We saw some pretty daring looks on the runways in 2022, which means we can expect double the fashion fun for 2023. Here are some of the main fashion trends we are anticipating in this coming year.
Outfit repeating is in. I repeat, outfit repeating is in. Wearing the same outfit more than a few times might be something we are all a little bit hesitant to do, especially with how fleeting trends are these days. But never fear, repetition is here! In 2023 we are being encouraged to don a staple piece that is worn so often, it starts becoming a recognisable item from your wardrobe. This is a great way to discourage overconsumption and slow down the prevalent fast fashion crisis.
Mary-Kate Olsen and her beat-up Hermès bag are the perfect example of this repetition trend. During the mid 2000’s, Mary-Kate was hardly ever seen without her handy-dandy vintage Hermès bag, everywhere she went, the Hermes went too. The classic black bag became Mary-Kate’s signature, a fan favourite, and was integral to her personal style.
We’ve seen this style in previous years but it’s in 2023 that we can expect it to get serious. The main way we say the juxtaposition trend styled throughout the 2020’s is a frilly feminine skirt and black, chunky combat boots. This classic combo is taking a utilitarian turn. Mixing soft feminine silhouettes with clunky more structured pieces is the key to nailing this trend, a twist of edginess is the perfect amount of contrast to make a statement.
Buckles, double belts, teeny tiny pockets, giant pockets, adjustable clothing, anything to make our lives easier is a trend we are welcoming with open arms. Utilitarian style was already gaining traction in 2022, and in 2023 we expect to see it even bigger and better than before. The Utilitarian trend will have a special focus on clothes and accessories made for heightened comfort and functionality.
Gold, Silver and Bronze
As we enter the recession, it is very likely that we’ll be seeing the fashion industry start to mimic money in many different ways. Shiny gold, silver, and bronze fabrics will be very popular in 2023, mimicking coins. This happened during the 2008 recession and it looks like it’s going to happen again.
Kim Kardashian’s shapewear brand, SKIMS, recently released a swimwear range that featured gold, silver, and bronze colourways.
Another reason we may be seeing more gold, silver, and bronze colouring in clothes is the futurism trend. Futurism has been around for a long time in the fashion realm, but we will start to see more wacky, out-there designs on runways this year, as designers push the boundaries further than they ever have before.
Take Bella Hadid at the Coperni show in October of 2022 for example. Bella stood in her undergarments as a liquid fabric made of polymers, additives and fibres were sprayed directly onto her body and shaped into a dress whilst on her body. This art-installation-esque display was a perfect illustration of what the futurism trend is to bring in 2023.