Seasons become more complicated (what’s up with 65+ degree winter days?) The start of the new year feels uneasy. COVID variants keep coming out, making it feel ominous. This is why the 2022 fashion trends that were on the runways in September are still a mystery. Although it is disheartening to return to 24/7 sweatpants, it is likely that this will be the only dress you wear as offices have shut down and you are working from home again. It’s not all bad news for the rest of the year. Soft clothes are a key piece of 2022’s style puzzle. But they’re just one item.
Nostalgia is the name for the game
The Y2K fashion trend is on the rise and there are many fun trends for this year. The spotlight-grabbing attire is a joyful mood, with bright colors and prints as well as bold silhouettes such as bubble dresses, volume tops and cutouts galore and ultra-low-rise pants and skirts. Accessory are also a part of the fun. Think chunky platforms with rainbow-bright colors, bright bags and more-is-more jewelry that combines beads, pearls and rhinestone-adorned baubles. You should also make purple your new year’s resolution. It’s the 2022 color in all tints, including Pantone’s Very Persian color of the Year and saturated violet and lavendar shades.
Here’s a deeper look at the fashion trends that we predict will be hot in 2022. You can shop the edit here.
- Sweats 2.0
We don’t care if you prefer a large, fleece-lined jogger or a more relaxed style, such as a knitted flare or culotte, leisurely bottoms are a likely trend for 2022, thanks to Omicron’s unexpected emergence.
Our pick – Victor Glemaud Chain Link Wide-Leg Cropped Pants, $425.00, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
- Voluminous Silhouettes
Tops and dresses will retain their volume in 2022, whether they are oversized or ballooned. The latter will actually spice up the soft bottoms you’ll likely still be wearing.
Our pick – Good American Tabbed Poplin Shirt, $125.00 Available at Good American
- Platform Shoes
Flatform silhouettes and sky-high heels are all possible with loafers, ankle strap heels, boots, and even clogs. You can give your micro-heels a rest, 2022 is all about chunky soles.
Our pick – Simon Miller Vegan Platform Bubble Clog, $555.00 – Available at Simon Miller
- Low-Rise Pants
The micro-mini skirt and low-slung pant are back, but they’re a lot lower than the belly button. You can embrace this look with low-slung jeans, leather pants or cargos, if you aren’t the tight ‘n stretchy thong-revealing type.
Our pick – Available at With Jean, the With Jean Tommy Cargo Pant, $249.00
- The Color Purple
Pantone’s Very Peri, a calm tone, tones that have a royal air and more saturated tones will soon be in fashion. Get your purple pieces now!
Our pick – Aritzia Lula Long-Sleeve Shirt, $40.00, available at Aritzia.
- Regencycore. Continued
In 2022, corsets, pearls and lady cardigans as well as prim florals are not expected to slow down. This style is perfect for formal occasions such as work or parties. You can also flirt with this trend by wearing a single frilled piece with leggings or sneakers.
Our pick – Eloquii Puff Sleeve Velvet Corset top, $69.95 available at Eloquii
There’s no shame in cutting out. It will be clear that 2022 will prove that skin is still in fashion. Cutouts placed on tops, dresses, and even low-rise bottoms will continue to be part of the Aughts 2.0 fashion trend.
Our pick – I.Am.Gia. I.Am.Gia.. Amina Pant, $75.00 $68.00
- Bra tops
You want real shirts? The bra is now a “real top”, whether you’re looking for comfort at home or going bold on the town. For balance, layer your bra under a shacket and/or oversized blazer.
Our pick – Jonathan Simkhai Aeris Bra top, $165.00 available at FWRD
- Bright Bags
You can get rainbow-bright bags in many colors, including orange, pink, yellow and green. You don’t need to choose one color to complement an outfit. Instead, you can go for a two tone design or one that swirls in multiple shades.
Our pick – JW PEI Gabbi Bag Pink, $89.00 $79.00. Available at JW PEI
- Mod Print
Designers drew inspiration from the ’60s and added a touch of Y2K nostalgia, with everything from A-line miniskirts to dizzying motifs (including butterflies) to the runways. You can mix bold and bolder prints by being a print mixer. We’re thinking of a jacquard knit sweater with a swervy skirt as exemplars.
Our pick – Emma Mulholland Kokomo Skirt-Check – Camel, $160.00 available at Emma Mulholland