If you’ve been shopping in town or online recently, you’ll see that the new styles for spring and summer 2013 are well and truly here. Window displays are bright and lively, design details abound and everyone’s dying for the sun to come out and the temperatures to rise so that they can get into Cotton Traders oxford shirts, Cotton Traders womens trousers, lighter tops and the latest sunglasses. For people just starting to explore 2013 trends, here’s a guide to the key colours for ladies’ wear.
Last year’s neon is out, but that doesn’t mean everything’s gone subtle and subdued. Instead, key colours of yellow, green, orange and blue are acid-bright, but balanced with pastel shades of the same tones, clear neutral base colours and classic black and white. The key this season is to be bold with colour – wearing a single colour top-to-toe if you are brave enough, but certainly steering away from safety and giving yourself permission to stand out from the crowd.
Only the truly courageous match catwalk colour with catwalk style, so if you’re more traditional, choose the colours that suit your skin tone and hair-eye colour and then look for low key styles that let the colour do the talking. This could be something simple like a piece of knitwear that you can wear over a plain white vest top or vice-versa – an acid green t-shirt that peeps through a loose-knitted or crocheted sweater.
Alternatively, move away from block colour and go for something that uses this season’s colours in a bright, busy pattern. Unstructured blouses, print shorts, Capri pants and leggings – these are all great ways to blend colour and pattern without feeling too self-conscious. If you want to give a nod to the latest trends but stay with a fairly traditional look, why not match a good quality pair of jeans with a simple tunic top? Pick a colour that works for you, and look for a tunic that has some detailing, which is also on-trend for this season.
Alternatively, several designers showcased classic black and white collections in this season’s shows, dressing models in stripes, sheers and patterns to make the most of a look that never seems to grow tired. White is tipped as being particularly popular, so if you can, search out the perfect skirts, tops and dresses in this simple shade for a cool, serene summer look. Whether you go for colours or not, there’s plenty in this season’s collection to keep you looking great.
The author of this article has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry.