The 2022 Trends I'm Wearing (and Skipping) After Living in NYC, Paris, and L.A.


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I've been lucky enough to live in some of the most incredible cities in the world, at least in my personal opinion: NYC, Paris, and L.A. Each city is a unique place to live with its own local cultures and customs, and similarly, each place has its own take on fashion. Living in each place has opened me up to what makes each spot known for fashion in its own right, and I picked up some ideas about how to dress along the way—with plenty of personal outfits to share.

Looking ahead to fashion in 2022, I've been studying the looks on the runways and deciding which ones deserve a place in my closet. In part, my time in each fashion capital has influenced which trends I'll end up adding to my closet, based on the style lessons I absorbed that have stuck with me until this day. Ahead, the 2022 trends you'll spot me wearing, as well as the ones I'm planning to skip in the year ahead.

Skipping: Patchwork Denim

Wearing: Dark Denim


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As much as I see patchwork denim popping up this season, I prefer clean lines and colors when it comes to jeans. That's why I'll be adding dark denim into my new-season wardrobe. It's a big shift away from the lighter shades of denim that have dominated for the last few years, so this feels like a fresh and welcome change.


Skipping: Soft Shades

Wearing: Bright Colors


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While neutrals may be the main DNA in my closet, I'll be focused on adding more colorful pieces to my wardrobe. And I don't mean soft shades—I'm talking bold, bright colors with high impact. When even minimal brands like The Row are debuting collections full of color, you know the palette is shifting.


Skipping: Funky Heels

Wearing: Platforms


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With everything from broken eggs to nail polish bottles as heels, there was no shortage of artsy takes on shoes for spring 2022. While I might be skipping those, I have my eyes set on all of the cool platforms that hit the runways everywhere from Saint Laurent to Versace.


Skipping: Fringe

Wearing: All Things Risqué


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Fringe was everywhere on the runways, but it's not the trend I'm looking to buy right now. Instead, I can't stop thinking about the sophisticated takes on risqué pieces that dominated for S/S 22. Think corsets, micro skirts, sheer fabrics, and anything with cutouts.


Skipping: Boho

Wearing: '90s-Inspired Pieces


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The resurgence of updated takes on boho at brands like Paco Rabanne is undeniable. That being said, I prefer the clean lines and silhouettes of '90s-inspired pieces, which were also in full focus in the collections of Chanel and Christopher Esber.


Skipping: Artsy Pieces

Wearing: Tailored Suiting


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Elements of artsy pieces are infused in so many of the new drops for spring, with playful prints and embellishments taking center stage. Since I tend to get tired of prints pretty quickly, I'll instead be leaning into tailored suiting since I know it has staying power.


Skipping: Catsuits

Wearing: Aughts Revival Pieces


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I lived through the aughts the first time around and admittedly, I didn't always love fashion from the decade. Yes, I wore ultra low-rise jeans and going-out tops, but right now, I'm gravitating towards the new, more elevated takes on all things Y2K that emerged for S/S 22. On the other hand, I can't deny the dominance of catsuits on the runways, but won't be jumping into that trend right away.


Next up, five trends that will eclipse all others 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 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.