Metallic and shimmery edges, see-through fabrics, delicate embroidery, backless and sleeveless feminine silhouettes – this summer's fashion shows bring endless inspiration, as the most important part in women’s clothing is that perfect summer dress that emphasizes all the pride of the female figure, rather than obscuring it. 

The spring/summer 2013 trends return to the 60s with paisley print mini dresses and classic nautical navy and white striped dresses, feature lightweight floaty chiffon dresses or more daring metallic leather sport-luxe dresses. Here are some of this season’s trends, inspired by designer collections.

Best Dresses for 2013: Black-and-White and Graphics

Some of this season's biggest trends are minimal but graphic seamed dresses with exaggerated details.

Black And White Graphic Dress

Get the look: Karen Millen stripe dress  | Givenchy sandals | Diane von Furstenberg Mini Lips clutch | Mawi earrings

The Karen Millen graphic stripe dress is a stylish must-have for spring-summer 2013. Very elegant and stylish, giving a trendy, professional look.

Best Dresses Trends for 2013: Minimal and Tailored

Tailored Summer Dress

Get the look: Vacationer dress | Pushmataaha ring | Botkier bag | Erickson Beamon headpiece |  BCBGMAXAZRIA sandals

The Nanette Lepore Vacationer dress is a minimal and delicately tailored dress features a figure-enhancing crisscross empire waist. For a flattering cut and a simple silhouette, Thread's Agatha strapless dress in plain black or white is detailed with a sweetheart neckline and delicately ruffled chiffon below the waist, slightly gathered and moved easily. It is the best of both worlds.

Best Dresses Trends for 2013: The Season-less Leather

Black Leather Dress

Get the look: Badgley Mischka leather dress | Chanel lipstick | Le Silla pumps | John Hardy earrings | J Furmani clutch


The color choice for leather dresses 2013 trends are season-less: red, white, dark blue, and black. Leather dresses can be flirty in silhouette, but rocker in shade, print and attitude. Try Badgley Mishka's strapless leather dress with sweetheart neckline and a twist – a sculptural front bow and side slash pockets.

Best Dresses Trends for 2013: Translucent Inserts

White Sheer Lace Dress

Get the look: Dolce Vita Valentina dress | Janna Conner earrings | Schutz India sandals | Moschino bag

Translucent inserts are increasingly common among the 2013 dress trends, not only in evening fashion, but also in the everyday style women's wear. There are a lot of white and black dresses, but also juiced-up yellow, pink and blue for contrasting pop, with graphic details, and tons of lace and overlay. You could imagine that someone ultra-sophisticated would wear Monique Lhuillier's airy floral lace dress, Diane von Furstenberg's vintage inspired Kinchu lace dress or the Dolce Vita Valentina lace dress with beautiful embroidery and sheer lace inserts.

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