The fall 2013 fashion trends are one of the very few things that make us accept the thought that summer will soon be over a little easier. As sad as the prospect of days getting shorter and temperatures dropping might be, planning for the new season is an exciting endeavor, especially given the multitude of cool alternatives the new fashion trends offer. 

Each of the world’s style capitals brought unique elements into the spotlight, but there were plenty of universal style preferences. The fall 2013 fashion trends are defined by edginess, sophistication and an opulent vibe. 

We’ve already seen the official Pantone fall 2013 color trends, now let’s take a closer look at some of the most important fashion trends for 2013:

Fall Fashion 2013: Oversized coats

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One of the most popular trends for the cold months is the oversized coat trend. Though ‘statement piece’ and ‘practical’ are two concepts rarely used together, this trend merges both of these concepts successfully. A statement coat will amp up in outfit in a matter of seconds and will never fail to attract attention. The possibilities are incredibly vast: versatile and practical as seen on the Topshop Unique, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dries Van Noten, Max Mara or Stella McCartney runways, vibrant and colorful like Prada’s offerings or featuring bold patterns like as seen in the Burberry, Helmut Lang, Tom Ford or Christopher Kane lines. 

Fall Winter 2013 Trends: High Shine Metallics

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Metallic accents in many interesting forms dominated the fall 2013 runways. Designer invited fashionistas to leave caution aside and make a powerful style statement with head turning metallic hues and accents. Balmain, Paco Rabanne, L’Wren Scott, Paul & Joe or Emilio Pucci were just some of the fashion houses that managed to bring opulent ensembles that instantly mesmerized fashion lovers.

Fall 2013 Fashion Essential: Leather  

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Leather is a central part of the fall 2013 fashion trends. Unlike last year, this season  the trend is not limited to a single set of pieces. From leather coats, pants and boots to leather blouses and skirts, virtually anything goes. Besides, if matte leather is not your thing, you can safely opt for patent leather options or even transparent latex pieces. Proenza Schouler, Yigal Azrouël, Chloé, Haider Ackermann or Belstaff were just some of the names that helped popularize the trend.

Fall 2013 Runway Trend: Tomboy Vibes

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The entire boy-meets-girl aesthetic was an important point of reference for the industry’s most influential players. The perfect play between masculine and feminine accent was the defining element for the fall 2013 collections from labels like Dries Van Noten, Giorgio Armani or Nicole Miller. 

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Fall Winter 2013: 90s Grunge Fashion

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The spirit of ’90s is alive and well! Grunge and punk accents will be everywhere in the upcoming months. Inspired by high end labels like Saint Laurent, Versace, Givenchy, BCBG Max Azria or Rodarte, high street retailers have already started coming up with affordable versions of the trend, so if you’re looking for a hint of edginess for your new season look, don’t hesitate to let your inner rebel surface.

Fall 2013 Trend: Fur trims 

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The fur trend is here to stay. It seems that no amount of controversies can convince designers to give up  on fur accents and opulent fur coats. This season, the rule is… the more colorful, the better. Michael Kors, Marni, Altuzarra and Valentino,  Roberto Cavalli or Gucci all brought covetable looks centered around the luxurious fabric. 

Fall 2013 Fashion Trend: Print Remix

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When it comes to spicing up a look, adding a printed piece is an almost foolproof strategy. Print lovers have plenty of choices in the upcoming months. Preppy vibes are incredibly popular which means you can safely indulge in stripes, plaids, houndstooth and many more geometric accents. For the coolest preppy motifs of the season, look no further than the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2013 collection or Prada’s cold season line. Military accents, bold animal prints or abstract floral patterns are also great choices for the new season.

Fall Fashion Trend 2013: Monochrome

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Regardless of seasonal trends, the allure of monochrome outfits never fades. In the new season, designers have focused on two versions of the look: the winter white look, spotted on the runways of labels like Mulberry, Salvatore Ferragamo or Julien MacDonald and black and white looks spotted in the at Mugler, Proenza Schouler or in the Hermes fall 2013 collection.

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