With the weather quickly changing to sunny skies and warm temperatures, your wardrobe is probably calling for some love and refreshment. Put away the boots and wool jackets, and follow our spring fashion-trend guide to looking your best this season!


One of this spring’s most prominent trends, Monochrome, is a step up from past season’s color blocking and is one of the most wearable looks. From age 15 to 50, this sleek design is an easy way to be fashion forward this season. We recommend adding a pop of cobalt blue or palm green to pull the look together. Shop Substance, for Fashion Conscious People (top left) and The Emperor’s Newest Clothes (top right) in the Short North for wearable ways to work this trend.


Similar to the boldness of Monochrome, the color palette of green is adorning all fashion outlets from runways and boutiques to magazines and editorial.  Just in time for the turn of the new-year, Pantone announced Emerald as its go-to color of 2013 and mass market retailers were quick to respond. Following suit of high fashion global designers, emerald is now found everywhere and easy to work into your outfit for both men and women at any age. For men, we recommend a bold button down, or a more subtle approach with a pocket square or tie (such as those found in the Short North at Royal Factory Atelier). For women, try a statement necklace or hand bag (such as those found at High Street Denim). Emerald is a great complement to any style this season.


Mix-and-match patterns are another colorful trend we’re seeing this spring season. The patterns are vibrant and youthful, and fit right in with those bright colors we’ve been waiting months to break out of our closet.  Nautical patterns are an easy, classic staple in this mix-and-match area but a “not-your-Grandma’s” floral piece can make a fresh statement. Mix-and-match with scarves, tank tops, blouses and more at Short North shops like rowe boutique and Tigertree (shown right).


This spring, a strong statement of femininity, the peplum waist, is back in a wide range of looks.  This style has a timeless appeal while creating a flattering silhouette.  The look has been featured on the runway, in business attire, and everyday wear: the possibilities with this shape are endless! A peplum top can be paired with a casual skinny jean in a variety of prints or colors, or try the style as a twist on a basic sheath dress. Shop rowe boutique and Ladybird in the District for creative ways to add this style to your wardrobe.


Ladies are not the only ones that get to have all the fun with fashion this spring.  Going against the grain in a long history of what is considered “put-together menswear,” camouflage is making a surprising comeback as a men’s spring fashion highlight off the runways and onto the streets. Anything including pants, outerwear, and accessories in Camo print are fair game – and in the true fashion of Americana, a little red, white & blue patriotism never hurt anybody. Just be sure not to cross the line from urban casual into fashion casualty. Try TORSO and Kingsrowe Gallery in the Short North for clean, simplified ways to wear this look.


Color is one thing men’s fashion has never been shy about when it comes to accessorizing or accenting on shirts. Last summer, male fashion icons have proven that wearing something even as bold as red pants and bright yellow shoes can be fashionable. Carrying the trend into this spring, the loud colors soften to pastels and eye-catching prints are stealing the spotlight. Pastels are featured colors on just about anything for men from tailored jackets to the bottom-lining of a Ralph Lauren polo shoe. Don’t be afraid to integrate a pop of pastel into your workday, weekend outing, or evening event.

Additionally, neckties in bold hues, paisleys, stripes, or checkered prints, all against a crisp collared shirt, are a great way to wear a print at any age.  And just the way Monochrome is the new black for women this season; navy is the new gray for men’s dress wear. Well-tailored navy suits are everywhere this season, and what makes it so popular is that every man can make it his own by incorporating another spring trend with it: a patterned tie, a pastel shirt, a bold pocket square, your choice! All Short North men’s fashion retailers are incorporating these trends in color. Shop Milk Bar boutique and Tigertree for pastel button downs, Brigade and Royal Factory Atelier for neckties and try TORSO for navy suit options.

The 2013 spring fashion trends are indisputably going in a direction of eye-grabbing looks.  The fresh colors and silhouettes cross all ages and demographics and can be found in the Short North on a dime or a no-limit budget. Shop locally this spring in the District and give your closet a pep in its step!