There are some microtrends that have are so clickbait-y, so purposefully created for the internet and social media feeds, that they die out before they've even had much of a chance to reach a wider audience. It's probably for the best, as many of Instagram or TikTok's most "liked" items can be hugely unrealistic for day-to-day wear. These contributing factors explain why the term microtrend has become a dirty one among fashion lovers who like to consume more consciously, and so we use it carefully. The way we think of microtrends is more about the subtler pieces, prints, colours, outfit combinations and accessories that are on the rise, destined for fashion fame but with the chance to actually work both IRL and for the long run. This is all about mini trends with staying power, and there are many I've spotted since the start of 2022.
This year's microtrends have their showy moments, but there are also signs of classics returning from the depths of wardrobes—a comeback for moto jackets has seen me rifling through a bag of old vintage pieces under my bed to rediscover a biker style I bought back in 2000. Twenty-two years later, it's unsurprisingly far too small, of course, but you get the idea. There are practical items: Enter stage left banana bags. And there are fun ones: Ever felt floral prints left you cold and you'd rather pull out something fruity for summer? Keep scrolling to see and shop the microtrends I've got bets on for 2022 and beyond.
1. ON THE TUBE
Style Notes: Printed tube dresses have been a mainstay in many a designer collection for some time now, but suddenly, they seem more present than ever, arriving in many colours, patterns, lengths and cuts to suit your personal style.
Style Notes: Vibrant mesh options have been particularly popular, as have more abstract prints.
2. CLOGS UP!
Style Notes: Birkenstock's Boston clogs are the kind of style that will trend hard for a moment but soon become a staple style many stylish people fall back on time and again.
Style Notes: Wooden-sole clogs are making a resurgence. This is one of the shoe trends that boomerang quite often, so it's never as wild an investment as you might think.
3. MOTO JACKET
Style Notes: The spring and autumn runways are full of oversized biker jackets, so it's no wonder they've returned to the streets again.
Style Notes: According to Depop, searches for "motorcycle racing jackets" are up by 56% over the last three months. It's happening. Pair with a simple tube skirt for a sleek look.
4. STRAWBERRIES AND…
Style Notes: Show me a print that screams summer louder than anything covered in strawberries. I'll wait.
Style Notes: We've even seen them cropping up on jewellery, which is adorable.
5. BANANA BAGS
Style Notes: COS's crossbody bag has been super popular for over a year now. It looks expensive and just works hard for that hands-free life.
Style Notes: This kind of slouchy banana style can be found everywhere, from The Row through to the high street.
6. PATTERNED HATS
Style Notes: If there's one item that will instantly add zing to your holiday packing plans, it's a bold-fabric hat.
Style Notes: Yes, they're a statement, but find one that you love, and you'll wear it for many, many summers to come.
7. PIXELATED PRINTS
Style Notes: There's a subtle undercurrent in the world of prints for blurry, photographic, pixelated prints. Last year's swirls and psychedelics are still going strong, but this is good if you want something quieter.
Style Notes: They have an artistic quality but also feel timeless rather than tied to a specific season, so you'll get more wear out of them.
8. SCARF STYLING
Style Notes: Whether sarong, crop top, hair accessory or belt, I've seen a lot of creative scarf styling recently.
Style Notes: It started with Miu Miu's now-infamous micro, but pleated skirts have entered the chat in other forms—longer and more wearable ones. Phew.
Style Notes: The idea of a crop top and pleated skirt remains, though—here's a more demure way to do it.