I Pulled the Research—7 Trends That Will Matter Most in 2023


(Image credit: Valentino; Bottega Veneta; The Row)

During fashion month, my sights are always focused on which trends will make the biggest impact in the season ahead. For the spring/summer 2023 collections, my short list includes everything from major metallics and the comeback of skinny pants to '90s-inspired tube dresses and gauzy, sheer pieces. I'm also equally invested in how those trends are interpreted across the fashion space, so I've been curious about which ones will matter most in 2023, according to the most in-the-know buyers, editors, stylists, and personal shoppers.

So which trends will win out in 2023? Ahead, fashion's coolest insiders break down where style is headed next year, including standout runway looks, the buzziest collections of the season, and how the street style set will be interpreting them in their personal wardrobes in the coming months. From the reboot of 2010s-era model-off-duty style to the updated way to tap into luxury fashion, these are the seven trends to commit to memory for spring 2023.


(Image credit: Courrèges; Coperni)

"For day-to-day life, I'll be taking cues from the 'model-off-duty' trend. It's really about channeling that effortless, easy cool that harkens back to the original days of mass street style in the early '10s, when photographers would lens models making their way between shows in their own casual attire—but with hair and makeup from the show. Think denim, white tanks, sneakers, and 'borrowed from whoever I woke up next to' leather jackets. It's casual yet still (almost) unattainably cool. [It's] no surprise the French excelled in this department with brands like Coperni, Courrèges, Stella McCartney, and Chloé." — Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder and chief brand officer, Moda Operandi


(Image credit: Jil Sander; The Row)

"Our biggest overarching mood of the season is plain luxury. I think, after several seasons of embracing joyful dressing, this mood marks the reinstatement of simplicity and everyday dressing to our wardrobes. The mood really commanded the spring/summer 2023 season, proving pared-back elegance is really the height of luxury." — Libby Page, market director, Net-a-Porter


(Image credit: Khaite; Valentino)

"I'm typically not a fan of too much sparkle, but I loved to see how designers incorporated a bit of glitter on the runway this season. One of my favorite labels, Khaite, added some subtle crystal embellishments to gowns and blazers that added the perfect touch of drama to an otherwise understated look. Also, my jaw literally dropped at the Jonathan Simkhai show [as I watched] Meadow Walker come down the runway in a crystal-embellished top that felt more discreet when paired with a leather bomber and pants. Just the right amount of sparkle can help elevate any look for day or night, and I can't wait to see all ways it comes to life this spring." — Nicky Campbell, digital editor, Council of Fashion Designers of America


(Image credit: Bottega Veneta; Miu Miu)

"I think we associate leather most of the time in autumn/winter collections, but I noticed we're seeing them for spring presented in unconventional cuts and shapes. I particularly loved the cutout leather boots at Miu Miu in various spring tones like peridot, fuchsia, and citron. I'm excited to incorporate lightweight leather in my spring/summer wardrobe rotation—it feels naughty. I loved seeing [open-toe leather boots] go down the runway at Miu Miu for spring/summer 2023. It's fetish-y in the most modern and cool way. Ms. Prada put it best when she said, 'I'm very serious but also fun. I am both.' And I think that's exactly what we all need right now—that kind of duality. Another moment I saw this was at Bottega Veneta's show. Many of the earlier looks that came down the runway were all made of leather—denim pants, ribbed tank tops, and the famous plaid jacket on Kate Moss that looks so lightweight and relaxed!" — Beverly Nguyen, stylist


(Image credit: The Attico; Loewe)

"For spring/summer 2023, we saw quite a bit of military inspiration via cargo details. We have received constant sourcing requests for specific pieces, like the Fern pants from The Attico, and pre-order requests for the (now iconic!) baguette jumpsuit worn by Bella Hadid for Fendi, so to see this trend gain traction is no surprise. The utility and typically baggy fit of these pieces tend to appeal to a wide range of clients, which immediately increases their demand. Taking a glance at the spring/summer 2023 runways, this was specifically prevalent through the likes of Diesel (quickly becoming one of our new requested brands!), Fendi, and Louis Vuitton." — Gab Waller, founder, GabWaller.com


(Image credit: Valentino; Bottega Veneta)

"Platform shoes have continued to be the star of the show for next season. We have seen them come back around in interesting textures and colorways such as plexi and metallic that create a modern, fun approach to the style. Platform Mary Janes, for example, can be styled with an oversize suit for a casual yet sleek look." — Tiffany Hsu, VP of fashion buying, MyTheresa


(Image credit: Bottega Veneta; Khaite)

"Having worked on Who What Wear's end-of-fashion-month report for spring/summer 2023, I can say with 99.99% confidence that I've seen and probably zoomed in on every look showcased. But of them all, the ones I still think about most were those that didn't feature this item: pants. Hear me out. At Bottega Veneta, Victoria Beckham, Khaite, and more, the fashion rule appeared to be pants optional, with all three brands presenting looks that featured tights and underwear as a replacement for them. And as crazy as it sounds, each look that represented this trend was indisputably chic, so much so that it's already gotten seals of approval by Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Personally, I plan on copying Bottega Veneta's way of styling the trend almost exactly, wearing a navy crew-neck sweater with a white long-sleeve tee, sheer tights, black briefs, and slingback heels." — Eliza Huber, editor, Who What Wear

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.