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11 big fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2014

Posted: August 7, 2013

Get an insight into the seasonal must-haves for spring and summer 2014 in the following slideshow. This trends forecast is a collaboration between Global Sources and Fashion Snoops, a global trends forecasting service and consulting company based in New York. Its services are used by hundreds of leading fashion, interiors and consumer products brands, including Hugo Boss, Guess, Triumph, Sephora, Nordstorm, Wal-Mart, Target, P&G, Disney and Warner Brothers.

 

Structured bag

The structured bag swung its way down the runway with a multitude of styles from Michael Kors, Dior and Marc Jacobs. The strong lines of its silhouette paired with handy top handles make this bag the most practical finishing touch for spring/summer 2014.

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Spring bootie

In the perfect combination of high-heel sandal and bootie, this silhouette is a strong alternative to the typical pump. Experiment with neutral colors a la Victoria Beckham or Derek Lam's colorful crocodile interpretation for spring and summer 2014.

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Exaggerated fedora

Saint Laurent set the tone for this explosive trend, and fashion girls everywhere are falling in line.

Expect retail floors to be blanketed with merchandise for both day and night assortments.

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Mini bag

After many seasons of the tote and oversized bags taking the spotlight, we see a new trend emerge with the mini bag. Whether a wristlet or cross-body silhouette, there is nothing more liberating than keeping just the essentials at your side.

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Black & white

An all-over monochromatic look leads the way as we head toward more seasonless collections every year. The stark contrast between black and white emphasizes the geometric silhouettes also seen for spring and summer 2014, creating a clean and sleek assortment.

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Elongated necklace

After a few seasons of neck-hugging chokers, we see necklaces start to drop in length. Saint Laurent highlighted long pendants along with Matthew Williamson, who used colorful tassels and coin details. Expect to see these styles in piles of layers for spring and summer 2014.

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Peplum

What started a few seasons ago as a detail is now a popular expression in woven tops. The peplum top fits in an assortment of themed collections, with various styles from ruffled and pleated to color-blocked. Neoprene applications provide a sporty note as do halter necks and zip-front details.

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Boxy top

This season, boxy tops become a key item spanning retro, futurist and even utilitarian themes. With broad shoulders as an essential, wide and raglan sleeves are a natural update. Other favored interpretations include sheer inserts, epaulettes and color blocking.

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Cropped pants

The cropped silhouette in pants has become somewhat of a new classic, offering much variety in shape and a range of thematic applications from ultramodern to safari expedition. Slimmer fits highlight flat-front or five-pocket designs. New wide-leg styles often feature pleats and cuffed hems.

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Patterned suit

Patterned suits, unlike patterned pants, are more firmly rooted in the 70s in terms of silhouette. Wide-leg pants, elongated blazers and exaggerated shoulders shape directives. Favored patterns include engineered motifs and stripes. The short suit embraces patterns for a fresh take on the trend.

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Miniskirt

Miniskirts are once again on the rise. Suit sets, piping and front pockets serve as an update to retro-inclined styles, while new silhouette varieties include wrap and A-line styles. Leather and embellishment serve as alternative material options.

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