12 Fresh Trends With Serious Staying Power

Skinny jeans, colorblocking, babydoll dresses… there are only a few of the trends that have crossed that threshold from seasonal novelty to multi-year staples. And the just-finished spring '13 shows at NYFW presented lots of fresh, new trends that have real potential to last.
While we didn't see a directional shift like last year's obsession with athletic wear, we did spot quite a few silhouettes, colors, and styling quirks that have had a chance to settle and mellow, meaning tons more wearable, flattering options for you. From macrame that's actually sexy to a new way to play with perforation, we've got the spring '13 trends that deserve some of your precious closet space.
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Bra Tops — Unlike the stiff bustiers of seasons past, these bra tops are soft, casual, and look more like sports bras than a corset (our ribcages thank you!).

RIchard Chai Love; Marc by Marc Jacobs; Peter Som.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.
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Full Skirts — On dresses or by themselves, full skirts were everywhere this season, ranging from mini-lengths to longer mid-calf options. We love the idea of wearing one with ankle-strap heels and a cropped jacket in the fall.

Creatures of the Wind; Thakoon; Prabal Gurung.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.
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'90s Denim — In oversized, baggy fits and light, faded washes, the jeans on the runway reminded us of the pants we used to covet in the '90s… but a whole lot better looking. Mind you, these aren't JNCOs, but rather, denim versions of the loose-fit trousers we've been wearing for a few seasons already.

Rebecca Taylor; 3.1 Phillip Lim; See by Chloé.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim; Courtesy of See by Chloé.
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B&W Mixed Prints — Last season, it was all about mixing colorful prints, which took a lot of practice (and a lot of courage) to pull off correctly. This year, designers have given us a little break and boiled it down to just two colors: black and white. In graphic checks, stripes, florals, and more, black-and-white prints are super easy to mix, and offer a huge payoff.

Suno; Alexandre Herchcovitch; Marc Jacobs.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.
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Jewel Embellishments — Tiny bursts of embellishments on button-downs and shift dresses give otherwise traditional items a cheeky, unexpected bit of dazzle, and gives us an excuse to wear our collared shirts out at night.

Creatures of the Wind; J.Crew; Rachel Comey.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Courtesy of J.Crew; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.
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Drop Waists — What started as a flapper trend last season with fairly short, close-fitting dresses, has gotten a dose of serious drama for spring '13 with longer hemlines, fuller skirts, and more creative gathers.

Marc by Marc Jacobs; Vera Wang; Prabal Gurung.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.
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Macrame — These ain't your grandma's macrame sofa-back covers. In delicate, spider-thin threads and body-hugging designs, macrame was made sexy this season.

Jason Wu; Nanette Lepore; Band of Outsiders.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.
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Paper-Doll Perforations — Instead of seeing the square-shaped, uniform-mesh perforations we saw all over the athletic-inspired collections of seasons past, the cut-outs were a whole lot more intricate and artful this time around. Almost lace-like, these perforations almost have a snowflake cut-out quality to them.

Norma Kamali; Giulietta; Vivienne Tam.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Courtesy of Giulietta; Courtesy of Vivienne Tam.

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Plastic Fantastic Outwear — These could have easily looked like cheap $1 ponchos, but cut in fashion-forward silhouettes and made in jellybean-bright colors, this season's rain jacket was quirky, traditional, and modern all at once.

rag & bone; DKNY; See by Chloé.

Photos: Courtesy of Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Courtesy of Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Courtesy of See By Chloé.
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Sheer White Layers — The head-to-toe monochrome look is a skill we've mastered by now, but this season, designers upped the difficulty level a bit. In gauzy, all-white layers, this season's sheer trend is utterly angelic, fairly daring, and definitely Cher Horowitz-approved.

Timo Weiland; Thakoon; Prabal Gurung.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.
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Vest Shirts — Button up your sleeveless vests all the way for a cargo-shirt look that finally makes vests feel fresh. We love the idea of layering a sleeveless turtleneck underneath as well, for a layered look.

3.1 Phillip Lim; Proenza Schouler; Reed Krakoff.

Photos: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.
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Peek-a-Boo Strips — Slashes, cut-outs, and see-through seams created a really magical effect on the runways (how did the clothes stay together?), but IRL, the looks provide a smidge of sex appeal without revealing too much.

Prabal Gurung; 3.1 Phillip Lim; Alexander Wang.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.

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