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Spring Fashion Trends 2013

Updated on June 19, 2013
Leather is an unexpected twist for spring 2013. (MesDress Spring/Summer 2013)
Leather is an unexpected twist for spring 2013. (MesDress Spring/Summer 2013) | Source

A change in seasons is always exciting, and the trends this spring will have you wanting to switch up your wardrobe before the warm weather even begins. From feminine and pretty to bold and unexpected, fashion designers brought an exciting mix of looks to the runway this season.

Here are the top fashion trends for spring 2013:

Leather

Leather just may be the coolest trend this season. Dresses, tops, skirts, shoes, and bags were all seen in this sleek material on the runway. Don’t think you need to keep to white and pastel leather either. Deeper colors like hunter green, navy, mauve, and black are on trend for spring this year.

Ladylike Dresses

Ladylike dresses reminiscent of the 50’s (think Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn) are big for this spring. Full knee length skirts, belted waists, cap sleeves, high necklines, and swing dress silhouettes all graced the runway. These dresses are sophisticated and tasteful with softness and class.

Pleats

Along with the ladylike trend, expect to see pleated skirts, tops, and dresses in stores this season. These delicate folds in fabric whisper “vintage” and beg for a twirl. Perfect for work wear and romantic weekends, pleats may be the sweetest look for spring 2013.

Floral Prints

It wouldn’t be spring without some soft floral, and this print was big with designers again this year. Pretty floral fabrics will make an appearance when warm weather hits. Pair a flowing floral dress with a belt for quintessential spring style.

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Soft pleating and "Malibu" colors will make an appearance this spring. (Moschino Spring/Summer 2013)Floral prints and bare midriffs are big for spring 2013. (Lisa Maree Spring/Summer 2013)Pleated, soft fabrics and feminine silhouettes are perfect for spring. (Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2013)50's inspired feminine dresses are trending for spring 2013. (Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2013)Watch for bright colors like salmon, orange, and aqua for spring 2013. (Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013)
Soft pleating and "Malibu" colors will make an appearance this spring. (Moschino Spring/Summer 2013)
Soft pleating and "Malibu" colors will make an appearance this spring. (Moschino Spring/Summer 2013) | Source
Floral prints and bare midriffs are big for spring 2013. (Lisa Maree Spring/Summer 2013)
Floral prints and bare midriffs are big for spring 2013. (Lisa Maree Spring/Summer 2013) | Source
Pleated, soft fabrics and feminine silhouettes are perfect for spring. (Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2013)
Pleated, soft fabrics and feminine silhouettes are perfect for spring. (Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2013) | Source
50's inspired feminine dresses are trending for spring 2013. (Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2013)
50's inspired feminine dresses are trending for spring 2013. (Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2013) | Source
Watch for bright colors like salmon, orange, and aqua for spring 2013. (Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013)
Watch for bright colors like salmon, orange, and aqua for spring 2013. (Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013) | Source

Add a pretty dress to your spring wardrobe:

Stripes

Lined prints were all over the runway for spring 2013. Black and white or colored; thick, thin, or varied; vertical or horizontal – designers are loving all sorts of stripes. Have fun sailing into spring with this nautical print.

Lace

Romantically traditional lace is also a current favorite among designers. Old Hollywood glamour combined with refined silhouettes find perfection in this feminine fabric. The look is tasteful and pretty with ladylike class and delicate detail (not your grandmother’s doily).

Peplum

Structured skirts and peplum are here to stay for another season. Designers played with architecturally interesting shapes in skirts for spring 2013. Peplum is perfect for business wear that makes a statement.

Bold Colors

It won’t be the usual pale pastels lining storefronts this year. Darker, bolder, and brighter colors will be switching things up instead. Watch for three main color palettes: Grey (shades of black, white, and grey), Rich (darker tones of blue, green, purple, and orange), and Malibu (bright shades of salmon, aqua, yellow, and orange).

Cutouts

Be forewarned and start your fitness program for toning today - cutouts will be big this season. From necklines to midriffs to shoulders to ankles, skin will be peeking through cutouts all over the body.

Document Clutches

The accessory trend to watch for right now is the document clutch. Large enough to hold your tablet or laptop, this clutch is both functional and fashionable. Go for a smooth leather or unexpected color to finish off any outfit with style.


Cutouts were seen all over the runway for spring 2013. (Talulah Spring/Summer 2013)
Cutouts were seen all over the runway for spring 2013. (Talulah Spring/Summer 2013) | Source
Black, white, and grey are trending this spring, along with ladylike cuts and peplums.  (Johnny Sydney Spring/Summer 2013)
Black, white, and grey are trending this spring, along with ladylike cuts and peplums. (Johnny Sydney Spring/Summer 2013) | Source

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    • Faith A Mullen profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith A Mullen 

      5 years ago

      Thanks, bahusarees! Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Avinash 

      5 years ago from Mumbai

      Hey nice Post. Thanks

    • Faith A Mullen profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith A Mullen 

      5 years ago

      Thanks, Angela! I love a good dark jean/cute top combo. I'm excited about the 50's style dresses that are coming back in style.

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      Angela Blair 

      5 years ago from Central Texas

      Delightful and informative Hub. Must admit, although we have some designers that create for mature women there aren't many and I've yet to find one that doesn't want me to dress like Old Mother Hubbard. If it wasn't for blue jeans and clever tops I'd be naked! Congratulations on bringing this bottom-line recap on what's gonna be great for this Spring! Best/Sis

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