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As the end of the year approaches, we're checking in with our most fashion-savvy friends to hear their thoughts on the best and worst of 2013.
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It's inevitable in this industry: A trend comes along and you resist it at first. It's ugly, you think. It's unflattering. It doesn't make sense. It's not practical. Those can't be coming back into style. Then, you see others testing the trend and you know what, they make it look good. Before long, you've amassed 15 crop tops, are tying a flannel around your waist and trying to reconcile your leather sweatshirt with your new, oversize pink coat. Trend overload.
We asked our friends in the fashion industry, from big magazine editors to retailers: What trend did you finally give in to in 2013?
Andrew Bevan, style features director at Teen Vogue: "Baseball hats and Miley Cyrus."
Stephanie Trong, co-editor in chief, Fashionista: "This makes no sense because this trend isn't even from 2013, but the Isabel Marant wedge sneakers. But last winter, I found a pair of cobalt Bobbys deeply discounted at Bergdorfs, and the siren song of the slashed price got to me. They're cute, but buyer's remorse set in pretty quickly."
Lisa Held, senior staff writer at Well + Good: "I really hate the idea of wearing workout clothes as real clothes when not working out, but it's pretty common and unavoidable in our office, considering what we do. So I finally tried to start embracing it on days when it makes sense. Thankfully, there are a lot of indie brands (many of them new!) that make it easier to look put together, rather than just smothered in Spandex. I was loving brands like Fabletics, Phat Buddha, and Splits 59 this year. And in New York, it's so normal now to see women wearing their workout leggings all day. Oh, and another trend I adopted wholeheartedly: waxed denim. I'm obsessed, for now."
Connie Wang, style director at Refinery29: "I'm loving this resurgence of relaxed-fit pants that are a little awkwardly cropped and high-waisted."
Laurel Pinson, Stylecaster editor-in-chief: "Crop tops. No regrets."
Laura Kosann, co-founder of The New Potato: "The Balenciaga combat boots."
Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, founders of Of a Kind:
Claire: "Comfort. Flatter shoes, higher waisted pants—bring 'em on."
Erica: "Un-nail-arted nails."
Elle Strauss, fashion director of Shopbop: "The moto jacket although I was already a fan—I just added to my collection."
Kenzie Bryant, associate editor of Racked: "Kitten heels and sweatshirts. Because suddenly the stars aligned and told me to be comfortable."
Leslie Price, editor of Racked: "After negging them (throwing shade at them?) for about two years, I spotted a pair of Isabel Marant wedge sneakers on sale on Cyber Monday and just did it. They arrived, I clomped around in them and tried to imagine wearing them to a major fashion event, and promptly returned them. Trend I didn't return: lots of workout gear I treat like normal, everyday attire. And overalls. And crop tops. And first knuckle rings. And grunge. I'm a sucker, what can I say?"
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