It’s almost time to ring in the a new year, and with it comes a whole slew of hot new fashion trends to mix in with our existing wardrobes. But there is one trend in particular that we predict will be by far the most popular: bold color combos. Yup, bright, vibrant, “look at me!” ensembles are ousting our go-to winter neutrals in 2022 and we’re pretty darn excited.

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According to the global shopping platform Lyst, searches for feel-good shades like hot pink, yellow, orange and green, as well as terms like “colorful” and “rainbow” have been steadily rising as we head into the new year. But the real reason we predict that this trend, more than, say, leather pants or cut-out detailing, will be the one we see more than any other is because it’s just so easy to wear. Most influencers embracing the trend are posting outfits in head-to-toe Barbie pink or a mish-mosh of vibrant hues, but you don’t need to go all out to pull it off. A small splash of bright yellow by way of a mini handbag or a lime green sweater peeking out from beneath your beloved gray wool winter coat is equally as chic and trendy.

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That said, we recognize that swapping your usual black cashmere for a bright red version can be intimidating for some. So, what’s the best way to rock the bold color trend? Start small and stick with solid hues over prints or patterns. Try a violet purple headband or bright blue pumps à la Carrie Bradshaw. For the sartorially advanced, we still suggest opting for solid hues, but have fun mixing and matching to create your own color-blocked ensemble. And don’t be afraid to mix warm tones with cool (we adore the idea of a buttery yellow paired with a deep violet). So long as you wear it with confidence, you’ll look fabulous. (Although if you are a little worried about mixing to contrasting hues, add a neutral piece in between, like black pants or blue-wash jeans, as a stylish buffer.)

Now that you’re well versed in 2022’s top fashion trend, here are 12 pieces to start playing with before the new year even starts.

RELATED: The Top 7 Winter Fashion Trends to Know Going Into 2022

J.Crew

1. J.Crew Cashmere Classic-Fit Crewneck Sweater

There are a whopping 22 colors to choose from, all just as cozy, comfy and trendy as the next.

Buy it ($118)

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

ASOS

2. In the Style Plus x Lorna Luxe Fitted Blazer

Wear this bright blue blazer over a black sweater dress for a more muted look, or go all out with the matching pants and an equally colorful yellow blouse.

Buy it ($79)

Available in sizes 14 to 20

Revolve

3. Lovers and Friends Salina Top

Green is a surprisingly easy color to wear, and this particular shade looks gorgeous on just about every skin tone.

Buy it ($148)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Shopbop

4. Brandon Blackwood The Syl Bag

This bag may be small, but that uber-bright pink definitely packs a punch.

Buy it ($150)

revolve

5. Superdown Anna Ruched Top

Combine the bold color trend with Y2K revival by way of a cute one-shoulder tank. Tuck it into some easy, straight-leg jeans and add clogs or another slip-on shoe to keep things modern and mature.

Buy it ($46)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Saks Fifth Avenue

6. Staud Shoko Sweater Midi Dress

Not quite sure how to best mix and match different shades? Look for pieces like this cardigan dress that do all the work for you, then opt for neutral accessories to finish the fit.

Buy it ($165)

Available in sizes XS to XL

ASOS

7. Lola May Tiered Mini Smock Dress

Wear this breezy frock now with tights and black over-the-knee boots, then swap in some colorful sandals for summer.

Buy it ($32; $26)

Available in sizes 2 to 10

ASOS

8. ASOS Curve Sweater with Twist Neck Detail

Another hot trend for 2022? Cut-out knits. This top combines an open neck with vibrant cherry red for a real win-win purchase, plus it’s also bra-friendly.

Buy it ($35)

Available in sizes 14 to 24

JW Pei

9. JW Pei Gabbi Bag

This bag was everywhere in 2021, but it is still a great investment in 2022, especially if you opt for a brighter hue like this Kelly green.

Buy it ($89; $68)

Shopbop

10. SWF Plunge Dress

Another way to ease yourself into sporting bold colors from head to toe is to swap a neutral base for a pastel hue, like this lime green dress. Then pile on all the super-bright accessories (like those amazing fringe sandals) to really amp things up.

Buy it ($329)

Available in sizes XS to L

ASOS

11. ASOS Design Blazer in Fluro Pink

Hot pink is another surprising universally flattering shade that is sure to bring in all the compliments.

Buy it ($82)

Available in sizes 0 to 14

Lele Sadoughi

12. Lele Sadoughi Orchid Neoprene Knotted Headband

For those who prefer just to dip a toe into trends, you can never go wrong with a classic knotted headband.

Buy it ($65)

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