Fashion Inspiration for 2013

Now is the time to start shopping for next season’s trends. From Bermuda shorts to boxy tops and sportswear, spring style is all about casual chic. Forget the drabness of winter, and embrace the colors of next season, including bright blue, stunning red, and sea foam. Make this year’s trends all your own.

Knee-length shorts are going to be a big hit next season. For inspiration, check out the Nike Golf Classic Rise Short (Zappos, $75). Pair with a box top (BCB Generation Pleated Sleeve Box Top, 6pm, $30) or a crop top (ASOS Crop Top with Polo Neck in Stripe, ASOS, $21.11). Pair Bermuda shorts with a blazer, since short suits are in. Sportswear separates, think Circuit Hoodie (Athleta, $84) and Revelation Pan (Athleta, $98), are no longer just for working out.

The style of the 60s is still very much alive. ModCloth is a great avenue for 60s-inspired apparel. Check out the Black Tie Optimal Dress ($139.99), the Demure So Chic Dress ($44.99), and the Presentation Day Dress ($49.99).

Look for clothing featuring animal print, stripes, oversized ruffles, and sheer panels. My One and Only Body Suit in Stripes (ModCloth, $24.99) or the ASOS Swing Playsuit with Sheer Panels (ASOS, $61.57) are prime examples of current trends. Wear a fun animal print blouse with black dress slacks at the office or a striped shirt with a long black skirt. You may just start a trend all your own.

The Intergalactic Trend is out of this world. From jewelry to skirts, intergalactic designs can give your everyday style renewed vigor. Pair the Topshop New Cosmic Print Tube Skirt (Nordstrom, $56) with a white blouse to create a workday ensemble sure to leave an impression.

Other trends to watch out for include exaggerated volume (baggy, oversized jackets, shirts, and dresses), Japanese Dress (think Geisha), Le Nouvelle Smoking (sexy menswear for women), and the 90s (grunge). Shop stores that stay up-to-date on all the latest fashion trends. ModCloth, ASOS, Macy’s, Nordstrom, J.C. Penny, Kohl’s, Piperlime, the Gap, Banana Republic, and Target are some of the best stores for fashionistas – and they offer fashions for far less than high-end retailers.

When following fashion trends, it’s important to remember to apply trends that flatter your figure and style. Not every fashion trend is going to work for every woman. With that in mind, get shopping and get ready for next season.