Spring/ Summer 2013 is a breath of fresh air, from what seems like a very long and dull Winter. As much as I adored A/W '12 (baroque, baroque, baroque!), I feel as though we're all quite ready to leap into Spring and its new trends. The 1960's will dominate Spring/ Summer this year, with everyone getting their shift dresses and beehives all ready for the brighter months. The high-street have already come up with some pieces, at half the price of the designer gear - ASOS, Romwe and Zara are my go-to places for new season bits and bobs currently.
Hopefully this trend guide will help you all with new season shopping. Of course, there are more than four trends for Spring/ Summer, but these four in particular are my personal favourites. Remember, to never be a slave to trends - incorporate them into your own look, to keep things YOU! If you don't like a trend, sweep past it. There's many more to take inspo from!
The 60s is by far the biggest trend to come out of the shows last September. Shift dresses, mini skirts, prints - you name it! Everyone's waved goodbye to last year's dominant 90s, and have embraced their inner-Edie's for 2013. Look out for print and embellished shift dresses, along with structured boxy jackets. Release your inner Mary Quant and don't be afraid to wear OTT prints - clash them for a modern take on the trend. Whether you derive inspiration from the likes of Twiggy, or Jackie O - remember the ladylike element of this trend is key. Louis Vuitton and Moschino hit the nail on the head this season; I highly recommend looking up both collections in full for inspiration and ideas.
|Louis Vuitton | Moschino|
Metallics are here to stay! They have been re-introduced for Spring 2013 with fresher and more wearable pieces. Zoe Jordan teamed metallic pieces, such as this skirt below, with minimal, light pieces; an easy way to start wearing metallics, without looking like a Quality Street. Burberry Prorsum went crazy with metallics however, sending out their classic trench coats in every colour metallic you can think of. Metallic blues, greens and silvers are my favourites shades, as they're the most flattering, eye-catching and unusual. Metallic jackets in particular have been looming around the high-street for quite some time, especially in Topshop and Zara.
|Burberry Prorsum | Zoe Jordan|
Monochrome is one of the easiest trends to work with, as most people have at least one monochrome item lying about in their wardrobe. Black and white never tire of one another and look beautiful together dressed up, or dressed down. Jason Wu and Roberto Cavalli's take on the monochrome dress oozed femininity, wearability and modern-meets-classic. Nothing beats an angelic white dress, with gothic black lace adorning it. White is quite hard to pull off alone (another key trend for S/S), so adding a simple black belt or black lace collar will do the trick at breaking your outfit up. Monochrome dresses and trousers are your best bets to invest in, as the trend tends to come about every few seasons - invest in something that'll last and is easy to change up to suit different events and seasons.
|Jason Wu | Roberto Cavalli|
Stripes were big news in 2012, with Motel Rocks' Jordan striped jeans being worn by everyone and copied by many (on sale here - get 20% off by using the code 'LeanneWoodfull' at checkout). However, stripes make another appearance this season and don't look as if they're going anywhere anytime soon. This Marc Jacob's barcode t-shirt below is a fantastic example of something to look out for when buying striped pieces; it's simple, yet makes a statement. You could wear it with leather shorts and Converse, or a metallic leather jacket and chunky wedge boots. The blue striped Moschino dress would look fabulous with nude platforms and huge statement earrings; a piece that can be easily transformed from casual daytime, to classy nighttime. Stripes can be a toughie to wear, so make sure you buy pieces that are flattering and fit well. Thin vertical stripes slim the figure, thick horizontal can add two dress sizes instantly to your body. Avoid large horizontal stripes around the waist-hip area especially - Moschino's vertical stripes keep the dress below flattering.
|Marc Jacobs | Moschino|
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