Category Archives: Fashion 2013 – Latest Trends In 2013

Welcome to the fashion 2013 section of Trend N’ Stylez where we will keep you up to date with all the 2013 fashion trends so you stay in style and looking your best through spring, summer, fall and winter. Let us know what you think of our choices for the 2013 fashion season and whether or not you will be trying any of the styles out.

Finding that PERFECT Summer Dress

“It’s going to be a bright, bright, sunshine day”. With that in mind, it’s time to go out and invest in that perfect summer dress! Tall, petite, curvy, athletic, or expecting, there is a dress out there to best complement your features. Here I present to you some great options that will put you on the best-dressed list among friends and family.


Find yourself looking up most of the time? Looking up to dresses that are longer than you. No need to fear! Designers are now introducing petite lines to their collections. Let’s face the fact that we all aren’t 5’10, unless we have on our 6-inch heels. J. Crew has a great petite section, totally devoted to dressing your body type. Here I present the Louise Dress. Made of silk chiffon, this summer dress is transitional from day to evening, and perfectly parable with a cardigan. Coming in a variety of colors, you can choose which shade best suits you and your personality.


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From small to tall, embrace your height and pull off that maxi dress. Best suited for girls 5’6 and up, this dress is great for running around town, to grabbing brunch. Easily transitional from spring to summer to fall, this style can be worn just about all year around. This two-tone Halston Heritage maxi summer dress will surely add a punch of color to your wardrobe. Keeping with a two toned theme you can easily pair this dress with a neutral color sweater for those chilly summer nights.


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Broad shoulders? Toned arms? Wanting to show off more of your feminine side?  Look no further than a kaftan. Perfect for a summer picnic or lounging poolside, this dress flows with the wind. Keeping with a more whimsical aesthetic, you can easily pair this garment with oversized earrings or a chunky necklace. Luck be a lady tonight, in this Oscar de la Renta white silk kaftan with black applique motif, which makes for a great bold, look at me, statement.


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Large and in charge! All you see is curves. If you have it don’t hide it, flaunt it! When looking for that perfect summer dress be sure to keep in mind to look for something with bit of a cinched waistline. This will help accentuate your curvature, showcasing your best assets. This jersey v-neck maxi dress features slender shoulder straps and an elastic waist seam that will adjust to your perfect fit. Coming in all black, this garment can be paired with just about any accessory.


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Expecting… Expecting not being able to fit into anything besides elastic sweatpants for the next nine months? Well you assumed wrong. Just because you have a bundle of joy on the way doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy. Let me introduce the wrap dress. Great for just about any body type, this casual chic dress is comfortable and stylish all at the same time.  Issa makes a great silk-jersey wrap maternity dress. Coming in a rich violet hue, this color will compliment just about everyone’s skin tone. A perfect dress for that Mom to be!

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Short, tall, curvy, toned, whatever your body type there is a perfect summer dress for you. All you need to know is what works best for your body figure. We are all individuals here so embrace who you are and accentuate your best self in something lovely and flattering.

The Top 5 Fashion Blogs!

Become an online public figure, create a following, and start a trend.  Upload it, post it, tweet it, and share it. Making people intrigued with your view on life and style. Blogs today are just about as common as red cars, 2 out of 4 people tend to have one. Though… some blogs tend to stand out among the others, the ones with current trends, styling tips, great photos, and a spark of interest. Here I present to you my top five blogs.


1. Olsen Anonymous

“I’m an Olsen Fashion Addict.” The simple bio speaks for itself. Need a daily dosage of double fun, Olsen Anonymous is the go-to blog for fashion tips and great paparazzi shots of these stylish twins.  With MK and Ashley riding the wave of style, the Olsen sisters are never to disappoint with their great wardrobe selections. From running to Whole Foods or Starbucks, these ladies are always dressed to simply impress.


2. Sea of Shoes

Nothing fishy here, just some good’ol fashion fun. Created by Jane Aldridge, this Texas native used the web to create an outlet for great fashion forward imagery, finds, and styling tips. With a flair for design and innovative style, coupled with some great photography skills, Jane has created a massive following with her intriguing weekly posts.


3. Tommy Ton / Jak & Jil

Taking it to the streets. Tommy Ton, a Canadian photographer is best known for his street style coverage. With photographic imagery from around the world, he captures all the current trends of the who’s who in the fashion industry. You can currently see his work on and For his personal blog, you can view it at


4. Advanced Style

Like a fine wine, only gets better with age, as does your sense of personal style. The more mature you become, the more we grow, experiment, and learn. People say with age comes wisdom, in Ari Seth Cohen’s case, with age comes style! This NYC based street style photographer captures the crème of the crop for fashionable ladies and gents who can teach us young ones a thing or two on how to dress.


5. The Coveteur

Want a glimpse into the closet of the rich and well dressed? See how these public figures keep their causal chic, look no further than The Coveteur. With a behind-the-scenes backstage pass to some of the world’s most influential celebrities, models, and designers, this website surely has everything covered. From great imagery to article reads, this website is one to please.



Fashions come and go, good thing we have blogs to document it all. From the bad to the best, everything these days seems to be captured up in social media. If you need a daily fix of fashion propaganda, look no further than my top five blog list. Click, view, scroll, and read through these great creative outlets. Maybe it will even inspire you to create one of your very own. Time to log on and get inspired! Happy Blogging!

Gingham Style! 5 Stylish Ways to Wear Gingham

Checkered galore, gingham is one stylish pattern for everyone to adore! From shoes to pants, and even sunglasses, gingham is a universal pattern that is simply parable with any outfit. Worn dressed up or dressed down, this country chic look can be worn all year around! Here are some great stylish ways that you can incorporate this trend into your daily wardrobe without breaking the bank.


Most people choose to wear gingham in a button-up shirt with a pair of denim or pants. But that can get ordinary, yawn.  Instead take the idea of a shirt and wear this pattern as a tie-waist shirtdress. Perfect for a summer picnic, this daytime look can be worn in just about any social situation.  For work or play, this piece is surely to be a staple in your wardrobe selection.

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I don’t know about you but I love a good summer thunderstorm. But with that being said, I do not like my garment drenched in the rain. A good way to be stylishly prepared in such a situation is to invest in a great raincoat. Good thing TOPSHOP offers this red and black gingham rain jacket. Equipped with snapped flap front pockets and a drawstring hood, this jacket is perfect for bearing Mother Nature. And who doesn’t like a cute red raincoat?

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My Mom always told me the best weather is the kind right after a thunderstorm. So take off that raincoat, and put on your sunglasses because things are about to get sunny. Opening Ceremony offers theses great round, on trend, gingham sunglasses that are surely to capture people’s attention. Great for a summer chic look, this is one way to easily incorporate pattern into your day look.


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From jackets, to sunglasses, every woman needs a great pair of cropped pants. Perfect for the spring and summer seasons, this style is wearable for work to running errands. Banana Republic sells some stylish, tailored, cropped pants, which are easily parable with a solid blouse or tee shirt and some nude pumps.  An overall great, chic look for the gal on the go!

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Keeping with a casual chic aesthetic, paired with some denim, pants, or shorts, a slipper shoe is one classic look that has yet to go out of style. With this shoe coming in a variety or colors, patterns, and textures, why not settle for these Church’s Gingham slipper shoes. Great for a summertime look, these shoes can easily be slipped on and off, no laces to tie-up here!


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Gingham is truly one of many great ways on incorporating a bit of pattern into your everyday look. Best paired with neutral pieces, gingham will make a great summertime look even better. By adding this contrasting pattern, this humble chic look is no longer for country bumpkins. Gingham has taken on a style of it’s own. I’d like to refer to it as “Gingham Style”.

WAKE UP & Smell the Floral. Cool Ways to Wear This Print!

Wake up and smell the roses! Or in this case wake up and put on you’re best floral! No digging in the dirt here, like fresh cut grass designers have incorporated this iconic look into their Resort 2014 collections. Most people will think of floral as somewhat feminine and girly but today you can find this on trend print masculine and modernized, making it cool, hip, and current. Floral patterns are no longer just for tea parties and ladies who lunch. Mary_Katrantzou_Dress

Fresh off the runway… Design houses like Givenchy have used this print in an unconventional way by just showing pops of floral in unexpected places, bringing an average garment some life and uniqueness. Prabal Gurung took floral to a more modern approach by tying in graphic flowers with the juxtaposition of linear geometric stripes and bold colors.  Keeping with the modern aesthetic Preen incorporated a beautiful old-fashioned floral pattern and re-worked the print by putting a young, hip, urban spin on it by using contrasting tie-die colors. From the incorporation of colors and geometric shapes, Christopher Kane’s innovated approach to flower power is one of my favorite looks from the Resort 2014 Collections. With the mixture of unique fabrics and materials he created a 3D computerized graphic effect.


Feel like a trip to the nursery now? Or more like the local shopping boutique? Clothing labels like Mother of Pearl, Jason Wu, Michael Kors, and Christopher Kane have made all of our gardening dreams come true. With wedding season in full bloom, you may need a great dress for the occasion. This graphic floral dress is anything but frilly with a vomit of pastels.  Easily accessorized with a simple ring and some diamond studded earrings this dress can easily dress-up itself.

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From wedding parties to work parties, Michael by Michael Kors offers a great fitted floral pant with black side racer stripe. The best thing about wearing a bold floral pant is that you can easily pare it with any neutral colored, classic staple piece. Have a black tank top and white blazer? Perfect!

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Need something a little less proper chic and more street? Christopher Kane puts twist on an iconic garment by incorporating a bright, bold, neon, flower print. Making floral comfortably chic, you can now bring the garden to the streets.

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From dresses, to pants, and more, what about something for the men to wear and adore? Guys I haven’t forgot about you. Raf Simons has come out with a great line of floral printed garments from sneakers to button-up classic shirts. Keeping this print fresh, clean, and crisp, there is nothing feminine about these looks.  People say real men wear pink, but they also wear floral on occasion.

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Taking note from Mother Nature herself, this pattern is one to always be re-worked and modernized. Keeping with a classic floral print, to something more bold and daring, this print is no longer just for the Stepford Wives of the world. From men, to women, people are embracing color and pattern by making this look universal.


Summers Sandals – Shop My Top 10 Picks!

The world goes round and round as do trends come and go. I guess you can say certain styles are recycled every so often. Sounds ecologically fashion chic, right? Here are my top ten picks for this summer’s must have shoe trend, the pretty-ugly sandal.

1. Marni / Available at


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If any design house knows how to make a great pair of flat-heeled sandals it would be Marni. These metallic strapped, cutout sandals are perfect for transitioning from a summer’s day look and into the evening.


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Want to channel your inner Greek goddess? Then look no further than these high-flying wing tipped metallic sandals. Coming in a variety of shades, these flat sandals are truly a dramatic statement piece.


3.  Opening Ceremony / Available at

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Going a bit more casual, Opening Ceremony sells a great pair of black leather printed python sandals. Perfect for pairing with pretty much anything in your wardrobe, that’s the beauty of the color black, these sandals will easily transition from day to evening.


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Bright and bold! Are you one to stand out from the crowd? These H&M elastic strapped neon colored sandals are just for you! If you aren’t one to be as bold and daring with your color selection, these sandals also come in all black!


5. Jil Sander / Available at

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Looking for a pair of investment sandals? Jil Sander offers these great black leather sandals with adjustable straps and gold buckles. Perfect for dressing up a pair of denim, or wearing them for a night out on the town. Cheers!


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Going with the classic inspired Birkenstock design, Giambattista Villa, put his own chic spin on this classic styled sandal. Studded and metallic, these sandals will be noticed.


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Slip them on and wrap them up and around your ankle, Chloe’s leather espadrille sandals are perfect for that daytime chic look. These sandals make for an easy-to-pair addition to your seaside silhouettes.


8.  Birkenstock / Available at

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Fresh out of the 1999’s Birkenstocks are back and trending. These comfortable sandals that mold to your feet, achieve the perfect comfort and fit. Birkenstocks are the perfect match for that go-to everything sandal.


9.  See by Chloe / Available at

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Sophisticated chicness would best describe these sandals. With a leather and gold metallic strap this flat-heeled sandal is perfect for that special RSVP event you are attending.


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Last but not certainly least are Dr. Martens. These rugged sandals now come in great on trend flashy colors. Bringing a bit more style to such a rugged design. This sandal is sure to bring some height and pizazz to your look.

One word to best describe the “it” summer sandal, would be “versatility”. Most of these looks you can take from day to night, dress them up or dress them down. You can throw them in a beach bag, or duffle bag, and the best part is you won’t have to worry about your heels getting stuck in the grass or quick sand. This summer flat is all that!  

2013 Father’s Day Gift Finds!

From regular dads to sugar dads, whatever your cup of tea, one thing in common is Father’s Day is just around the corner. Most people would agree with me that dads can be some of the most difficult people to shop for. The only thing on their wish list is an 80-inch plasma flat screen TV.  So have no fear I am here to give you some helpful, great ideas for that perfect Father’s Day gift.


All working dads should look their dapper best when it comes to the work place. When the mention of shopping comes into conversation most guys will run for cover. A great investment piece for all guys is a neutral colored tie. Offering a wide array of products is Saks 5TH Avenue. Keeping with the neutral colored aesthetic, I give you three great tie options that go from a bolder print to something clean, simple, and modern. All ties are easily parable with any kind of outfit or suit.

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Though High School graduation may have been over ten years ago, some of us still like to try and maintain our physique. For those athletic dads who like to keep in tip-top shape, here are some great gym bags that are durable and overall stylish. From work to working out, we all need a great bag to haul all of our belongings. Saturday’s Surf offers a great selection of bags to choose from.


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Much as some dads don’t like to admit, we all need some good grooming products. I myself like purchasing gifts for people that they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. When the word toiletry is mentioned most guys think of what else they could rather spend their money on, like food.  If you want to look and maintain your youthful best Kiehl’s offers a Men’s grooming starter kit. Here your Dad can try a little of everything and see what works for him. Just think of it as a food sample platter but for your face.  After a few face washes with these products your Dad will be hooked.

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Because summer is around the corner, all dads could use a great, light, versatile jacket. From running to the gym, to running out to get more diapers, a great fitted jacket is essential. Easily parable, Lululemon Athletic makes the “Vital Jacket”. This item offers an abundant amount of features from, zipper pockets, to power stretch anti-wrinkle material.  Coming in all black, you can easily pare this jacket with just about any outfit.

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From home space to work space, every Dad needs some key office essentials.  One piece every Dad should have is a leather bound notebook. Perfect for jotting down ideas, and taking notes, these are some great professional ways to do all of it in style. Smythson of Bond Street offers a great selection of notebooks, diaries, and calendars, all perfect for the work place.

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From accessories, to toiletries, bags, and more, you’d think this would be a list for Mother’s Day. You’ve guessed wrong. I feel everyone needs some great key items, dads just have a little harder of a time knowing where to look. Instead of getting your Dad some chocolates, which will be eaten within a matter of minuets, get him something that will last for many years to come. Happy Father’s Day everyone! 

Team Spirit: Shop Great Varsity Styles

There may be no “I” in TEAM, but there sure is one in VARSITY! And “I” am making it my agenda to let you know where to purchase this hot new varsity styles trend. Who doesn’t like a little team spirit!?

From leather biker jackets to trench coats, some styles never go out of fashion, this would also include the varsity jacket.  We no longer need to be on the football team, or a bleach blonde cheerleader to purchase one of these looks. Stores and designers today are putting their own tasteful spin on such an iconic piece. Topshop has come out with some great varsity inspired jackets for the summer that are affordable and look great! Let’s go team Topshop!

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Now let’s break a sweat! From jackets to now sweatshirts, the varsity look has gone viral. Nothing is better than wearing some shorts and an oversized sweatshirt for those breezy summer nights by the bonfire. HBA also known as Hood By Air, is an up and coming New York City based design company dedicated to making great, on trend, street wear. HBA has recently done an exclusive design for the VFILES Shop. Be sure to pick up this great look while supplies last.

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To sporting off your varsity jacket to breaking a sweat in your varsity sweatshirt, now it’s time to show a little team spirit and root for your favorite designer in your Les Plus Dores NYC tee. Made from the finest of fine materials, these tee shirts come in a variety of shades that will suit just about any outfit you are trying to pull off. A simple basic tee simply never goes out of style, and if you want to be rooting in-style there is no better way to do so than in your Les Plu Dores tee shirt.

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Back in 2012, while Raf Simon’s was head of Jil Sanders, he did a collection inspired by the cult coffee-table book “Cult Ivy” that documented Ivy League student fashions from the 1960’s.  For our more uppity, preppy consumers, you can still purchase some of these classic varsity looks from his Pre-Fall 2012 collection. Sometimes a little splurging is necessary. From Ivy League Prep to Varsity Street chic, DKNY Resort 2014 encompassed a bit of team spirit into her current collection as well. Through you won’t be able to purchase DKNY Resort 2014 looks right this moment, they will soon be hitting stores by early next year. That’s a little something we can all agree on looking forward to.

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The varsity style is kicking off in full gear! This new take on a classic design is taking the fashion world by storm. With boosting up your look to a more athletic vibe, the varsity aesthetic is the best way to achieve this style! From jackets, to sweatshirts, jerseys, and more, this look is surely one to adore. We no longer have to be a high school student or enrolled in college in order to pull off the varsity trend. Designers are now making this style purchasable to the world. I consider shopping a sport, so why not look my very best while doing it. We all have a little team spirit in all of us, and now it’s time to let it out, dress it up, and show it off! LET’S GO TEAM! 

5 Fabulous Ways to Wear a Plain T-Shirt

I always say the best things in life are free, and if we’re lucky, already in our closet! With summer at our doorstep, and a fury of new summer looks gracing the pages of magazines, online fashion blogs, and style sites like ours, it can all be a little overwhelming. What’s hot, what’s not, what’s in, what needs to hit the bin, how do we keep up with it all? At the end of the day, if all else fails, just go back to the basics, as in, your run-of-the-mill basic and plain white t-shirt! The t-shirt is without question one of the most underrated pieces in our wardrobe, and chances are, we probably already have a few of them kicking around so we don’t need to go out an blow more money. But what can you do with a t-shirt that’s so exciting, right? Plenty! Here are five great outfit ideas that will convince you a plain t-shirt can become your greatest fashion ally.

 Kickin’ it Casual Style

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Fridays may be the only day of the week we get to go casual, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you just rolled out of bed. Fridays in my house are known as the fuss-free fashion days. It’s the day of the week I’m most likely to go for after-work cocktails with my girlfriends, so I’m a huge fan of using layers and statement jewelry to pull my look together. I’ll pair my favorite plain white t-shirt with some skinny jeans with a contrast belt, throw on a boyfriend blazer, some embellished flats and accessorize with eye-popping bangles to create what I like to call my ‘Kickin’ it Casual’ look.

 Take it to the Streets

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Leather is and will forever be a go to for any wardrobe. Like the plain white t-shirt, it’s one of those staples that transcends time, and transitions seamlessly into every season under the sun. If you’re in the mood for something a little edgier, get your street on by dressing up a plain white tee with all the makings of a street diva. Make sure your jacket is fitted, with as much or as little embellishments as you want. The more hardware your jacket has, the more dated it looks, but you can always go with what’s trending. Go extra street with some studded motorcycle boots or keep it more demure with a hot pair of booties or ballet flats for contrast.


Cutesy Comfort

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I often feel that the simplest of looks are the most elegant, and have the greatest impact. A plain white t-shirt with a pleated skirt is hands down one of my favorite looks for a number of reasons. The first being it’s dead easy for me to accessorize the heck out of this look if I want to. A beautiful gold statement necklace, a pair of shoulder dusting earrings, an outrageous large contrasting clutch, it doesn’t really matter, because the look is so simple and chic, it’s almost impossible to get it wrong!

Miami Nice

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I’ve always thought a beautiful long maxi skirt had the power to make a statement like no other, yet, it’s one of the most under-appreciated fashion pieces, much like the plain white t-shirt. A drapey maxi skirt, especially in a beautiful sorbet tone like the one pictured here, paired with a simple t-shirt, and some metallic accessories inspires a look of sophistication, timeless elegance and demonstrates the kind of style savvy most women covet.

Summer Chic

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If you’re on the hunt for an alternative look for work or play, this is a great option. The key to making a plain white t-shirt pop is by pairing with items that fit your body well, are well made and convince the observer that a simple white tee can look just as couture as a silk blouse. Think of your t-shirt as a base coat of pain on a canvas, and everything you wear on top creates depth, shows creativity and above all, an appreciation for the basics.