Fashion weeks inspire 2013 spring street-style trends

Maria Baluch  Journal Staff

Winter may not be quite over for us Bostonians, but don’t fret because spring is right around the corner. And with the new season, who can resist the new fashion trends seen on the runways? The spring 2013 trends feature everything from bold stripe, graphics, and patterns to black and white and anything but your usual ensemble. Read through to see what styles will be on everyone’s shopping list this coming season.

Big and bold stripes are all the rage this spring as shown by designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs and Oscar De La Renta. Move over from the classic black-and-white stripes to thick, edgy, colorful stripes, stripes with a barcode-esque and even a little hint of gold! Pair stripes with denim for a classic all American look or with anything navy for a nautical-chic look!

Don’t be afraid to show a little skin with peek-a-boo pieces. Daring cutouts, baring midriff, and sheer fabrics will definitely be seen for the spring. Not to worry for the girls who aren’t too into baring skin because the beauty of this trend is that there is a peek-a-boo option for any body shape and you can adjust to your level of modesty. To be a little daring, you can pair crop tops with a high-waisted fitting graphic pencil skirt or to make it more girly rather than edgy, pair crop tops with a flowy maxi skirt. You can also find dresses with mini bare midriffs which only show a hint of skin.

The classic black and white color combination is back and will be seen more than ever in the coming season. The trendiest thing about this is that it actually isn’t a trend at all! It’s one of those classic looks that never goes out of style. With changing seasons, there are different ways to play up the color combination.

The best thing about it is that it’s flattering and anyone can pull it off at every budget. You don’t have to be a risk taker to follow through with this trend. You can change it up in many different ways to create a unique look that reflects your individual style. Go from work to date night effortlessly. This trend is the definition of wearable. For a simple look, try a white casual top with a black maxi skirt or for a little edge, switch up the maxi skirt for leather leggings.

No outfit is truly complete without accessories.From knee-high sandals and low heels to structured bags and metallic, the spring 2013 accessories are definitely something to be excited about. With all the different pieces, you can certainly find something that suits your personality. The knee-high gladiators are the shoes of the season. Versace, Altuzarra, and Alexander Wang were among the few designers who displayed these on the runway. Some with thick platforms whereas others with open toe. Structured bags add the perfect touch to any look and they are big enough to fit everything you need for the day. Metallic will definitely be taking a leap and everything from jewelry to even bags and shoes, metallic accessories will certainly be the statement for the spring. Add chunky metallic necklaces or gold rings to your outfit to complete your spring wardrobe.

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