It’s quirky, it’s fun, it’s youthful, it’s unbelievable easy to wear and it is made a huge comeback this season; we are of course talking about a reworked version of the ever lovely pinafore dress, one of the hottest spring 2013 fashion trends that came along igniting the love for the school girl chic aesthetic. Effortlessly mixing a striking simplicity with a concept that goes beyond casual, the apron-style dress evolved into a cool piece of clothing relying on an even more comfortable feel.

Some even went as far as setting forth pinafore as the new peplum of spring 2013, a statement that wouldn’t turn out to be be so far from the truth if we were to take a closer look at the runway. Despite covering a full spectrum of styles and being infused with some modern twists and a girly attitude, it’s still the leather pinafore that stands out as the key piece of the season. Suffice to say that there’s no right or wrong direction in embracing this casual-chic trend during the upcoming months.

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The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration
The new pinnie: inspiration

Pinafore dress as interpreted on the runway

Forgetting about tradition, pushing the boundaries of informality and starting up fresh, the designers met no limits when it came to give the pinafore dress a well-deserved makeover. Some envisioned it super laid-back, while others felt the need to dress it up a notch. It’s the case of Margaret Howell versus Jason Wu as both went opposite directions with BCBG Max Azria. The latter was keen on the heavy bondage influence, the same dominating factor that was also spotted during Edun’s spring 2013 runway presentation, where the cropped, strap tops were juxtaposed to a sportier interpretation of the upbeat trend.

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Pinafore dress at BCBG Max Azria S/S ’13

Pinafore dresses: how to wear them

If you’re unsure of how to rock a pinafore dress come spring, then look no further than the ample examples gracing the runways for inspiration. Different designers worked pinafore-style dresses in with different themes, from tough to sporty to retro.

Retro flavor

Moschino’s energetic spring 2013 line-up was fabulously inspired by 1960s fashion, referencing Audrey Hepburn’s flawless style in the iconic movie Two for the Road. That’s why the pinafore dress took short extents in Moschino’s vision, exuding retro flavor as styled with colorful accessories, bold shades of orange lipstick and utterly-feminine bouffant hairstyles.

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Pinafore dress at Moschino S/S ’13

The same toy-like inspiration and love towards the 1960s came across Versus’ spring 2013 collection, as Christopher Kane and Donatella Versace accented their beyond playful pinafore dresses with plastic chain accessories, slick ponytails and impeccable make-up. It almost felt like wonderland.

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Pinafore dress at Versus S/S ’13

Tough accents

There’s something about black leather that comes across as timeless and mysterious, almost like a forbidden fruit that plays upon its allurement. The pinafore key style of the season was envisioned by Jason Wu in a flirty silhouette featuring a laser-cut flower detailing at the hem; a strong and bold contrast set against the toughness of the look styled with hot red lips and studded heels.

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Pinafore dress at Jason Wu S/S ’13

Sportier vibes

By introducing their unique vision over the strong motocross theme to the runway, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright from Rag & Bone made sure their influence translated to a sportier vibe for spring 2013. That same effortless appeal was recognizable in the coral apron-style dress, styled with all black accessories and barely there make-up. It was all about simplicity with an edge.

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Pinafore dress at Rag & Bone S/S ’13

Minimalist directions

Yigal Azrouel’s aesthetic was always perceived as ultra conventional and strictly based on wearability. For spring 2013 the apron-style dresses prevailed his runway presentation, embracing neutral shades and abandoning themselves to the idea of minimalism. The clean silhouettes were emphasized by the choice of extreme styling, radiating a grace that appeared quite hard to resist.

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Pinafore dress at Yigal Azrouel S/S ’13

Architectural sophistication

It’s not impossible for a pinafore dress to come across as incredible sophisticated. Point and case: Christopher Kane’s spring 2013 collection, a line-up that was all about polished elegance. From the unusual folds of fabric adorning of the apron-style dress to the slick hair-styles and minimal trimming, everything read cutting edge sophistication.

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Pinafore dress at Christopher Kane S/S ’13

Pinafore dresses: picture inspiration

For more inspiration of pinafore dresses on the runway, click on the thumbnails and peruse the gallery.

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