There’s no denying that the fashion moments of 2022 brought the heat. TikTok came with dozens of new aesthetics, shows like Stranger Things and Wednesday gave us fresh closet inspo, Addison Rae owned the string bikini, and Bella Hadid served up Y2K realness all year long. What could the fashion trends of 2023 have in store to compare?! A lot, actually—if you’ve been keeping up with all the hottest runway looks from NYFW or scouring IG for up-and-coming designers, you know there’s some good stuff coming up for 2023’s fashion trends.
Gen Z is slowly turning the tide by influencing fashion houses and the designers who are primarily influenced by them, a sentiment you might agree with when you look at the state of high fashion. Memes have simultaneously appeared on creative merch and the Vetements runway, Regencycore lives on as we indulge in opulent fashion and expect more to come Bridgertonand bright shades of the 80s beloved by Fendi and Emily in Paris similarly, they signal the return of the flamboyant decade.
As we look to the new year and see the synergies between viral moments, TV shows and movies, and the runways, we’ve picked a few new trends that stand out to us. Here are some editor-approved fashion trends you’ll see at your FYP next year.
More than seventeen
If last year was the year of DIY crochet sweaters and colorful patchwork, 2023 is the year of its looser, lighter and more comfortable cousin. “Thongs,” describes Instagram’s 2023 trend forecaster Emma Rogue. “Tasteful but laced. It’s like subversive basic crochet.”
Keep an eye out for interesting knits in tie-dye, distressed or graphic prints, and remember that crochet doesn’t have to be limited to sweaters – everything from shrugs to accessories can be made from the supple, hand-made knit. “I’ve had friends knit them headphone covers,” says Rogue.
Britney Spears’ ‘Dump Him’ shirt from the early 2000s went so that Addison Rae’s ‘I Don’t Care’ shorts could run in 2022. nails or cracked heels from eggs or a bag of Puppets & Puppets cookies,” explains trend forecaster Kendall Becker. “There is a stylish way to incorporate irony into fashion. An easy way to achieve the look is with cheeky graphics that feel in tune with current internet culture.”
Content creators will continue to release funny, niche and wearable goods in 2023, while independent brands like Praying and high fashion brands like Vetements and Loewe use funny, subversive and surreal designs and messages on their clothes. For everyday wear, our pick is the Instagram-powered ‘Niche Internet Micro Celebrity’ Kids T-Shirt, which reminds us of a similar shirt worn by Emma Chamberlain on vacay.
If you’re looking for a spring fashion trend for prom 2023, this is it. Regencycore includes feminine gloves, ruffled sleeves, light pastels, and empire dresses from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and the aesthetic can be seen in the collections of Markarian and Dennis Basso, who both embraced the luxurious embellishments of regencycore.
Becker calls Sofia Coppola Marie Antoinette as an example. “[The movie] it feels over the top, but in the most perfect way,” says the trend forecaster. “Consider candy store hues like baby blue, lavender, pink and buttery yellow, corset detailing, bows on dresses and accessories, and gemstone jewelry fit for royalty.” We predict that the opulent, regal trend will continue to grow in popularity in the coming year, rising around the release Bridgerton Season 3.
Tulle, ruffles and feathers
Emily Cooper, is that you? The American in Paris got one thing right – the tulle is back in full force. 2023 will continue to see the rise of dopamine dressing (aka mood-enhancing clothing) as we embrace unusual details and over-the-top accessories.
And you don’t have to style these pieces in a typically feminine or maximalist way if that feels intimidating or alien. “Even if you really like anything, my top tip for feeling confident when trying a bolder trend is to pair it back with staples or favorite pieces in your wardrobe,” says Becker. You can choose to pair a feather-trimmed crop top with your tried-and-true jeans, or wear a tulle dress with lace-up combat boots to tone down your look.
Nostalgia of the 80s
Grab your headphones and a Kate Bush cassette because we’re going back to the 1980s. “The 1980s was all about embracing a sense of boldness from bright hues like azure, hot pink and lemon to the art of power dressing through sports suits,” notes Becker.
Bright suits and streetwear have been big for a while, so it makes sense that we’re back and an era of tracksuits, leg warmers and brightly colored sportswear. Raf Simons and Tom Ford drew inspiration from the decade for their runway collections featuring sparkly gym shorts, suits and neon leggings – all 80s approved.
Digital Lavender and Viva Magenta
Pantone recently announced Viva Magenta, a vibrant red-pink, as its color of the year for 2023. The color company explained NPR that the shade “combines the richness, warmth and power of natural matters with the rich, open horizons of the digital world”. Trend forecasting company WGSN also announced its own color of the year — Digital Lavender, a soothing, gender-neutral shade of purple. Not sure which one you prefer? Wear both for a moment of full color blocking.
Fans of the styles of Hailey Bieber, Dua Lipa and Kylie Jenner will instantly recognize the celebrity-loved, Italian streetwear-inspired jacket. “You can thank everyone’s recent obsession with Formula 1 for that,” explains Becker. The protective outerwear looks like something you’d wear to the racetrack or off-road competition, but in a ~fashionable~ way.
“I’ve been seeing a lot of patchwork vintage leather jackets lately,” says Rogue. “And of course, lots of celebrities wear them. We recommend going to your local thrift store to see if you can snag something unique – be sure to scan the men’s section.
Y2K continues to rule
No surprise—the fan-favorite aesthetic of the early 2000s will continue to be trendy in 2023. If you’re ready to ditch some of the y2K trends you jumped on last year or even the year before, rest assured that there are plenty more from the aughts. which have just returned.
“I honestly feel like skinny jeans could make a comeback,” admits Rogue. “Low-rise jeans are definitely in, as are bootcuts from True Religion or Diesel or similar brands.” Whether you’re a low-key fan, or if you prefer to stay far, far away, channel that same Y2K energy with embellished pockets on stoned jeans with metallic details.
If the simplicity of practical clothing appeals to you, you might enjoy incorporating some utilitarian styles into your wardrobe for 2023. Utilitarian fashion tends to be functional as it draws inspiration from military, war and post-apocalyptic styles. Think cargo pants, buckles and straps, Carhartt jackets and belts.
“What I’m loving this year is the range of iterations of the cargo pant – you can find pink satin pairs, stylish denim options or sleek cream pairs with more minimalist pockets. There really is something for everyone these days,” explains Becker.
We couldn’t compile a list of fashion trends for 2023 without acknowledging one of TikTok’s most recently created aesthetics: Barbiecore. The rise of the aesthetic has been sparked by the resurgence of bright pink thanks to the Valentino F/W 2022/23 collection and further boosted by the upcoming adaptation of Greta Gerwig’s plastic doll story starring Margo Robbie. “I’m loving the all-monochrome moment. Maybe for 2023, the new thing will feature a contrasting color,” Rogue muses. “Or different shades. Like some pastel, some bright pink, some dark pink.”
And if hot pink feels too over-the-top, Becker recommends incorporating the color through accessories instead of a full-on look. “An all-black outfit with pops of pink through the shoes and purse is the perfect balance.”
Hannah is the assistant fashion and e-commerce editor at the company Seventeen and includes all things style, shopping, culture and entertainment. Hannah has spent thousands of hours analyzing TikTok style trends, reviewing celebrity fashion and reading vintage fashion magazines. Seventeen he taught her how to dress when she was younger and now spends his working hours passing on that knowledge. On the weekends, you can find her shopping for books and drinking decaf lattes. Follow Hannah on social media at @hannahohx.