2023 fashion trend predictions


The Catalyst / Kathleen Davidson

Unique handbags are expected to be a popular accessory.

This year, there is going to be even more simplistic, minimalistic clothing. Popular brands for basics, like Aritzia, Skims and Brandy Melville, will be in higher demand. Practicality, comfort and wearability will definitely be prioritized, some examples include unripped jeans, plain tops and neutral colors.

On social media sites, many influencers have been seen tying bows in their hair, especially to accent braids and pigtails. This trend seems to have originated from the coquette aesthetic that is centered around hyper-femininity, daintiness and a vintage vibe. Ribbons and bows will begin to appear more on clothing items, such as tank tops and skirts. In addition to small bow detailing, oversized bows have been seen on recent runways and seem reminiscent of the 2010s.

Speaking of the 2010s, chrome, studs, rhinestones, sequins and glitter are gaining in popularity. Chrome, particularly of the silver variety, is already taking pants, boots and bags by storm. Studs and glitter detailing will appear more on shoes and purses, like Golden Goose sneakers and Balenciaga’s Le Cagole Hobo Bag.

Y2K fashion has spent its time in the spotlight, but this year the trend will be elevated with outfits inspired by the stylings of some of the most iconic romantic comedies. A rise in popularity of tube tops, slip dresses, mini skirts and claw clips displays the desire to emulate the lives of favorite characters. Iconic outfits such as Andie Anderson’s silk yellow gown from “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days”, Elle Woods’ pink sparkly outfits in “Legally Blonde” and Jenna Rink’s lace slip dress in “13 Going on 30” have all been recreated by many fans. This trend comes not only as an enhancement of the Y2K trend, but as a result of many wanting to live as the main character.

As the new year continues, trends like hair ribbons, sequins and Y2K influenced outfits are sure to be in fashion as wearers go for a bolder statement in each new look.