Roundup: Best Trends of 2013

Another year is over, but great fashion is never forgotten. These fashion trends made 2013 very stylish. Here are the best trends of the year and possibly this one too!

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Sexy, Sheer Panels

Celebrities enthusiastically embraced—and pushed the limits of—the sheer-panel trend on the red carpet and it has quickly become an A-list  favorite.

Diane Kruger in Thakoon, Rose Byrne in Pucci, Michelle Dockery in Chado Ralph Rucci

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Borrowed From the Boys

The 2013 menswear-inspired craze welcomed feminine interpretations of classic suiting textures and styles, tough but flirty brogues, and the comfy-cozy boyfriend sweater.

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Ring Party!

As a follow-up to the Arm Party, the Ring Party made its mark in 2013. From stacks of mixed metals to statement bands to the boho-cool midi ring—there were so many pieces to either wear alone or pile on.

A shot from Glamour’s behind-the-scenes visit to cult-favorite Brooklyn-based boutiqueCatbird.

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All White, Even After Labor Day

From summery dresses to post-Labor Day monochrome suits to red-carpet-ready gowns, head-to-toe white remained the trend of choice for all seasons this year. And, yes, all white is totally trendy this year also.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Dior, Zoe Saldana in Elie Saab, Charlize Theron in Dior

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The Dressed-Up Sweatshirt

A product of the athletic-inspired trend, the dressed-up sweatshirt was immediately embraced by the fun- and comfort-loving fashion set. The piece looks just as cute with skinny jeans as it does with a printed skirt,or…. no pants at all.

Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins, Miroslava Duma

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Heavy Metal Hardware

Designers embraced the reinvention of rock style with metal-adorned shoes, boots, and sandals. There’s nothing like chains, grommets, and studs of all shapes and sizes to add tough-girl swagger to any outfit.

Saint Laurent fall 2013, Chanel fall 2013, Isabel Marant spring 2013

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Black and White

With the return of ’90s minimalism, designers sent a slew of black-and-white contrasting dresses, suits, coats, and leather everything down the spring and fall runways. The trend eventually made its way onto many celebrities—and into our closets.

Chanel fall 2013, Michael Kors spring 2013, Proenza Schouler spring 2013

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Dressy Shorts

Shorts became the new dress, skirt, and even suit piece this year. For the most versatility, designers reinterpreted shorts at varying lengths and in bold colors, prints, and textures.  Good News: dressy shorts are also on 2014 runways and this trend is sticking around.

Theyskens’ Theory fall 2013, Tommy Hilfiger spring 2013, Clover Canyon spring 2013

Which of these Trends will you be Wearing this Year?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Blog of the Year – Best Moment Award

A huge “Thank You” goes out to the Eye Dancers for Nominating me for the

Blog of the Year!

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I would also like to thank  Each and Every one of You for your Support, Nominations, and Best Moments!

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Without further delay, these are my nominations for the “Blog of the Year 2013” award!

Manhattan Image and Style

Reshu Malhotra

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Beauty Vancouver

Watt We Wear

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The Fashion Huntress

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Her Passion for Fashion

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And thank you to the fabulous Reshu Malhotra for nominating me for the Best Moment Award!

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The winners of the “Best Moment” award are…

 Eye Dancers

 Fashion Mayann

 longandluxe

 dedivahdeals

 rubyangel

Congratulations!

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Much Love to all my friends, fans and fellow bloggers for this Best Moment!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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1 Oversized Coat 4 Ways

When it comes to outerwear this season, order a size up. Today’s chicest toppers are larger than life. Here are four ways to style this new menswear inspired silhouette.

Theory Elizabeth Wool-Blend Felt Coat, $675; net-a-porter.com

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Perfect attire for a crisp fall day.

 R13 Flannel Plaid Shirt, $425; farfetch.com Armani Exchange Rebel V-Neck Pima Tee, $25; armaniexchange.com Frame Denim Le Garcon Distressed Slim Boyfriend Jeans, $209; net-a-porter.com Zara Patent Leather Bluchers, $89.90; zara.com Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi, $25; neimanmarcus.com

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The ideal topper for this gray and navy date-night look.

Theyskens’ Theory Deden Dress, $495; shopbop.com Alexander Wang Tri-Fold Leather and Snakeskin Clutch, $845; mytheresa.com Giuseppe Zanotti Ester Buckled Suede Ankle Boots, $1,195; net-a-porter.com

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Layer over sweaters and your favorite pair of blue jeans for weekend dressing made easy.

A.P.C. Atelier de Production et de Création Wool Sweater, $190; net-a-porter.com Armani Exchange Indigo Skinny Jeans, $128; armaniexchange.com Isabel Marant Bluebel Suede Concealed Wedge Sneakers, $695; net-a-porter.com J.Crew Jeweled Felt Baseball Cap, $125; jcrew.com

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Drape over your shoulders and wear with statement boots for your next night out.

Proenza Schouler Wool Cashmere and Silk-Blend Sweater, $785; net-a-porter.com Chalayan Leather Skater Skirt, $1,775; net-a-porter.com 3.1 Phillip Lim Ora Over-the-Knee Boots, $975; barneys.com Jin Soon Metaphor Nail Lacquer, $18; nordstrom.com

Happy Styling!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Liquid Metal

This Fall, metallics go way beyond just silver and gold with fluid fabrics in all shining shades of the spectrum.

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Anna Sui: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

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Marc Jacobs: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

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Edun: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

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Milly by Michelle Smith: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

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Diane Von Furstenberg: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

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Hannant: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

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Mohapatra: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

Shine On!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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My Style: Belly Baring Tie-Front Tops

Daisy Duke may be known for the tie-front top, but the shirt actually has a long history. As seen on everyone from ‘50s screen sirens (Marilyn Monroe) to ‘90s supermodels (Claudia Schiffer, Guess ads), the top has become as iconic as the blue jean.

I have taken the Midriff and Tie-Front Top trend and combined them to get this sultry look!

Top: This pastel plaid blouse is by Hollister. There are many ways to tie a blouse but I decided to make it easy and just tied this shirt high in the front and let it hang lower in the back. I channeled this look  in  trendy summer hues to get a modern sexy preppy look!

BAD-2996-editPants: These crisp white stretch skinny jeans by Vanilla Star are perfect for warm summer nights. I love the fit and want a baby blue pastel pair next!

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Have a Stylish day!

XOXO

D-Anna

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Snowy Summer Polish

Whether you take your cues from the runway or the red carpet—this nail color (or lack of) goes with everything and makes your summer tan pop.

snowypolish-ZoeSaldanaZoe Saldana matched her manicure to her Dolce & Gabbana dress, kicking off summer’s biggest nail trend: opaque white. Manicurist Jenna Hipp used Nailing Hollywood x NCLA’s Nail Wraps ($16) in Orbit Ring.

snowypolish-DeborahLippmanModels wore Deborah Lippmann Nail Color ($17) in Amazing Grace at Honor’s S/S 13 show.

snowypolish-LeaMicheleLea Michele rocked snow white nails at the Beverly Hilton this month. Manicurist Nettie Davis used Essie’s Nail Polish ($8) in Marshmallow.

snowypolish-RevlonRevlon ambassador Jenny Longworth painted two coats of Revlon’s Nail Enamel ($6) in White on White on all of the models at rag & bone’s S/S 13 runway show. (The color’s been discontinued, so try Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel ($5) in Spirit.)

snowypolish-EmmyRossumEmmy Rossum used Orly’s French Manicure ($9) in White Tips White at Target’s celebration of Justin Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience, in Los Angeles.

Have a Snowy Summer!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Summer Musthaves

These fashion staples are on trend and perfect for a steamy Summer!

summermusthaves-victoriassecretSpring to Summer Staple: If the weather is chilly, throw a jean jacket over a flirty sundress, like Victoria’s Secret The Sexy Sundress in Geo Rows, $49.50, victoriassecret.com. But as temperatures rise, take it for a spin sans any layers.

summermusthaves-zaraOne size fits All: Toss all of your loot in a large over-the-shoulder tote, like Zara Suede Shopper Bag, $49.90, zara.com. Impromptu trip to the beach? Yep, your towel can fit!

SummerMusthaves-AEA white bustier crop top, like the American Eagle Crop Sweetheart Corset, $19.99, ae.com, looks casual-chic when paired with colorful bottoms, such as a shorts, maxi skirt or bright pants.

summermusthaves-lambandflagLovely Lilac: On a chilly night, throw on a pair of pastel jeans. These lavender skinnies (Lamb and Flag Skinny Ankle Zip Jean, $68, lambandflag.com) are flattering, thanks to their cut and subdued color.

TropicalFlowerDressA Floral Affair: A floral-print, form-fitting dress can be worn to your best friend’s destination wedding or to work—just throw a classic black blazer over it to make it more office-appropriate. You will love this Blessing-Co tropical print dress $20.

SummerMusthaves-ninewestPetal Pushers: Floral wedges, like Nine West LetItGo, $89, ninewest.com, add a pop of color—and pizzazz—to a white sundress. They can also be paired with the crop top bustier and your fave pantss.

summermusthaves-asosJailbird Rock: Mix up your style a bit and spring for a striped maxi, like Cheap Monday Monochrome Maxi Dress, $72.72, asos.com.
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Flower Power: Cool-girl cutoff shorts should be one of your staples this season. Choose between a solid-colored or patterned pair, but I think these floral Romance CutOff Shorts by Nastygal, $75, nastygal.com, are pretty sweet.
SummerMusthaves-MossimoTotally Tribal: Swap out your regular purse for a cross-body Ikat-printed one on the weekends. This Mossimo Supply Co. Orange Top Handle CrossBody, $22.49, target.com will have you running errands in style, for sure. Just meeting friends for brunch? Expect a few compliments on your carry-all.

Have a Stylish Summer!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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The Half-Tuck!

The deliberate half-tuck trend offers a solution to fashion challenges: perhaps you want to show off your waistline to create a more flattering silhouette, or maybe you’d like to display a cool belt or emulate a stylishly disheveled look. It’s a savvy trick that the fashion set, such as Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller and Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet, has recently adopted. There’s an art to this technique, though: in order to avoid looking half-dressed, make sure your top is carelessly tucked into a tailored skirt or pants, resulting in a casually cool outfit.

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Camille Charrière

Shop Similar Essentials: Forever 21 Floral Embroidered Georgette Shirt ($29) Sparkle & Fade Silky Military Button-Down Shirt ($30) Equipment Signature Washed-Silk Shirt ($208)

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Gala Gonzalez

Shop Similar Essentials: House of Fraser Biba Leopard Printed Top ($105) NSF Split Collar Sleeveless Silk Blouse ($198) Richard Nicoll Ruffle Collar Silk-Crepe Blouse ($355)

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Leandra Medine

Shop Similar Essentials: Calvin Klein White Sheet Seersucker Roll-Up Sleeve Shirt ($70) Splendid Voile Shirt ($108) Equipment Brett Button-Up Blouse ($198)

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Street Style

Shop Similar Essentials: Marc Jacobs City Tee New York ($35) Real Eyes Realize Dripping Heart Boyfriend T-Shirt ($79) Zoe Karssen Kiss the Future BF T-Shirt ($96)

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Street Style

Shop Similar Essentials: Oasis Sparkle Pop Sweater ($53) Anne Klein Foiled L/S Blouse ($60) A.P.C Metallic Sweater ($220)

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Karla Deras

Shop Similar Essentials: River Island White Embellished Cut Out Sweater ($53) Topshop Heart Graphic Sweatshirt ($56) Fleamadonna Seashell Sweatshirt ($140)

Are you rocking the Half-Tuck Trend?

XOXO

D-Anna

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Best New Spring Makeup 2013

Now that the sun is finally shining, Spring beauty is blooming! Here are some of my favorite new Collections that will put a little spring in your step even if it is still chilly!

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Elizabeth Arden New York In Bloom Limited Edition Color Collection

As flowers begin to blossom in Central Park, get captivated by the kaleidoscopic blend of bold urban colors and soft neutrals in Elizabeth Arden’s spring collection. Who doesn’t love New York in Bloom? $18.50–$38; elizabetharden.com

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Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Collection

Straight off the runway, these fresh hues are the perfect pairing for a pretty springtime look. Whether you opt for a subtle sweep of lilac shimmer or a neutral nail, this collection offers a totally modern approach to May flowers. $18–$60; bobbibrown.com

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M·A·C Hayley Williams Collection

Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the platinum-selling band Paramore, collaborated with M·A·C to create an exclusive collection that features limited-edition shades inspired by her fiery red ‘do. $15–$29; Available April 9th at maccosmetics.com

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Pixi Daylight Glow Collection

Perfect for the spring season and ideal for the busy woman on-the-go, this makeup bag includes a pretty rose gold nail polish, a glowy translucent tinted balm, and a quartette of golden eyeshadows. $28; target.com

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Estée Lauder Mad Men Collection

This vintage-inspired collection channels its 1960s heritage with an original paisley design–a direct replica from the Estée Lauder archives. Created with the leading ladies of the AMC drama Mad Men in mind, the set features shimmery pale pinks, coral, and blush. $24–$50; esteelauder.com

What is your Favorite collection?

XOXO

D-Anna

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Shoes: ALDO RISE x Preen’s Latest Collaboration

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Few can dream about purchasing a pair of shoes straight off the runway, but thanks to their latest collaboration with ALDO RISE, you can snag Preen’s gorgeous heels—at accessible prices—from their S/S 13 collection. Indeed, the shoes offer a fashion-forward contrast—edgy hardware and sleek silhouettes with luxe textures and pops of color—that’s ideal for all your spring ensembles. Here are a few favorites from the collection and styling tips from the designers themselves.

1. Musilova Heels ($155) in Ice
These pointy-toe pumps in versatile white are just as suitable for the office (with a printed pencil skirt and blazer) as they are for your next GNO (with cropped skinnies and a silky tank).

2. Buito Sandals ($155)
A touch of snakeskin gives these ankle-strap heels a little extra pizzazz. “The open-toe is super cool with a loose tailored suit, or even a silk t-shirt and pants,” Thornton says.

3. Pravda Pumps ($155) in Navy
These square-heeled pumps are definite scene-stealers. “The closed-toe style is great with a slit skirt and blouse”.

XOXO

D-Anna

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