Fashion Week season began in NYC a month ago and ended in Paris this week. The spring ’22 forecast follows their lead. You’ll be pleased to know that spring looks very 2000s-inspired if you have been looking forward to the return of nostalgia fashion. Designers have reimagined silhouettes that were popular in the early aughts and given us new ways of wearing throwbacks like pedal pushers or dresses over pants. We’ll be breaking down the hottest trends straight from the runways. You’ll see these looks in spring 2022, if not earlier.
- Dresses over Pants
- The Y2K Halter
- Pedal Pushers
- Saturated Tie Dye
- Gingham and Checks
- Shrunken Sweaters
Dresses over Pants
The runway revival is expected to make this a popular styling tip. The look is very versatile, with the exception of wearing a dress over your pants. There are many silhouettes, occasions and styles to choose from. You can have a modern sheath, as seen on the Proenza Schouler runway, or a boho-chic tunic. The effect will vary depending on which style you choose. Trends that are open to interpretation are what we love.
The Y2K Halter
These tie-up halter styles, which were popular in the early aughts, are back. The style is subtley nostalgic but also conjures up effortless sexy vibes. It’s the type of style you would pack for a vacation, though it gets a modern update with sleeves.
Longer than bermudas and shorter than capris, this pant silhouette hits at the shin and looks particularly cool worn relaxed and baggy, perhaps layered over high-waisted boxers like Rihanna would, or low-slung with sneakers. Fancier iterations come by way of Michael Kors Collection and Ganni, so perhaps you’ll even consider wearing the pedal pusher with a slingback for a future outdoor wedding.
Saturated Tie Dye
Can tie-dye be transformed from one season to the next? It is possible, as the runways of 2022 prove. Although groovier paint swirls and splashes are a legacy of the ’70s era, this reintroduced Y2K fade gives a more ombre effect and a smoother transition between shades. Prabal Gurung amplified the saturation by using sequins, Alejandra Alonso Rosas wore a silk pajama-like and Retrofete wore denim.
Gingham and Checks
This season’s pastel-colored checks feel especially fresh, but designers like Victoria Beckham and Tory Burch have made them into skirts and smart tailoring in dark tones. It reminds us of the picnic blanket, a classic pattern that never goes out of fashion.
This minidress is daringly short for spring and thigh-skimming for summer. It can be made in knit, leather or denim for casual days, and embellished with crystals and Balmain’s unique chain-link hardware for evenings out. These minidresses look so effortless when paired with flat sandals from Emilio Pucci and Eckhaus Latta by Giambattista Vali. Our personal favorites were Versace’s, which featured a distressed denim hem and platform loafers. Sandy Liang was our favorite, with elegance mixing with a sporty sneaker.
You can find spring knits in both fitted and cropped silhouettes. This sweater is a great way to add warmth to your look without looking sloppy.
Bright colors and bold patterns are used in spring crochet, which adds sophistication to both daywear and eveningwear. Although the effect can be whimsical, it has also been reinterpreted with elegance as we saw at Altuzarra. Even if you don’t like the old versions, it might be worth giving the new reimagining another shot.