There have been huge shifts in the fashion scene over the last year, as the world has celebrated life, post-pandemic, slowly returning to normal. The designers of both the catwalk and the high street have responded to the end of the lockdowns with ranges that express the optimism, hope, and sense of freedom that has marked the general feeling around 2022.
If it’s time for a new look, then keep reading for the biggest style tips of the year to stay on-trend, in step, and looking your very best in the most sustainable way possible!
There are a few key pieces you’ll need in your closet – these items you’ll be able to easily mix and match with other garments and accessories to create a range of looks.
Firstly, a few button-up shirts are a must. Choose casual options in pastel hues or bold patterns that are hot right now, along with a white shirt and at least one dress shirt for special occasions.
A couple of white T-shirts are essential, too, along with a smart pair of jeans, a tailored pair of chinos in a neutral shade, and a couple of pairs of shorts. Don’t forget a pair of smart dress pants, too.
Nineties Retro Styling
A retro nineties vibe is a key look of the year – go as bold or subtle with this as you like! This decade saw logos front and center; the bigger, the better. Sneakers, baseball caps, and oversize sweaters with large logos are where casual wear is at this year.
To add a contemporary edge, mix and match your layers: wear your graphic tee beneath a preppy tailored blazer, for example.
Customization and personalization are key elements of the 2022 style, and this is being seen especially in jewelry and accessory trends. Men’s rings are never out of fashion; choose a custom design that features your first name, initial, or even fingerprint to stay ahead of the style game.
Material-wise, silver and gold are timeless options, but if you want something extra tough, then opt for tungsten or cobalt, but be prepared to pay extra for the added durability.
Tailor Your Threads
And talking about customization, getting a few items in your wardrobe tailored is a cost-effective way to make this year’s top trends work with your personal aesthetic, body type, and preferences.
This can also be a sustainable way to shift your clothes-shopping habits. Look for great designer pieces in thrift and vintage stores – a quick trip to the tailor will have them fitting your frame beautifully. Even jeans can usually be altered to get the precise cut you want.
Blazers are a fairly timeless fashion item, and investing in a couple is a great way of giving your wardrobe this year’s fashion vibe.
To stay on-trend, wear with jeans and a dark-colored turtleneck top or with a pair of chinos and a crisp white shirt. It’s fine not to have your blazer matching your pants, so take advantage of this to create vibrant, unique looks.
Last on the scene about five years ago, varsity jackets are a must this year – but they’ve returned with a difference. Whereas in previous years, the fashion has revolved around slim-cut tailored versions, this year has seen their reappearance in the boxy, wide-cut styles of the early 1990s.
Gorp Core (Sorry, what now?)
Ok, so Gorpcore is the term used for trail mix (Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts) long used by hikers and, in 2022, is also an umbrella term for clothing that’s practical and inspired by nature. Regarding styling, this is one of the biggest trends to be aware of right now.
Think clothes you could comfortably wear for a long ramble in the country, and you’re on the right lines. When it comes to colors, it’s all about earth tones, with a bit of neon thrown into the mix.
Make Gorp Core work for you by wearing super slouchy cargo pants with a sharp pair of hiking boots and a fitted T. Whether you undertake outdoor pursuits while wearing your new togs is your call.
The Importance Sustainability
Sustainable fabrics and manufacturing processes are one of the key concerns of the fashion world right now, as it works to meet the new demands of its consumers.
Sustainable brands are some of the fastest-growing on the high street right now, and more of us than ever before are checking labels or the brand’s website before purchasing to check out their sustainability credentials.
To this end, avoid fast fashion: buy quality over quantity, and choose clothes that will last. Creating a hard-working capsule collection is much more sustainable than a large collection of garments that you’re only getting a few months of wear from before discarding.
Use these tips to create a look that perfectly expresses the moment’s styles and your unique personality. Make each fashion work for you by incorporating it into your signature style, whether to add a subtle in-depth dash of flair or to make a bold design statement.