2023 has just arrived, but fashion lovers are already discussing the latest trends. The last few years have been marked by the global pandemic. The major shift in daily life, when you worked from home and only left your home for very short periods, has also come with changes to your wardrobe. Athleisure and loungewear have become the rule, and if you find yourself living in your sweatpants, hoodies and sneakers, you’re not the only one.
However, as the world began to escape the clutches of the pandemic, the fashion world began to welcome variety once more. 2023 has the potential to fuel the resurgence of some cool trends. Keeping in line with the past few years, comfort is still crucial, but the fashion world is ready to start experimenting with pieces that offer a little more tailoring and stiffer lines. As is always the case with trends, however, you should add your personal touch to any outfit you try.
This classic piece that’ll make you feel like a private detective or investigative journalist is back in 2023. Perfect for the winter if you layer a knitted sweater or cardigan underneath, as well as for the upcoming spring, the trend for trenches this year is mainly centered towards clean lines and minimalism. The color palette primarily revolves around ecru, light gray and navy blue, and the cuts are simple, without any adornments. A timeless, classic piece you must add to your wardrobe.
The tendency towards prioritizing comfort in fashion continues to prevail in 2023, and it’s certainly not going away anytime soon. However, this year you’ll notice that casual, comfortable pieces come with a twist in the form of high-quality materials and cuts you can wear anywhere, from your living room to the office. Men’s loungewear keeps its softness and comfort and maintains its enduring appeal. Lounge pants, pajamas and t-shirts are well-known wardrobe staples. Invest in a few zip-up hoodies so you have something to throw on when you go grocery shopping or need a quick run to the neighborhood bodega.
Keeping in line with the love for classics, there’s no denying the appeal of denim. Long considered a fashion faux pas, 2023 seems to bring the spotlight to head-to-toe denim, no longer considered a fashion sin if you know how to pair up your pieces. There’s a lot of creativity surrounding this much-loved fabric, so if you’ve been thinking about going a bit wild with your clothes, now is the time to do it. Denim bomber jackets, scarves, and dress pants will be popular this year. Low-rise jeans are also becoming increasingly popular, so if you’re not freaking out about the return of this archetypal 2000s trend, give it a go.
It can seem counterproductive to talk about suits after establishing that comfort is king in fashion after 2020. However, the formal suit has transformed over the past couple of years. While tight-fitting pieces were the rule before, with items designed specifically, so they hug the body, the trend has shifted towards slouchy, baggy fits.
Button-up shirts are trendy again and are much more comfortable than the classic dress shirts you associate with office jobs. Blazers are also popular. The unstructured type, made from soft materials that flow with the body and allow freedom of movement, is more relevant than ever. If you want to add some tailoring elements, with strong shoulders and lapels, for the double-breasted variety. It’s a style reminiscent of 80s suits but with a twist.
What is an outfit without the right accessories? No matter how cool your clothes are, knowing how to accessorize helps elevate a look and can even make an ensemble look and feel brand new. Belts are popular in 2023, whether made of braided cotton for a summery aesthetic or leather for a classic look. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can even go for a western-style belt. The trend for this year is to tuck tops into trousers. This includes tees, shirts and even jumpers. It’s the best way to make your outfit look a little more polished and also shine some extra attention on the belt.
And of course, you can’t omit the shoes. Footwear trends this year gravitate towards delicate, dainty pieces. If you stay updated on the latest trends, you already know that the last year has seen a resurgence in dance-inspired garments. Ballet flats have been everywhere, coming in all colors and with materials ranging from satin to leather. Some were simple. Others came fastened with ribbons and even buckles and belts. These shoes have returned to the fashion radar, and it seems they’re not going anywhere in 2023. Keeping in line with the trend towards blending comfort and formality, expect to see loafers, slip-ons, leather slippers and mary jane-inspired designs.
Since trends are veering toward softness in fabrics and fit, it should be no surprise that designs follow the same pattern. Romantic, delicate details follow the same direction, with lace, silk, organza and tulle being popular this year. And while the most evident palette for this style is soft pastels, you can also wear it in neutrals and bolder neon if that fits your style better.
It can seem like the style is a little impractical right now, especially if you live in an area where winter is still in full swing. But it’s all about layering. Long-considered a difficult skill to master, layering can help you wear any piece you want regardless of the weather, so you don’t have to wait for clear spring and summer skies to wear your favorite clothes.
2023 promises to be an exciting year in terms of fashion. While there are still style rules you can follow, don’t forget to remain innovative. Don’t allow your creativity to be stifled, and don’t follow trends if you don’t resonate with them and they don’t fit your personality. You can customize everything so that it fits your personal taste. The best outfits are the ones that represent you.