Continuing Trends for 2013

I wanted to kick the year off with some fashion tips and trends for 2013…. Tips that ring true any season, any year and make for a better wardrobe……trends that are here to stay through Spring and possibly further.  Working as closely as I do with boutiques, I am kept in the know about what is hot for the season ahead based on what was shown at the trade shows. I thought I would let you in on what is here to stay and provide you with some links and ideas on where to make your purchases (with any luck on sale). Hope you have recovered from your New Years Eve celebrations…I was snuggled on my couch with my favorite men and was  asleep before the ball dropped..probably not my most exciting New Years but possibly one of my favorites. Enjoy and Happy Shopping:)

TIPS……

Purple Dress c/o eShakti  Plaid Shirt c/o Tailor4Less

I always tell personal shopping clients to get to know a great tailor. No two bodies are the same and yet we buy off the rack as if they are. Knowing a great tailor (or utilizing your own sewing machine) will make your clothing appear as if they were specifically made for you.  A few online retailers know this to be true and are making it even easier for you. The purple dress featured above is made by eShakti, a feminine brand that specializes in dresses and skirts.  The plaid button down is made by Tailor4Less specializing in suiting and shirts.  Both have amazing customization options and guarantee a perfect fit!

Hat San Diego Hat Co, Scarf Banana Republic, Necklace Stella and Dot, Turquoise Necklace Sunshine Daydreams

Any closet or wardrobe worth coveting has great accessories.  Scarves, jewelry and interesting add ons can take a bland boring outfit to super fashionable status.   One thing I know for certain is the accessories trend is not going anywhere.  You will see a plethora of hats, scarves and fabulous baubles for Spring 2013.A few of my favorite online resources for statement jewelry are Lydell, Stella and Dot, Noonday Collection and for local handmade items I love Zolie Designs.  Strangely Old Navy has a great selection of scarves- I have had a lot of luck there.  Nordstroms has a great selection of hats and always has great after Holiday sales.

Trends…. 

Orange Blazer unknown, Chocolate Brown Blazer SAVA, Mint Blazer Esley, Hot Pink Blazer c/o LOFT

Blazers made a serious splash onto the fashion scene this past Spring.  I invested in a few and am so glad I did.  All signs point to the blazer fast becoming a wardrobe staple even for those of us who don’t report to a 9 to 5.  This is an item that I say “splurge” on for a great fabric/fit but if it it isn’t in the budget here are some great options for both a save and splurge.  Budget friendly my favorites are this one from LOFT and this one  from The Limited (oh and this one  is also fab)!  If you have Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket try these splurges here, here and the total classic splurge here.

Chambray Shirt Old Navy, Denim Button Down JCrew Factory

I can’t imagine that most of you reading do not have a denim/chambray shirt in your closet.  I was late to the gate with this trend…hopped on in the Spring of 12 and haven’t looked back.  I wear mine constantly and will continue to do so into the Spring of 13.  Inexpensive option here and a pricier one here.

Leather Jacket Steve Madden, Leather Gloves SAVA, Leather Skinnies Nicole Miller, Leather Vest Rachel Zoe

Leather, especially in black, was popping up all over the Spring 13 fashion runways a few months back.  I think you will see the leather skinnies/pants trend continue on (and pick up some additional lighter colors) and you will also see warmer weather leather pieces like skirts, tanks and tank dresses.  So don’t put those leather pieces away too soon…and if you don’t own any..now is a great time to stock up!  Check out the jackets here.  The trend unfortunately doesn’t come cheap but if you buy a great tank dress like here or here …you can layer it up for cold weather and wear it alone when it gets warmer.  The entire “leather” section of Asos is on sale here and totally worth a browse.

Red Denim Level 99, Grey Skinnies Genetic, Snakeskin Jeans Rich and Skinny

The powerhouse colored/printed skinny jean is not losing much steam come Spring.  Of course you will be pairing it with loose fitting white T’s and denim jackets…but the jeans will remain a staple.  I, for one, am elated.  Partly because I own several pairs and partly because it is just so easy to make it appear as if you spent time planning your outfit.  For inexpensive options I like these, these and these.  Pricier pairs available here, here and the ones I just got for Xmas here.

Hope you enjoyed this round up and stay tuned for more features like these in 2013!  Happy New Year!

Carly