This year's microtrend cohort can broadly be divided into two camps. On the one side, there's the artisanal charm of colourful stripes and contemporary patchworking. It's ageless, delightfully quirky and an aesthetic that has been embraced by countless up-and-coming designers. At the other end of the spectrum, it's all about the noughties. We're talking graphic letter print, sultry corset tops and a generous splash of lime green. It's an unashamed nostalgia fest that will likely have a Marmite effect on the nation's shoppers. Of course, there are a few styles that can be found in the middle ground—think elevated denim and pearl detailing, both of which may already be sitting in your wardrobe but could benefit from a 2022 styling update.
Whatever your chosen aesthetic, we recommend using our microtrend edit as a roll call of ideas for elevating your wardrobe basics. Just look at Helmut Lang's letter-print mesh top, which will make a beige suit look 10 times chicer, or Sea NY's patchwork coat, which is sure to add design kudos to a white T-shirt and jeans. They're the icing on your sartorial cake, so to speak. Just remember if something doesn't float your boat, then don't invest—simple. Keep your eyes peeled for those buys that set your heart racing because, in our experience, it's those personality pieces that can really make a wardrobe.
Ready? Scroll down to see and shop our 2022 microtrend edit.