I'm a Fashion Director, and These 5 Trends Will Define Spring 2022

As editors, we have a knack for predicting trends. However, there are some people in the industry who we still look to when thinking about what's "it" in fashion for the season ahead. Since we scan the market of Shopbop on almost a daily basis, it makes sense that the site's fashion director, Caroline Maguire, is one of the said people. It's her job to direct for one of the largest fashion e-commerce sites, so trust us when we say her sartorial opinion is one you should listen to.

When we asked Maguire what she predicts to be the overall vibe for spring this year, she gave a response that got us excited to get dressed for the next season. "Bright, cheery, and optimistic. This spring, fashion will be all about having fun and getting excited to pick out outfits again! We've been seeing a lot of casual looks paired with statement pieces—not sacrificing the comfort we're now used to, but dressing it up," she said. "I'm excited to see how designers continue to experiment by mixing prints and bold colors, incorporating funky jewelry, and detailing with embellished accessories." If that response isn't enough to get you excited for the season ahead, we don't know what will. Keep scrolling to see all of Maguire's picks for spring 2022.

1. Punchy Colors


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"Punchy primary colors! This includes your entire Crayola box of colors—not just red, blue, and yellow, but marigold yellows, bubblegum pinks, electric greens, and cobalt blues. Not only are they on-trend, but these colors are also guaranteed to boost your mood. Try styling pieces of the same color for a monochromatic look, or play around with different shades. The bolder the better."

2. Cutouts


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"The cutouts we saw this winter are here to stay because, after what feels like endless quarantining, everyone is ready to show some skin! Designers are delivering with deeper cuts, asymmetrical hems, and leather fabrics for a sexier feel. If you're not in the mood to bare it all, cutout looks can be layered with your favorite white tee, tank, or poplin blouse. There are so many ways to wear this trend!"

3. Relaxed Denim


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"In the world of denim, a carrot-tapered cut and denim trousers and pants, in general, are 'it' this spring. These styles offer an updated and even more relaxed look than the straight styles we've been living in."

4. Retro and Vintage Florals


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"Spring fashion is in full bloom with retro florals! Ultra-femme and vintage florals in bright pastels are definitely the print of the season. I've also been seeing a large emphasis on daisies, fully embracing the nostalgic '70s vibe, which I love!"

5. Baby-Doll Dresses


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"The baby-doll dress is back, and I am here for it! This is an über-feminine look, and designers are making it their own with oversize balloon sleeves, tiered tulle fabrics, and even embellished collars. Lean into the girly look with strappy heels, or go for a more casual feel, layering a fitted cardigan on top with a pair of chunky loafers."

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Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.