Question: which pieces in your closet do you predict will still be in style six months from now? There are, of course, staples that will always be stylish, but beyond that, it can be hard to foresee what fashion trends will manage to stay relevant. In part, that’s due to the very fast-paced nature of the industry—micro-trends come and go, and brands blow up overnight. Add on top of that the fact that most of us don’t have an endless budget to spend on new clothing, nor is shopping all the time sustainable, so we have to invest in things that will last longer. And while the idea of long-term trends may seem like an oxymoron, designers always create a few things that manage to crossover every season without fail. Identifying them, of course, takes time, but luckily for you, dear reader, we have it. Ahead, you’ll find ten fashion trends that will be stylish well into next year, based on hours of looking through Fall/Winter 2022 and Spring/Summer 2023 runway images. If you’re still wondering what pieces can manage to still look good six months from now, you’ll want to keep scrolling…
We’ve seen athletic-inspired trends on the runway for a few seasons, and it seems this trend will continue well into next year. But unlike previous seasons, we saw athleisure attire shift from preppy to edgy in the form of moto-inspired pieces. The rise of all things motocross can, in part, be attributed to the virality of alt-girl aesthics, but it also has to do with the prevalence of this trend on the F/W 22 and S/S 23 runways.
We first saw motocross appear on the F/W 22 runways in the collections of Diesel, Alexander McQueen, Coperni, and Courrèges. Their collections championed biker staples (think heavy-duty moto jackets, tall boots, and leather pants) and ultimately became the it-look for fall. And while typically, aesthics accelerate toward popularity and then break quickly, with motocross elements showing up in Versace, Dion Lee, and Ferrari’s spring collections, it’s safe to say this trend won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Leather moto jackets are a must-have.
Now all you need is a motorcycle.
She’s a baddie.
After scouring the F/W 22 and S/S 23 runways, it’s clear that the buzz around bright hues hasn’t reached peak saturation yet. In fact, the runways started to look a little like a crayon box—hot pink, cobalt blue, and even marigolds were present everywhere. But possibly the hottest color trend of all was saffron.
We saw the full versatility of this shade on display. In fall collections, it was present in the form of patent latex pants Blumarine, sheer dresses at LaQuan Smith and Supriya Lele, and even robe coats at Versace and Baum und Pferdgarten. At the same time, spring collections championed sequins in saffron (see: Alexander McQueen and Valentino) along with low-slung tailored skirts (i.e., Salvatore Ferragamo and Acne Studios). These two seasons showed us how this color can spice up just about anything from staple to statement pieces making it a worthwhile long-term investment.
Start with a dash of saffron by investing in a red sweater.
Hot, hot, hot.
Ballet flats are also big for both seasons, so why buy a pair in this signature hue?
Ferragamo’s red pieces are prime to become the next it-item.
Trends often exist on a pendulum—if we swing heavily towards one thing, the polar opposite is bound to be in style in the coming season. With how quickly micro hemlines managed to take over, it was only a matter of time before we saw its anti-thesis emerge: maxis.
Longline hemlines swept the F/W22 and SS/23 runways (quite literally). There were full-length skirts in neutral-hued wools and leathers at Tod’s and Ludovic de Saint Sernin’s fall shows, while satin pastel versions sauntered down the spring runway show of 16 Arlington. Maxi dresses came in thick wool iterations in Jill Sander’s fall collection and sheer chiffon versions in Blumarine’s spring collections. And then, there were the dramatic duster coats (see: Christian Siriano’s fall collection and Saint Laurent’s spring collection). Long story short, no matter the form, the season, or even the designer, it’s abundantly clear that maxi hemlines are here for the long haul.
You’ll wear this for years to come.
Is this not the coolest maxi skirt you’ve ever seen?
A maxi turtleneck dress will always be chic.
Denim maxi skirts are also having a moment.
Unless you live in the tropics, it’s safe to presume that an essential purchase on your fall shopping list includes outerwear. And while there’s a slew of coats that lend themselves to being staples (i.e., puffer or wool jackets), we’d be lying if we didn’t admit that they can sometimes feel stale. After all, who hasn’t experienced that feeling mid-winter when you’re over that basic coat? The pre-spring, cold weather slump is real, so having a fun statement coat that can perk up your spirits is a must-have in our minds. And luckily for us, the F/W22 and SS/23 runways provided us with the trend for that purpose: fuzzy fold-over collar coats.
Fur always manages to bubble up each fall, but these past two seasons, we saw designers focus on adorning coat lapels in faux fur, shearling, and shag. It seemed no style was off-limits to the trend—there were leather jackets adorned with fur trim at Miu Miu and Ambush. Shearling coats came in vibrant hues with dramatic trimmings at LaQuan Smith and Sacai, and there were even traditional fur coats with oversized collars at Jacquemus and Ports 1961. What’s more, is that these coats weren’t styled in a “traditional” way; they were often paired with mini skirts, sheer dresses, and tailored pieces to create looks that make the prospect of transitioning from winter to spring fun.
It’s the shag collar for me.
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Now, here’s a sustainably made faux fur worth investing in,
Please stop scrolling to admire the pink fold-over collar on this coat.
While we’ve seen an influx of more modest trends from F/W 22 to S/S 23, that doesn’t mean there’s been an all-right repudiation of risquér styles. Rather, we have seen designers shift and take a softer approach to skin-barring pieces. While previous seasons focused on dramatic micro-hemlines and cutouts to show skin, the past two seasons were all about showing skin and still being covered. It’s a smoke-and-mirrors type of situation, all possible thanks to championing one specific trend: sheer fabrics.
Sheer fabrics are by no means brand-new, but organzas, silks, meshes, and tulles took on new forms in F/W 22 and S/S 23 collections. At Fendi’s fall show, opaque ruffled silk slip dresses were layered over undergarments and underneath fur coats. In contrast, a black maxi tulle dress was layered over jeans at Acne Studios, and sheer separates were layered together at Sandy Liang’s spring show. If that weren’t enough proof of how this trend has taken over the spotlight, then look to the shiny sheer sequin gowns in 16 Arlington’s fall collection and Nensi Dojaka’s spring collection as proof that sheer materials are having their shiny moment.
Three words: sheer sequin cardigan.
Layer this sheer top over a t-shirt or under a leather jacket to tap into the trend.
A sheer maxi slip skirt? Sign me up.
Perfect for layering.
There’s a common misconception that most trends aren’t practical. And while it’s true some aren’t; we’ve seen a subtle shift to utilitarianism over the past seasons. You can partly place the onus on this change on how many have returned to the office or even the fatigue surrounding decorative accessory trends (looking at you, mini bags). But really, the runways are what this shift can be attributed to—more specifically; you can see this through the return of oversized carryall bags.
It should be noted that while the oversized totes and carryall bags we saw on the F/W 22 and S/S 23 runways are indeed utilitarian, that doesn’t mean they’re not maximalist. One could argue that designers went bigger than ever, both in size and detail. Take, for example, the oversized suede shoulder totes at Brandon Maxwell’s fall show or the woven totes at Bottega Veneta’s spring show—which focused on adding rich textures to oversized silhouettes. Or how large sling bags were layered over suiting separates at Proenza Schouler’s fall show and Max Mara’s spring show add another layer to the looks. Ultimately, these bags were all about melding fashion and function, and if that’s not bound to make them big for the rest of the year, idk what will.
The color of this suede is everything.
This tote also comes in black, mint, and chocolate.
The ruching takes this tote to a whole new level.
Just imagine how much you can fit in this bag.
I know what you’re thinking, flowers, really, honey? In all fairness, we’re all well aware of how passé florals can be, especially when we’re talking about things that will still be stylish come springtime. But we saw this trend grow past the cliché prints of the past and bloom into something else (quite literally). Any former doubts we may have had were buried onsight when 3D flowers first burgeoned onto the F/W 22 and S/S 23 runways. Rather than focusing on prints, designers across the board choose to create appliquéd florals in various ways in their fall and spring collections.
We saw floral accessories like ’90s-inspired brooches in Saint Laurent’s fall collection, life-like floral choker necklaces in Saint Sernin’s spring collection, and even belts adorned with flowers at Acne Studio’s spring show. But beyond accessories, we saw designers use techniques to create garments with built-in florals that ranged from impressionist to surrealist. Some were made from silk, chiffon, and tulle (see: Giambattista Valli’s and Coperni’s fall shows), while others were made from leather (see: Roberto Cavalli’s fall collection and Bottega Veneta’s spring collection). But possibly the most impressive of all was the giant red anthurium that adorned a red mini dress at Loewe—its life-like resemblance begging us to stop, smell the flowers, and admit their presence in trends will only bloom from here.
The easiest way to adopt this trend is to add a flower choker to all your ensembles.
The chiffon 3D floral on the bodice of this dress into this trend perfectly.
I dream of these daily.
Two trends in one top? I’m about it.
Like clockwork, there’s always a slew of new denim trends once fall rolls around. In some ways, it’s nice because it gives us a chance to put away a few older pairs of jeans and swap them out for something new. On the other hand, not all denim trends are created equal—some aren’t exactly work-friendly, curve-friendly, or generally appealing at all. But at the risk of ruffling a few feathers, I’d say we finally found one trend that manages to do none of that: relaxed denim.
Hear me out on this: relaxed denim is arguably the best trend out of this entire story you can invest in. It’s not only extremely wearable for everyday life, but it’s one of the most versatile trends to come from the F/W 22 and S/S 23 runways. We saw everything from high-waisted dark wash flares accentuated with a belt at Tibi and Khaite’s fall shows to low-slung versions at Missoni and Stella McCartney’s spring shows. Beyond fit and wash, we also saw these looser jeans styled with everything from a houndstooth blazer (see: Versace’s fall collection) to a denim button-down (see: Bally’s spring collection), proving that this style is worthy of becoming your new favorite trend, and maybe even staple piece.
The key to pulling off this trend is finding the perfect pair of jeans that balance fit and bagginess.
We love a low-rise waistline.
Great price and a great fit.
These could almost pass for trousers—they’re that chic.
For the true fashion girlies, fall is synonymous with boot season. The temperature drops allow us to dip our toes in a few new trends. While there are quite a few noteworthy shoe trends this season (like ballet flats and platforms), one particular style is wading its way into wider popularity—ahem, over-the-knee boots. Taller boots have always been a perennial favorite among the fashion set, but we saw designers take this trend to new heights both in their F/W 22 collections and their S/S 23 collections too.
There wasn’t one particular style of over-the-knee boots per se, but rather the only prerequisite seemed to be that the boot was tall, leaving the rest up to interpretation. It’s why we saw such versatility in this boot trend—from over-the-knee waders (seen at Bottega Veneta and Dion Lee’s fall shows) to sleek second-skin boots (at Coperni and Givenchy’s fall shows) to more classic heeled versions (look to Genny and Econlab’s spring shows). In short, these tall boots live up to the high expectations of fall shoes because they work for every possible occasion, various personal styles, and even multiple seasons.
Want to invest in a pair of boots that will outlive the trend cycle? Opt for a pair of suede boots that can also be styled slouchy—like the ones above.
Ideal for rainy days.
Metallic shoes are also trending, making this the ideal purchase.
Hello, perfect everyday boot.
While fringe first came back this past spring, it was one of those trends many weren’t sure if it would pass over like a weather pattern. But with fall and spring collections, we finally got confirmation that fringe is a part of the trend forecast for the unforeseeable future.
But if the thought of fringe returning makes you cringe, you’ll be happy to know that the versions found on the F/W 22 and S/S 23 runways are far from past iterations. They were not only more elevated, but they had an element of surprise and delight that would make even the most anti-fringe feel giddy. There were leather skirts with fringe underskirts at Bottega Venta’s fall show and sweaters adorned with beaded fringe in Jonathan Simkhai’s fall collection. Fringe was cut into circles in Awake Mode’s spring collection, and sequined knit trim made its way down the runway while it rained at Jil Sander’s spring show. In essence, each variation of this trend was a reminder that the best trends not only can be worn from season to season, but they can convert us all into fans.
Leather fringe, ftw.
Not ready to embrace fringe fully? Start with your accessories.
This fringe turtleneck dress is arguably the easiest way to adopt this trend.
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