These Will Be the Only 9 Trends You’ll Want to Buy in 2022, According to a Fashion Editor
The end of 2021 is sneaking up on us faster than we think, but that really only means we’ll soon be able to get a fresh start on a new year with lots of fresh trends to look forward to. And while we have no idea what TV shows will become the new Bridgerton or Squid Game, or what new type of non-dairy milk we’ll be flavoring our coffee with, we do have some insight into what everyone will be wearing come 2022. Here are nine trends we saw all over the spring 2022 runways during fashion month that we think are also translatable to everyday wear, so you can get started experimenting with how to wear them best right at this every moment.
1. Shades of Yellow
Marigold, lemon, buttercup, honey, banana, daffodil—all these beautiful yellow hues and more will be huge in 2022. The best thing about this trend is that you can customize it to fit your style, no matter what that style may be. Test out different shades to see what works best with your coloring, but a general rule of thumb is that warm undertones look best with warmer hues (like honey or butterscotch) while cooler undertones work well with cool shades (like lemon).
2. Plaid Skirt Suits
Cher Horowitz would be so proud. (And we do suggest using the Clueless heroine as inspiration rather than Heathers.) The modern version of the trend forgoes padded shoulders and double-breast buttons for cropped jackets, most often worn open over a fitted top or bodysuit, and sleek mini skirts with more of a pencil silhouette. Accessorize with lug-sole booties and a chain link necklace or baroque pearls.
3. Sequins and Sparkle
High-shine for day is back, friends, and we are obsessed. There were hints of this trend starting up again over the summer, as many folks finally felt comfortable leaving their homes and dressing up to go out again. And we predict those celebratory vibes will have another surge in the new year.
4. Corset Detailing
We’re not talking about actual corsets or lingerie-as-daywear. We’re talking about tops that take inspiration from the waist-defining undergarment that are made from structured fabrics with seams along the bust and down the torso. You can play up the sexy vibes by wearing this trend with a mini skirt or low-rise jeans, or you can give it a posher twist by opting for a corset top that comes with coordinating trousers, almost like a suit. Layer a plain white tee underneath to get a bit more coverage if you’re into a more casual vibe.
5. More Y2K Love
The early 2000s love-fest isn’t over yet. Tons of spring runways showed even more scarf tops, low-rise jeans and butterfly everything, so if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, now’s the time to do so. We adore Coterie member Monroe Steele’s denim-on-denim twist on two Y2K favorites (which also feels like a nod to Destiny’s Child or Britney and Justin on the red carpet), and her minimalist accessories help the whole ensemble to look more grown-up and chic than bubblegum pink and patterned pants would.
6. More Cutout Dresses
This past summer, we couldn’t scroll through Instagram without seeing multiple bloggers sporting either flowy frocks with cutouts at the waist or slim-fit tops with peekaboo necklines. Even Simone Biles hopped on the trend recently. And those flashes of skin will only continue to grow in popularity as we head into 2022. Last year’s styles will still be en vogue, but expect to see a lot more asymmetrical cuts and intricate layering or weaving detailing in addition to simple keyholes.
7. Bold Color Combinations
Magenta and forest green, hot pink and cherry red, bright yellow and violet purple—spring 2022 is all about in-your-face color combos that are right on the verge of clashing. The best way to avoid actually looking like you got dressed in the dark is to stick to solid hues for a sort of custom color-blocked outfit. Best to keep your accessories simple as well.
8. Mini Skirts
Shorter hemlines are replacing the midi dress craze of the past few years, and we’re actually really into it. There are lots of ways to make this trend work for you, whether you prefer a sporty pleated tennis skirt or a slick leather mini or even a flowy mini tent dress. And if you’re not too keen on showing quite so much leg, add a pair of logo-adorned or polka dot tights for some extra coverage that’s still on trend.
Back in early 2020 fringe was expected to be one of the biggest trends of the year. We all know how that turned out. But it has held on and is back for a second attempt in spring 2022, this time with more of a western-glam twist. Rather than deal with super-long silky fringe and requires more detangling and brushing than your hair, or stereotypical suede fringe on some cowboy boots, the latest take on the trim is to combine the two aesthetics for something in between. Think a white leather trucker jacket with coordinating fringe around the top or a pencil skirt with zig-zag fringe at the hem.