The Spring/Summer 2013 Edit: Your Essential Guide to the New Season

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In The Scene logoWith spring just around the corner, In The Scene brings you a look at what you’ll be wearing next season, from the catwalks that inspired the looks to the high street that provides the essentials. Here are the trends of Spring/Summer 2013…

The catwalks for the Spring/Summer 2013 season were unanimous; the pieces were sharp, cool and feminine with a fresh, clean and incredibly chic look. The trends ranged from sports luxe, feminine cool and fuss-free minimalism, and, although each look was varied, they all retained a sense of restraint. The tailoring was impeccable but more relaxed than in previous seasons. The colour palette was muted and fresh – white, the cleanest of shades, is  clearly the colour hero of the season.

The key to staying cool this summer is to not overdo it. Keep your silhouette clean and your hair and makeup pared down. Here’s a summary of all the key trends to work next season, the designers that inspired them, and the must-have high street pieces!

Sportswear

Sportswear is a huge trend this season. However, this is not a time to be borrowing your boyfriend’s gross tracksuit. Although the silhouette says sport, the fabric and cut says luxe – you wouldn’t want to go to the gym in this! Keep it soft and feminine but feel free to experiment with colour. Fluorescent feels so right with this trend!

Stella McCartney demonstrates how to work the sports luxe look
Stella McCartney demonstrates how to work the sports luxe look
Topshop, £34
Topshop, £34

There was no denying the colour of the season

White was everywhere! A surprising lead in this area was Victoria Beckham’s highly desirable label. If you still consider her only to be a Spice Girl and one half of the world’s most famous couple, you have some catching up to do – her label has become a by-word for sumptuous, luxurious dressing. To get the look on the high street, look for sharp pieces like this dress from Topshop. White heels are also huge this season but wear with caution. Not only do they get dirty easily (making them a complete Jester’s no-no), but they also risk looking a bit “Essex” tacky. Choose a classic stiletto or a 1990s minimalist style to stay on-trend.

Topshop, £65
Topshop, £65

 

Victoria Beckham leads the white way

So floral patterns for spring are not exactly original or surprising, but this season there’s a difference as designers embellished pieces with three-dimensional appliqué flowers. To prevent yourself from looking like you’re going to a six years old birthday party, choose a piece with sharp, clean tailoring or pair it with tough pieces with accents such as leather, metal or plastic.

Oscar de la Renta shows off some beautiful floral embellishments
Oscar de la Renta shows off some beautiful floral embellishments
Topshop. £38
Topshop. £38

Call it the Angelina Jolie effect

But side splits are everywhere! They’re perfect for flashing a bit of flesh whilst being on the right side of risqué. Styles and looks are wide-ranging; skirts can be a maxi, midi or mini, and the style can be long and flowing or short and sharp. This trend works easily on the beach, at a picnic or at a club. Splits can be long or nearly-revealing-the-knickers short but, remember, one gust of wind and the people at the bus stop may see more than you wanted to reveal…

Angelina Jolie's right leg makes an appearance at the 2012 Oscars and sparks a new trend...
Angelina Jolie’s right leg makes an appearance at the 2012 Oscars and sparks a new trend…

 

Topshop, £20
Topshop, £20

Metallic

This can be a hard trend to work. Not only do you risk looking like an amateur astronaut dressed in tin foil, but the silvery hues can wash out anyone with fair skin. If you’re one of these people, keep metallic colours away from your face. Shoes are an easy way to (literally) dip your toes into this trend, and can really add a lift to any outfit. Almost any style goes so why not try something unusual like this wedge? If you do try metallic clothing, keep the silhouette minimal; it’s the colour that packs the punch.

ASOS, £45
ASOS, £45

 

Alexander Wang's use of metallic is sharp and modern
Alexander Wang’s use of metallic is sharp and modern

Chequers

Yes, really. This season, the hottest print of the season is the chequered look. Louis Vuitton led the way with this trend working a bold, fresh and elegant appearance. This look also had a bit of a 1960s feel about it. Work a liquid eyeliner feline flick and a messy beehive to really channel this trend.

It's checkmate at Louis Vuitton
It’s checkmate at Louis Vuitton
River Island, £25
River Island, £25

If chequered clothes are a little bit “chess board” for you, why not try stripes? Vertical stripes are more flattering than their horizontal sibling as they elongate and slim the body – stick to this stripe if you’re curvier than a catwalk model. Stripes do, however, have to be bold. Double kudos for those who work double stripes à la Michael Kors.

Michael Kors works double stripes
Michael Kors works double stripes
Topshop, £42
Topshop, £42

For those of a more feminine disposition, the catwalk was abundant with frills and ruffles. Everything from hems, cuffs, necklines and shoulders were decorated with elegant frills. Bold ruffles often require rich, expensive fabric to keep it looking smart so, to work this look on a smaller budget, choose understated, relaxed embellishments.

Chloe works flouncy, feminine cool
Chloe works flouncy, feminine cool
Stay peachy keen with ASOS, £32
Stay peachy keen with ASOS, £32

Have fun experimenting with the new looks this season. Decide which trend works for you and your wardrobe before investing in some key pieces. Remember, keep it fresh, cool and clean. Now if we could only have the weather to match our wardrobes…

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