A trend expert shares the 4 biggest fashion aesthetics coming

Thanks to social media’s obsession with novelty, aesthetics and trends come and go at lightning speed; we barely have time to catch our breath. Remember the influence cottagecore had on us? Or our inspiration from make-believe relatives like the coastal grandmother and coastal aunt? How about angelcore or its dirtier cousin, goblincore?

There are many subcultures and styles to play with these days. Having a unique aesthetic is limiting (and a little boring in our eyes, when there’s so much to experiment with).

Like giddy kids on Christmas Eve, we love to see what new aesthetics are emerging. While microtrends can be overwhelming, we take these trending styles as inspiration for our wardrobes and as a chance to reinvent ourselves for a season… can being a farmer’s market goer be a personality trait? Asking a friend.

So we turned to Depop’s Category and Trends Manager, Agustina Panzoni, to uncover the top four trend forecasts for warmer weather.

“The aesthetic I envision is all about connecting with style explorers. I like to refer to it as ‘Fresh Dressing’. Next summer will be about fun clothes, reigniting inspirations and connections while evolving confidence in the new style,” she says. Refinery 29pointing to festivals, summer vacations and international fashion weeks as inspiration.

From ‘summer camp’ to ‘ultra-feminine costume’, here’s what Panzoni predicts we’ll see all over our feeds, catwalks, and IRL.

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summer field

What do you get when you mix nostaglia with love of the great outdoors? A one-way ticket to summer camp! While not really a British rite of passage, we can still participate in this trend by embracing childish freedom and common sense.

“Kidcore evolves into a ‘summer camp’ based on hedonistic nature. Wearing cozy and familiar pieces made people feel comfortable and safe during the pandemic. Summer camp takes us back to a time before we started dressing to look ‘cool’ and actually wearing what we liked – it’s about embracing your self-expression without your adult inhibitions,” says Panzoni.

“We recommend getting involved in this trend by incorporating playful motifs and psychedelic color shapes into your look, building on the 2017 gorpcore trend with chunky walking silhouettes. On the runway, we saw child’s play in JW Anderson’s SS22 collection, which featured strawberry graphics. Celebrity brands like Drew House also provide fun and nostalgia. This trend is all about graphic cartoon t-shirts, mismatched prints, cargo pants, knits and technical fabrics and ripstop. Accordingly, searches like ‘bright’ and ‘bold’ have increased by over 40% on Depop since January, along with tie-dye, which has also increased by 42%.

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age of villain

It’s time to enter the age of the villain and abandon false subtleties. Why not buy an outfit to match this new, badass energy?

“Enter your villain era with refined self-confidence; my next trend prediction [is] dystopian. Inspired by the viral #VillainEra… and [the] vibration change in early 2022 from that motivated ‘clean girl’ to a chaotic and unbalanced character, [Villain Era] is based on Y2k and performance wear. Think brands like Balenciaga, Mugler and Dolls Kill – lots of cutouts and knits,” says Panzoni.

“Our Depop users are well invested in this trend, we’ve seen a 17% increase in ripped jeans and a +97% increase in platform shoes.”

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ultrafeminine fantasy

Y2k continues to return to the fashion zeitgeist – and this upcoming trend is no exception. Leave your internalized misogyny at home, because pink is back!

“The pink empowerment of ‘ultrafeminine fantasy’ taking cues from iconic women’s brands Dior and Miaou – the vibes are innocent, almost angelic. Think cotton candy, ribbed knit and satin hues, where rhinestone accessories and conventionally feminine designs like butterflies and hearts now add a contemporary edge and extra sass,” shares Panzoni.

“Off the runway, we’re seeing many celebrities take up the trend, most notably Rihanna in her pregnancy revealing where she wore a vintage hot pink Chanel jacket, as well as Zendaya and Anne Hathway becoming the queens of Valentino pink. On Depop, we’ve already seen a 78% increase in searches for hot pink items over the past three months, and we expect the trend to continue increasing.”

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easy jock

Move over athleisure – while the old trend gave users a (sometimes false) sense of activity, the ‘easy jock’ trend is all about channeling a relaxed sporty vibe; no need to sweat.

“Lastly, I’m predicting ‘easy jock’ [will take] shape this summer, [that’s] inspired streetwear that’s very drippy for real action. I’m talking about effortless sets that consist of vintage basketball jerseys, polos and bold coconut shirts paired with baggy jeans and a rare [pair of] New balance 550s. [Take a look at your] favorite sports brands collaborating with powerful luxury brands like Gucci x Adidas and Nike x Louis Vuitton,” says Panzoni.

“Style your vintage finds with a sweatshirt and sneakers. It’s the best way to dive into the trend. With a 237% increase in searches for shirts and +7% for casual pants, we can’t say no to this aesthetic!”

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Come summer, with all these trends to choose from, it’s hard to know what will fit your personal style. Panzoni gives some advice and asks people to consider these questions before making a spontaneous purchase:

1. Do I see myself using this six to 12 months from now?
2. Is it a garment that would have a adored rotation in my basic wardrobe?
3. Is this a piece that makes me want to try my style, get out of my comfort zone and have fun with it?

“Defining your personal style is experimenting with unique style choices, and the best thing about it is that there are no limits,” says Panzoni. “Your personal style may be constantly evolving. Once you feel good about something, just go for it, and if you change your mind, resell it and come home!”

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