As Much as It Hurts to Say It, These 7 Spring Trends Didn't Make It to 2022
Three months into the year, I still haven't quite gotten over the fact that it is, in fact, 2022. Discombobulated by, well, everything, the last nine-ish weeks have gone by in a blur, which is how I ended up completely missing that some of 2021's top trends didn't end up making it over the threshold into the new year.
Last spring, many of us spent the first days of warm weather wrapped in sweater vests patterned with warped checkerboard prints, oversize blazers paired with straight-leg jeans, and split-hem leggings styled alongside T-shirts with shoulder pads and menswear-inspired button-downs. Unfortunately, most of the above seem to have peaked in yesteryear, only to be replaced by new, fresher-feeling alternatives, from windbreaker pants to bomber jackets. Times have certainly changed in the last year, and apparently, so have our tastes when it comes to fashion.
Keep scrolling to see which spring trends didn't quite make the cut for another year on top and which ones swooped in to replace them on their way out.
Left in 2021: Sweater-Vests
In for 2022: Waistcoats
Sweater-vests had more than one season in the spotlight. In fact, they spent much of the last two years there. Now, it's time for another sleeveless silhouette to shine. Case in point? Waistcoats. Aligning with the rise of menswear-inspired styling in fashion, the third piece of a three-piece suit has become a must-have item over the last few months, showing up on runways and Instagram feeds alike.
Yes, I own five waistcoats, and yes, I am going to buy this one too.
Shop the matching Flared Plaid Pants ($50).
This COS vest sold out so fast the last time it was in stock. In other words, don't hesistate this time.
Tibi suiting is the definition of effortless luxury.
Shop the matching Fundamentals Stella Pleated Grain de Poudre Wide-Leg Pants ($495).
Left in 2021: Oversize Blazers
In for 2022: Bomber Jackets
Like sweater-vests, we've devoted lots of time to the oversize-blazer trend over the last few years. Like, a lot a lot. And yet, the time has come to pack up at least some of the blazers we've accumulated in that time and make room for a new jacket style in our closets. Ever since Hailey Bieber and Rihanna were both spotted wearing bomber jackets earlier in 2022, we knew they'd be a big hit. But it wasn't until the style swept the F/W 22 runway season, with appearances at Ports 1961, Prada, Versace, and Givenchy, that its cult status became clear.
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You'll only regret this jacket if you don't buy it immediately.
Left in 2021: Split-Hem Leggings
In for 2022: Windbreaker Pants
There was a time last year when split-hem leggings were all L.A., NYC, and Paris. Influencers paired them with heels, boots, and more. But this year, there's a new Instagram-backed pant trend en route for viral success: Windbreaker pants. Thanks to Bella Hadid, who has been donning retro track pants on the regular in 2022, windbreaker pants are quickly becoming the most sought-after pant trend of the year.
Left in 2021: Rib-Knit Dresses
In for 2022: Long Slip Dresses
Once *the* dress to own, slip dresses have returned to popularity this season, specifical ones with extra-long hemlines, as opposed to the midi lengths that used to rule. But with a new trend comes one there's no longer room for. As much as we relied on rib-knit dresses in 2021 to provide us with elevated comfort, in 2022, the loungewear-inspired style has lost some of its allure.
I dare you to test out the sheer-clothing trend with this dress.
Left in 2021: Check Print
In for 2022: Animal Print
As someone who gladly donated all her animal print items back in 2018, I can't believe I'm saying that spots, stripes, and snakeskin are all, indeed, making a comeback. After spotting them on the runway at Roberto Cavalli, Rick Owens, Sportmax, and more shows during the F/W 22 season, their return to vogue is imminent. Sorry, check print, but it's game over for you.
With a simple pair of jeans and a white T-shirt.
Left in 2021: Midi Skirts
In for 2022: High-Slit Skirts
Midi skirts reigned for far too long. This year, a few new skirt trends have risen to take their place, but not one has had quite the impact that teeny miniskirts have—especially ones with XL side slits. Spotted on the likes of Hailey Bieber, Paloma Elsesser, and Elsa Hosk, except an influx of barely there bottoms as soon as the weather warms up.
Left in 2021: Kitten Heels
In for 2022: Ballet Flats
Kitten heels had their time to shine, but if Miu Miu's F/W 22 show taught us anything, it's that ballet flats are the way to go moving forward. Once considered blasé and child-like, ballet flats in 2022 don't look anything like the ones you remember from middle school. Instead, split-toe styles and tiny heels have reinvigorated the trend.
It doesn't get much better than this quality-and-price combo.
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