Women’s Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Trends + Perfume

I put my first guide like this together for Fall/Winter 2012 and enjoyed it so much that I decided to do one for Spring/Summer 2013. I realize that even though I don’t participate in fashion trends that I love them. Here’s a look at popular women’s fashion trends for spring/summer 2013 paired with “corresponding perfume”. These trends are very hit or miss for me. I’m loving the graphic mod elements but they lost me with the most of the 90’s nostalgia. If you want to wear neon or if you find that it feuds with your complexion, it doesn’t matter. You can still partake in the trend by wearing perfume!


Mod Spring Summer Fashion


I saw this one coming. It’s time. I’ve always loved mod…campy mod (B-52s, Lady Bunny, Deee-Lite). The 2013 mod is strangely more close to the mod of the 60’s than the club kid interpretation of the 80’s-90’s. We’re seeing low heels, thigh-skimming short hemlines, graphic prints, floating eyeliner and streamlines. It’s everything that I love. Bring. It. On.

  • YSL Y EDT – This was a 60’s favorite. Clean, fresh, aldehydic and authentic. If mod is too costumey for you, wear Y, a classic. Be authentic. Available at Fragrancenet for a discount.
  • Vero Profumo Mito EDP – This is an electric mod fragrance that opens bright and green with galbanum and a blast of citrus. This one is so swing’n 60’s to me. The 1.7 oz retails for $215 at Luckyscent. Full review.
  • Honoré des Prés Trip EDT – I chose this one for its vibrancy and energy with its spicy citrus notes of tangerine, lemon and pepper. And I chose it for the name. Hey, we’re talking crazy mod here. “Trip” is more than appropriate. The 1.7 EDT retails for $84 at Beautyhabit.

Gucci spring summer 2013

Flamenco Frills

Shoot to frill. This won’t be a trend that I’ll  be participating in, but there’s nothing wrong with frills. They just aren’t for me. I sort of wish they were because it seems like something happy, sexy people would wear. The 2013 frill is very flamenco ish and festive.

  • Myrurgia Maja EDT – Here’s a classic. Citrus and musk. The body powder is also divine in the summer heat. The 3.4 oz bottle retails for about $22 at
  • L’Artisan Parfumeur Seville a l’Aube EDP – Inspired by Denyse Beaulieu’s romantic rendezvous in Seville, this powerful, attention grabbing orange blossom is a joy to wear. It’s Flamenco frills after a romp in the hay. The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $165 at Luckyscent.
  • Arquiste Flor y Canto EDP – Opulent frills demand opulent florals. This is a big tuberose floral with a sheerness that won’t suffocate you in the summer. The 1.9 oz bottle retails for $165 at Beautyhabit.

neon spring summer fashion


Carryover from last summer which is a carryover from the 90’s (lots of 90’s nostalgia going on this year). I admit that I like neon…as an accent. I’m much too pale to make it work but I like it when the final execution is not Saved by the Bell-ish. It’s fun. I have a black purse with acid green trim. I get more compliments on that cheap-o purse than I do any of my better quality bags. Go figure.

  • DSH Perfumes Quinacridone Violet EDP – This fruity violet really smells neon with notes of cassis, quince and dewy florals. The 1 oz EDP spray retails for $80 at DSH Perfumes. 
  • Thierry Mugler Mugler Cologne – A neon take on a classic eau de cologne. Fresh but electric. The 3.4 oz bottle retails for about $50 at
  • LUSH Ladyboy EDP – A delightful and surprising “banana chypre” with violet, banana, seaweed and more! It’s La Cage aux Folles in a bottle! And that’s dynamic! The 1 oz EDP retails for about $43 at LUSH. Full review

Spring Summer Trends 2013

International (Yves) Klein blue

We definitely saw this blue used in colorblocking last year and we’re going to see more of it…used monochromatic. This color is intense and pairs well with so many other shades from white to canary yellow to a deep purple. I want a handbag in this shade so badly.

  • Ulrich Lang Lightscape – This perfume is both bold and sheer. It has aldehydes, citrus with violet and iris. It dries down to something warm and reminds me of freshly washed laundry. It seems like something you’d pair with a richly saturated color. The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $110 at Beautyhabit. Full review.
  • Penhaligon’s Violetta – This is how I imagine this blue smelling if you could scratch n’ sniff it. Violetta is a sharp violet soliflore. Retails for $80 at Beautyhabit. Full review.
  • CdG Odeur 53 – A blue this bold needs to be paired with the ultimate in synthetic. Vivid and modern. It will be a classic. Retails for $130 at Beautyhabit.

spring fashion 2013


I feel like we’ve seen this a lot the past few summers, sheer is still here. We’re seeing more sheer panel insets and sheer flowing layers over skirts. I like it. It’s so witchy and fairy tale-ish. I think Stevie Nicks would approve.

  • Hermes Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan – It’s a gorgeous sheer Ellena floral that is perfect to wear in the summer. Actually if you want to do the sheer trend with perfume, any of the Hermessence perfumes will do. The Gift Set is $152 at Hermès. 
  • Prada Infusion d”iris EDT – This is a soft, sheer powdery iris. So delicate. Retails for $66 at Sephora.
  • Malle En Passant – A sheer, whispering lilac that disappears with the wind. Retails for $155 at Barneys.

spring summer 2013 fashion


OK, this isn’t a trend that I love for a few reasons. Reason #1 is out of jealousy of being too old and too doughy for such a trend. Reason #2, I thought Salt n’ Peppa did it betta but I always think that. Reason #3, it’s a drag queen costume trick to show your um, best assets and cover up the rest. Anyway, it’s here. As my grandma always said, “If you got it, flaunt it.” Show off your best assets.

With fragrances, I tried to go with something a little bare or that remind me of “skin” instead of going with perfumes “missing” something (those would be bad perfumes and I don’t recommend bad quality perfumes).

  • Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess – It’s still one of my favorite beach scents for the “salty skin” dry down. We may not all be bronze and perfect but we can sure pretend like we are when wearing this. Retails for $60 at Nordstrom
  • Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau Delicate – The sheer, warm orange blossom fragrance that we’ve come to love for its muskiness but this time with a hint of fig. This formula is light enough for warm weather wear. Retails for $102 at Nordstrom. Full review.
  • CB I Hate Perfume Where We Are There is No Here perfume– Sci-fi alien jasmine. Yes, it’s a “skin scent” but it fits in this section for another reason, it “cuts out” loses transmission and comes back again. This is the intelligent cut-out perfume vs. the sexy “body ody ody” cut-out perfume. Retails for $135 at CB I Hate Perfume.

What do you think about these women’s fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2013? I’m stocking up on “mod”. I can’t help it. I love graphic prints.

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12 thoughts on “Women’s Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Trends + Perfume

  1. For neon, I’d add Madame by JPG. I have a love-hate relationship with this one but the lotion is quite a bit more wearable than the perfume and lovely for Spring.

    1. I’m with you with the love/hate with Madame, but it does smell neon! I can see the body products being better. It’s the opening of the perfume that turns me off.

    1. I love the pantsuit. Gucci has been but they did pretty good this summer. Bold but wearable.

      I love the Maja powder in summer. Plus, the packaging looks adorable on a vanity.

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