It’s the day before New Year’s Eve, so before you throw on your glitziest outfit and sky-high heels, take a look at the best and worst trends that had people talking in 2013. Remember, what works for you may not work for everyone else; that’s why they’re trends.


1. Back to the ’90s

Any excuse to go back to my childhood is always a good thing. From grunge plaid to overalls and crop tops, ’90s fashion ruled the 2013 scene.

Mary-Kate rockin’ the plaid look (left); Free People overalls (right)


2. Statement Sweatshirts

A sweatshirt I can actually wear out in public and not get teased for looking like I just rolled out of bed (even if I actually did)? Amazing.

Pim+Larkin Neon Embellished Sweatshirt, $69,

3. Envelope Clutch

A great day-to-night item, this was the “it” bag of 2013.

ASOS Metal Frame Envelope Clutch Bag

4. Coated Jeans

They look and feel like leather–but without the price tag.

American Eagle Coated Jegging, $19.99,

5. Graphic Black and White

The ladylike allure that ruled the Spring 2013 runways was more than just your basic colorblocked neutrals.

Beyonce in Osman at the 2013 Grammy Awards


1. Peplum

If done right, peplum can look cute and add shape. Stick to basic fabrics like cotton to keep the piece simple. Sheer peplum dress=major no-no.

2. High-Low Hems

Unless you’re tall with legs like Gisele, the “mullet” look makes short people look too disproportioned. It may be all “business in the front, party in the back”, but it is difficult to pull off. Khloe’s high-low dress basically looks like a bandage dress with a tail.

3. Wedge Sneakers

Who thought this trend would be cool?

Ash “Bowie” Wedge Sneakers, $195,

4. Ear Cuffs

See above. So over it. No need for a bedazzled cartilage.

5. Nail Art

I’m sorry. Although it looks really pretty, I can’t even handle painting my right hand one color without making a mess. Give your nails clean slate (and fresh mani) for the coming year.

Here’s to amazing new fashion trends in 2014. Happy New Year!


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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