Andrew Harmon





Spring 2013 Trends

by Devan Hunt

Color Expression

This season's color palette emphasizes self-expression, individuality and the need to re-energize as well as the need for balance. The color direction for spring builds upon these compelling needs with a palette that mixes dynamic brights in the form of electric colors and neon, in addition to soft spring like refreshing colors with simplistic neutrals to create a harmonious balance. This allows for unique combinations that offer versatility and practicality but at the same time, demands attention, and earn an appreciative glance.


The black and white trend is a staple for all seasons, even spring. These two colors are classic and when paired together can really bring a certain refined elegance. Even though “spring color” typically makes you think of the pastel like colors that represent Easter, designers made a strong emphasis on the black and white stripes and checker board patterns. This trend is a staple because it is appropriate all year round and can easily work at the office while at the same time transitioning into sleek attire for date night.

Prints & Patterns

PRINTS are everywhere! Colorful, big and bold, floral, circles, zig-zags you name it and you will see it this spring! Fierce prints with dominant colors and even mixed with accents of leather and lace. FLORAL—While this trend is nothing new, it’s here for another season. Floral can be feminine, flirty and dainty if paired with soft colors. It can also be edgy if paired with leather. Don’t be afraid of the sometimes busy patterns either. STRIPES- are a must have this season if the digital prints and floral are to in your face, strips are modern, cool, and assertive.

Peek-a-Boo Pieces

This spring you will have no problems finding something a little sexy to dress up in. This trend is daring you to show some skin with midriff baring separates, cutouts that exposed patches of skin at the chest, waist, as well as up to there thigh high splits. It's clear that the Peek-a-boo trend is not for the fashionably shy.

Warm weather Leather

Leather was a trend and success for fall 2012, and designers aren't willing to leave the leather fashion behind, and leather is appearing again for spring. I couldn’t be more excited that our cold-weather slick and sleek fabric favorite is sticking around. The fabric is cut into feminine shapes and dyed in electric and soft colors. It's such a great transitional piece, and if you're going to make the investment, you're going to want to use it all year long. To pull off the luxurious fabric in warm weather, opt for lightweight, feminine pieces.

Flirty Lady

Ruffles, has gone from girly to glam for spring 2013, and are a favorite of designers for spring. You will find on tops, sleeves, skirts, and dresses. Although ruffles can certainly be a pretty detail, these stiff, austere waves are more modern than the floppier furls of past seasons. This season, ruffles will be seen more over-sized and exaggerated, making this feminine detail feel new again.

Sleek and tailored

Nothing against dresses but when a gown appears too formal and a cocktail dress a bit too frivolous, there's something so elegant and sensual about a woman in men's evening wear, black-tie styling will suit the occasion. With jackets ranging from cropped to hourglass to sleeveless, as well as tailored suit shots. There’s a tuxedo-inspired style that will fit anyone's specifications.

Don’t forget about SHOES

A big change comes in the style of heel, or lack of heel (The heeless wedge), being seen in shoe trends for the season. Flats, flatforms and kitten heels are really popular and you can find them in your favorite color or pattern. These comfortable shoes can be worn to work or for a night out. Other shoes this season will feature a block or chunky heel. This type of heel is also a little more comfortable and easier to walk in. Other big trends in shoes include bold colors, designs, metallic styles, clear accents, and cap toe styles. Also be on the lookout for strappy styles for spring which were featured in various spring 2013 runways.


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