These 11 Pieces Defined Fashion in 2022
When it comes to style trends, the last couple of years has been a real rollercoaster ride.
From the 2020 days of 24/7 loungewear and only dressing up to look nice on Zoom calls to the resurgence of Y2K trends, cottagecore and crocheted styles in 2021, the fashions begin to shift faster than ever—and that's not even to mention the bold and unexpected styles of 2022.
2022 was all about putting a new twist on the style narrative, and below are 11 definitive pieces that made the style scene over the last 12 months.
2022 was the year that proved that not only country music fans could rock a great pair of cowboy boots in style. From simple brown and black leather boots to styles in vibrant, gleaming colors, they added an eccentric flair to outfits far beyond the classic sundresses and were spotted all over Coachella, New York Fashion Week and more to show us just how versatile these unusual boots can really be.
The Oversized Blazer
The oversized blazer was the it jacket of 2022, moving beyond its traditional place as a job interview staple to become an accent that anyone could wear. Not only were these blazers great for dressing up more casual outfits, but they were an essential for anyone embracing the "model off duty" look.
We thank designer brand Miu Miu for bringing itty-bitty skirts and super-cropped tops to the runways this year, with models including Emily Ratajkowski, Elsa Hosk and Bella Hadid rocking the elongated torso look—and we just know we'll be seeing even more of the look in the year to come.
While the casual unisex necktie look is a trend that comes and goes—previously worn by everyone from Diana, Princess of Wales to Avril Lavigne to the cast of Gossip Girl—we think it's never looked better than it did in 2022. Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton runway shows brought the style back in a big way this year, and the best part is that your dad probably won't mind if you borrow one of his more outlandish ties to spice up your next outfit.
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The Moon Boot
In 2022, the Moon Boot made the transition from being a cold-weather seasonal style to a strikingly stylish everyday boot. Not only are they an extremely comfy snow boot, but they come in countless colors and various heights to suit your personal style, whether you're actually trekking through the snow or just chilling indoors.
Gas Station Sunglasses
"Gas station sunglasses" have always been a thing, but this year, they really came into their own as a style everyone could embrace. The chunky frames and over-the-top reflective lenses took over our Instagram feeds, nodding to apres ski styles of the '80s. Best of all, you can get your own for under $10 if you know where to look.
The White Tank Top
Pieces don't have to be new or extravagant to take the world by storm, and in 2022, white tanks were the perfect example of this. Despite their simplicity, white tanks were one of the top essentials of any capsule wardrobe this year, looking sleek and stylish no matter what they were paired with, and taking all of the guesswork out of our daily struggle to get dressed in the mornings.
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The Boston Birkenstock
Over the last couple of years, the fashion world has truly embraced the idea that comfort and practicality can be just as important as aesthetics, and we think that's played a major role in the comeback of the Boston Birkenstock. This year, these comfy and stylish shoes were everywhere, and we believe the top fashionistas will continue to rock functional styles over chic-but-uncomfortable shoes in the year to come.
The 'It' Sneaker
Move over, Nike Dunks—2022 was the year that Adidas Sambas reigned supreme. With their classic and iconic three-stripe look, Sambas are comfortable, versatile and stylish, perfect for the "model off duty" look that rocked our worlds this year.
We wouldn't be surprised if Emily in Paris's French girl fashion inspired the big beret trend in 2022. The look is slouchy and tasteful, with an air of the exotic, making it the perfect classy upgrade from a casual beanie on bad hair days as well as chilly evenings.
All Things UGGs
Of all of the Y2K styles to make a comeback in 2022, UGG might be the most prevalent. From boots to slides to slippers, we've been spotting their classic styles everywhere, with their hottest new looks selling out in a flash. The pandemic taught us to embrace all things loungey and comfortable—basically the UGG ethos—which is why they are not going away anytime soon.
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