Jacobs revealed his version of the trend on the runways of the New York fashion show in early September. His Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line includes various colorful floral prints with an retro ’80s vibe. The belted floral dress is a multidimensional piece to splurge on this upcoming season.  Turn heads in the work place or at a family picnic while sporting the belted floral dress!

Marc by Marc Jacobs (IMAXtree)


2) White delicates. These intricate pieces are crafted through the design process of “faggotting.” Faggotting gives the articles of clothing a stencil-like look, similar to lace, eyelet, and embroidery. The white delicate trend of 2013 epitomizes the femininity of women, while adding a modern touch.

Fashion designers, Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, of Marchesa placed their own Indian-inspired twist on the white delicates trend. First seen on the catwalk of New York Fashion Week, Craig and Chapman incorporated embellished thread work, draping, and fringe into their Marchesa staple pieces. Perfect for the typical girly-girl, white delicates are a trend that will be rocked from coast to coast.

Marchesa (IMAXtree)


3) Eastern influence. Traditional Far East and Asian clothing is being incorporated into the current looks of 2013. Printed pieces similar to customary eastern kimonos and geisha attire are dominating the runways of today.

Designer Veronica Etro attempted to modernize her traditional Italian-inspired label, Etro, by using Japan as her major focal point for fashion inspiration. Etro uncovered her Asian-like fashion during New York’s Fashion Week, exposing kimono-style dresses embellished with hand-painted floral prints  These pieces of Eastern influence are made of satin, giving a formal, chic edge to ancient Eastern tradition.

Etro Eastern Influence (Marcus Tondo/GoRunway.com)


4) The Document Clutch. This clutch illustrates the evolving, advancing technology that governs 2013 society. The Document Clutch is an over-sized clutch, big enough to fit an iPad or small laptop perfect for a working woman on the go. On the other hand, the clutch is a functioning piece that can pull an entire night look together.

During New York Fashion Week, fashion icon BCBG revealed its latest fashion accessory of 2013, the Document Clutch. BCBG’s clutch had a mensware-inspired vibe in plain grays, black, and white colors, contrasting the bright hues of last year. The Document Clutch is a versatile piece serving as a fashionable briefcase during the day and transforming to a stunning accessory at night. It’s worth the money as it represents the multi-sided women of 2013.

BCBG Document Clutch (Getty Images)



No matter what your style is, designers and runways of 2013 have much to offer. Whether it is a cultural piece inspired by the ancient customs of the Far East or an innovative Document Clutch attempting to keep up with our technology-obsessed generation, 2013 is a new beginning for every woman.

How will you integrate the contemporary fashion trends of 2013 into your closet?



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