Straight From The Runway: 10 Wearable Trends To Try in 2013

Liz Doupnik
Straight From The Runway: 10 Wearable Trends To Try in 2013
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It’s a new year, which can only mean one thing: A new crop of trends to try out. There were more than a handful of runway looks that left us breathless throughout Spring 2013 Fashion Month, and identifying our favorites was no easy feat. However, we managed to sift through them all to bring you those that aren’t only going to be the most popular, but also the most wearable (hey, we have to step out the door eventually, right?).

Some trends might give you 2012 deja vu—particularly leather and crop tops—but it’s clear they’ll be sticking around well into the new year. Others, such as stripes and overalls, offer exciting new sartorial choices and are already getting some major face time on style setters like Alexa Chung and Leandra Medine.

So, without further ado, we bring you 10 trends to try this year, as seen on high-profile 2013 runways.

Read on to see which styles you should be snatching up this year. Happy New Year!

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Whether skinny or super-thick, 2013 is poised to be the year of the stripe. Especially striking when worn on top and the bottom, graphic lines can be surprisingly chic and flattering. Not so into striped clothing? Pick up a pair of lined heels or a clutch to get in on the trend without going overboard.

(L-R) Dolce & Gabbanna, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors

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Collars, skirt hems, and everything in between received flouncy, feminine ruffle treatment on Spring 2013 runways. We're betting this particular wearable trend will be one of the year's biggest standouts. 

(L-R): Balenciaga, Chloe, Givenchy

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From glitzy gowns to shimmering skirts, metallics made a strong showing on 2013 runways. Interestingly, the shades weren't limited to silver and gold, but also included punchy yellows, lilacs, blues and pinks. 

(L-R): Burberry, Christian Dior, Louise Gray

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Last year's huge leather trend isn't going anywhere, as we'll be seeing leather applied to sophisticated, inventive silhouettes in 2013. It's a stylish way to introduce just the right amount of edge into a look, so pick up a piece—faux or otherwise—stat. Not sure what to invest in? Our vote goes toward super-slouchy leather pants, which is poised to be a big hit in '13. 

(L-R): Balmain, Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim

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Already embraced by the likes of Alexa Chung and blogger Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) overalls are the perfect choice if you're looking to get down with your tomboy side this year. Conversely, they can look refreshingly feminine when worn with a secretary blouse underneath.

(L-R): Rebecca Minkoff, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ruffian

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Sheer doesn't have to be shocking, as peek-a-boo panels introduced an element of unexpected surprise to 2013 runway looks. 

(L-R): Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Temperley London

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Swing into the new year and channel the London Youthquake of the 1960s. Mini-skirts, Mondrian-inspired prints, and bold stripes made a splash, as did Peter Pan collars, cropped boxy jackets, and nude lipstick. 

(L-R): Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Moschino

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Bare midriffs were one of 2012's biggest trends (check out our month-by-month calendar of celebs in crop tops!), and it seems they're not going anywhere. Surprisingly slimming, try wearing a high-waisted skirt with a slightly shrunken cropped blouse to ease into this trend. Not to mention, it's great motivation to keep hitting the gym, even after January.

(L-R): Moschino Cheap & Chic, Louis Vuitton, Charlotte Ronson

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A possible reaction to the over-saturation of color last year, 2013 is looking a lot more grayscale. Often presented in the form of prints, the use of black and white allow busy motifs to remain sophisticated and not at all overwhelming. Our top tip? Pick up a pair of slightly oversized vertically-striped pants in the two-tone palette. 

(L-R): Balmain, Moschino, Naeem Khan

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Store those constricting clothes for another year, because 2013 is all about louche, boyfriend-style apparel. Literally the "anti-body" look, loose trousers in lightweight fabrics can be surprisingly elongating when paired with a cropped sweater or mildly structured jacket. 

(L-R): Celine, Chris Benz, Theyskens' Theory

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