CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sugar and spice and everything nice? Not when it comes to fashion trends for tween and junior girls this season.
Gone are the watery romantic pastels of fall/winter 2012, the prim 50s silhouettes and the hyper-feminine details such as the delicate floral prints, ruffles and lacy inserts. Just try to find a ruffle or anything lighter than neon pink this year.
Fall/winter 2013 features a tough rocker girl styling with lots of attitude and spunk.
It's a triumphant rebirth of 80s style punk rocker and early 90s grunge rocker look -- a style formerly reserved for ruffians and rebel-rousers. The elements dominating this season's hottest fashion trend are black leather, metal studs and spikes, graphic tees and combat boots.
Jewelry is similarly tough and edgy: spiked and studded bracelets and earrings, chunky metal "dog chain" style necklaces, and long and dangly cross pendants.
Naturally, for any rock 'n' roll or punk rock look, the color black reigns supreme. Accent colors this year are the more gothic shades of claret, steel gray and army/camouflage green. The sacred tartan plaid of the London punk rocker is back, usually in the traditional red and black, but also in royal blue and black, and the fabric is frequently embellished with metal studs.
Also, no punk rock or grunge look would be complete without an army green piece in the wardrobe, preferably a cargo jacket or slouchy moss-colored sweater.
One essential part of this look is a leather or faux leather motorcycle jacket or bomber jacket. That this is the "must-have" piece should not be a surprise to even the most casual mall-goer. Nearly every junior store in Charleston Town Center, even those known for more conservative looks, is carrying a variety of faux leather jackets now.
If you can find a jacket with studs or spikes, such as those featured in this story, all the better. For the more adventurous types, try faux leather tights with stud or spike detailing on the legs. Conversely, those seeking a more "restrained" version of the punk look (if there is such a thing) should choose a sweater or blouse with leather accents.
Graphic tees with fringe elements and/or asymmetrical hems are another key item for this look. They are typically longer and worn knotted at the side and layered over knit tanks. Popular graphics now are retro-inspired, featuring popular punk bands from the 80s and 90s. Also hot are tees featuring tigers, animal prints, glittery abstract diamond shapes, and Masonic images such as pyramids, stars and crosses.