The Spring/Summer 2013 runways were a lesson in fashion revival—and how to remake classic pieces (crop tops, floral prints) into edgy and modern interpretations of their former selves. We listed the top 10 trend-making summer fashion looks that caught our eye this season, and how to work them into your wardrobe this season.
Summer fashion essential #1: The crop top
Shopping info: Commes des Garçons Tulle Top ($1,253.09), at farfetch.com; Topshop crochet crop top (approx. $34), at topshop.com; Zara Studio Cropped Top (approx. $59.90), at zara.com.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Versace, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs
Pair with: Balance out the look (and elongate your frame) with your favourite pair of high-waisted pastel pants or cuffed boyfriend jeans for a relaxed weekend look.
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Summer fashion essential #2: The floral print
Shopping info: Floral peplum dress by Wal G (approx. $60), at topshop.com; Stuart Weitzman Pocosling in Poppy Silk ($385), at holtrenfew.com; Philip Sparks Vintage Print Blouse ($146.25), at philipsparks.com.
Seen at the Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Ralph Lauren, Prada, Rebecca Taylor
Pair with: For a floral-printed summer dress, add a solid, brightly coloured heel and clutch. The key to pulling together a classic look (and not to be confused with vintage wallpaper) is mixing in solids to accentuate and not compete with a sunny floral pattern.
Summer 2013 fashion essential #3: Acid-wash denim
Shopping info: Topshop petite MOTO Acid Jacket (approx. $74), at topshop.com; Acid wash shorts ($24), at mango.com; Current/Elliott The Perfect Denim Shirt ($216.76), at intermixonline.com.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: 3.1 Philip Lim, Anna Sui, DSquared2
Pair with: A patchwork vest for a chic denim-on-denim look, or distressed denim bottoms with a classic white T-shirt. Or any form of our other favourite punk-inspired runway look this season: leather.
Summer 2013 fashion essential #4: Nautical stripes
Shopping info: Ella Moss Lila Chevron Stripe Skirt in Black ($160.00), at eluxe.ca; Massimo Dutti red striped foulard ($59.90), at massimodutti.com; RED Valentino Tulle-striped cotton top ($197.50), at net-a-porter.com.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana
Pair with: If going for an allover and breezy striped pajama suit, add a bright, complementary statement heel. For a graphic mod look, pair a black and white striped midi-skirt with a bold neon tee and peep-toe heel.
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Summer 2013 fashion essential #5: Wedge sneaker
Shopping info: Chloé Suede leather and canvas wedge sneakers ($695), at net-a-porter.com; MICHAEL Michael Kors Nikko II High-Top Sneaker ($137), at michaelkors.com; Marc by Marc Jacobs Cutout Sneaker Wedge ($197.99), at couture.zappos.com.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Marc Jacobs, Isabel Marant, Michael Kors
Pair with: A skinny denim and oversized coat or boyfriend jacket for a playful take on structure on weekends. Or glam up your pumped-up kicks at night with an LBD and cropped leather jacket.
Summer 2013 fashion essential #6: Statement necklace
Shopping info:BCBG Pave Floral Necklace ($178), at bcbg.com; Touch faceted stones bib necklace ($59.99), at mango.com; Kate Spade New York Necklace ($278), at select Holt Renfrew locations across Canada.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Badgley Mischka
Pair with: A strapless summer dress to naturally draw attention to your embellished neckline. Or wear with a button-up collared shirt and sleek hair bun for appropriate dramatic effect.
Summer 2013 fashion essential #7: The midi skirt
Shopping info: Orla Embroidered Midi Skirt ($114), at monsoon.co.uk; Dolce & Gabbana striped midi skirt ($539), at mytheresa.com; H&M Calf-length pleated skirt (approx. $46), at hm.com.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu
Pair with: A crop top or bralet and blazer, plus a sleek heel to amp up this 1940s-inspired Hitchcock heroine look. A pair of leather opera gloves are a must for the perfect vintage look.
Summer 2013 fashion essential #8: The ear cuff
Shopping info: Repossi Black Gold 3-Row Berbere Earring ($3,460), at barneys.com; Givenchy Black Glass Stone Cuff Earring ($550), at ssense.com; Pave and faceted stone ear cuffs ($29.90), at express.com.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Rodarte, Jason Wu
Pair with: A sheer collared shirt and bold red lip. Sweep hair to one side or pull back into a chignon so that nothing stands between the world and your statement gold or jewel-embellished ear piece.
Summer 2013 fashion essential #9: The sheer cutout
Shopping info: Helmut Lang Thread Bare Sleeveless Blouse ($377.69), at intermixonline.com; Pour La Victoire Sofie in Navy/White ($243.75), at eluxe.ca; Victoria Beckham cutout-back crepe dress (approx. $1,585), at theoutnet.com.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Missoni, Jason Wu, Chloé
Pair with: A solid mini skirt to balance out a whispery cutout sleeveless blouse. Add a sleek metal toe cap pump and perforated clutch to nicely pull together this barely there ensemble.
Summer 2013 fashion essential #10: The wrap skirt
Shopping info: J. Crew stripe wrap skirt (approx $138), at jcrew.com; Stella McCartney Cutwork Embroidery Wrap Skirt ($724.17), at saksfifthavenue.com; Philip Sparks Navy Polka Dot Wrap Skirt ($295) at philipsparks.com.
Spring/Summer 2013 runway inspiration: Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga
Pair with: Add an air-light ruffle or peplum to playfully subvert your silhouette when wearing a figure-hugging wrap skirt. Go for minimalist, off-duty model sleek with black ankle boots and an envelope clutch.
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