Now that we survived the Mayans day of doom, let 2013 not be the year we come face-to-face with a fashion apocalypse. Navya D’Souza gives you a heads-up on what should dominate your wish list this year.

Fashion Forward

Even before 2013 could trapeze in, fashion’s demi-gods, in Milan and New York, declared their verdicts on what the new year will hold in terms of what is hot and what is just ‘so 2012’. We rummaged through the beeline of couture clad models to bring you a few trends that we’d be happy to embrace and even flaunt.

Here are 2013’s most wearable fashion trends:

BermudaShort through the heart

They have may have started off as beat-the-heat wear for the British Army but the Bank of Bermuda endorsed Bermuda shorts have just gone high-fashion this 2013. Designer labels like DKNY and Peter Som are making over this comfy, no-fuss garment that’s a perfect antidote to India’s increasingly unbearable summers. Whether you go floral, denim or choose a happy, bright colour, this is your go to garment when you want to let your legs do all the talking.

Stripe Tease

Fashion advice from Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors – earn your stripes or buy them but whatever you do, be bold. StripesThis year, even diagonal stripes are making a comeback. So, whichever direction you choose to go just make sure the stripes you’re sporting are big, bold and colourful. From skirts to tops to formal suits, 2013 promises to be a ‘stripe’ tease like never before.

Bold stripes are just the tip of the iceberg and international runways are abuzz with designers going linear. Symmetry is the new mantra and whether its plaid and grid formations, monochromatic stripes, squares or checkerboard prints, the love is unanimous. Just remember that while wearing the usually bold and busy graphic prints, you ought to cut-back on the accessories to let the prints shine through.

Black, White and Neon

What do you get when you put two classic fashion choices together? A wardrobe worthy trend, of course! While neon and fluorescent hues have made their presence felt, designer labels like Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang and DKNY are taking these two basic and evergreen colours to create a formidable fashion combination.

Luxe_LeatherLuxe Leather

Nothing says good girl gone fashionably bad as much as leather. If you’re not the kind of bad that rubs PETA and benevolent animal-lovers the wrong way, then faux leather will ensure that you have nothing to hide (pun completely intended). Simple and time-tested styles like the bomber jacket, peplum dresses, knee-length skirts and cropped trousers in leather have all made it onto Monique Lhuillier, J. Mendel, Holmes and Yang and Rodarte’s look books for the season.While this might not be the most practical day wear, it definitely is fantastic idea for to heat up a chilly evening.

The best part of 2013’s most defining trends are that if dig deep enough you can easily find substitutes in the back of your own wardrobe. Fish them out, add a dash of DIY (Do It Yourself) creativity and you’re ready to strut through 2013 with your most fashionable foot forward.