Receipts Have Been Pulled—These 10 Trends Will Still Be Chic Well Into 2023
Which pieces in your closet do you predict will still be in style six months from now? There are, of course, staples that will always be stylish, but beyond that, it can be hard to foresee what fashion trends will manage to stay relevant. In part, that's due to the very fast-paced nature of the industry. Micro-trends come and go, and brands blow up overnight. Most of us don't have an endless budget to spend on new clothing, and shopping all the time isn't sustainable, so we have to invest in things that will last longer. And while the idea of long-term trends may seem like an oxymoron, designers always create a few things that manage to cross over every season without fail.
Identifying them takes time, but luckily for you, dear reader, we have it. Ahead, you'll find 10 fashion trends that will be stylish well into next year, based on hours of looking through fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 runway images. If you're still wondering what pieces will still look good six months from now, you'll want to keep scrolling…
Photo:Courtesy of Alexander McQueen; Imaxtree/Trussardi; Courtesy of Diesel; Imaxtree/Courrèges; Imaxtree/Ferrari; Imaxtree/Heliot Emil; Courtesy of David Koma; Courtesy of Dion Lee
We've seen athletic-inspired trends on the runway for a few seasons, and it seems this trend will continue well into next year. But unlike previous seasons, we saw athleisure attire shift from preppy to edgy in the form of moto-inspired pieces. The rise of all things motocross can, in part, be attributed to the virality of alt-girl aesthetics, but it also has to do with the prevalence of this trend on the fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 runways.
Photo:Courtesy of Versace; Courtesy of David Koma
We first saw motocross appear in the F/W 22 collections of Diesel, Alexander McQueen, Coperni, and Courrèges. Their collections championed biker staples (think heavy-duty moto jackets, tall boots, and leather pants), and ultimately, it became the It look for fall. Typically, aesthetics accelerate toward popularity and then break quickly, but with motocross elements showing up in Versace's, Dion Lee's, and Ferrari's spring collections, it's safe to say this trend won't be slowing down anytime soon.
Photo:Courtesy of Versace; Courtesy of Supriya Lele; Courtesy of ACNE Studios; Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy of Carolina Herrera; Courtesy of LaQuan Smith; Courtesy of Giambattista Valli; Courtesy of Alexander McQueen
After scouring the runways from the last two seasons, it's clear that the buzz around bright hues hasn't reached peak saturation yet. In fact, the runways started to look a little like a crayon box—hot pink, cobalt blue, and even marigold were present everywhere. But possibly the hottest color trend of all was saffron.
Photo:Courtesy of Versace; Courtesy of Blumarine
We saw the full versatility of this shade on display. In fall collections, it was present in the form of latex pants at Blumarine, sheer dresses at LaQuan Smith and Supriya Lele, and even robe coats at Versace and Baum und Pferdgarten. At the same time, spring collections championed sequins in saffron (Alexander McQueen and Valentino) along with low-slung tailored skirts (Salvatore Ferragamo and ACNE Studios). These two seasons showed us how this color can spice up just about anything, from staple to statement pieces, making it a worthwhile long-term investment.
Start with a dash of saffron by investing in a red sweater.
Ballet flats are also big for both seasons, so why not buy a pair in this signature hue?
Ferragamo's red pieces are prime to become the next It items.
Photo:Courtesy of Jil Sander; Courtesy of Kwaidan Editions; Courtesy of Dion Lee; Courtesy of 16Arlington; Courtesy of Nili Lotan; Courtesy of Ludovic de Saint Sernin
Trends often exist on a pendulum. If we swing heavily toward one thing, the polar opposite is bound to be in style in the coming season. With how quickly micro hemlines managed to take over, it was only a matter of time before we saw its antithesis emerge—maxis.
Photo:Courtesy of Ludovic de Saint Sernin; Courtesy of Saint Laurent
Long hemlines quite literally swept the fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 runways. There were full-length skirts in neutral-hued wools and leathers at Tod's and Ludovic de Saint Sernin's fall shows, while satin pastel versions sauntered down the spring runway of 16Arlington. Maxi dresses came in thick wool iterations in Jil Sander's fall collection, and sheer chiffon versions showed up in Blumarine's spring collection. And then, there were the dramatic duster coats. See Christian Siriano's fall collection and Saint Laurent's spring collection. Long story short, no matter the form, the season, or even the designer, it's abundantly clear that maxi hemlines are here for the long haul.
A maxi turtleneck dress will always be chic.
Denim maxi skirts are also having a moment.
Photo:Courtesy of Proenza Schouler; Courtesy of 16Arlington; Courtesy of Miu Miu; Imaxtree/Alaïa; Imaxtree/Ports 1961; Imaxtree/Jacquemus
Unless you live in the tropics, it's safe to presume that your fall shopping list includes outerwear. And while there's a slew of coats that lend themselves to being staples, we'd be lying if we didn't admit that they can sometimes feel stale. After all, who hasn't experienced that feeling mid-winter when you're over that basic coat? The pre-spring cold-weather slump is real, so a fun statement coat that can perk up your spirits is a must-have in our minds. And luckily for us, the fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 runways provided us with a trend for that purpose: coats with fuzzy fold-over collars.
Photo:Imaxtree/Ambush; Courtesy of 16Arlington
Fur always manages to bubble up each fall, but these past two seasons, we saw designers focus on adorning coat lapels in faux fur, shearling, and shag. It seemed no style was off limits to the trend. There were leather jackets adorned with fur trim at Miu Miu and Ambush. Shearling coats came in vibrant hues with dramatic trimmings at LaQuan Smith and Sacai, and there were even traditional fur coats with oversize collars at Jacquemus and Ports 1961. What's more, these coats weren't styled in a "traditional" way. They were often paired with miniskirts, sheer dresses, and tailored pieces to create looks that make the prospect of transitioning from winter to spring fun.
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Please stop scrolling to admire the pink fold-over collar on this coat.
Photo:Imaxtree/Missoni; Imaxtree/Jacquemus; Courtesy of ACNE Studios; Courtesy of 16Arlington; Imaxtree/A.W.A.K.E. Mode; Courtesy of Nensi Dojaka; Courtesy of Fendi; Courtesy of LaQuan Smith
While we've seen an influx of more modest trends, that doesn't mean there's been an outright rejection of risqué styles. Rather, we have seen designers shift and take a softer approach to skin-baring pieces. While previous seasons focused on dramatic micro hemlines and cutouts to show skin, the past two seasons were all about showing skin and still being covered. It's a smoke-and-mirrors type of situation, all possible thanks to one specific trend: sheer fabrics.
Photo:Courtesy of Fendi; Courtesy of Sandy Liang
Sheer fabrics are by no means brand-new, but organza, silk, mesh, and tulle took on new forms in the fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 collections. At Fendi's fall show, opaque, ruffled slip dresses were layered over undergarments and underneath fur coats. In contrast, a black maxi tulle dress was layered over jeans at ACNE Studios, and sheer separates were layered together at Sandy Liang's spring show. If that weren't enough proof of how this trend has taken over the spotlight, then look to the shiny sheer sequin gowns in 16Arlington's fall collection and Nensi Dojaka's spring collection as proof that sheer materials are having their shiny moment.
Layer this sheer top over a T-shirt or under a leather jacket to tap into the trend.
Photo:Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell; Courtesy of Proenza Schouler; Courtesy of Isabel Marant; Courtesy of Peter Do; Imaxtree/Max Mara; Courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Courtesy of Diesel
There's a common misconception that most trends aren't practical. And while it's true that some aren't, we've seen a subtle shift to utilitarianism over the past few seasons. You can partly explain this change with the fact that many have returned to the office or have fatigue surrounding decorative accessory trends (looking at you, mini bags). But really, the runways are what this shift can be attributed to. More specifically, you can see this through the return of oversize carryall bags.
Photo:Courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell
While the oversize totes and carryall bags we saw on the runways are indeed utilitarian, that doesn't mean they're not maximalist. One could argue that designers went bigger than ever, both in size and detail. Take, for example, the oversize suede shoulder totes at Brandon Maxwell's fall show and the woven totes at Bottega Veneta's spring show, which focused on adding rich textures to oversize silhouettes. Large sling bags were layered over suiting separates at Proenza Schouler's fall show, and Max Mara's spring show add another layer to the looks. Ultimately, these bags were all about melding fashion and function, and if that's not bound to make them big for the rest of the year, we don't know what will.
This tote also comes in Black, Mint Green, and Chocolate.
Photo:Courtesy of Markarian; Imaxtree/Saint Sernin; Courtesy of ACNE Studios; Imaxtree/Coperni; Courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Courtesy of Giambattista Valli; Imaxtree/Redondo Brand
We know what you're thinking—flowers, really? In all fairness, we're all well aware of how passé florals can be, especially when we're talking about things that will still be stylish come springtime. But we saw this trend grow past the cliché prints of the past and bloom into something else. Any former doubts we may have had were buried on sight when 3D flowers first burgeoned on the fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 runways. Rather than focusing on prints, designers across the board chose to create appliquéd florals in various ways in their fall and spring collections.
Photo:Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli; Courtesy of Loewe
We saw '90s-inspired brooches in Saint Laurent's fall collection, lifelike floral choker necklaces in Saint Sernin's spring collection, and even belts adorned with flowers at ACNE Studios' spring show. But beyond accessories, we saw designers use techniques to create garments with built-in florals that ranged from impressionist to surrealist. Some were made from silk, chiffon, and tulle (see Giambattista Valli's and Coperni's fall shows), while others were made from leather (see Roberto Cavalli's fall collection and Bottega Veneta's spring collection). But possibly the most impressive of all was the giant red anthurium that adorned a red minidress at Loewe—its lifelike appearance begging us to stop, smell the flowers, and admit their presence in trends will only bloom from here.
The easiest way to adopt this trend is to add a flower choker to all your ensembles.
The chiffon 3D floral on the bodice of this dress fits into this trend perfectly.
Photo:Courtesy of Ami; Courtesy of Isabel Marant; Imaxtree/Bally; Imaxtree/Y/Project; Courtesy of Tibi; Imaxtree/Missoni; Imaxtree/Alyx; Courtesy of Khaite
Like clockwork, there's always a slew of new denim trends once fall rolls around. In some ways, it's nice because it gives us a chance to put away a few older pairs of jeans and swap them out for something new. On the other hand, not all denim trends are created equal—some aren't exactly work friendly, curve friendly, or generally appealing at all. But at the risk of ruffling a few feathers, we'd say we finally found one trend that manages to do none of that: relaxed denim.
Photo:Courtesy of Versace; Courtesy of Stella McCartney
Hear us out on this. Relaxed denim is arguably the best trend out of this entire story you can invest in. It's not only extremely wearable for everyday life, but it's also one of the most versatile trends to come from the fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 runways. We saw everything from high-waisted dark-wash flares accentuated with a belt at Tibi's and Khaite's fall shows to low-slung versions at Missoni's and Stella McCartney's spring shows. Beyond fit and wash, we also saw these looser jeans styled with everything from a houndstooth blazer (see Versace's fall collection) to a denim button-down (see Bally's spring collection), proving that this style is worthy of becoming your new favorite trend and maybe even a staple piece.
The key to pulling off this trend is finding the perfect pair of jeans that balance fit and bagginess.
These could almost pass for trousers—they're that chic.
Photo:Imaxtree/Elie Saab; Imaxtree/AC9; Courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Courtesy of Givenchy; Imaxtree/Trussardi; Courtesy of Dion Lee; Imaxtree/Coperni
For the true fashion girlies, fall is synonymous with boot season. The temperature drops allow us to dip our toes in a few new trends. While there are quite a few noteworthy shoe trends this season (like ballet flats and platforms), one particular style is wading its way into wider popularity—ahem, over-the-knee boots. Taller boots have always been a perennial favorite among the fashion set, but we saw designers take this trend to new heights in their fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 collections.
There wasn't one particular style of over-the-knee boots per se. Rather, the only prerequisite seemed to be that the boots were tall, leaving the rest up to interpretation. It's why we saw such versatility in this boot trend—from over-the-knee waders (seen at Bottega Veneta's and Dion Lee's fall shows) to sleek second-skin boots at Coperni's and Givenchy's fall shows to classic heeled versions (look to Genny's and Econlab's spring shows). In short, these tall boots live up to the high expectations of fall shoes because they work for every possible occasion, various personal styles, and even multiple seasons.
Want to invest in a pair of boots that will outlive the trend cycle? Opt for a pair of suede boots that can also be styled slouchy—like the ones above.
Metallic shoes are also trending, making this the ideal purchase.
Photo:Imaxtree/Victoria/Tomas; Courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Imaxtree/Ambush; Courtesy of Puppets and Puppets; Courtesy of Jil Sander; Courtesy of Alejandra Alonso Rojas; Courtesy of A.W.A.K.E. Mode; Courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai
While fringe first came back this past spring, many weren't sure if it would pass over like a weather pattern. But with fall and spring collections, we finally got confirmation that fringe is a part of the trend forecast for the foreseeable future.
Photo:Courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Courtesy of Jil Sander
But if the thought of fringe returning makes you cringe, you'll be happy to know that the versions found on the fall/winter 2022 and spring/summer 2023 runways are far from past iterations. They were not only more elevated, but they also had an element of surprise and delight that would make even the most anti-fringe person feel giddy. There were leather skirts with fringe underskirts at Bottega Venta's fall show and sweaters adorned with beaded fringe in Jonathan Simkhai's fall collection. Fringe was cut into circles in A.W.A.K.E. Mode's spring collection, and sequined knit trim made its way down the runway while it rained at Jil Sander's spring show. In essence, each variation of this trend was a reminder that the best trends can be worn from season to season and convert us all into fans.
Not ready to embrace fringe fully? Start with your accessories.
This fringe turtleneck dress is arguably the easiest way to adopt this trend.
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