AAccording to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word of the year 2022 was “goblin mode”. Voted by more than 318,000 people, the winning statement was found to accurately reflect the mood of the past 12 months. It seems to describe the lazy, chaotic situation we are in this year. You probably know the type. Rotting in bed at 4 am. I’m surfing Reddit. Heading to the kitchen in nothing but a muscular vest to grab a handful of peanut butter and a Peperami. We all stopped caring about how we looked and knew no bounds in our greedy, messy tendencies.
“Goblin mode” is just one of a series of trends caused by TikTok that apparently defined last year. Others include “Flop Era” (when everything in your life seems to be going downhill), “Feral club rat” (an intentionally messy person who throws parties most nights), and “Rockstar Girlfriend” (the act of emulating a soft grunge aesthetic). Noughties icons like Alexa Chung).
But even as a card-carrying member of Gen Z, all this Tiktok jargon makes me want to reach out. The internet’s obsession with constantly classifying microtrends was, ironically, a microtrend that he called “namecore”. HundredOlivia Pometsey in July. I can’t resist either. I’m currently writing this while wrapped in unnecessary layers of hideously fluffy knitwear, ignoring texts and sipping an uncomfortably hot beverage. Essentially, I’m in my “Cosy Girl Winter” period. Others may be in the “Worn English Woman” era, where they’re currently mimicking the wardrobe of a lonely, scarf-wearing thirties like Bridget Jones.
To put it mildly, 2022 meant sensory overload, “namecore” felt like a constant onslaught of trend whips. Fashion has given us cowboy boots, Seventies nostalgia, and dopamine clothes (think tailoring glamour in Haley Lu Richardson’s Portia). White Lotus). We’ve seen beauty bleached eyebrows, graphic eyeliner, and buccal liposuction, which is the more extreme plastic surgery trend. Polygamy, traditional spouses, and the decline of practices defined 2022 in dating. So obviously there’s a lot to take out of the pack.
As the short-term nature of these trends suggests, we can’t get used to them – however, there’s a whole new set of crazy trends just around the corner. Ahead of the New Year, I spoke with trend forecasters, stylists, and relationship experts about what we can expect from 2023.
‘Goblin mode’ will be abandoned for ‘soft life’
In 2022 we enjoyed our own nihilism. In 2023, we will reject such brutal aimlessness as our slobbering lifestyles reflect the chaos that unfolds around us (three prime ministers, soaring inflation, cost of living crisis). The antithesis of perfectionism certainly celebrates the art of mind blowing, but a new mode of calm and relaxation will soon be welcomed. Enter the “soft life” known as a stress-free lifestyle. While it may seem completely out of reach on paper, it’s really all about being “soft” with your actions and intentions. Meal prep will be cool. Staying at home on Friday night will be perceived as a victory. Arranging your cabinets with labeled Tupperware is neither sad nor excessive, it will be the pinnacle of glamor.
Love groups will make a comeback
The shag bands, the shiny multi-colored rubber wristbands that sent parents into a moral panic in 2009, will reappear on our wrists in 2023. Here’s to staying, according to fashion stylist Rachel Parisa. “Consumers lean more towards dopamine dressing, [or] the art of dressing to elevate your mood,” she says. Think of neon jumpers as shadows of Stabilo highlighters. “Funky jewelry will be seen a lot in the new year, [and] layering and mismatched outfits,” she explains. “Do-it-yourself beaded and reworked pieces will definitely be seen more.”
The situation ship will be killed; undisturbed dating habits will develop
Since the pandemic, the dating scene has been dominated by a laid-back romantic mess where no one wants to put too many labels on things – a status vessel, if you will. Finally, 2023 can put an end to all this. Next year, single people will finally say “enough is enough” to ill-defined loves and declare themselves happy and not bothered. Telling people that you are “focused on yourself right now” will no longer be considered laziness, but a revolutionary move.
People will put themselves first next year, according to Jessica Alderson, relationship expert and co-founder of dating app So Syncd. “This will lead to an early departure from traditional notions of ‘settlement’,” she says. “Instead, people will prioritize less traditional relationship arrangements.” Essentially, people will start to think more carefully about what they really want out of love.
Crocs are out and ballet pumps have arrived
Last year, in an unforeseen turn of events, the crocodile — or everyone’s mom’s favorite garden shoe — went cool. What is not love? They did some redesign. and people noticed that they offer the comfort of walking in the cloud. And yet their time is up. Enter the next casual shoe for 2023: the ballet pump.
Maison Margiela Tabi shoes and Miu Miu flats were everywhere in 2022 and will continue to grow stronger next year. Call it the “essence of ballet,” or delicate, elegant clothing and sports-inspired accessories. It’s only a matter of days before Zara’s ballet circle releases its own interpretation of Miu Miu. But how do you actually style these shoes?
“Ballerina heels are the perfect way to make your jeans feel more feminine,” says Parisa. “Or style it over tights and skirts over tights and skirts in the colder months with knee-length or thick stockings.” Easy!
Intentional celibacy is here
As we begin to enjoy the disaster of the soft life, we will become more selective about who we sleep with. According to Alderson, the number of people choosing not to have sex is increasing. “We’re seeing an increasing number of people choosing to be intentional about being single to further develop self-love, respect, and autonomy, as well as better understand the type of relationship they want,” she explains.
In short, it’s about taking control of our romantic life. “It’s a way of getting people into relationships for the right reasons, not just as an immediate reaction,” continues Alderson. “Sexual health comes into play here as well. The younger generation is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of maintaining their physical and mental health.”
Men will shamelessly embrace the manicure
All right, listen to me. Men won’t get three inches of acrylic, but in 2023 they will be polishing their nail beds and prepping their cuticles. “We’re seeing a trend in men choosing to spend their money on beauty experiences,” says trend expert and co-founder Matt Parry of The Future Collective. “We can also see from the data that men look at themselves more. More than just buying a new moisturizer, it’s rooted in skincare routines, nail care and wellness.” rejoice! Manicures will become socially acceptable among men.
Side nozzle will slide back
Every few years, the fashion industry finds – quite oddly – a different part of the chest to be sexy again. If you turn your mind to 2016, the underboob had a moment in the sun. In more recent years, this trend has been overshadowed by a front cleavage, with Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid proving the timelessness of a flowy neckline. Next year, the beloved side breast is about to be bare again.
Parisa thinks the chest obsession of 2023 is the result of people rejecting the “look” of hip contouring surgery, now known as the “Brazilian butt lift.” Try to catch it: boobs are now in, bums are out – apparently the two will never align with equal admiration. Parisa tells me that in 2022, breasts are already starting to be emphasized more and more on the catwalks. “We saw a lot of body-print clothing, gold nipple corsets and denim cone bra jackets from Schiaparelli,” she says. It envisions “an extravagant modern twist” on the side bust trend next year, with lace, laser cut and tulle fabrics accentuating the look.
Trendy sportswear will be replaced by retro 80s Barbie patterns
In July 2023, when the movie of the same name comes out starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, we will all be Barbie girls living in a Barbie world! – he’s coming to the movies. We know from the movie’s first trailer – and viral set photos – that the dolls will be seen working out in hot pink lycra leggings and multicolored swimsuits and headbands. Consider the Jane Fonda workout video outfits. It is inevitable that people will recreate these looks in the gym as well.
Jeggings will make a bold comeback
I spent 8-10 years in jeggings glued to my legs. If you had jeggings or tight jeans-like leggings, That girl. They will experience a revival in 2023. Leggings, leggings and leggings are back this year as part of the “ballet core” trend. Parisa predicts jeggings will be the next iteration of this. She thinks jeggings will eventually be layered with leg warmers and oversized belts. “A comfortable pair of jeans actually sounds very appealing.”