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Hot Off the Press: Top 9 Fashion Fads of 2023

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Following the oddball style swings of 2021-2022, where Zoom meetings and working from home were the norms, the up-to-the-minute fashion trends of 2023 bring an invigorating breath of fresh air you’ll absolutely adore. 

For over half a century, the “latest and greatest” in fashion sprang from the glamorous catwalks and glossy pages of fashion magazines. 

These days, though, the baton has been passed to social media mavens and the streetwear scene, both of which dictate what’s hip and happening in the fashion world. 

In stark contrast to the near doomsday scenario that rocked the fashion industry in 2021-2022, the fashion front-runners in 2023 are revealing a new breed of digital trends and TikTok-led style statements like never before. 

What’s all the Rage in Fashion Right Now? 

To a certain degree, the fashionable outfits of today are a nostalgic nod to the late 80s and early 90s, replicating the shapes and patterns of those stylish seasons. 

But, here’s the twist; in this era, those timeless styles are being revamped and reborn in bold, oversized shades, coupled with activewear and streetwear influences. 

“COVID-19 lockdowns acted as a catalytic force to the highly creative online communities and internet subcultures, giving birth to previously unseed styles and combinations” 

states Anna Wintour, the creative powerhouse behind Condé Nast and the Global Editorial Director of Vogue. 

 

 

And with the fashion scene constantly shape-shifting, keeping your finger on the pulse of the latest trends has become more crucial than ever in this post-COVID epoch. 

In this piece, we’ll take you through the top 10 style trends that are stealing the spotlight in 2023. 

Also, don’t miss our rundown of the top 7 sustainability trends (from a fashion viewpoint) that are set to conquer the fashion realm in 2023.

1/9 The Crochet Craze 

Crochet sets, reminiscent of 70s chic, are undeniably a hot ticket item, fueled by Harry Styles and his pop-culture hit, the “Watermelon Sugar” music video. 

This catchy video showcases Styles and a merry crowd on a beach, munching on fruits while donned in an eclectic mix of bright crochets, retro-patterned swimsuits, and resort attire. 

Since this video hit the airwaves, crochet’s fame has only gone uphill. 

According to the fashion-oriented search engine, Lyst, the hunt for crochet outfits has spiked by 85% since July 2022, especially crochet dresses and sets. 

And, last year, thanks to fashion influencers like Lucy Williams, Bettina Looney, and Chrissy Rutherford, crochet sets were the go-to garb for beach holidays and sunny stay-at-home vacations. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“Sported by Lucy Williams to Bettina Looney and Chrissy Rutherford, crochet sets have been the style of choice for 2022 beachside holidays and summer staycations. And, according to fashion critics, crochet sets are seeing a return and are expected to be the celebs’ favorite in the summer of 2023. 

FEATURED BY: 

Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Anna Kosturova, Helen Rodel, Katie Jones Knit, Lisa Maree, Alanui, Dion Lee
 

2/9 Hoodies Meet Blazers 

The snug and comfy hoodie is now a top contender in the fashion arena of the day. 

Pairing a hoodie with a blazer isn’t just a hip street fashion move anymore; it’s a classic ensemble that’s charming folks of all ages. 

Layering a go-to cozy hoodie beneath a blazer lends an extra style statement to your whole getup. 

Aim for a lean, contoured hoodie. Ideally, opt for a darker, plain shade, devoid of heavy embroidery or striking graphics. 

Team it up with a similar dark, unicolor blazer. Choosing between dress pants or jeans is all up to you — both can pull off the look, depending on where you’re headed. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“The 2023 style of “hoodies under blazers” works wonders with oversized and boxy blazers. Yet, if you have a get a thinner hoodie, you can match it with more tailored blazers for a more polished and stylish look.”

FEATURED IN: 

Off White, Gucci, Stussy, Noah NYC, Awake NY, Palace 

 

3/9 Ladies’ Big Bomber Jackets 

 

Bomber jackets ought to hang a bit loose around your hip – unless you’re going for a subtly cropped look. 

The snug cuffs shouldn’t reach beyond or fall short of your wrists, regardless of the jacket’s overall fit. 

The cuffs ought to be secure, so give a smaller size a whirl if it’s flopping over your hand. 

The colors usually lean towards the neutral side, magically boosting your under-layer’s style for an easy-breezy, trendy vibe. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“Match it with high-rise sox and oversized women’s sneakers, like Air Jordans, for a super-casual London look.” 

AS SEEN AT: 

Off White, Stussy, Noah NYC, Awake NY, Palace 

 

4/9 Truncated Cardigans 

Hailing from the 90s fashion scene, nothing defines today’s trends quite like the good old cropped cardigan. 

This retro-inspired craze was set rolling by high-end labels such as Alessandra Rich and LoveShackFancy, and was swiftly picked up by Zara and Forever 21, along with other speedy-fashion brands. 

That said, if assembling a cute getup seems too daunting, pairing a slim knit with your go-to jeans – from our top women’s jeans selection – is just the ticket. 

Styles span from plain button-downs to embroidered, decked out, or patterned knits, so there’s virtually something for every taste. 

You can sport these compact knits with slip skirts and a leather jacket, especially when you need that extra warmth. 

Naturally, jeans and boots also go hand in hand with a cropped cardigan. 

But however you choose to flaunt it, be it Fairy Grunge or e-Girl style, ensure you’ll be comfy the whole day through. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“Mix your cropped cardigans with lounge-ish sweatpants or a midi skirt for a super cute look.” 

AS SEEN AT: 

Bethany Williams, Gucci, Faith Connexion, Maison Mihara Yasuhiro, Prada

5/9 The Laid-back Trench 

There hasn’t been a fashion season where the trusty trench didn’t make its mark, and the latest runway shows were no different. 

Boasting a timeless military cut, this ultra-useful trench coat has held its ground as a fashion must-have since World War I. 

Plus, the trusty Gabardine fabric makes this casual trench just the thing for those drizzly days. 

Favored by influential women for ages, Meghan Markle’s recent royal outings have breathed new life into the casual trench. 

Pair it with a cozy cashmere turtleneck and some Prada tractor-tread boots for a fashionable yet military-inspired outerwear statement. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“If you’re looking for something different, grab a Nanushka faux leather trench and wear it over a floral dress or a ribbed wool turtleneck with matching heels.” 

AS SEEN AT: 

Burberry, Nanushka, Valentino, Sportmax, Brunello Cucinelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Magda Butrym, Palmer//Harding 

6/9 All-in-One Boiler Suits 

This versatile superstar outfit has popped up just about everywhere this year, from fashion catwalks to your favorite budget-friendly shops. 

It’s simple and hip, and it removes the hassle of choosing trousers and a top – because let’s face it, we’ve got enough on our plates already. 

Originally crafted from sturdy canvas or denim, this zip-and-go marvel was one of the many game-changers birthed by the Industrial Revolution. 

When it comes to men’s overalls, comfort and practicality take center stage. 

What’s more, boiler suits have a solid fan base among extended sizes, with offerings from some awesome plus-size fashion and petite clothing brands. 

Adored by celebs like Giambattista, the Hadid sisters, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, and Irina Shayk, this multifaceted one-piece is your express ticket to utility style. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“An essential item if you want to look like a legendary model; just make sure you add a matching belt to enhance your curves and a vegan handbag to match it.” 

AS SEEN AT: 

Off White, Stussy, Noah NYC, Awake NY, Palace 

7/9 The Timeless Leather Jacket 

There’s not a single fashion season where a leather jacket for women doesn’t make its presence known, and this year’s no different. 

As a consistent player in the popular fashion league, the leather jacket boasts an array of variations, makeovers, cuts, styles, and trends. 

However, after five years of kind-hearted, vegan leather jackets – in a rainbow of colors and styles, fitting everything from plus size to workwear – in 2022, we’re witnessing a comeback of the classic, neat bomber and biker leather jacket styles. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“A winner of the 80s fashion styles, a leader of the 90s fashion trends, the leather jacket is a must-have outfit for smart casual dress code, officewear, streetwear, or even dinner dates. In 2022 we saw a failed attempt at launching the oversized leather jacket trend, a coup crashed by high-end fashion designers returning in 2023 to clean-cut bomber leather jackets and classic style biker jackets.” 

AS SEEN AT: 

Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, The Jacket Maker, Diesel, Brunello Cucinelli, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Acne Studios, Dunhill, Dsquared2 

8/9 Power-Packed Bohemian Blooms 

Flowers, practically synonymous with spring, have long symbolized rebirth, beauty, and nature’s feminine touch. 

The link between floral patterns and innate femininity can be traced back through a century of fashion. 

As women’s roles in society (think equality, empowerment) evolve, so do the conventional notions of feminine symbols like flowers in apparel. 

The years 2021-2022 were all about boho vibes, led by retailers like Princess Polly and other similar women’s fashion stores. 

Yet, the current fashion mantra for 2022-2023 can be dubbed as ‘adding petals to the metal.’ 

This year, designers aren’t just hooked on vintage clothing and rosy prints. 

Rather, florals are making waves in Goth clothing lines and other emerging trends like cottagecore, darker academia, light academia, aesthetic clothing, and e-girl styles. 

Editor’s Suggestion: While it might be hard to find, a metal-boho mix is a definite need-to-have if you’re looking to stay on-trend. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“Avoid wilting roses and choose twisted fantasy florals. Blend sunny yellows and fresh greens with raging hues of red and gothic black.” 

AS SEEN AT: 

Marie France Van Damme, Valentino, Aspinal of London, Etro, Bernadette, PDN London, Peony 

9/9 The Puff Sleeve Phenomenon 

Fashion fads, for the most part, start just as that: TRENDS. 

Going by the book, a fad refers to a shift or an evolution, so it’s natural for fashion trends to morph, adopt new forms, and sometimes diverge entirely. 

But then, some trends show grit, revealing themselves as more than just ephemeral – puff sleeves are a stellar case in point. 

These dramatic sleeves have paraded in several forms: the balloon, the Juliet, the leg-of-mutton, and more. 

But the puff sleeve craze truly shattered the fashion shell in 2018, when ’80s styles were all the rage on global runways. 

Fast-forward to 2023; these gigantic sleeves are hotter than ever. 

From balloon sleeves on Fendi’s sweaters, voluminous sleeves on pleated shirtdresses at McQueen, flawlessly puffed gowns at Rodarte, to double-breasted winter coats at JW Anderson, the puff sleeve game is strong. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

“Match it with a scarf to create that fresh look on your grocery store run or occasional (and safe!) outdoor dinner.” 

AS SEEN AT: 

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, Gianluca Capannolo, Kenzo, Alpha Industries, Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela 

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