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Spring 2013 Runway Trends

Updated on March 22, 2013

Spring is in the air, and so is a fresh new wave of unexpected trends. Some basic things that I expect of spring fashion include shedding my winter jacket, an influx of bright colors, and fabulous Brazilian bikinis. However, this spring, the runway threw us some new curveballs in the form of delightful spring trends that I can’t wait to try out for myself.

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Black & White

Simple yet chic, this may be my favorite current spring trend. Perhaps a little unexpected as spring is often associated with a chance to wear pastels and neons, these colors are easy to put together and, if you like, can be accessorized with your favorite spring brights (try a black and white ensemble with a pair of neon pumps). See looks by Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez (above) for inspiration on how to put a fresh spring spin on these classic colors.

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Leather

Not necessarily a fabric usually associated with spring, leather takes a delicate detour to make for one of the best spring trends I’ve seen. We’re not talking about thick, heavy leather here. Spring leather is thinner, which allows for interesting detailing and draping that thicker leather wouldn’t allow. Need convincing that leather is not just for winter? Take a look at these great spring 2013 looks from Jason Wu and Belstaff (above). I love the lace hem on the Jason Wu dress, and the fresh spring color in the Belstaff dress. It sheds a whole new spring twist on leather!

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Global Glam

Yet another trend that one might assume would be best left for fall and winter fashion, designers prove us wrong again. Exotic prints in light fabrics give a unique air to spring fashion. J. Crew gives us a great example here (above), pairing a tribal print top with summery white capris. This look is the perfect mix of style and comfort, and totally appropriate for spring in light fabrics. Another great example of styling the global glam look is this Marchesa dress (above). The intricate beading on this sheath dress gives this dress an exotic flair, and this gorgeous shade of orange provides that pop of color that we crave come spring.

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Lines & Polka Dots

Classic patterns are anything but boring this spring. Not your ordinary lines and polka dots, these patterns come to life in flattering silhouettes and light fabrics. Check out Diane Von Furstenberg’s (above) take on this trend in this piece from her spring 2013 collection. The sheath top is very current, and the airy fabrics make this ensemble a sure stand-out. Moving on to a Michael Kors (above) spring 2013 look, please don’t get me started on how much I love this look! I love the contrast of the different size lines, the belted waist giving a perfect silhouette, and the mix of casual and dressy in this look. This also plays into the black and white trend. Well done, Michael Kors (as usual).

Of course, these are just a handful of great new trends we are seeing out there for spring 2013. Which of these looks is your favorite? What new trends are you wearing this spring?

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