Experimenting with new trends is one way to continue evolving your personal style. While you can explore the latest in fashion from various avenues, we often turn to industry insiders to learn from their expert intel. Libby Page, senior market editor at Net-a-Porter, and Olie Arnold, style director at Mr Porter, are two leaders who we often consult for trend guidance given their senior roles in the fashion space.
Now that spring is officially here and summer is on the horizon, we figured a bit of seasonal trend forecasting could be of interest. Below, you'll uncover a curation of the trends Page and Arnold think are particularly noteworthy for both men and women.
As a preview, you'll see what matters on the denim front, the top colors of the season, and what's fresh in footwear. Keep scrolling for visual and shopping inspiration.
"Everyone is embracing this throwback trend. Inspired by the Gen Z mass, wide-leg pants, bucket hats, and psychedelic prints will all be on show."
Bold, Brave Brights
"The joy of dressing up, having fun with fashion, and stepping out of our comfort zones is one of fashion's biggest movements, and we are seeing color reign supreme this season."
"As we continue to transition back to the office, our customers are looking for ways to refresh their wardrobe. This trend is about workwear with a directional point of view—injecting new takes on separates that feel less formal and more comfortable."
Loafers and Brogues
"Perfect for most occasions, designers have transformed these traditional shapes to suit the modern consumer. Whether chunky soled or staying sophisticated with gold hardware, they are the perfect option for both genders."
"Denim is a persistent wardrobe staple for both men and women, but Gen Z is livening it up, and TikTok is awash with predictions that unique denim will be one of the biggest trends for 2022. These youthful prophecies are not unfounded thanks to the epic embroidery from Bode, plus the cult-favorite Kapital. From hand-painted to stitched to patched and embroidered jeans, there's a charming individuality to be found with a bit of personalization in this trend."
"From tiny bags and Y2K kidcore to leopard print and Mary Janes, we've seen in recent seasons that where womenswear goes, menswear often follows. The latest example is none other than the cutout trend, which involves revealing collarbones, armpits, ribs, and more through sliced silhouettes. Think distressed cashmere sweaters and mesh jackets from the likes of Gucci, Y/Project, Loewe, Celine Home, and Etro. These cutout items serve as fun pieces for spring and summer nights out."
"The short-length necklace—somewhere between a regular necklace and a choker—is having a bit of a moment. Fundamental to the appeal of the short necklace is that it can be worn with other longer necklaces, making it perfect as a stand-alone piece or layered with other fine jewelry. Designers and consumers alike are feeling the lure of this deceptively simple style, which is proving both versatile and highly wearable, taking in discreet, minimal designs as well as maximalist statement pieces."
"As we've started to see, slip-on shoes are having a moment. Bottega Veneta has already given rubber shoes the high-fashion treatment with its Puddle boots, and Balenciaga's branded heeled crocs were one of the most notable shoes of the year. But the rubber mule represents a slightly subtler approach—it's a comfortable, lightweight, and waterproof take on the ugly-shoe trend but much more stylish."