Just In: 5 Trends That Will Eclipse All the Others in 2022


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Each season, I await the seasonal trend report that Net-a-Porter presents to editors. In it, its team of buyers, directors, and editors weigh in about which trends they predict will be huge for the coming season. Not only does the team comb through all of the biggest trends from the runway shows, but they also share data about the designers, micro-trends, and specific pieces they're buying into. So I also consider it a very accurate prediction of what fashion will look like in the next year.

In Net-a-Porter's latest trend presentation on the spring/summer 2022 collections, there were some great findings on the spring trends that will be winning out this year. Ahead, I'm sharing highlights, including the five spring trends you can count on being huge as well as the specific items to add to your cart. Consider this an inside look at where fashion will be headed in the coming months.

1. Bold, Bright Shades


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The trend: Bold, bright shades are one of the core trends for spring 2022, so get ready to inject your wardrobe with a dose of fun. Joy and optimism were everywhere on the spring/summer 2022 runways, with colors like vibrant green at Valentino, orange at Proenza Schouler, and hot pink at Molly Goddard.

The key buys: hot pink, lime green, orange, purple, yellow


2. Investment Staples


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The trend: Beautiful, functional pieces are the foundational items in every wardrobe. It turns out that both designers and buyers are more interested than ever in focusing on cultivating a collection of elevated everyday essentials to wear now and years into the future.

The key buys: flat mules, relaxed suiting, slouchy khakis, tailored shirting, everyday bag


3. Clickbait Accessories


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The trend: Over the last several years, practical accessories like slide sandals and sneakers have been winning out, but we're seeing a swift shift. Conversation-starting pieces are taking over, so get ready to see a steady stream of new Instagram-worthy shoes and bags.

The key buys: embellished shoes, cult collabs, aughts-inspired bags, sculptural heels, eye-catching jewelry


4. The New Y2K


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The trend: The influence of the aughts on recent runways is undeniable. For the spring/summer 2022 collections, though, it took a more elevated turn with refined takes on pieces that defined the 2000s.

The key buys: tie tops, low-rise pants, micro miniskirts, cutouts, platforms


5. Escapism


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The trend: Whether you're planning future travels or not, get ready to start wearing more vacationwear with pieces that encapsulate a sense of escapism.

The key buys: printed tops, knit dresses, sarongs, luxe swimwear


Next up: 9 Trends Early Adopters Will Wear First in 2022

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.