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When I shop for new clothes, I don’t like to think just one season in advance—this year’s buys need to work for next year’s OOTDs! A wardrobe I don’t have to constantly turn over matters to me as a fashion editor, so thinking about the top 2022 fashion trends in advance is key to making sure I’m shopping smart. And lucky you, I’m always willing to share my findings with the class!
After trendless 2020, 2021 saw the resurgence of maximalism. And while many a joke was made about the Roaring ’20s making a comeback, it was a groovy ’70s aesthetic that really took hold, as seen via trippy technicolor prints, flared pants and an overall more eclectic approach to styling.
Now that 2022 is in full swing, we’re keeping the same energy in terms of making a statement, but going about it in a way that’s slightly more subdued. We’re still saying yes to bright colors, but solid neon hues are winning out over eyesore prints. And of course, we’re leaning into comfortable fabrics and forgiving silhouettes in lieu of totally moving on from our time spent working from home in sweats. Bring on the quilting—but think less horse girl, more cozy bedding.
If you’re looking to sparkle, you’re in luck: Sequins are another huge trend popping up on all the runways. And you don’t have to hit the town to wear ’em! Everyday glitz will definitely be the norm, from sparkling skirts to sequined bodysuits and more.
Oh, and don’t get me started on feathers—they’re everywhere. Below, read on for more details on the biggest trends worth watching.
Sandy Liang and Cynthia Rowley both sent sets down the runway with puffy femme quilting that gave me full-on duvet vibes. Talk about cozy! Lightweight quilting will be a year-round trend, so don’t be afraid to pile on the puff for a look that’s less equestrian, more comfort. For now, though, a duvet puffer will do just fine.
The Duvet Puffer Short in Dark Rust
Babaton by Aritzia has tons of duvet styles to bundle up in this season, and a short puffer is a must in absolutely everyone’s wardrobe.
Oversized Vegan Leather Diamond Puffer
The pillowy puff of this vegan leather puffer makes it especially snuggly despite the more dressed-up fabric. Plus, it comes in eight colors.
Neons are back, baby! Fall/Winter 2021 will ease us into saturated hues, but by 2022 we’ll be full-on neon, so bring on those squint-your-eyes shades of yellow, orange and green! Usually a summer-specific trend, try wearing brights year-round for a boost of sartorial serotonin. Sergio Hudson and Christian Siriano make it look easy.
This yellow-green blazer paired with black leather trousers and a chunky platform loafer? Yes, a thousand times yes.
Ribbed Bodycon Dress with Lattice Edges
Leave it to Eloquii to give plus-size fashionistas the dress of the season. This bright bodycon is an absolute must for day-to-night styling.
All of a sudden, faux fur is so yesterday and feather trim is the new must-have. And you can dress it up or down! While Monique Lhuillier prefers opulent feathered gowns, Staud showed feather-trimmed minis that proved the look is just as good for happy hour as it is on the runway. From there, the opportunity for feathered crop tops, bodysuits and accessories was born.
Ramona Bustier Top
A feather-trimmed black cropped bustier for under $70? Snag 2022’s perfect going-out top before it sells out.
If you want to up the ante (and the price range), this LAMARQUE tube top brings the drama in four fun shades.
Rodarte and Brandon Maxwell made good use of the humble sequin on their 2022 runways, as did Michael Kors. Bottom line? 2022 will be a year of strongly-encouraged sparkle! You don’t have to save the look for parties; instead, try mixing in sequined separates and accessories with your everyday staples.
Sequin Crop Top
The sequin trend is all about drama—so of course, big bows and midriff cut-outs are always encouraged.
Sequin Jumpsuit with Collar
I don’t think you understand how long I’ve been staring at this Eloquii jumpsuit for. It’s positively dazzling.