The past few years have been weird for fashion. When the pandemic first hit, we abandoned all sartorial norms in favor of 24/7 sweats, tie-dye everything and no pants. Then, once vaccines became more widely available, we swung hard in the opposite direction with revenge dressing, sporting all the suiting, sequins and stand-out colors we could find. Now we seem to be having some trouble finding a common ground with new trends, or “cores” as TikTok prefers to dub them, cropping up every other week. They oscillate wildly between comfy basics (like ‘90s minimalism) and highly specific aesthetics (like Horse Girl Equestrian), and social media has a catchy name for all of them. It’s a lot to keep track of, but don’t worry, we’ve pinned down the nine most popular styles you need to know for fall 2022, with all the deets on what they mean and how to wear them.
Hot pink has been the top color trend of the past few years, but has since become a whole movement unto itself thanks in large part to Gerta Gerwig’s new Barbie movie. A push for maximalist fashion and a return to nostalgia also helped put this flashy aesthetic on the map, as did Pierpaolo Piccioli’s decision to create and almost entirely monochromatic vivid fuchsia collection for Valentino’s Fall 2022 ready-to-wear runway show. The best thing about Barbiecore is that it really just comes down to color. So long as the pieces you’re wearing are a brilliant shade of hot pink, the silhouette or style doesn’t much matter—platform heels and bodycon minidresses are just as trendy as wide-leg silk pants and oversize button-up shirts. The world is your Barbie-tinted oyster.
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