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A quick guide for fashion in spring 2014

Sophomore ECE major Mauricio Cano sports a boxy jacket, a current fashion trend for 2014. (credit: Sara Remi Fields/) Sophomore ECE major Mauricio Cano sports a boxy jacket, a current fashion trend for 2014. (credit: Sara Remi Fields/) Freshman Samantha Ho keeps up with recent trends with her jacket. (credit: Sara Remi Fields/) Freshman Samantha Ho keeps up with recent trends with her jacket. (credit: Sara Remi Fields/) Freshman Iris Beaumier stays on top of current fashion trends with her billowy wide-leg trousers. (credit: Sara Remi Fields/) Freshman Iris Beaumier stays on top of current fashion trends with her billowy wide-leg trousers. (credit: Sara Remi Fields/)

There was the year that skinny jeans came into style. Leggings also reentered the fashion world a few years ago, followed by circle scarves and combat boots. All of these trends seemed strange when they first appeared until nearly everyone began wearing them; that generally happens with trends. Now fashion followers are wondering what the year 2014 will bring.

It’s too early to predict what styles from the past will reappear, which new trends will emerge, and which ones will come to an end. If the trends from the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week (Sept. 5­ - 12) are anything to go by, certain trends are set to take the stage. Though most people tend to wait for fashion trends to make their mark before deciding to follow them, here is a sneak peek into this year’s fashion forecast for all you trendsetters out there.

One trend that has been in style for the past year or so is the menswear-inspired trend, and this trend seems to be a major one for spring 2014. White shirts and button downs were all over the runways at Fashion Week. With 2014 comes a new twist on these types of shirts in the form of contrasting details, such as leather accents or small studs on the collar and cuffs.

Contrasting collar shirts seem like a trend that will not last for long, so find one at an inexpensive store like Forever 21, rather than investing in one that will cost more. To carry this trend into any wardrobe, wear it as a statement piece with jeans and boots on casual days, or dress it up with a skirt and heels.

Another menswear trend, wide-leg trousers, is also making its way into spring 2014. Though most fashion experts say that wide-leg trousers will work on any body type, these types of pants are unflattering on most people. Certain wide-leg trousers are flattering for many people, though, like the bohemian, billowy type found at Brandy Melville or Free People.

While it’s too cold to wear them now, the summery wide-legged trousers look great on anyone with a top that is fitted or cropped. These pants are comfortable as well, and it is possible for one to get a lot of wear out of them once it starts warming up outside.

As it’s still below-freezing outside on most days, it might be more applicable to focus on trends fit for colder weather, such as sweaters and jackets.

While sweaters are always good for the transition between winter and spring, certain styles are making a comeback this season. The emphasis on pop art during Fashion Week explains the bright colors and large graphics on the sweaters found at stores such as Topshop. Their sweaters also feature some of the other major trends for spring 2014, which include the furry or fuzzy texture, as well as athletic-inspired clothing with thick-striped sleeves reminiscent of sports jerseys. These sweaters may not be for everyone, but they can be worn with dark jeans and combat boots for an edgy look.

As winter turns to spring, it may be time to start considering what jacket to wear for spring. Boxy jackets, or ones that are cropped, reappeared on the runway and are replacing the commonly worn moto jackets, which are inspired by biker jackets. Even if these jackets do not stay in style for a long time, it is highly likely that they will come back.

Bomber jackets are another style that have gone in and out of style and are currently back in for this season. Either of these types of jacket can be worn with a skirt or dress to balance out the toughness.

Some final trends for spring 2014 to take note of are metallic items of clothing, the micro-pleat, 3-D details, and pale pink. Each of these was seen in different clothes on the runway, and can easily be incorporated into anyone’s personal style.

As for the metallic trend, wearing a sweater in a metallic color, such as the matte gold one on popular online shopping destination tobi.com, is a bolder choice. The safer option would be a regular top with metallic detailing, which can be found at most stores.

Micro-pleated skirts were a major trend for last summer and could be found in every color at Urban Outfitters. They look great paired with graphic muscle tanks for a laid-back look.

Three-dimensional details include anything from sequins to beads or any other embellishment and instantly glamorize tops and dresses. Pale pink will be everywhere this season, but make sure to layer it with something edgy to avoid looking childish.

It may be that none of these trends will make their mark in 2014. Someone may invent something novel which will remain in style for a few years. While the year of the poncho is thankfully over and will not return, every season brings with it new challenges and possibilities in fashion. Wait for the spring 2014 trends to play out, or be one of the first to try them!