9 Styles We Can't Wait to See in 2014 & How to Wear Them Well (PHOTOS)

Lisa Fogarty | Dec 28, 2013 Beauty & Style

It's been a long, hard winter of crop tops. Judging by Spring's 2014 runway shows, I regret to inform you that the 90s throwback piece isn't going away quite so soon. The good news is that many new trends will be heading our way and a great deal of them are exciting and totally wearable.

From pastels to bomber jackets to 90s-inspired slip dresses, we've featured 9 upcoming fashion trends that will make you look forward to ringing in the new year. And if the words "slip dress" just gave you a nervous flashback to the days when Claire Danes wore hers over a baby doll t-shirt, never fear: we've included tips on how to update your pieces so that you don't look like a teen raging against the machine. 

Which trends are you looking most forward to in 2014?

 

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  • Pastels

    1

    Avoid looking like a sugar plum fairy by incorporating dark, sophisticated accessories to your outfit and keeping the cut of your dress sophisticated and grown-up. Instead of ruffles, go for a pencil skirt or knee-length pleated skirt like this one from Twelve-T. Swap the nude heels for bold black Oxford pumps and accessorize with an antique brass cuff bracelet. ($69 at Yoox.com)

  • Wide-Legged Trousers

    2

    Good riddance, skinny jeans! We needed a fresh new pant trend, and this one is such a great, classy throwback to the 1940s. To soften things up, pair a great pair like Modcloth's Every Opportunity Pants in Olive with an ultra-feminine cream blouse and strappy heels. ($49.99 at Modcloth.com).

  • Bomber Jackets

    3

    A bomber jacket is a relaxed, cropped, cooler-than-thou piece that easily adds a sporty feel to any outfit you're wearing. To avoid looking like a teenager, choose jackets made from leather, silk, or even lace, like this unique Lace Bomber Jacket, and wear yours with loose-fitting, but tailored pants and heels. ($148 from Free People).

  • Pleated Skirts

    4

    You won't look like a schoolgirl as long as you keep the hem of your pleated skirt to the knee or just below it, like this ASOS Midi Skirt with Pleat Detail. Always tuck in your blouse or a lightweight sweater to avoid looking frumpy, and pair yours with sexy, strappy heels. ($72.60 as Asos.com).

  • Slip Dresses

    5

    Slip Dresses, like this Silence + Noise Silky 90s Slip Dress, are feminine and simple. Unlike crop tops, another 1990s trend, this one can be worn by anyone -- as long as you pair it with chunkier/weightier items like boots, cardigans, or a military jacket to avoid looking like you're wearing lingerie in broad daylight. Whatever you do, fight the urge to throw yours over a white T-shirt, ala My So-Called Life. ($59 at Urbanoutfitters.com).

  • Graphic Black and White

    6

    There's something slightly mod about the graphic black and white patterns spotted all over the runway this spring. This Black White Long Sleeve Diamond Pattern Sweater Dress is a piece you could easily picture Megan Draper wearing. Pair yours with opaque black tights and kitten heels. ($32.79 at sheinside.com).

  • Florals

    7

    Florals are hot -- again. To keep from looking too precious, choose a party dress like Petit Four Party Dress from Modcloth.com, which features somber watercolors in shades of black, white, and grey. ($149.99 at Modcloth.com).

  • Art-Inspired Clothing

    8

    Bold modern art-inspired graphics are going to be huge this season. This is the perfect opportunity to jazz up your neutral pants and skirts. Slip this Tie Print Shirt from Topshop under a black pants suit and you'll feel energized at your Monday morning meeting. ($76 at Topshop).

  • Fringe

    9

    Think of fringe as you would makeup: a little goes a long way. You won't look like a flapper if you slip a delicate fringe blouse beneath a suit jacket or pair a cute fringe skirt with a simple white button-down blouse and opaque black tights. And, if even that sounds like too much fringe for your liking, take a baby step and accessorize your outfit with this fun Clever Fringe Hobo bag. ($149.95 at Free People). 

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