Top 10 Fashion Trends of 2013

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Top 10 Fashion Trends of 2013


Right about this time, many lifestyle publications and style-centric websites will be pronouncing their fearless fashion forecasts for 2014. But before you decide what items to add to your closet this year, why don't we take a look at the year just past and dissect those trends that titillated, intrigued, or just downright baffled us (us, meaning the over-40 set who can't bear to bare skin, or stagger in stilettoes)? Here are the top 10 fashion trends that you and everyone's mother wore in 2013.

1. Origami skort. Nobody knows how--or why--this particular item was suddenly on everybody's hips. Many blame Zara as the one that mass-produced the skirt/shorts hybrid--in front it was a mini skirt with overlapping pointy panels; at the back it was short shorts. Many copycats later, we doubt any self-respecting style blogger will be caught dead wearing them this year.

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2. Wedge sneaker. Or sneaker wedge. However you call it, if you wore a pair you got to fool people that you were either a) three inches taller than you actually were; or b) athletic. Of which you were neither. Other shoe styles we saw a lot of in 2013: oxford/wingtip brogues and Valentino's Rockstud shoes (in flats and heels).

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3. Half-tucked-in shirt. It was difficult to achieve this look. Done right, you give off an insouciant vibe, like you're too cool to care about what's trendy, but just so happen to show off a funky belt. Done wrong, well, you just looked sloppy or, worse, stupid. Who the hell walks out of the house forgetting to tuck in half her shirt?

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4. Crop top. Reminiscent of the hanging shirts of the early 90s (shudder), it was a trend not everyone could carry. Obviously, you had to be comfortable exposing your tummy--or hopefully just a sliver of it. On the extreme end were sports-bra-type tops that exposed the bellybutton; on the more modest end were short baby tees worn with high-waisted bottoms for a more ladylike turn.

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5. Wide-brim hat. This is a trend that is on the verge of extinction due to the recent proposal to ban caps inside malls. Can you imagine what havoc a wide-brim hat can wreak? You will be suspected of planning a robbery! (Stick to a ski mask.) Other headgear trends this past year: the knit beanie and the flower crown.

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6. Nail art. Next to food, fresh manicures were one of the most Instagrammed objects in 2013. …

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