As 2023 is quickly coming to an end, it’s only fitting to take a look down memory lane and reflect on the fashion trends that took over this past year. In order to do a proper recap, we dove into Lyst’s 2023 fashion report, highlighting the top trends, accessories, and brands that dominated, combed through a series of magazine articles, and of course, tapped into social media and real-life encounters to observe which trends left the biggest mark. 2023 felt like a consequential year in fashion, with pop-culture references, viral moments, and an emphasis on personal style taking over.
The fashion trends that took over in 2023:
No Pants, No Problem
Lyst named underwear-as-outwear as the top fashion trend of 2023! Popularized by celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Hailey Bieber, and on the runway (think Miu Miu’s F/W23 Fashion Show). Underwear, or ‘hot pants’ paired with tights and usually a long coat or blazer, was a massive trending fashion moment this year. That being said, the trend is criticized for being a tad unpractical for wearing out in public.
The rise of quiet luxury was evident this past year. The quiet luxury trend is more of a feeling than it is any particular clothing. It’s how a whole look is put together, aiming to look expensive without the use of designer logos. Sofia Richie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Lawrence are great celeb-style references for the quiet luxury aesthetic. Brands such as The Row and Max Mara also nail the concept. But that doesn’t mean you actually have to be uber-wealthy to achieve quiet luxury. It’s really more about the styling of elevated basics.
With the excitement around the release of Barbie this year, the trend known as Barbiecore absolutely took the world by storm. From brand collaborations to pink ensembles everywhere, there was no escaping Barbie-esque fashion in 2023. Barbiecore is characterized by feminine silhouettes, playful prints, and lots of pink, as seen on Margot Robbie, who plays Barbie, on various red carpets and press releases for the movie.
The coastal grandmother trend became popular in 2022 and continued to remain strong throughout 2023. The trend, along with quiet luxury, emulates a particular feeling through dressing. The coastal grandmother trend is achieved with the use of breezy button-ups, linen pants, nautical stripes, luxe knits, and sandals. Basically, picture what a Hampton’s grandma lounging by the beach would be wearing.
Although ‘balletcore’ was a big trend this year, even more so was the fashion piece that seemingly kicked off the trend. Ballet flats! They quickly became one of the most popular shoes of the year, in all styles of renditions, from satin to mesh. Ballet flats were seen worn alongside the balletcore trend, styled with pieces a ballerina would be seen wearing on their way to rehearsal. But also in more unsuspected styling choices, like with workwear, for example.
If a colour could be an entire trend, it would be red. From tomato-girl summer to crimson-red fall, red was the colour of the year and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Red is described as a colour of passion, love, anger, and power and is often used as a part of dopamine dressing (dressing in colours and patterns that tend to boost your mood). With the recent past being full of rules and limited social activities, wearing red almost feels like breaking free.
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