Fashion and lifestyle trends that will dominate 2023

A 2023 moodboard, from ballerinas and nuns to lateral breasts and Barbie dolls (iStock/Getty Images/Mattel)

A 2023 moodboard, from ballerinas and nuns to lateral breasts and Barbie dolls (iStock/Getty Images/Mattel)

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word of the year for 2022 was “goblin mode.” Voted on by over 318,000 members of the public, the winning expression was deemed to accurately reflect the mood of the past 12 months. It describes the lazy and chaotic state we apparently found ourselves in this year. You probably know the type. Rotting in bed at 4 in the morning. Browsing through Reddit. Heading to the kitchen in nothing but a muscle vest to grab a handful of peanut butter and a Peperami. We all stopped caring about how we looked and had no limits to our greedy and careless tendencies.

The “goblin mode” is just one of a series of actions induced by TikTok trends that seemingly defined this past year. Others include the “failure era” (when everything in your life seems to be going downhill), “wild club rat” (an intentionally messy person who goes out clubbing most nights), and “rock star girlfriend” (the act of emulating the aesthetic of soft grunge). of 2000s icons like Alexa Chung).

But even as a Gen Z cardholder, all this TikTok lingo makes me want to go to bed. the internet the obsession with endlessly classifying microtrends was, ironically, a microtrend itself – nicknamed “namecore” by Face‘s Olive Pometsey in July. I can’t resist either. I’m currently writing this article wrapped in unnecessary layers of unpleasantly fluffy knitwear, ignoring text messages, and drinking an unpleasantly hot drink. Essentially, I’m in my “cozy girl winter” era. Others may currently be in their “exhausted English woman” era, in which they mimic the wardrobe of a lone, scarf-wearing thirty-something woman like Bridget Jones.

Simply put, 2022 meant sensory overload, “namecore” feeling like a continuous onslaught of trend whiplash. Fashion gave us cowboy boots, ’70s nostalgia, and dopamine dressing (think of the sartorial monstrosity that was Portia by Haley Lu Richardson in the white lotus). In beauty, we saw bleached eyebrows, graphic eyeliner, and the more extreme trend of plastic surgery, buccal fat removal. polyamory, traditional handcuffs and the decline of apps defined 2022 in dating. So there’s obviously a lot to unpack.

As the short-term nature of these trends might suggest, we cannot get used to them; Anyway, we have a whole new set of wacky trends just around the corner. Ahead of the new year, I spoke to trend forecasters, hairstylists, and relationship experts about what to expect from 2023.

The ‘goblin mode’ will be dumped for the ‘soft life’

We bask in our own nihilism in 2022. While our lazy lifestyles reflected the chaos unfolding around us (three prime ministers, rising inflation, a cost-of-living crisis), we’re going to push back against that wild aimlessness in 2023. Goblin Mode served as the antithesis of perfectionism, celebrating the art of being utterly unhinged, but a new mode of calm and comfort will soon be welcomed. Enter “soft life,” aka Lifestyle stress free. Although it may seem completely unattainable on paper, in reality it’s about being “soft” with his actions and intentions. Meal prep will become great. Staying home on a Friday night will be perceived as a triumph. Organizing your cupboards with labeled Tupperware will not be dreary or excessive, but rather the height of glamour.

Shag gangs will return

Long hair bracelets, the luminous, multicolored rubber bracelets that sent parents into moral panic in 2009, will reappear on our wrists in 2023. Hundreds of fashion micro-trends pass us by every year, but wearing bright colors that make us feel happy it’s something that’s here to stay, according to fashion stylist Rachel Parisa. “Consumers are more inclined towards dopamine dressing, [or] the art of dressing to improve your mood”, he says. She thinks of neon jumpers in the shade of the Stabilo illuminators. “Funky jewelry will be seen a lot in the new year, [and] mismatched capes and suits,” he explains. “DIY, beaded, and reworked pieces are sure to look the most.”

Singles will finally say 'enough' to ill-defined romances and declare themselves happy and untroubled (iStock)

Singles will finally say ‘enough’ to ill-defined romances and declare themselves happy and untroubled (iStock)

The situation will be removed; hassle-free dating habits will flourish

Since the pandemic, the dating scene has been dominated by comfortable romantic entanglements where no one wants to put a label on things, a situation, if you will. Finally, 2023 could put an end to all this. Next year, single people will finally say “enough” to ill-defined romances and declare themselves happy and untroubled. Telling people that you are “focusing on yourself right now” will no longer be considered lazy, but rather a revolutionary act.

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According to Jessica Alderson, a relationship expert and co-founder of the dating app so sync, people will put themselves first next year. “This will lead to a move away from traditional notions of ‘settling down’ at a young age,” she says. “Instead, people will prioritize less conventional relationship arrangements.” Essentially, people will start to think more carefully about what they really want out of love.

Crocs are out and ballerinas are in.

Last year, in an unpredictable turn of events, the crocodile, or everyone’s favorite gardening shoe, became all the rage. What could not be loved? They had a bit of a design makeover. Y people realized that they offer the convenience of walking on the cloud. And yet his time is up. Enter the next comfortable shoe for 2023: the ballet pump.

Maison Margiela’s Tabi shoes and Miu Miu ballerinas were everywhere in 2022, and they’ll still be going strong next year. Call it “ballet core,” or delicate, elegant clothing and accessories inspired by the sport. It’s only a matter of days before Zara releases her own Miu Miu version of the ballerina. But how do you actually design these shoes?

“Ballet flats are a perfect way to make your jeans feel more feminine,” says Parisa. “Or in the colder months with knee-high or thick socks over stockings and skirts.” Easy!

Intentional celibacy is here

As we start to enjoy the calamity of the soft life, we will become more selective about who we sleep with. According to Alderson, the number of people who are choosing not to have sex is on the rise. “We are seeing an increasing number of people choosing to be intentional with their celibacy to further develop self-love, respect and autonomy, as well as better understand the type of relationships they want”, he explains.

In short, it’s about taking control of our romantic lives. “It’s a way to ensure that people enter a relationship for the right reasons and not just as a knee-jerk reaction,” Alderson continues. “Sexual health also comes into play here. The younger generation is increasingly aware of the importance of protecting their physical and mental health.”

Men will shamelessly embrace manicure.

Very good, listen to me. Men won’t be getting three-inch-long acrylics, but they will be buffing their nails and prepping their cuticles by 2023. According to Matt Parry, trend expert and co-founder of The collective future, the beauty and well-being of men will increase in 2023. “We are seeing a trend in men choosing to spend their money on beauty experiences,” he says. “We can also see from the data that men are taking more care of themselves. It’s more than buying a new moisturizer, it’s rooted in skin care, nail care and wellness routines.” Rejoice! Manicures will become socially acceptable among men.

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A manicure?  More like a MAN-icure if 2023 has anything to say about it!  (iStock)

A manicure? More like a MAN-icure if 2023 has anything to say about it! (iStock)

The lateral teat will slide back.

Every few years, the fashion industry, rather peculiarly, considers a different segment of the breast sexy again. If you think back to 2016, the lower chest had its moment of glory. In more recent years, that trend has been eclipsed by the front neckline, with Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid proving the timelessness of a plunging neckline. Next year, the beloved side tit is about to be exposed again.

Parisa believes the boob obsession of 2023 is a result of people now rejecting the “look” of butt-sculpting surgery known as the “Brazilian butt lift.” She tries to bring you up to speed: boobs are now in, butts are out; apparently, the two will never be aligned with the same admiration. Parisa tells me that breasts were already becoming more accentuated on the runways in 2022. “We’ve seen a lot of clothes with body prints, gold nipple corsets, and Schiaparelli denim cone bra jackets,” she says. She predicts an “exaggerated modern twist” on the side bust trend next year with lace, laser cut and tulle fabrics accenting the look.

Trendy gym clothes will be replaced by retro Barbie fits from the eighties.

In July 2023, we will all be Barbie girls living in a Barbie world when the eponymous movie starring Margot Robbie, and Ryan Gosling as Ken! – hits theaters. We know it from the first trailer of the film: and those viral set photos – which will see the dolls working out in hot pink lycra leggings and multicolored leotards and headbands. Think Jane Fonda’s workout video outfit. It’s inevitable that people will recreate these looks in the gym, too.

Jeggings will make a spirited comeback

I spent the ages of 8 to 10 with jeggings super glued to my legs. If you had jeggings, or leggings that look like skin-tight jeans, you were that girl. In 2023, they will experience a renaissance. Tights, leggings and leg warmers made a comeback this year as part of the “ballet core” trend. Parisa predicts that jeggings will be the next iteration. She thinks the jeggings will end up layered with leg warmers and oversized belts. “A comfortable jean actually sounds very attractive.”