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What will women wear in 2014?

  • Crop tops

    For those who have been avoiding the gym, the bad news is that the ‘80s crop top is back in 2014. The good news? In the hands of designers like DKNY, Louis Vuitton and Lacoste, it’s exposing considerably less flesh than before. Pair it with a high-waisted skirt or trousers for a fitted, tailored look. (Getty Images)

  • Asymmetric

    Angles are getting sharper and hemlines shorter, particularly on skirts. Victoria Beckham was the queen of geometric lines at New York Fashion Week, making perfectly equilateral, yet infinitely wearable, triangles of her skirts and dresses. (Getty Images)

  • Ladylike bombers

    In 2014, the bomber jacket becomes a bombshell. Prevalent at London Fashion Week, Jonathan Saunders and Erdem have turned an American staple into a garment of exotic beauty. Sewn in silks and chiffons, multi-coloured and blooming with birds, bees and flowers, they bring back Happy Days indeed. (Getty Images)

  • Sensible shoes

    While the Birkenstock has never gone out of fashion, designers from Dries Van Noten and Proenza Schouler to Prada are lowering and lengthening their heels. Stacked flip-flops and leather Tevlas were seen across the catwalks. “Basically, anything a little bit ugly is in,” says the Mail Online’s Fashion Editor, Toni Jones. Fasten up those practical ankle straps. (Getty Images)

  • Sheer

    While the minimalist trend continues into 2014 with simple, tailored lines, it is hinting at the maximum amount of flesh. Whether under chiffon or glimpsed through laser cuts in fabric, Helmut Lang, Max Mara, Christian Dior and Burberry have all made skin the ultimate nude palette. (Getty Images)

  • Tribal international

    From the Aztecs to Africa, Chloé, Missoni and Mary Katranzou are leading the way with globally-themed and animal-inspired prints, finished with elaborate beading and feathering. Emilio Pucci’s usual colourful prints also displayed another huge trend for 2014 – fringing. (Getty Images)

  • White

    It’s time to swap the LBD for the LWD. No longer just for brides, this purest of hues has been championed by designers as diverse as Lacoste, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga and Christian Dior. From the shirt dress to sheer, 2014 is guaranteed to be pale and interesting. (Getty Images)

  • Metallics

    All that glitters is gold this year – as long as it’s lamé . Metallics were the base of Paris Fashion Week, whether it was a sports luxe shine from Lanvin, or an earthy sheen to the avant-garde silhouettes of Givenchy. A metal shimmer could even be seen on the summer pastels of Prabal Gurung and Altazzara. (Getty Images)

  • Matching tops and bottoms

    It’s a trend that’s been missing for the last few seasons, but pairing is in again for 2014, whether it’s by colour -blocking formal shirts and skirts, as demonstrated by Victoria Beckham, or in relaxed and luxe sportswear, presented by former stylist Rachel Zoe. (Getty Images)

  • Preppy

    While the preppy trend is a perennial favourite, this year it displays itself in the ever-sharpening, more daring lines of the boyfriend shirt. This Cambridge blue shorts and shirt combination by Alexander Wang for Balenciaga sums up the back-to-school look for 2014 – both masculine and flesh-baring. (Getty Images)