Spring/Summer 2013: Trends (for the laypeople)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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While we’ve all been marveling at the F/W trends on the runways of various fashion weeks, let’s take a moment to not set our sets too far ahead and peep what we’ll be wearing if spring OR summer finally decide to grace us with their presence.  Here are a few trends explained with options from local stores that are a little more in a normal person price range. And hey, if there are any items to skimp on quality with, it’s trendy items. Cause if Project Runway has taught me one thing it’s that one-day you’re in, the next you’re out.


As Erin mentioned, if you’re not already, you should be doing crunches. Gym? Crunches. Grocery shopping? Crunches. Eating bacon? Crunches. You’ll need your abs to be toight if you’re planning in partaking in the crop trend happening this summer. Everything from blouses to basic t-shirts are shrunken to show off your muffin top. So start up Kanye’s workout plan ASAP.

Clockwise starting at top left: TopShop, UrbanOutfitters,  Zara, UrbanOutfitters

90s Grunge

Been hiding your Nirvana fangirl tendencies since 1991? Don’t fret. 90s grunge is back. Seen in subtle prints and cuts, it’s not full on Kurt Cobain, but you’ll be able to infuse a few badass pieces into your flowy summer wardrobe.

Clockwise starting at top left: Topshop, Zara, H&M, Topshop


I feel like this trends has been around for a while. I guess its classic appeal lends itself to most seasons. I love the idea of pairing something so delicate and feminine with say a 90’s grunge piece or even a burglar stripe. They say contrast is the spice of life, right?

Clockwise starting at top left: Topshop, H&M, H&M, Zara

Burglar Stripes

With mod influences seen in every store, it’s not surprising the black and white motif has morphed into a fashion favourite - the stripe. Horizontal, vertical, maybe even diagonal, you’ll be seeing these everywhere with every girl hoping that they will help her resemble Coco Rocha. If only I could rock a full strip pant suit (sigh).

Clock wise starting at top left: Urban Outfitters, Zara, Zara, ClubMonaco

Perhaps this post will have the opposite effect of Murphy’s Law and spring will arrive tomorrow and Erin will be able to wear different shoes. And we will all rejoice by fashioning an on-trend ensemble combining 90s grunge, crop tops, lace, stripes, and cutouts in the most formidable display of power clashing.