Ah, yes. The time has come to look forward to the new year. In fashion, that means taking a look at the best 2023 fashion trends to come.
I know, I know; with the way the trend cycle is going, it’s getting tough to keep up. Not to worry—you’ve come to the right place. We ELLE editors keep a finger on the pulse of what’s coming down the runways, noting the biggest trends we’ll be seeing in the next season (case in point: our favorite spring 2023 fashion trends, which you can shop right now). Of course, if anyone’s going to know what’ll truly be trending come the new season, it’s an expert at a major fashion retailer, like Kate Davidson Hudson, the editor-in-chief at LuisaViaRoma (and a former ELLE staffer!). Purveyor of what the luxury e-tailer will be keeping in stock next season, Davidson Hudson undoubtedly has an eye on the biggest 2023 fashion trends everyone will be wearing next year. See what she’s predicting will steal the spotlight in the new year, and shop them all so you can start wearing them now.
“This hyper-feminine mood makes sense as an elevated evolution of the prevalent athleisure trend we’ve seen so much of for the last few seasons. It also taps fashion’s current obsession with the ’90s and Y2K mood. Invest in body-con staples in soft pastel hues as well as a classic pair of ballet flats to perfectly channel this dancer-off-duty look.”
“A return to the sleek lines and clean minimalism of the ’90s elevates simple basics and pared-down accessories to essential status for the new season. This refreshed look offers a modern-minimalist slant as the fashion pendulum swings away from the maximalist noise we’ve seen so much of for the past few seasons.”
“Sparkle for day isn’t a new concept, but this spring, high-octane shine moves center stage in some of the season’s most directional looks. Historically, we’ve seen a return to glittery treatments in fashion during times of heaviness—either politically or economically—sparkle and shine become the expressive form of escapism, so it makes sense we are seeing designers push this idea into ready-to-wear this spring.”
Slip Into It
“The reinvention of the classic ’90s staple slip dress dovetails perfectly with fashion’s new obsession over the idea of elevated basics for spring. Some of the most compelling iterations are rendered in dramatic, floor-gazing silhouettes (see: Saint Laurent) or reimagined with dramatic lace appliqués (Loewe), or with bold color-blocking (at Paco Rabanne).”
“Designers are referring to modern takes on classic cuts and silhouettes as a general theme this spring. The elongated column shape dress and full-length skirt are born out of a renewed interest in ageless design shapes. This sharp and pristine silhouette is updated for spring 2023 in bold color plays and with interesting textural details, like ruching and strategically placed cut-outs.”
Oversized Denim-on-Denim Looks
“Few things are more perennially classic than denim. This season, designers up the ante on their fascination with classic blue jeans as they tapped a decidedly ’90s oversized, slouched, deconstructed mood, and doubled down on their enthusiasm for the trend by offering multiple denim-on-denim full looks that felt simultaneously nostalgic yet directional for next spring.”
From Gucci to Michael Kors and Balenciaga, designers infused high-shine metallics into all of their new season looks as a novelty spin to update a bevy of more classic silhouettes. The bonus: in their spring iterations, they work as easily for day as they do for night, says Davidson Hudson.
You love cargo pants, I love cargo pants, we all love cargo pants—and we’ll continue to feel that way in 2023. But now, the look is expanding into other areas of your wardrobe. “Since the turn of the century, we’ve had utilitarian cargo pants, and it has aged well. For 2023, designers evolved this mood into more elevated takes of the storied staple, making the cargo pant or jacket a seasonal anchor in your wardrobe rotation,” Davidson Hudson explains.
Put your minis away. Next year will be all about blown-out proportions. Davidson Hudson tells me, “From Louis Vuitton’s epically oversized handbags to Tom Ford’s voluminous jewels, accessories take a slightly outsized, surrealist spin when filtered through spring’s new proportion plays.” There you have it, folks.
Dale Arden Chong is the Senior Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Previously, she was an editor at MensHealth.com and has written for Who What Wear, GLAMOUR, The Coveteur, and more. She loves fashion, food, and art, among other things—but her greatest love is K-pop idol V of BTS.