Now that the darkest days of winter are passed, it’s time to look ahead to spring 2022 fashion trends, which always provide a breath of new air to my closet. While my transitional wardrobe is fairly simple—a trench coat, multicolored Breton stripes, and worn-in Converse sneakers—I know that a new viral trend will sweep the internet and, as a result, impact me. Yes, even the most ardent proponent of the capsule wardrobe may purchase Olivia Rodrigo’s pop-punk platform boots.
Replicating spring 2022 fashion trends, whether on the runway or in paparazzi photos of our favorite celebrities, can be difficult if you don’t have the appropriate formula. Expert trend forecasters no longer look at the catwalk to determine what’s “in”—instead, cool celebrities, influencers, and average people wield just as much power as renowned designers when it comes to setting the season’s creative tone.
For days when you need to feel extra powerful, add an extra height boost. Every shop and designer has created their own fashionable version of stilts, whether it’s in the form of thick clogs, sneakers, or boots. The best thing about spring is how versatile it is, and unlike other footwear alternatives that can only be worn with a specific style, platforms can be worn with almost anything.
If you’re like me and live a fast-paced lifestyle, sets can be a lifesaver. They’re easy to throw on for almost any event because they’re simple, quick, and easy to put on. Replace your sriracha-stained sweatpants with a similar two-piece pant or skirt combination for an enhanced look for morning Zoom meetings. Cute PJs are also acceptable for added comfort.
Feather details have been making a reappearance for a long time, bringing a unique flair to any piece of apparel. You don’t have to go full-on bird mode like Carrie Bradshaw, but a feathery element or trim instantly transforms any ensemble.
While enjoying the color green isn’t a true personality trait, it is a popular choice among spring 2022 fashionistas. Grass green has been making an appearance on high-fashion runways and e-commerce merchants equally for the last 18 months or so, thanks to Bottega Veneta. Whether you choose a clean blazer, a bucket hat, or slingback shoes, this shade can bring new life to your spring clothes.
Skirt suits are having a moment, as seen on the runway and on our favorite celebs. Even better than buying a new one, take mom’s old corporate America uniform from the 1980s to the tailor and get it updated for 2022. If you’re looking to buy, experimenting with textures and patterns can help to update the look.
Younger singers and actors have flocked to this ’90s and early ’00s look, which they frequently pair with low-sling jeans or pants. While a baby tee can be worn in the winter with effort, the approach of spring makes this trend much more weather-friendly when combined with shorts, skirts, and denim.
Bid farewell to the micro-purse! Consider a large purse that can hold more than a backup mask and AirPods for your spring style theme board. The spring accessory trend almost feels like a reaction to the teeny-tiny purses that have dominated red carpets in 2019 and 2020. Isabel Marant and Chopova Lowena are two major designer houses that have embraced the style. If gigantic leather hobo bags aren’t your thing, a large canvas bag can always be used to join the tote bag warrior army.
Long skirts are the ideal spring transitional piece, keeping your legs warm without compromising comfort in tight pants. While maxi skirts are a must-have in any wardrobe, the approach of spring gives you more leeway to experiment with them: make them asymmetrical, metallic, or pleated (or all of the above!).
There’s nothing quite like a classic trench coat to signal the arrival of spring. Every year, when the weather starts to warm up, you can count on this wardrobe staple to return in full force. Take some inspiration for your spring ensembles from Hailey Bieber, the queen of the trench coat. Whether they’re pleather or not, they’re ideal for layering over sweatpants to elevate any casual ensemble.
Last year’s printed craze was checkerboard, but this year’s printed obsession is newspaper—perhaps an homage to Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex And The City 2 premiere dress now that our imaginations are fascinated by And Just Like That… If you ask me, it’s all a little meta, but due to Cardi B, magazine-printed dresses, tops, and trousers are all over the place. Pair a printed mesh top with a pair of Bermuda shorts this spring to show the world that you’re a literate cutie.