You’d be forgiven if you were anticipating spring after what seems like an endless winter. But AW22 Fashion Week already wrapped. This gives us the first glimpse of what our autumn/winter 2022 wardrobes might look like. There’s nothing like being prepared.
Yes, we have all been trying to retire our heavy winter puffer jackets in favor of lighter quilted ones or swapping out our bulky winter boots for lighter loafers. However, New York, London and Milan have their sights set on next winter.
This sneak peek at your #lewks future will not surprise those who keep their fingers on the pulse of the sartorial industry. But it may be a little too early for some.
The clothes on the runway predicted our AW22 wardrobes. However, the front row looks by Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, and Anya Taylor-Joy were completely current.
You could also look back at September’s runways and focus your attention on spring. But what about the future? To AW22… What can we expect to dominate the fashion landscape after-summer?
Fuchsia lovers will be happy to know that Elle-Woods approved versions of the look – head-to-toe – will be all over the place, with the shade dominating even headwear.
Hoods will be big news, We don’t mean the big, cosy hoodies you wore all day. These hoodies are more tailored and have a very sleek silhouette.
Babydoll dresses and sliced cut-outs are great options for those who want subtle style changes next season.
Are you eager to be ahead? Scroll down to see the first 15 trends that will dominate your wardrobe as soon as autumn arrives.
1. Y2K FLESH-FLASHING
Fashion world is falling in love with nostalgic fashion, no doubt because of Euphoria’s 90s and Y2K sartorial references. Gen Z fashionistas can’t get enough of the AW22 runways, which featured many looks that seemed made for TikTok. It’s possible you will need to prepare for this event for six months. The runways are filled with flesh-flashing crop tops and minis, as well as low-rises and sheer elements, which are intentionally more playful than sexy.
2. ELLE WOODS FUCHSIA
For AW22, we will all need sunglasses. Neon pink is taking over the fashion world and not just for those who love a neutral look. It’s so popular right now, well, until autumn, that Valentino’s entire collection was dedicated to it. These are officially Elle Woods-approved and can be worn head-to-toe. They require very little courage.
3. SLICK NEW HOODS
Hoods, and not just the ones that go with your favorite loungewear, have been making a comeback in recent months. But this autumn we will all be wearing them. These hoods are great for those mornings when a hair wash isn’t possible. They can be worn with a monochrome look or slim-fitted knitted pieces.
4. FLARED LEGGINGS
Flares and leggings are back in fashion for many seasons, but AW22 brings together both worlds to create a chic, modern look. These leggings can be worn with flat sandals or chunky trainers for casual daytime looks, elevating the humble ankle to a statement piece.
5. XXL FRINGING
Trends change, but fringing is back next season. It’s back in a big way. Mini skirts with enough fringing that they can be classified as maxi, and sweaters with enough fringe to maintain social distancing. You should not pair them together.
6. MICRO MINIS
You read that right. Spring/summer’s microminis will be gone by autumn. While tights (or even a leggings situation like Richard Quinn) may make them more practical, there isn’t much in the skirt market that will surpass them on the fashion front.
7. SLICED CUTOUTS
Cut-outs have been a big topic for several seasons, as we all know. They were only getting larger up to now, but things become a lot more subtle with AW22. Cut-outs that are more like a slice rather than a chunk offer more subtle glimpses at the skin, as opposed to the large gaps we are used to seeing.
8. LIGHT TIGHTS
Winter tights are more of a necessity that an aesthetic choice, but almost all the pairs you own are black. Some might be patterned but few people experiment with the colour spectrum. The next season will be even more romantic, with light, often white, tights taking the lead. To really showcase them, pair them with super-feminine babydolls or mini dresses.
9. CLICHE CLASH
Fuchsia might be the color of the season next year, but they aren’t as popular when it comes to pairings. This rebellious statement gives the cliche clash that we were warned to avoid before we even reached our teens a certain edge.
10. APRES SKI
Recent seasons have seen puffer coats take a backseat to its more subtle padded sibling the quilted jacket. They’re back for autumn/winter 2022 with a bang. The phrase “duvet coat” really comes into its own. Apres ski will be cozy next season, with puffer gloves, puffer boots, and puffer scarves being all the rage. It’s possible to need an additional suitcase.
11. GOWNS GO CASUAL
These mega gowns are not casual. However, the style of these pieces makes them more approachable. It’s possible to make your most expensive pieces more accessible by layering them under bomber jackets or over slim-fit rollnecks.
12. OPERA GLOVES
The AW22 runways featured a lot of key accessories, including gloves in dramatic, high-elbow opera versions. A great way to add some sartorial drama and flair to your evening gowns, grab a few pairs as soon as you see events on your calendar for next season. They are a simple accessory that can elevate your look. You can also switch them up to get more wears from your classic LBD.
13. RUNWAY BRIDE
Although it was a smaller market, many runways had a bridal look. You can find mini-length feathered dresses and white tights again! These final moments celebrated individualism, and were a great inspiration for brides-to be. There are many of us who have survived the pandemic.
14. HIGH-OCTANE BUSTIERS
Super sexy bustiers have returned just in time for party season. This is a clear sign that high-octane fashion has returned with everything you need, from sheer panels to tailored leather and corsetry detailing. These can be worn with cigarette trousers or with wide-legs to make a fashion-forward statement.
15. BABYDOLL DRESSES
The babydoll is a timeless classic that many people wear year after season. However, they are very much in fashion for autumn/winter 2022. Wide silhouettes, puff sleeves and hemlines are all good options. It’s easy to wear every day with white tights and chunky boots.