This season's turn to all things '90s nostalgic has us looking for ways to make that Kurt Cobain aesthetic work beyond the concert venues and the downtown street scene. Think of it as "grown-up grunge," a more sophisticated take on the standout trends that you most closely associate the '90s with — namely plaid, mixed prints, beat-up Converse, ripped denim, and slouchier tied-waist silhouettes. With 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dries van Noten's Spring collections providing serious styling inspiration — OK, we also referenced Saint Laurent's Fall '13 lineup, too — we promise this is a grunge look that even the girlier set will want to try. Click through for three ways to wear it now.
Blue is easily one of the colors we are most excited about wearing this season. Many designers looked to the water and sky for inspiration this season and translated these themes onto the runway with pretty cloud prints, varying shades of blues, and fluid fabrics. We're giving you an inside look at our process — from how we spot the trend on the runway to the moment the trend comes to fruition on our shoot. Watch on and enjoy today's installment of Currently Trending. On Allison McNamara: Club Monaco top, Forever 21 pants, Target belt, Rag & Bone booties.
There's no need to stress over balancing your need for fashion and function this season, thanks to sturdy block-heeled sandals. With designers like Marni, Isabel Marant, and Rag and Bone showcasing varying renditions on their Spring runways, there's no doubt that chunky-heeled shoes are in — and we're loving them. Pair them with pencil skirts or crisp shorts suits for a fresh take on office dressing, or come cocktail time, style your chunky heels with a silky printed dress and bold jewels. The best part? These block-heeled shoes come in a range of heights and finishes, so there are plenty to choose from. To make your life a little easier, we handpicked 12 of the best pairs on the market right now — shop them below!
Thanks to Vera Wang, Reem Acra, and Lela Rose (pictured below), we're seeing 50 shades of green this season. And the virtual shelves are appropriately stocked with a cool verdant variety, making it all the easier to go green whenever the mood — and whimsy — strikes. Just remember to pair the hue with more neutral tones, like black, white, and camel, so that you don't run the risk of veering into Jolly Green Giant territory. We also love the idea of wearing a structured, printed green top with crisp shorts or a pencil skirt for a new take on office dressing. Ready to embrace Spring's green hue? Shop 20 of our favorite picks below.
Spring is here, and its vibrant forecast has us dreaming of all the ways to style up an outfit that perfectly reflects its rainbow hues. This season, embrace a spectrum of bright, bold hues and a serious mix of luxurious navy blues, icy grays, and jeweled purples to tag along. Among the ROYGBIV runway standouts? Oscar de la Renta's shocking pink, Rag & Bone's neon green, Phillip Lim's rich cobalt blue, Michael Kors's saturated lemon yellow, Alexander Wang's crisp blacks and whites, and Proenza Schouler's lacquered-up red. Click through now to experience our ultimate color trend breakdown firsthand.
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Spring's ruffled runways — seen at Chloé, Gucci, and Givenchy, to name a few — are proof that you don't have to be the quintessential girlie-girl type to join in on the fun. If frilly dresses aren't your thing, then try pairing a ruffled top with a pair of tailored trousers and minimal ankle-strap sandals for a look that's simultaneously whimsical and sleek. For a dressier aesthetic, opt for silkier textures, and if you're looking for something more casual, then pair a sweet ruffled confection with a pair of loose jeans. Or, add a sportier tilt to your style with a gray-and-navy color combo punctuated with a pair of black-and-green shoes. Jonesing to add this look to your warm weather repertoire? Shop our three irresistible outfits below.
Left to right: See by Chloé Ruffle Blouse ($188, originally $314), Vera Wang High-Rise Jacquard Pants ($850), Vince Lara Huarache Sandals ($375), J.W. Anderson Asymmetric Ruffle Tank ($640), Mango Cropped Suit Trousers ($60), Narciso Rodriguez Ankle-Strap Side-Buckle Sandals ($1,050), Romwe Cut-Out Rose Blouse ($37), Tibi Vintage-Wash Denim Pants ($250), Steve Madden Realove Evening Sandals ($79)
Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Marni are just a few of the runways that showcased a plethora of leather looks for Spring 2013. Now, celebrities are taking the trend to their respective events, as evidenced by Diane Kruger in red leather, Solange in a bright iteration, and Olivia Palermo in a fresh leather take on the little black dress. Get all the details right here! On Allison McNamara: Tucker top, Darling skirt.
The Spring runways were filled with a new cut of cropped jackets from the likes of Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Giambattista Valli to name a few. From fitted ladylike renditions — think Michelle Obama style — to boxier silhouettes, we love this trend because, frankly, we're tired of wearing our heavy Winter coats, and this jacket will make for the ideal transitional piece into the warmer months. From Acne's standout bright green leather jacket to more feminine wares, shop the best from the batch right now.
In addition to being one of our style resolutions, crisp white hues popped up all over the Spring '13 runways, refreshed in modern renditions from the likes of Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, and Cushnie et Ochs (seen below). For an instant wardrobe update, swap out your tried-and-true black blazer for a sharp white rendition; pair white jeans with a white top for a clean yet bold statement; and nothing says sleek like a white sheath for your next cocktail party. Needless to say, white has made its case as a major style staple this season, and with that in mind, it's time to add a few pieces to your very own wardrobe. From sleek blazers for your 9-to-5 to romantic lace pencil skirts, see and shop our editors' top 16 picks below.
The easiest way to garner a little extra attention this season may just be with a flash of metallic on your footwear. Silver-toned heels turned heads on the Spring '13 runways at Dior, J.Crew, and Prada, but the high-impact effect is easy to take from the catwalk to the street. Flats, low heels, wedges, and oxford silhouettes make it easy to wear Spring's metallic trend with everything from your laid-back basics to your special-occasion dresses. We've handpicked 12 of our favorites — just be warned that they're sure to elicit some serious shoe envy whenever you slip them on.