Spring is coming! And as you’re preparing for spring cleaning, don’t forget to give your wardrobe the much-needed makeover, as well. You should ditch clothes and accessories that are out of style in favor of fashion-forward alternatives.
Well, fashion comes in waves, and certain styles from the last few years have already lost their allure. With that in mind, we’ve done some investigation and street-style-watching to figure out which trends from recent years won’t be sticking around anymore.
Oh yeah — today, we will talk about four closet trends going out of style this year so that you can toss or remove them from your outfit rotation. At the same time, we’ll also cover new arrivals and hot styles you should be adding to your closet to ensure your wardrobe is fashionable and you’re ready to look stylish in the seasons ahead.
1. Skinny jeans will be replaced with wide-leg, loose-fitting counterparts
Many fashion pundits and style magazines, including Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle, and Vogue, have declared that the era of skinny jeans has timed out, and they’re spot-on. After years of ruling the roost in the world of denim, this jean style is barely anything of its glorious former self. It’s undoubtedly struggling to gain traction with gen-z and millennials, as more youthful and peppier jean styles steal the spotlight.
However you look at it, we’ll say this for skinny jeans – they’re definitely out of style for this year or at least for now.
Instead, the coming months will be the seasons of more voluminous, more loose-fitting, and baggier denim styles, and we absolutely love them. More and more people are shying away from slick denim silhouettes and figure-hugging styles in favor of clothes that make them feel comfortable.
Think straight-leg jeans, wide-leg jeans, and denim styles with slit-hem for replacements. Perhaps one of the most prominent jean styles that are trending is the high-rise straight jean. While straight-leg jeans are an evergreen wardrobe staple that works equally well mid-length or cropped, pairs with raised waistlines are getting more and more street-style cred.
Not surprising, more designers and brands are lengthening their jeans with both long legs and high waists. And they’re certainly easy to style fashionably. For instance, light blue straight jeans and a pink floral long-sleeved t-shirt are great when paired together for a casual affair. Introduce a pair of suede heeled sandals in any shade of red for an added dose of elegance.
Barrel-leg jeans are another denim style that has continued to steal the limelight from the skinny jean. This style is an ideal choice if you want to quickly create a minimalist yet stylish look with jeans in next to no time. When it comes to styling, barrel leg jeans usually go well with navy, gray, and black coats or denim jackets, especially if you’re leaning towards a laid-back look. Adding a pair of neutral-colored leather ankle boots will shore up the wow factor of your get-up.
Another smart way to ditch skinny jeans is to line your wardrobe with a few pairs of asymmetrical jeans, cropped jeans, mom jeans, or boot-cut jeans. These style-proof denim choices will go a long way in adding extra comfort and oomph to your closet.
2. Paisley shorts are out, and animal print womens shorts are in
Our love affair with paisley has been running strong for well over half a millennium, but it seems people are ready to cast the print aside for now. Yes, paisley shorts are no longer fashionable in 2022, and the pattern is somewhat overused. This is especially the case when it comes to resort shorts.
In their place, trendsetters and apparel brands are looking to animal prints for inspiration for stylish womens shorts. The leopard print has made a big comeback, and it’s going to be the style of choice when it comes to womens shorts this year. As such, you should get more womens shorts and other clothes in leopard print.
Leopard womens shorts look fabulous when teamed with sleeveless tops. For instance, you can wear leopard shorts with a beige sleeveless top for a relaxed and easy-to-create outfit. If you want to increase the chic casualness factor of your ensemble, slip into silver flat sandals.
Zebra print, cow print, tiger stripes, snakeskin, and other animal prints look great on womens shorts, as well. This spring and summer, says Sanctuary, busy paisley shorts would be eclipsed by more fashion-forward and comfortable alternatives like faux leather shorts, denim shorts, high-rise shorts, cuffed shorts, and other pull-on-style women’s shorts.
3. Patterned leggings and unitards will replace plain leggings
Let’s get one thing straight: leggings are in and of themselves still uber-fashionable in 2022, as do most loungewear and athleisure styles like casual sweats, joggers, etc. However, plain leggings are quickly falling out of favor, with unitards and patterned leggings poised to replace them.
Inspired by second-skin clothing, brands and designers are bringing back leggings with a bang, but this time, they’re adding a twist: patterns, prints, and much more. For one thing, stirrup leggings are all the rage, with big-name brands like ASOS, Zara, and H & M, making them their highlight for spring & summer 2022 collections.
When it comes to patterns, stylish leggings take on bold prints, ranging from camo and animal prints to tie-dye and even half-moon patterns. Expect to see patterned leggings and unitards in neutral hues, as well as bold, bright colors like green, red, pink, and more.
Knitted and slit-hem leggings are also gaining some attention, most of which feature high-waistlines and stitched creases.
While leggings with patterns can be prone to faux pas moments, they’re sure to amp up the style factor of your casual outfits – just ensure to style your pair fashionably.
4. People are not ready for the return of chunky sneakers or stilettos
Social distancing and working from home dealt a big blow to stilettos and chunky sneakers. The two shoe styles have been a wardrobe staple for quite a while, but they may be on their way out. And luckily, not many people are complaining.
Chunky sneakers, in particular, can be gawky with their dad sneaker essence, so good riddance. Stilettos, on their end, require some getting used to after spending many months cooped up in our homes, wearing nothing but sweatpants, tees, and fuzzy slippers.
What to replace them with? In place of chunky sneakers, opt for sleeker leather counterparts or chic mules. As for stilettos, we highly recommend black heels, platform boots, and Chelsea boots as comfortable and stylish replacements.
This year will see several closet styles fall out of favor, so it’s time to weed them out of your wardrobe. These include skinny jeans, which are best replaced with wide-cut denim; paisley shorts, paving the way for stylish animal print shorts and other comfortable women’s shorts, and plain leggings, which you can replace with patterned leggings or unitard. Chunky sneakers and stilettos are also on their way out, so give a try Chelsea boots, sleeker leather sneakers, chic mules, and platform boots instead.