Bold patterns, bright designs, vintage graphic prints among best spring 2013 fashion trends

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis, Date: April 4, 2013

At long last, it’s finally starting to look and feel like spring outside, which means that now is the perfect time to go out and scoop up the latest trend-setting pieces.  This spring, there are five major trends that have the fashion world buzzing.  Stripes, floral prints, crop tops, black and white, and ruffles are the looks that should be at the top of your shopping list when you go to the mall this weekend.

Stripes were one of the most prominent looks on the spring runways, and for good reason, as they are undoubtedly the most wearable trend that you’ll see in stores and online this season.  Chances are that there’s already a striped top or two hanging in your closet, but this season they’re showing up on everything from scarves to shoes.

Keds is capitalizing on this trend with their new Double Dutch Stripe shoes that retail for just $50.  There are three shades to choose from, but the brightest and most appropriate for spring is washed aqua lime stripe.  It features thick aqua stripes, thin contrasting lime stripes, and a sweet floral print patch on the heel.

As always, floral prints are popular once again this spring, but with a few twists.  This season, prints range in style from water colored to vintage-inspired to graphic.

Pick up the Sleeveless Floral Chiffon Shirt in mint for around $18 from Wet Seal.  This shirt is light and breezy which is perfect for spring and will be a great transition piece for when summer rolls around.  It features a delicate vintage inspired floral print and trendy high-low hemline that will look great when paired with jean shorts and circle skirts.

There’s no doubt that you’ll be seeing this next big trend on everyone from your favorite celebrities to your neighbor in the coming weeks.  Crop tops are this season’s standout trend because of their versatility.  Depending on the structure of the top that you purchase, it can be worn with a sleek pair of cigarette pants or a simple pair of jersey shorts.

A good rule of thumb for picking a crop top is to make sure that the hemline hits about three inches above your waistline.  Victoria’s Secret is on top of this trend with their loose fitting Dream Tee Crop Top that retails for $30.

Black and white was all the rage on the Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu runways during Fashion Week and now that spring has sprung, all of your favorite stores will be prominently featuring this trend in their front windows.  These two colors work effortlessly together because they are one of the most classic color combinations in fashion history.

This weekend, head to the mall and pick up the A-line polka dot skirt from Forever 21 for only $15.  The A-line silhouette is universally flattering on every body type and the sweet polka dot print will surely earn you compliments from your friends.

Online retailer ModCloth is the perfect store to turn to when looking for one of spring’s flirtiest trends.  Simply searching ruffles turns up dozens of beautiful clothes, so it may be hard to choose just one of their fabulous options.

ModCloth is known for making gorgeous dresses, so you’d be wise to purchase one of their great options, like the “And the Living is Breezy” dress, for $53.  It comes in a pastel peach hue and features a V-shaped neckline adorned with ruffles and pleating along both the bust and hemline.  This dress is perfect to wear to graduation parties this May.

When you go out shopping for the hottest and freshest spring fashion, be sure to choose pieces that you love, as it’s guaranteed you’ll be wearing this season’s trends on repeat.


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