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2013’s 10 Boldest Trends So Far (Plus 3 New Ones to Try!)


A Look Back at This Year's 10 Boldest Trends (Plus 3 Current Ones!)
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September is a major month for fashion: Fashion Weeks are happening around the globe and everyone is paying attention while shopping for their fall wardrobes. As you guys know, the reason fashion weeks are held months in advance of their prospective seasons is to give retailers time to get ready. So, even though the year doesn’t end for three months, a new wave of trends and styles is already on its way!

Before we get distracted with the new fashion-forward styles coming out later this year, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at the year’s 10 boldest trends, plus a few that are just starting to trend right now!

This Year’s Boldest Trends:

1. Flatform Shoes and Creepers

Flatforms and creepers
Products: 1. Topshop, 2. Karmaloop, 3. Charlotte Russe

I never jumped on this trend myself, but I really admire those of you that did! Possibly the most eclectic trend of the year, “flatforms” and creepers quickly became a street style favorite and were frequently showcased on street style sites like

2. Skirt & Skort Styles

Zara skortChiffon maxi skirtHigh low maxi
Products: 1. Zara, 2. Forever 21, 3. Threadsence

If the fashion calendar had a name, this would be The Year of the Skirt! Skirt styles in 2013 were very daring and challenged traditional hem lines and skirt lengths. Various skirt trends such as asymmetric skirts, semi-sheer maxis, midi skirts, double slits, wrap skirts, and even skorts were popular throughout the year.

3. Crop Tops

Mesh crop top Front cut out crop topBlack and white crop top
Products: 1. Nordstrom, 2. Nasty Gal, 3. Boohoo

Crop tops have been having their moment for a while, but they evolved this year as styles became more diverse. This year the crop top transitioned past basic festival or street wear, and became a more sophisticated piece suitable for dressier occasions. Some of the most notable style shifts were sleeveless crop tops, cutout crop tops,and printed crop tops with a matching skirt.

4. Snapbacks and Beanies

Fetch beanie Feline beanieBorn ready snapback
Products: 1. Karmaloop, 2. Nasty Gal, 3. Karmaloop

Snapbacks (flat backs, baseball caps, or just a plain ‘ole hat) and beanies have been around forever but they got a glamorous makeover this year. They quickly became staple street wear pieces, and were sported by many celebrities including street style icon Cara Delevingne.

5. Off-the-Shoulder Looks

Off shoulder dressOff shoulder dress chevronOff shoulder top
Products: 1. Threadsence, 2. Charlotte Russe, 3. Tobi

Off-the-shoulder dresses and tops may have been the most popular article of clothing this year, at least, if you’re asking my Facebook feed! College girls everywhere really embraced this style, and it seemed to be a very popular choice in the Greek community for formal and social events.

6. Fun Sunglasses

Round sunglasses Heart sunglassesCat eye sunglasses
Products: 1. Pixie Market, 2. Bleudame, 3. Bleudame

Sunglasses got quirky this year, and many people experimented with fun shapes like hearts and oversized cat-eyes! We loved this trend because it was easy on the wallet and offered so many styles to try.

7. Printed Pants and Leggings

Printed leggings one Patriot leggingsGalaxy leggings
Products: 1. Boohoo, 2. Tobi, 3. ASOS

Whether you love this trend or hate this trend, nobody can deny that printed pants and leggings took the world by storm this year! This is definitely a controversial trend, but it’s not hard to see the appeal. Frequently worn with combat boots and oversized tops, printed pants and leggings can easily give an outfit more personality. Also, since leggings in particular are generally on the cheap side, they allow girls to experiment with many prints without overspending.

8. Studs

Studded bag Studded bootsStudded jacket
Products: 1. Topshop, 2. Forever 21, 3. ASOS

Pyramid studs, dome studs, and spikes became very popular this year as easy ways to add edge to an outfit. The stud trend was most notably sported on leather jackets, boots, handbags, and denim.

9. High-Waisted Denim Shorts

Cut off shorts Blue highwaisted shortsAmerican shorts
Products: 1. Nasty Gal, 2. Tobi, 3. Nasty Gal

The ’90s came back in a big way this year, and nowhere was it more apparent than with this trend! High-waisted denim shorts are now staples at music festivals, on the streets of warm-weathered cities, at college parties, and at everyday places like the mall. Summer 2013’s hottest styles incorporated distressing, studding, and colorful variations like American flag print.

10. Body Jewelry

Arm cuff Body chainEar cuff
Products: 1. ASOS, 2. Nasty Gal, 3. Tobi

We first started seeing this trend on celebrities like Kim Kardashian who incorporated body harnesses and hair jewelry into their everyday wear. However, body jewelry is no longer a trend reserved for the famous – ear cuffs and boho headpieces are popular choices for many girls.

Up Next: What’s Beginning to Trend Now

1. Wide Leg Boho Pants

Boho pants 2 Boho pantsBoho pants 3
Products: 1. Pink Ice, 2. Forever 21, 3. Forever 21

Gauchos may be having the last laugh with the evolution of this trend! I first saw this style on Naomi in an episode of 90210, but it has only recently begun to catch on like crazy. The flowy, printed, wide-leg trouser trend is gaining momentum, popping up across the blogosphere. It’s only a matter of time before it hits the streets and college campuses.

2. Clear Everything

Clear hat Clear jacketClear bag
Products: 1. Dolls Kill, 2. Nasty Gal, 3. Missguided

Lately, it seems that clear has become the new black! I’ve seen clear hats, clear clutches, clear backpacks, and even clear socks across stores and fashion blogs! This is a very recent trend that I’ve been seeing, but I have a feeling it’s going to have its moment in the spotlight soon.

3. Overalls

Overalls 2 Overalls 1Tribal overalls
Products: 1. ASOS, 2. Forever 21, 3. Forever 21

Overalls are another trend that usually divides people, but love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re hotter than ever right now. During these last few weeks of warm weather, we’ve been seeing lots of “short-alls” – overalls that feature shorts instead of pants. If you like this style, you could even find a pair of standard overalls at a local thrift store and cut them yourself!


Do you love wearing or really dislike any of these trends? Why or why not? Which ones were your favorite? What are other bold trends from this year? Which ones do you think will last another season? Let us know in the comment section!

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23 Responses to “2013’s 10 Boldest Trends So Far (Plus 3 New Ones to Try!)”

  1. 1
    September 14th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    That clear jacket and hat look so tacky! I would never wear that :\

  2. 2
    September 14th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    god I hope clear things and overalls DON’T make a trendy appearance. my favorite have been the studs and printed leggings.

  3. 3
    September 14th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I don’t think I would wear any of that. My style definitely leans towards classic instead of trendy. I could work with the studs, and that is about it.

  4. 4
    September 14th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    It’s official…..trends are …..not for me….eww….to ALL of it.

  5. 5
    September 14th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    The most I’d go is with the studs and printed pants (I’ve got awesome green camo ones from Gap). And maybe the sunglasses. But the rest…no.

  6. 6
    September 14th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    If that’s what’s trending, I’ll save my dough.

  7. 7
    September 14th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    You’re kidding right, this is really last winter. The only ‘new’ things are the clear everything and maybe the boho pants…

  8. 8
    September 15th, 2013 at 3:27 am

    The future looks bleak.

  9. 9
    September 15th, 2013 at 5:34 am

    I wore the semi-sheer maxi skirt , actually it was a maxi-dress,but that is about it the rest doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.

  10. 10
    September 15th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I personally feel everything on this list is accurate. I’ve just been out on the town in London and I saw lots of overalls and those wide legged (sometimes tapered at the ankle) printed boho pants. I also saw this girl with clear jelly combat boots (!) with cute printed socks underneath (!!) and they looked super cute, really indie and interesting – which is more my kind of style. I also like the overall trend – especially with mixed fabrics, like with a tartan skirt bottom instead of the denim shorts.

  11. 11
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Holy moly the 90’s are back…and not the good parts of the decade either

  12. 12
    September 15th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Cannot wait for wide legged pants to make a comeback! I’m so tired of skinny jeans…bring on the bell bottoms!

  13. 13
    September 15th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I started freaking out (in a good way) when I saw Jeffree’s beanies. It’s really nice to see his stuff when you least expect it. Thanks for the smile, Abena :)

  14. 14
    September 15th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    The clear stuff reminds me of the stuff in catalogues for teen girls back in the mid-late ’90s. You may recall the “put on a jacket” scene from “Clueless”. And see-through plastic bookbags were supposedly a thing with certain schools to make sure you weren’t bringing in any drugs or weapons, ha ha.

  15. 15
    September 16th, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I live in Seoul right now (one of the most fashionable cities of the 21st century), and I’ve seen overalls everywhere this summer. They’re cute on thin Korean women, but I’m gonna have to pass…

  16. 16
    September 17th, 2013 at 3:54 am

    I’m not a fan of most of these things. I think leggings should have made their exit from fashion a long time ago! But I do still like the studs and platform tennis shoes remind me of my childhood (it’s just that I don’t have a reason to buy another pair of shoes.)

  17. 17
    September 18th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I’m not much of a trend follower. I like high-waisted anything, but only because that’s what looks best on my body type. Low-rise pants give me a horrible muffin top, and skirts that sit on my hips make me look shorter and wider than I am. I love skirts/dresses and live in them, and I absolutely loathe the high-low trend on virtually every single dress and skirt in stores right now. They make me look shorter than I am (5’2″) and make it so I have to wear heels with the dress or skirt, which is annoying since I do want to own some skirts I can wear flats with. So I’m buying midi skirts instead, since at least then I can wear heels and not look like I’m wearing a fabric mullet. As for the rest of the trends listed here…meh. I like the sunglasses one, but that’s about it.

  18. 18
    September 18th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I just realized they made fetch happen on that beanie! :-)

  19. 19
    September 25th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Fashion from my childhood is back! and unfortunately for us it is as bad now as it was back then. I think the studs trend and printed leggings will be huge especially BUT some things should remain in the 90s and that is clear everything and flatforms. As a rule of thumb my mom says if you were old enough to wear it the first time you shouldn’t wear it the 2nd. Does it count if I was 7?

  20. 20
    September 26th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I am half expecting to see some platform gelly sandals and a clear blow up backpack.

    This is like an old Delia’s catalog… If this is what’s trending I need to just hide in my closet for the next few years…

  21. 21
    October 12th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Love the creepers & platforms!

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