Looking ahead to spring style and beauty trends
Spring is almost here, and what better way to welcome the season than with a new look straight off the runway? We've gathered the top spring 2013 styles and beauty trends to help you prepare for a fashionable change from the drab winter weather.
Remember the '80s and '90s, when the suit with the huge shoulder pads was the "big thing"? Well, the look is making a comeback (minus the shoulder pads). Yes, tailored or — more sophisticatedly put — power suits are back, and they are the classic statement outfit for the start of a new season. Seen at the Christian Dior runway show, the suit trend is all about finding a perfectly tailored blazer and pants that are both classy and sexy. The best way to incorporate this runway trend into your spring wardrobe is to invest in a well-fitted, black, deep V-neck blazer and pair it with black skinny jeans and a sheer white tank top for a playful new work look. If you're bored with the plain black blazer, choose one with a little colour, like this flattering peplum-style blazer (hm.com, $60).
Back to black (and white)
Bright colours take a back seat this spring and summer for more basic hues: black and white. Always easy to pull off, these simple shades are anything but boring, and designers like Jil Sander, Chanel and Valentino are proving that pairing black and white can be very chic. For this trend, you don't need to buy any expensive new items. Focus on basics, such as black or white blouses, LBDs with white statement jewelry (read: pearls) or a shirt or pair of pants with a cool black-and-white pattern. A perfect example of this trend? These high-waisted, pleated, black- and white-striped pants (americanapparel.com, $82), which are super chic and comfortable too.
Stripes will always be in style, and that's a good thing. But one can endure nautical navy and white for only so long before getting, well, a tad bored. Enter bold and colourful stripes. These horizontal and vertical lines are not only nice to look at but, as Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger show us with their spring 2013 collections, also really cool to wear, and they add just the right amount of style to a solid-coloured top or bottom. So what are you waiting for? You can start stocking up on your stripes with this affordable striped top (hm.com, $20), which comes in both red and blue.
Big, bold brows
While fashion is the primary focus at Fashion Weeks all over the world, beauty is a big part of the runway show. One prominent beauty trend that made a big (and very full) debut on the runways was eyebrows. Mega-big, mega-thick, grown-in brows are the most desirable beauty want this spring, and while we're used to chopping off our locks and getting rid of hair, your brows don't need any trimming at all. Instead, follow the beauty cues of Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu, and grow out your brows. Of course, this trend isn't for everyone, so know your limit as to how thick you want your brows to be, and make sure to wax or thread non-brow areas for a clean, bold eyebrow. If you don't naturally boast thick brows, try Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings brow enhancer (sephora.com, $35) to help create a semi-real, fully defined eyebrow.
Makeup is an art, as professional makeup artists will attest to when using a creative eyeshadow application that might have you looking upside down. The gist of this spring beauty look is applying eyeshadow as you usually would, except apply it under the eye. How cool is that, huh? Whether you're a pro or a novice, have fun with this trend by sticking to flattering yet bold colours like this NARS duo eyeshadow set in Mad, Mad World (sephora.com, $39). The look is definitely a risk for those who prefer black eyeliner, but you can ease into it like the models for Nicole Miller did, who used the technique to create a smoky eye, blending the colours evenly.
Sleek and clean
Is it hair or makeup I'm talking about? That's probably what you're thinking, so let me solve the mystery — it's both! More so hair, though. All over the runways, models displayed sleek, combed hair, either pin straight or slightly wavy, and not only was the look glamorous but oh-so-easy to achieve. One way to get this simple look is by applying a nurturing hair moisturizer like Moroccan hair oil, or if you have very thick hair, a vitamin-infused oil like Aveda's Brilliant Spray-on Shine (aveda.com, $25). The product will leave your hair slick and shiny sans the greasy feeling. In terms of makeup, minimal was a winner, with designers like Alexander Wang using bare, fresh-faced models, and in spring, bare is always better.