Once January sales are over, retail stores get a rebirth, filled with pastel-coloured dresses, and sexy new sandal styles. But even if the stores are looking ahead to Spring, the mercury in the thermometer outside still won’t budge. Incorporating Spring 2013 trends into your wardrobe now is a good way to update a drab winter wardrobe, and introduce new pieces for next season.
The colours for spring come in different shades of easter eggs. From mint to yellow, pastels are here to stay for another spring season. One of the standout shades is coral, which can be easily worn in winter. Pair a coral blouse under a black blazer for a burst of colour during a drab February day. Pastel accessories are also very fresh, and look great with a beige trench coat.
While you can’t wear a trench in frigid temperatures, you can layer up or wear a down vest underneath to shield you from the elements. Nearing the end of winter, that parka has seen better days, and if the weather permits it (or if you are immune to the cold), start bringing out your wool and canvas coats. A big trend for spring are military details and bold prints on outerwear, as well as pastel-coloured leather. The trend was seen on the Spring 2013 runways of Mackage and Soia & Kyo. Pastel leather is a great alternative to a blazer for a night out with the girls. A motorcycle jacket is easygoing, but a leather trench is the perfect way to herald in the spring season.
Above: Coach Trapeze bag, Rachel Roy Booties, Joe Fresh Mod Print Shirt, Red Valentino Leather trench
Bold prints can also be seen on everything from pants, to dresses to blazers. Graphic black and white designs were seen on the Spring 2013 runways of designers like Marc Jacobs and homegrown favourite, Joe Fresh. Black and white is perfect for any season, so invest in that perfect mod print shirt now.
And you should also start saving for a new spring bag. The hottest silhouette this season is the trapeze bag. Functional and roomy, this bag has a lot of structure and architectural detail. A long strap makes it crossbody and easy-to-wear, while the shorter handles make it the perfect charming bag to hang from the crook of your arm. Whether you wear this trend in a classic black patent, or a bright pastel, get ahead of the pack and start wearing this geometric silhouette now.
Booties are a surprising trend for next season. A sexy stiletto style with a low vamp is an alternate to evening sandals that might give you blisters. Celebrities are wearing booties with cocktail and red carpet dresses, and this will continue to be a trend in the new year. Booties are perfect for this time of year, so pair elegant booties with a cocktail dress and tights or skinny jeans until you can bare your legs in a couple months.
While it might seem premature to shop for spring clothes when snow is still hitting the ground, a kickstart on your new wardrobe is sure to brighten those winter blahs.
[Feature Photo: GUCCI Spring Ready to Wear 2013]