Trend Spotting: The Fashion Forecast For 2013 & Beyond?

The skinny jean. The gladiator sandal. The romper. Each of these were originally trends attempted only by risk-taking, thrill seeking fashionistas. Now though, they’re totally mainstream. In fact, I remember once saying “I will NEVER wear skinny jeans” and now they are literally the only cut of jean I wear. So how does this happen? How does a particular trend go the way of the skinny jean vs the way of the gaucho?! The three trends featured in this article are all semi-new and have a celebrity following and appeal, but that are still rather polarizing. Can you predict which style(s) will stand the test of time? Here are my contenders for currently questionable pieces that may turn out to be future style staples.

Cap-Sleeve Harem Jumspsuit, Bar III. Strapless Print Jumpsuit, Express. Ruffle Neck Peg Leg Jumpsuit, Warehouse. Fun fact: It was the center jumpsuit, which was featured on an episode of NBC's Fashion Star, that made me reconsider the jumpsuit trend! I kind of love it!

Cap-Sleeve Harem Jumspsuit, Bar III. Strapless Print Jumpsuit, Express. Ruffle Neck Peg Leg Jumpsuit, Warehouse. Fun fact: It was the center jumpsuit from Express, which was featured on an episode of NBC’s Fashion Star, that inspired this article and made me reconsider the one-piece trend!

The Jumpsuit: Even though the jumpsuit is one of those love-it-or-hate-it kind of pieces, for an article of clothing that’s so all or nothing, it has made many appearances and style reinventions over the last 20 years or so! Today’s jumpsuit isn’t the baggy acid wash overalls of the 90s, J.Lo’s velour version circa her Aint It Funny era, or like anything that would be worn by a mechanic or fighter pilot. No no. The jumpsuit of 2013 has a style and fabrication all its own. The fit is tighter, the material is more luxe, and there are girly details (say, a halter neck or a peek-a-boo back) that make today’s jumpsuit more attractive and covetable than ever before. Am I still torn? Of course! The thought of wearing an outfit that is 85% comprised of a single head-to-toe piece troubles me a bit for a few reasons. With the success of it’s sister the romper, however, the jumpsuit could be our next “it” item.

The simple statement: Gotta get a body chain! Image via The Tribe.

The simple statement: Gotta get a body chain! Image via The Tribe.

The Body Chain: Remember when Beyoncé wore a body chain on the beach years back and everyone thought it was totally groundbreaking and weird? “No one wears jewelry to the beach!” We thought. “And no one normal would ever have an excuse to wear anything like that!” …Or would they? I think Bey was just ahead of her time on this particular trend, because body chains seem to be here to stay – at least for the celebrity set. We “normals” can wear the dramatic jewelry under a blazer for a secretly sexy look, or over a shirt or dress for the full-on body jewelry effect. And of course, daring fashionistas are always free to rock those chains poolside. Pretty sure I’m going to be buying one of these sooner than later. If you’re looking to purchase a body chain of your own, here are a few options: Orion Double Crystal Body Chain Necklace at Nordstrom, Gold Double Chain Body Chain at Etsy, and Vanessa Mooney A Lovers Embrace Chain Harness from Urban Outfitters…Though personally I’m team Etsy all the way for this one!

You fancy, huh? Ultra-luxe PJ-inspired styles featured on I Want Your Style.

You fancy, huh? Ultra-luxe PJ-inspired styles featured on I Want Your Style.

Fancy Pajamas: Has anyone else noticed how many of today’s pieces seem to be pajama-inspired? There are slipper loafers and wide leg silk pants with prints…Even designer pajama separates being worn as actual clothing! Remember that silk pajama trend from last summer? I’ll be the first to admit that I totally loathed this trend at first glance, but now (thanks much to the lovely ladies here and here), I’m kinda feeling it!  People love to be comfortable, and people love to be lazy. Fancy pajamas marry both of these ideals. Perhaps in future fashion land, it will be cool for all of us to dress like Hugh Hefner! Silk pants and smoking jackets all day? I could get used to that.  I’m actually okay with this trend as a whole as long as we stick to separates and there isn’t any flannel involved. Or nightgowns. No nightgowns, please.

So dolls, which one of these trends (if any!) do you think will withstand the test of time? Will we be wearing any of these things in the years to come and wondering how we ever dressed without them? Are there any other other on-the-fence clothes that you think could make the leap to true fashion longevity? Share your forecast and thoughts with a comment!

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

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2 thoughts on “Trend Spotting: The Fashion Forecast For 2013 & Beyond?

  1. I think the pajama trend will for sure be a short lived trend. It is fun, but it is really only being done full force by fashion bloggers and the like. I can see it being translated into more wearable looks though by only incorporating small details. For example, lapel/collar piping.
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    • I definitely agree, Jon. I think we’re going to be seeing stuff that’s more pajama-inspired than anything. You’re right on with the piping!! Small scale!

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