8 Micro-Trends That Seem Random Now But Will Be Everywhere Soon


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Here at Who What Wear, we focus a lot of our energy on showing you the biggest trends of the season, and while we'll never stop covering the heavy hitters, there are several micro-trends worthy of honorary mentions. While these aren't making major style moves yet, I firmly believe that it's only a matter of time until they graduate from micro to macro or, in other words, from niche to mainstream.

After hours of online shopping (all in the name of research!), I'm sharing the eight micro-trends on my radar at the moment. I double-tapped these pieces when I spotted them in my feed and noticed them stocked at several key retailers, which tells me that each one is on the brink of becoming huge. Plus, they're just plain beautiful. From the upsized sequins that will soon define party dressing to the trucker hats that are ultra-popular on TikTok, keep reading for fashion's coolest micro-trends of 2022.


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One trend I'm suddenly seeing everywhere is paillettes. The XL sequins are defining a new wave of party dressing that nods to the '60s. Thanks to labels like Jonathan Simkhai and Paco Rabanne, they're adorning everything from party-ready attire to statement bags.


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First, we saw sporty sunglasses emerge, but now, fashion people are taking the unexpected accessory trend to the next level with even more futuristic-looking shades by the likes of Gucci and Balenciaga. What we're dubbing alien shades are sunglasses with an extreme wraparound shape and reflective lenses that look otherworldly.


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Call it the Bella Hadid effect, but suddenly, everyone and their mother is wearing Adidas Sambas. The soccer sneakers are low-key, a little retro feeling, and casual enough to go with plenty of different outfits, so it's not hard to see why they've really taken off. A model's stamp of approval doesn't hurt either. On top of that, a buzzy Wales Bonner collab introduced the sneakers in new color options that became instant hits among the fashion set.


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We've already noted how the strapless trend has been defining 2022 already. But within the '90s silhouette, we're starting to see a specific piece bubble up—the handkerchief top. There are cool-girl iterations coming from Tibi and Nanushka.


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Did you think you'd see a trend roundup without a mention of the Y2K redux? Well, you thought wrong. The early-aughts fever has yet to simmer down, and this next trend handpicked from the era is proof. Chiffon pieces, especially those featuring soft ruffles and delicate ties, are on the rise. With all the pretty skirt sets and dresses to choose from in a range of pastel hues, this just might be the prettiest Y2K trend yet.


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This year's answer to "naked" dressing has arrived. Sheer skirts, from 2000s-inspired delicate chiffon to beach-ready crystal-embellished mesh, are gaining traction among fashion's biggest risk-takers, and so far, the risks are being well rewarded. Style one over a swimsuit as a cool beach look or opt for solid-colored underwear for a sultry night-out ensemble.


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Hailey Bieber and all of fashion TikTok are in agreement here: Trucker hats are *the* accessory of summer 2022. While you can throw one on with any casual outfit, we're seeing them styled most often with swimwear as a fresh alternative to traditional sunhats.


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This one may be on the more niche end of the spectrum, but I've personally been clocking the rise of body jewelry among fashion's earliest adopters, and I just had to share—not just any jewelry, though. I'm seeing styles that are made from a simple cord and feature a crafty assortment of beads. Whether worn as a belly chain, anklet, or necklace, prepare to see much more of this funky accessory trend.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.