Here are a few trends that we think will dominate 2023.
We’re on the brink of 2023, and what better way to say ‘new year, new me’ than to try out some new trends? This year we’ve seen it all. The ‘cyber’ or rave aesthetic has dominated our feeds, with Oakley-esque chrome sunnies found everywhere you turn. Or we’ve seen a ubiquitous amount of ‘subversive basics’, where asymmetrical cut out tees and dresses have reigned supreme. But, with our rapidly increasing trend cycle, the styles of 2022 most likely won’t carry through to 2023. It’s hard to know what this new year will throw at us, but we can make some educated guesses. As such, let us divulge the details of our 2023 trend forecast.
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Up first is the ‘blokette’ aesthetic. First coined by fashion podcast Nymphet Alumni, the draw of this aesthetic is its juxtaposition between the girliness of ‘coquette’ and the sports-centred ‘blokecore’. Mixing together these aesthetics is easy as pie. You could easily find a football jersey in the charity shop or on second hand sites. Just source some ribbons from your local craft shop to put in your hair, and bob’s your uncle – you’re a blokette! That’s just one way to do it, but there are endless ways of playing with this aesthetic fusion – and there’s no ‘it item’ that’s crucial in order to embody it.
Capris are quite a contentious item. They’re one of the elements of Y2K that a lot of people have seemed to gloss over in its revival in the past couple of years. Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw was a capri queen, and more and more we’ve been seeing variations of the piece from the coolest up-and-coming brands. Take the independent designer Nastya Masha, who’s been incorporating the controversial item into her latest collection. In our humble opinion, they look pretty chic. Who’s to say that other labels won’t also take notice?
To give credit where credit is due, user @yvessaintlaurel on TikTok has considered how the skirt silhouettes we’ve been seeing this year might evolve. Referencing an economical theory, which states that fashion and the economy are inextricably linked – the cost of living crisis just might lead to more audacious silhouettes. The recently passed Vivienne Westwood was an avid explorer of these bouffant-type skirt styles, and now more than ever might people be called to take inspiration from her legacy.
Skirts over trousers
Carrying on with the theme of skirts, the skirts over trousers look is another provocative relic of Y2K. You might immediately think of Ashley Tisdale’s outlandish red carpet looks, or the picture of Katie Holmes donning a mini dress and jeans that went viral last week. That said, yet again – the cool girls on our feeds have been doing the damn thing; somehow they make it look cool! It’s definitely contingent on the styling whether you could pull off such a daring silhouette, but why not try?
In her fashion forecast for 2023, TikTok user @oldloserinbrooklyn posed that the trend cycle has been moving at such a rapid pace that it might just implode on itself. She reckons that because of this, notions of what’s trendy will fade into oblivion. Instead, people will be focused on cultivating their personal style – doing away with what’s perceived to be cool. We really like the sound of that, because as much as we try to keep you in the know – your opinion is the opinion that matters most.