Fall Winter 2013 Fashion Trends. 20 Must haves

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Here is everything you need to know about the Fall Winter 2013 fashion trends. This post is a translation of this article I wrote for iVillage Mujer de Hoy for Telemundo and MSN Latino. If you speak Español, be sure to check that out. If you find this little guide handy please share it with your friends- it’s not like it’s a secret!

Is time to reevaluate your wardrobe and to invest in a few key pieces for the Fall Winter 2013-2014 season. Here’s a guide with the top twenty trends we saw on the runways, from New York to Paris.

IMPORTANT NOTE. I’m not telling you have to go and buy exactly these items or even something similar. I’m just letting you know which prints, silhouettes, etc. are on trend so you can incorporate them in your wardrobe. Happy shopping!

 Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsCéline, Saint Laurent, Mulberry, Stella McCartney. All runway photos courtesy of style.com


1. Plaid. We’ve been seeing this print for years now, and this season is no different. This trend can be as punk as it can be classic, depending on what you wear it with. See how I styled some plaid here.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsFendi, Alberta Ferretti, Carven, Donna Karan


2. Show-stopping coats. Why do you want to blend it when all eyes can be on you in one of these coats? One of the biggest Fall Winter 2013 fashion trends are oversized, or over the top coats. Try a pink pastel one (one of the most prominent colors in the runways), or one with big details, like buttons.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion Trends3.1 Phillip Lim, Johan Ku, Rodarte, Saint Laurent


3. Punk. This year punk was a big trend, in the runways and off. The theme for New York’s Metropolitan Museum’s yearly gala was punk, thanks to their exhibition on this subculture in the world of fashion.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsAnne Demeulemeester, BCBG Max Azria, Giambattista Valli, Salvatore Ferragamo


4. Winter Whites. There’s a rule that says you shouldn’t wear white in the winter. But, what are rules for if not to be broken? The best way to stand out in a sea of black coats is white a white one.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsMichael Kors, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Christopher Kane, Prabal Gurung


5. Military Fashion. We can’t talk about Fall Winter 2013 fashion trends without mentioning camouflage and oil green! See how I styled an olive green jacket here.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsBalenciaga, Gucci, Kenzo, Proenza Schouler


6. Round shoulders. Remember the trend on show-stopping coats? Well, here’s one type. This season’s big coat trend is all about round shoulders and extreme volume.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsDKNY, Burberry Prorsum, Tracy Reese, Moschino Cheap and Chic


7. Feline print. Good news for all cat-lovers: leopard print is still a big hit on the runway. This season you must use it in a different way, though. Whether it be in an eye-catching color or in an exaggerate way, don’t put your leopards, your tigers, or your cheetahs away just yet. See me rock some leopard pants here


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsVersace, Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott


8. Fur. We’re not talking about any kind of fur, no (although that one is always in style in the winter). We’re talking about really flamboyant fur, especially when it comes to coats. This season, anything goes. Color fur (or faux fur works just as well), printed fur, or even fur that looks like it belongs to a hobo. Keep in mind, though, if you’re going to be a hobo, you better be a super chic hobo. This is how I like to wear one of my faux fur coats.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsAlexander Wang, Altuzarra, Hakaan, Hermès


9. Leather. Keeping up with the non-synthetic fabric trends, leather also made an appearance on the runway this season. This type of garment not only keeps you warm in the colder months, it also makes you look like a tough, tough chick. See how I style my leather shorts during the winter here.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsYigal Azrouël, Bluemarine, Elie Saab, Rachel Zoe


10. Capes. Capes are not just for super heroes. Let the Bat Girl you have inside come out and play in one these fun alternatives to a coat. See how I rock my cape here.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsMarc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Prada


11. Mid 20th Century Chic. Designers always love to reminisce, and what’s more elegant than the 40s and 50s? Cinched waists, big skits, and even handkerchiefs were some of the details proposed by some fashion houses for this season. See one of my retro looks here.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsChristopher Kane, Diane con Furstenberg, Emporio Armani, Ralph Lauren


12. Velvet. This cold-weather fabric is très chic! One of my fave Fall winter 2013 fashion trends. Use it in trendy colors like red, purple or blue.

Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsChristian Siriano, Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Zadig & Voltaire


13. Thigh-high boots. Make any look hotter instantly by adding thigh-high boots. The best way to wear them is with a dress that shows them off completely. If this look is too risqué for you, try wearing tights, or wear them over your favorite skinny jeans.

Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsProeza Schouler, Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, Dries Van Noten


14. Feathers. Fall and winter evenings were made for dramatic looks. If leather, fur, or velvet are not really your thing why not give feather a try? Inspired by the roaring 20s, many fashion houses propose ostrich feathers this season, so you may feel like a guest in Jay Gatsby’s house.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsIssey Miyake, Burberry Prorsum, Issa, Nina Ricci


15. Red. The color of passion, red is a great way to stand out. Careful! It’s not a good color for shy women! This is how I like to wear my red.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsBalmain, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Etro


16. Purple. Known was the color of royalty, purple also helps meditation and relaxation. If you want a bit of color this season but you find red too showy, get a bit of purple in your wardrobe, in any hue you prefer. See me wearing this color last fall here.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsCarven, Christian Dior, Miu Miu, Mulberry


17. Pink. The color of romance, pink was another prominent color in the runway this season. It shouldn’t be absent in your wardrobe, mostly ’cause it transitions very easily into Spring and Summer. See how I styled this pale pink skirt.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsMissoni, Valentino, Chloé, Chanel


18. Blue. The color of the sea and the sky, blue is a calming color. this fall/winter use more navy blue than baby blue. Royal blue looks very modern paired with black. See how I styled a royal blue skirt here.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsMarc Jacobs, Monique Lhuillier, Prada, Reed Krakoff


19. Green. Another color that reminds us of nature is green. This 2013, Pantone, the authority of color, declared emerald green the color of the year. But we believe any shade of green looks amazing this season.


Fall Winter 2013 Fashion TrendsDolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Marni, Mugler


20. Gray. A smart and elegant color, gray is a less severe alternative to black. Incorporate it this season into your wardrobe not just in your clothing, but also in your accessories.

What trend are you looking forward to trying this season?

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