Spring summer 2013 fashion trends to miss

Last week I blogged about some of the biggest fashion trends seen on the spring summer 2013 catwalks. As with every season, some trends deserve to take off, but others should go straight to their fashion grave.

Here are the trends I will be giving a wide berth.

Crop tops

Apparently, the midriff is the new erogenous zone.

spring summer 2013 trends. balmain crop top

spring summer 2013 trends. balmain crop top

spring summer 2013 trends. tibi crop top

Now my midriff ain’t too bad, but I think there comes a time when tummy-flashing should be saved for the beach in a bikini. Plus, this isn’t exactly relaxed evening wear. Don’t follow this trend if you’d be too self-conscious to sit down all night, or if you’d couple your crop top with the biggest clutch you could find, as an makeshift cover-up.  

If you work hard on your abs and want to show them off then go right ahead, but best to pair your crop top with loose-fitting trousers, as seen at Balmain and Tibi (above), or a pretty flared midi skirt, as seen at House of Holland and on the street at New York fashion week (below).

spring summer 2013 trends. crop top and pretty flared skirt

spring summer 2013 trends. house of holland crop top

For a more subtle take on this figure-flaunting trend, you could throw over a sheer shirt or opt instead for dresses with waist cutouts.

(image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


I mean I loved scrunchies at one time. In the early 90s. When I was at gym class. Now – and I don’t care if they’ve been seen recently on the catwalk at Ashish (below) or in the hair of Sienna Miller and Catherine Zeta-Jones – they just have a particular connotation. One of females from a certain side of town throwing on the first piece of clothing they lay their hands on (probably a onesie) and scraping their hair back for an emergency supermarket trip.

spring summer 2013 trends. ashish scrunchies

spring summer 2013 trends. ashish scrunchies

spring summer 2013 trends. ashish scrunchies

 (image sources: 1, 2, 3)

The hula hoop bag

spring summer 2013 trends. chanel hula hoop bag

Karl Lagerfeld may have tried to explain that it’s for the beach, with “space for the beach towel … and then you can put it into the sand and hang things on it.” I’m sorry, Chanel, no.

(image source)

Gladiator boots

Because they’re much-loved by Rhianna, who I’m not a fan of, but for more reasons than that. I love flat gladiator sandals but I’m not feeling this new development which has seen them creep up the calf. They look uncomfortable, high maintenance and well, a little, 50 Shades.

spring summer 2013 trends. gladiator boots

Gladiator boots were seen on the SS13 catwalks at (L-R) Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Versace and Alexander Wang (image source).

What do you think? Am I wrong to shun these trends?

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