June 15, 2024


The first of January marks a fresh, new calendar, and for some, a new wardrobe to match.

Less than a month into the new year, shopping malls are almost as hectic as the pre-holiday shopping season, as people are in search of the trendiest clothes.

Some stores are still offering Boxing Day sales on merchandise leftover from 2012, which, as Waterloo resident Daniella Machado said, gives people a good incentive to go back to the mall so soon after Christmas.

“It’s a good time to shop, because you can still get the same merchandise on sale that you could during the height of Boxing Day madness,” she said.

So what exactly are the trends to be looking for in 2013?

Jessica Meneses, a 21-year-old fashion design student from Ryerson University, said ruffles are the No. 1 trend to watch for.

“Towards the end of the winter season, ruffles are going to be all the rage,” she said. “Frilly necklines and flounced skirts will be everywhere.”

Also topping the list, contrasting looks, such as black and white, clashing prints, and over-the-top embellishments, according to Meneses.

“Prints are already a huge hit,” she said, “but combining them in an outfit, like wearing stripes and floral, will be the new challenge for trendsetters. Designers will try to outdo each other on the runway and the public will try and copy that eccentric style.”

Machado’s 19-year-old daughter and self-proclaimed fashionista, Lauren, said that now is the best time to start looking for upcoming trends.

“All the stores are restocking for the beginning of the year,” she said.

“They have brand new designs and different styles and colours. If you want to get a head start on the popular clothes for this year, now is the time to start browsing.”