With spring just around the corner, there's no better time to switch up your wardrobe and experiment with your style. And thankfully, there are plenty of new and exciting fashion trends that you can use to guide your shopping decisions.
While the trends tend to move fast, there are a few that you can get ahead of now before they take off. Fashion expert Melissa Garcia previously joined the 3rd hour of TODAY to share the trends you can expect to see this year, for every member of the family. From gorpcore for men to sherpa for kids, Garcia gave us the scoop on the hottest looks — and how to style them. Plus, we found some other rising spring trends that you should have on your radar as the season changes.
Keep reading to discover the 2022 and spring trends and shop the looks that are easy to pull off.
Fashion trends for 2022
Maximalism fashion trend
In Instagram's 2022 trend report, the social media company predicted that maximalist fashion would grow this year, with more people "using fashion as a vehicle for joy, optimism and self-expression." These printed pants practically scream joy and optimism. Perfect for fans of the flare trend, you can dress these fun pants up with a pair of clogs or platform boots to complete the retro look.
More than 7,300 shoppers have given this blouse a five-star rating. Many customers say that they love how "vibrant" and "stylish" it is, making it a great choice for anyone looking to try the maximalist trend. it comes in a range of multicolor abstract prints as well as some solid hues, too.
Bid adieu to basic denim. In line with the maximalist trend, searches for colored jeans are on the rise. This pair comes in two bright hues and features an of-the-moment straight-leg fit.
If you're someone who likes to stick to a more neutral palette, you can still rock the look. This dress features a fun polka dot pattern and puffed sleeves, making it a bold and showstopping choice.
Pinterest has predicted that electric blue outfits will be on the rise this year. And this bright blazer will add some flair to your work wardrobe. Let it shine on its own and pair it with some black slacks, or go all the way with the trend and rock the blazer with a pair of work pants in the same shade.
Upgrade your WFH wardrobe with these colorful slippers from Ugg. With sheepskin material and a platform bottom, the Fluff Yeah Slides are one of the brand's bestsellers. They come in a range of fun colors and bright patterns.
Survivalism fashion trend
Global fashion shopping platform Lyst shared its predictions for the top trends of 2022, and survivalism was among them. According to the company, the survivalist mood is gaining momentum, and searches for items like sherpa vests and cargo pants have been in high demand since December and are expected to continue to rise this year. This sherpa vest from Amazon can be used either as a base layer on cold days or as a stylish finishing piece for your outfit.
The cargo-style pants of today are way more stylish than the ones you used to wear. But don't worry, they're still just as functional. These utility pants have large pockets in the back and front, so you may not even need to bring a bag with you when you wear them out.
Right now, you can get this chore jacket from Everlane for up to 65% off. It features an internal pocket, a long length for easy layering and even has a drawstring at the waist, so you can wear it loose or cinch it for a more defined shape.
Oversized fashion trend
Maxi styles are "are coming in hot" for next season, Lyst predicts. You can get ahead of the trend by adding oversized and maxi styles, like this dress, to your wardrobe now.
You can never have too many button-down shirts in your wardrobe. And this oversized option from Gap can be worn for both workdays and casual weekend brunches. Plus, it comes in a range of bright spring-ready shades, including yellow, green and pink.
This pretty floral dress is the perfect choice for spring weddings or date nights. "I am obsessed with this dress," one reviewer wrote. "I bought it for a wedding I attended this past weekend and got so many compliments on how amazing it looked. I ordered it along with a few other options and honestly expected it to be my least favorite option, but I was wrong! It is so much prettier in person ... the subtle sparkle details are so beautiful and look amazing in the sunlight."
This bestselling oversized sweater will carry you through the rest of the season into the next. When it comes to styling oversized sweaters, like this one, one stylist recommended pairing them with wide-leg wool trousers or throwing it on under a cozy teddy jacket or relaxed peacoat.
Mushroom mania fashion trend
Mushrooms are having a major moment. Some major designer brands have been experimenting with using mushroom-based materials as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional leather. But that's not all, mushroom motifs have been popping up all over the fashion space (likely thanks to the nature-inspired goblincore trend). According to Lyst, at the tail end of last year, searches for "mushroom" pieces have increased by 37 percent. And this tee not only features a cute mushroom detail at the chest but it's also made from a soft, non-see-through cotton blend, so it's sure to become a new go-to in your rotation.
At first glance, this might look like a typical polka dot dress, but take closer look and you'll notice that it's actually covered in small, embroidered mushrooms! Aside from the cute pattern, the puffed sleeves and smock design give it an oversized look, so you'll be hitting multiple trends with this one piece.
Bring on the cozy vibes with this bestselling embroidered mushroom sweatshirt. They're available in men's sizes only, so you may want to refer to the sizing chart before placing your order.
2022 fashion trends as seen on TODAY
Pearl fashion trend for women
These aren't your grandmother's pearls! Pearl embellishments are also popping up in the fashion world and this sweater is another piece that combines style and function. You can find it in black or white and pair it with everything from skirts to pants.
Gorpcore fashion trend for men
A look inspired by hikers and nature enthusiasts, the "gorp" in gorpcore stands for the term commonly used for trail mix: Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts. The look focuses on functional clothing that incorporates earth tones, quilted fabrics, beanies and hiking style boots, according to Garcia. These joggers have that outdoor-inspired feel and are all about comfort, but with the polished look of corduroy.
Puffer jackets are another fashion statement that happen to be a part of this trend. You can find this style in a range of colors, including navy and olive green, to incorporate into any wardrobe.
Sherpa and flannel trend for kids
The sherpa that once lined your snow boots is now a full-on fashion statement. This fuzzy hoodie is made from 30% recycled polyester for all of the cozy feels.
Leggings aren't going anywhere in 2022. For girls, they continue to act as a versatile pair of bottoms that can be styled in ways beyond lounging or working out.
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