All White, Even After Labor Day
From summery dresses to post-Labor Day monochrome suitsto red-carpet-ready gowns, head-to-toe white remained de rigueur for all seasons this year. And, yes, it's totally possible to pull off a white dress without looking like a bride.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Dior, Zoe Saldana in Elie Saab, Charlize Theron in Dior
Black and White
With the return of '90s minimalism, designers sent a slew of black-and-white contrasting dresses, suits, coats, and leather everything down the spring and fall runways. The trend eventually made its way onto many celebrities—and into our closets.
Chanel fall 2013, Michael Kors spring 2013, Proenza Schouler spring 2013
Sexy, Sheer Panels
This year, celebrities enthusiastically embraced—and pushed the limits of—the sheer-panel trend on the red carpet. They even pulled off (don't try this at home!) side-boob, Gwyneth Paltrow'sside-butt, and this tricky feat.
Diane Kruger in Thakoon, Rose Byrne in Pucci, Michelle Dockery in Chado Ralph Rucci
Shorts became the new dress, skirt, and even tailored suiting piece this year. For the most versatility, designers reinterpreteddressy shorts at varying lengths and in bold colors, exuberant prints, and fabulous textures (more leather, please). And from the looks of the 2014 runways, this trend isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Theyskens' Theory fall 2013, Tommy Hilfiger spring 2013, Clover Canyon spring 2013
Borrowed From the Boys
This year's menswear-inspired craze welcomed feminine interpretations of classic suiting textures and styles, tough but flirty (and thankfully flat) brogues, and the comfy-cozy boyfriend sweater.
The Dressed-Up Sweatshirt
A product of the athletic-inspired trend, the dressed-up andsometimes-designer (see: Givenchy Bambi) sweatshirt was immediately embraced by the fun- and comfort-loving fashion set. The piece looks just as cute with skinny jeans as it does with a printed or embellished skirt—or, in this pic, no pants at all.
Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins, Miroslava Duma
As the little sister to the sheer panel, racy cutouts also made frequent appearances on the Fashion Week runways and red carpet. Luckily, this look was slightly easier to translate to everyday life, with a discreet peekaboo detail at the bodice or keyhole back. Of course, if we wanted to go full-on sexed-up, sizzling bombshell, we just looked to the cutout masters:Cushnie et Ochs.
Michelle Ochs, Karlie Kloss, Carly Cushnie
As a follow-up to the Man Repeller and Dannijo-endorsed Arm Party, the Ring Party made its mark in 2013. From stacks of mixed metals to statement bands (seriously, Lauren Conrad'slove ring? Love.) to the boho-cool midi ring—there were so many pieces to either wear alone or pile on.
A shot from our behind-the-scenes visit visit to cult-favorite Brooklyn jeweler Catbird.