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These Fashion Trends Defined 2022 — Here’s How To Shop Them

Less than three months before the new year, you might be tempted to overlook 2022's biggest fashion trends in favor of a 24/7 sweatpants existence until 2023. Lucky for you, soft clothes are a piece of the style puzzle. That said, they’re not the only items on deck. 

Nostalgia is the name of the game.

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With Y2K fashion peaking higher than ever, the remainder of the year has plenty of fun trends in store. Spotlight-stealing attire with a joyous mood is taking over ahead of the holidays, from vivid colors and prints to bold silhouettes like bubble dresses, volume tops, cut-outs galore, and ultra-low rises on pants and skirts.

Accessories are in on the fun, too. Think: chunky-AF platforms, rainbow-bright bags, and a more-is-more jewelry aesthetic combining beads, pearls, and rhinestone-decked baubles. Oh, and if your 2022 resolution was to adopt a new signature color, you better make it purple — it’s the 2022 hue in all tints, from Pantone’s Very Peri color of the year to saturated violet and lavender shades. 

Ahead, a deeper dive into 2022's biggest fashion trends to fit before the year ends. Naturally, with an edit to shop. 

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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2022 Fashion Trend: Sweats 2.0


Whether an oversize, fleece-lined jogger is your jam or you’re more the elevated soft-pants type, preferring knitted flares and flowy culottes, leisurely bottoms continue to be a 2022 constant, mostly thanks to the continuation of hybrid work setups.
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2022 Fashion Trend: Voluminous Silhouettes


From oversize shirting to ballooned silhouettes and a continuation of the puff sleeve trend, dresses and tops will retain their volume through the end of the year. If anything, the latter will spice up all the soft pants you’ll probably still be rocking on the bottom.
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2022 Fashion Trend: Platform Shoes



From sky-high heels to flatforms, loafers, ankle-strap heels, boots, and even clogs, this year's most popular shoe silhouette is amped up for a throwback-inspired lift. So, go ahead and give your micro-heels a break — 2022 is all about chunky soles. 
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2022 Fashion Trend: Low-Rise Pants



Dipping wayyyy below the belly button, the low-slung pant and micro-mini skirt are back in full force. If you're not the snug ‘n’ stretchy thong-revealing style type, embrace the look via low-slung denim, leather pants, or cargos á la Jennifer Aniston in the ’90s.
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2022 Fashion Trend: The Color Purple


From Pantone’s calming Very Peri to more saturated tones with a regal air, pieces tinged with purple are everywhere, so lock in your signature hue before it's too late.
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2022 Fashion Trend: Regencycore, Continued 



Corsets, pearls, lady cardigans, and prim florals show no signs of a slow-down. Embrace this form of head-to-toe elegance for polished occasions like work or a party. Or, flirt with the trend with a single frilled piece combined with leggings and sneakers.   
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2022 Fashion Trend: Cutouts


No shame in the cutout game. Skin is still in, and cleverly-placed cutouts on dresses, tops, even the occasional low-rise bottom will stick around as part of the Aughts 2.0 fashion movement. 
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2022 Fashion Trend: Bra Tops



Pshh to real shirts, right? Whether dressing comfy at home or making a bolder statement for a night out, the bra has officially reached “real top” status. Layer yours under a shacket or oversize blazer for balance.
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2022 Fashion Trend: Bright Bags


Orange, pink, yellow, green, and bright blue are just a few ways to get in on the rainbow-bright bag trend. If not a single color to accent an outfit, go for a two-tone design or one swirling in several shades. 
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2022 Fashion Trend: Mod Print



From A-line mini skirts to near-dizzying motifs — butterflies included — designers nodded to the ’60s on the runways while adding a dash of Y2K nostalgia to the pot. So, embrace your inner print mixer by combining bold with bolder (think: jacquard knit sweater and swervy skirt to start.
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