Women’s Fashion Trends for 2013

There are a million reasons to celebrate a new year. It’s a time for new resolutions, big new plans, and new relationships. Things look hopeful, people are more optimistic, and the glass is always half full instead of half empty. But even more important than any of these feel good reasons, we love the New Year because it means new fashion! 2013 is going to be a great year for women’s fashions and all of the designers have been putting out great trends to celebrate. Wondering what the biggest, best, most enviable trends for 2013 are going to be? Here’s a little sneak preview. Just be careful you don’t run to the mall before you finish the article!

Fashion Trend #1 – Bondage-inspired clothing

Some people are calling it the fashion equivalent of 50 Shades of Grey, but some of us just think it’s a sign of female empowerment. Look for a lot of leather and a lot of S&M inspiration sprinkling the high fashion racks at Saks and Barney’s. Don’t like 50 Shades of Grey? Think of the trend as finding its inspiration elsewhere, then, like maybe Helmut Newton’s famous black-and-white, erotic photographs.

Fashion Trend #2 – Going graphic

Whether you like the bright colors of the Caribbean or prefer fall’s muted hues and winter’s dark plaids, graphic prints are everywhere this year. Go for something bold that makes a statement. Not ready for a full on leopard print cat suit? That’s okay. Try something a little smaller to start out with, like a small graphically printed clutch in some gorgeous, bold colors.

Fashion Trend #3 – Sheen and shiny

No longer just the purview of heavy metals and aluminum foil, designers like Alexander McQueen and Diane Von Furstenberg are playing with serious sheen finishes on their clothes. Whether it’s a bold blue or a crisp gold belt buckle, shiny is the new big thing for 2013. And the good news? It works in all seasons.

Fashion Trend #4 – Pencil skirts

If you do not feel confident enough to wear a pencil skirt as tight as Jennifer Hudson’s as the Super Bowl, that’s okay, there are a lot of other options out there on the market. Available in a whole range of colors and lengths, the pencil skirt is no longer relegated to the fashion forward office worker. Anyone can wear one! Try picking one up for your next night out on the town.

Fashion Trend #5 – Water images

If you find yourself dreaming about a dip in the pool in the middle of a freezing February day, try looking for a piece that reflect the spring’s upcoming trend for cool water images. Prints of families playing by the beach work just as well on a dress as a photo on your wall. If that is a little too wild for your sensibilities, then stick with the right color palette for the same effect – cool blues are the key.

Fashion Trend #6 – Lots of stripes

Stripes are nothing new in the fashion world. While horizontal stripes will famously make you look wider, vertical stripes are elongating and trendy. Marc Jacobs has been a huge fan of the trend, showing them all over his spring 2013 runway. If you’re not ready for a fully striped look, start with just a top.

Women’s Fashion Trends for 2013 There are a million reasons to celebrate a new year. It’s a time for new resolutions, big new plans, and new relationships. Things look hopeful, people are more optimistic, and the glass is always half full instead of half empty. But even more important than any of these feel good reasons, we love the New Year because it means new fashion! 2013 is going to be a great year for women’s fashions and all of the designers have been putting out great trends to celebrate. Wondering what the biggest, best, most enviable trends for 2013 are going to be? Here’s a little sneak preview. Just be careful you don’t run to the mall before you finish the article! Fashion Trend #1 – Bondage-inspired clothing Some people are calling it the fashion equivalent of 50 Shades of Grey, but some of us just think it’s a sign of female empowerment. Look for a lot of leather and a lot of S&M inspiration sprinkling the high fashion racks at Saks and Barney’s. Don’t like 50 Shades of Grey? Think of the trend as finding its inspiration elsewhere, then, like maybe Helmut Newton’s famous black-and-white, erotic photographs.  Fashion Trend #2 – Going graphic Whether you like the bright colors of the Caribbean or prefer fall’s muted hues and winter’s dark plaids, graphic prints are everywhere this year. Go for something bold that makes a statement. Not ready for a full on leopard print cat suit? That’s okay. Try something a little smaller to start out with, like a small graphically printed clutch in some gorgeous, bold colors. Fashion Trend #3 – Sheen and shiny No longer just the purview of heavy metals and aluminum foil, designers like Alexander McQueen and Diane Von Furstenberg are playing with serious sheen finishes on their clothes. Whether it’s a bold blue or a crisp gold belt buckle, shiny is the new big thing for 2013. And the good news? It works in all seasons. Fashion Trend #4 – Pencil skirts If you do not feel confident enough to wear a pencil skirt as tight as Jennifer Hudson’s as the Super Bowl, that’s okay, there are a lot of other options out there on the market. Available in a whole range of colors and lengths, the pencil skirt is no longer relegated to the fashion forward office worker. Anyone can wear one! Try picking one up for your next night out on the town. Fashion Trend #5 – Water images If you find yourself dreaming about a dip in the pool in the middle of a freezing February day, try looking for a piece that reflect the spring’s upcoming trend for cool water images. Prints of families playing by the beach work just as well on a dress as a photo on your wall. If that is a little too wild for your sensibilities, then stick with the right color palette for the same effect – cool blues are the key. Fashion Trend #6 – Lots of stripes Stripes are nothing new in the fashion world. While horizontal stripes will famously make you look wider, vertical stripes are elongating and trendy. Marc Jacobs has been a huge fan of the trend, showing them all over his spring 2013 runway. If you’re not ready for a fully striped look, start with just a top. Author Bio: Ted Corbitt blogs about fashion trends for Balani. Ted enjoys keeping up with the fashion trends from his favorite fashion blogs when he’s not writing or working.

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