2013: The Internet Says 'Wear This!'

It's basically impossible to keep up with what's in and what's out in fashion. Let's face it, it's a sales technique; a ploy to get us sucked into a cycle of continuous spending and consuming. And we'd be really pissed about it ...

... if it weren't so much freaking fun. Admit it! If you are even remotely interested in fashion you are clicking on headlines that contain the words "trend" and "new" and "hot for [insert season]". Plus, everyone loves a good list. So although it's pretty early in the new year, it's never too early for a round-up of NEW HOT TRENDS FOR 2013. Let's take a look at what the interwebs has to say about it.

Glamour Says ...

Glamour was the first website that popped up when Googling "2013 fashion trends" with a slideshow promising to show us spring's "most wearable" items. Skepticism gave way to relief when we saw the first slide: Bermuda shorts. HOLLA. For those of us who aren't excited at the prospect of showing a lot of thigh, this is a relief; not to mention they look classy, and paired with the right shoe and top Bermudas are approximately a billion times more versatile than a short short. There's plenty to say "blah" about on the list--when is "black and white" not a trend? Is leather ever "out"?--but a few other trends that make us say "yay" are statement sunglasses and sporty sundresses, both of which are perfect for the stylish gal who endures sweltering summers in Houston.

One trend listed that is worth skipping: peek-a-boo cut outs and bare stomachs. Great on a bathing suit, but tough to pull off as streetwear. If you must, go with a cocktail dress with cut-outs at the neckline or shoulders; sexy, not slutty.

Marie Claire Says ...

When a list is Nina Garcia-approved, it's probably going to have more hits than misses. Marie Claire doesn't promise wearability, but they enthuse that these looks for spring are STRAIGHT from the runway at New York Fashion Week. In an attempt to freshen up that old "black and white" trend, MC calls it the "Helmut Newton Effect" and somehow renaming it has the desired effect, and inspires a desire to throw out anything not black or white. It's nice to see bold stripes listed, but don't let anyone tell you that big is better "because it's spring." Any and all patterns--including stripes--should be selected with caution, and with your body proportion in mind. Steer clear of the peek-a-boo trend and go with the more modest, and flattering, sheer trend. You still show some skin but it's strategic and sensible.

Harper's Bazaar Says ...

Harper's kicks off their Spring 2013 slideshow with the trend they call "Color Theory"--head-to-toe monochromatic color, and bright colors at that. Color Theory sounds great in theory, but proceed with caution lest one end up looking like a big piece of fruit.

"Eastern Promises" is how HB defines the heavy Eastern influences seen on various runways, from Prada to Pucci. Whether in cut, print, or both, designers borrowed heavily from the Far East, but for street wear a little goes a long way--proceed with caution.

The best of the bunch--dubbed "Frill Me"--is the re-emergence of the ruffle. Choose a lot of ruffles for flirty fun, or a bold, one-shouldered tunic to add visual interest to an otherwise tailored piece. This is probably the most versatile trend of the lot, and the easiest to rotate into a personal wardrobe and/or style.

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Christina Uticone