Prediction: These 8 Fashion Micro-Trends Will Be Everywhere in 2023


From high-shine metallics to the updated way to wear gauzy, sheer pieces, there are some macro-trends from the spring/summer 2023 runways that we will be seeing come into focus in a major way next year. While we expect to see many of these reshape some of the big swings in fashion, there are also smaller micro-trends that are already making an impact on the direction fashion is taking. So, which are the ones to have on your radar right now?

Looking at the wardrobes of the fashion set, there are some key fashion micro-trends to know. From cool details like whipstitching and minimal sequins to the next wave of trendy sneakers and the leather jacket shape that is in every fashion insider’s closet, there are some buzzy ones winning out right now. Ahead are the eight cool fashion micro-trends that'll be everywhere in 2023.


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Whipstitching details add an element of artisanal craftsmanship that we're seeing infused in more and more pieces recently ranging from clothing to accessories. The standout buy to know? The just-dropped Savette Symmetry suede bag that's finished with leather trimming around the edges.

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Just in the last few weeks, my Instagram feed has been taken over by sheer tights. We're seeing them styled with micro miniskirts and dresses as well as layered underneath jeans and paired with heels. If you're daring you can also wear them with a pantsless look, as spotted on Kendall Jenner who recently wore a look straight from the Bottega Veneta spring/summer 2023 runway.

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Leather jackets continue to evolve and the latest take to grab fashion people's attention is the aviator style. Khaite's shearling-trimmed style is one of the most talked about items amongst our team of fashion editors, but there are also similar options at every budget.

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The sneaker trend to know right now? Cool, retro silhouettes in bold, colorful designs. The Adidas x Wales Bonner collaboration styles are particularly in demand and a noteworthy buy—that is, if you can manage to track them down in your size.

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This fall we saw edgy hardware pieces picking up major momentum. If you want a more refined take on the trend, make sure to focus your sights on the elegant hardware accessories that are suddenly everywhere—from silver-buckle belts to sophisticated Hermès wallets.

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Sequins aren't exactly low-key, but all of the minimalistic takes may have you rethinking them. Recent collections from brands including 16Arlington are at once show-stopping and somehow pared-back, proving how sequins can be executed in a "cool girl" way.

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Zebra-print pieces are hardly new, but the ways we're seeing them recently feel particularly fresh. The Attico and Dries Van Noten have graphic takes on the print that have made them mainstays on the street style set.

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When does a timeless shoe shape become a micro-trend? When brands including Saint Laurent and Prada make them hero pieces in their collections. Whether you're interested in shiny patent leather or modern, architectural shapes, there are so many great takes on pointed-toe slingbacks this season.

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

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.