Fashion Trends To Watch Out for in 2022
Trends: they can be our best friend and worst enemy. The modern age is full of them, for better or for worse, but how can we harness them to bring our personal styles to the best they can be?
Social media outlets like Instagram, TikTok, and even Youtube and Snapchat are powerful driving forces that tell us a lot about fashion trends. However, not all the information out there is equal.
For every good trend that brings modern innovations or worthwhile efforts to the spotlight, a few bad ones give rise to fleeting fads or shallow “innovations” that can’t hold up and won’t last in the fashion industry.
Today, we’re tackling the best, substantive, trustworthy trends to keep your eye on this year. If 2022 is anything like the last few years, there may be lots of unexpected twists and challenges, but we know how to find the diamonds in the rough.
Our experts have leveraged years of experience and knowledge of trends to help bring this guide together, outlining what’s worthwhile.
Read on for your complete guide to fashion trends to watch out for in 2022.
Types of Trends: Aesthetic and Pragmatic
It’s useful to keep in mind that there are two major categories of trends. Depending on what’s important to you, you might focus more on one than the other.
Thankfully there’s a lot of crossover between the two categories in the latest trends. This year, it’s easier than ever to find options that meet all the highest standards.
Aesthetic trends are all about style and appearance. This is what you typically think of first when talking about fashion trends: what are the looks that everyone loves? What kinds of hues, patterns, fits, and details are popular?
It’s important to remember this is a guide to casual fashion – the kinds of aesthetic trends we’re discussing today are down-to-earth and applicable for you in everyday scenarios.
Equally important to look for are pragmatic trends. These are your innovations in material, technology, or practical design elements.
All sorts of features can fall under this category, such as improved performance qualities, more sustainable materials, better seam and pocket placement, and more.
They may not always be the shiniest or most talked-about trends, but they’re some of the most essential to pay attention to. More often than not, they're also more reliable and long-lasting than aesthetic trends.
Top Aesthetic Trends
Aesthetic trends in 2022 don’t seem to be taking much of a major stride away from the trends of the last few years. Some big, key players are sticking around, and a few evolutions are worth watching.
We’re calling this an aesthetic trend, but it’s really a crossover covering both categories.
Athleisure has been one of the most dominant forces in fashion over the last few years, and it’s only getting stronger this year.
Marked by ultra-casual styles that take cues from leisurewear and sportswear, it’s a style with a vibe that’s equal parts laid back and ready to game.
Neutral colors are dominant, especially black, but there’s a fair mix of color (blue and red specifically) and even some patterns (such as leopard prints or subtle camo patterns) amongst popular looks as well.
Athleisure appeals to the active crowd who want fitted clothes that show off their physique during workouts and in between. It’s also just a great look for anyone who wants to be comfortable in their versatile attire, which is part of why it’s so popular with celebrities these days. You certainly don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy athleisure clothing – it’s made for everyone.
Modern, casual fashion is sort of in love with simplicity and minimalism, and to be honest, so are we.
This isn’t to say your outfits have to be boring. However, in 2022, variety and spice are best achieved with tasteful details. For the base of your outfit, neutral or soft colors and solid blocks or subtle patterns like stripes are key.
Patterns like the ones seen on our Brookline Stripe Cloud Lightweight Polo or our Allways Sports Bra are great examples of the kinds of simple, elegant ways to spice things up without breaking the overall aesthetic of modern fashion.
When it comes to fit, what’s best for you can vary depending on your body type and intended aesthetic. That said, slim fit is holding the crown going into 2022, with regular fits as a popular alternative.
Active lifestyles are a big trend across all ages and communities, and with that comes the desire to compliment your efforts with slim or athletic cut clothing. This applies both to cozier options like sweaters and turtlenecks, as well as athletic wear and outerwear.
Even if you aren’t jumping on the fitness craze, slim fits generally look more clean and well-kept than loose ones. Regular cuts aren’t off the table by any means, but anything that resembles “baggy” is pretty much a no-go, outside certain, more eccentric styles.
Top Pragmatic Trends
Pragmatic trends typically represent the best in technological innovations or design techniques. These top trends can make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life, so don’t pass them up!
In the past, we settled for cotton and denim, materials that had reasonable convenience qualities but couldn’t truly perform during any kind of intense activity or exercise and weren’t exactly great at handling the elements either.
Synthetic fabrics came along and seemed to show promise but couldn’t get past some sticky problems such as odor trapping, harsh textures, and harmful chemical treatments.
Today, better fabric alternatives offer top-of-the-line performance qualities without sacrificing soft texture or environmental responsibility. Most notably, bamboo and organic cotton lead the pack, and at Tasc Performance, we’re proud to offer a signature blend of both.
These modern fabrics not only cover the most important performance and comfort qualities of any piece of clothing, but they’re also sustainable. When you choose a modern fabric, you’re not cutting any corners, just getting the best of the best.
Moisture-Wicking & Breathable Fabrics
Most essential is moisture-wicking, the ability to draw sweat from your skin and dry the fabric quickly. Combined with breathable material, you can exercise with unhindered thermoregulation. These features are useful for everything from sweatpants to underwear.
Odor Resistant Fabrics
Odor resistance is also key to the longevity of any attire, athletic or otherwise. Sweat happens, and fabrics like cotton or traditional synthetic materials trap such odors over time, even after washing. Fresh and clean clothes are non-negotiable, so odor resistance is invaluable.
Range of Movement Designs
In the past, designers simply didn’t give much weight to offering an extended range of movement opportunities to your casual styles. Unless you were buying luxury activewear, you probably weren’t getting anything beyond an afterthought of a design with cheap synthetic fabric.
As active lifestyles become more popular, some designers (like ours here at Tasc Performance) are doing things differently. Everything from the stretch capabilities of your fabric to the finest details such as seam placement can contribute towards a better range of movement and performance quality.
Sustainability is trending, and the future is better for it. We can choose to make and wear clothes created responsibly from start to finish. That means keeping clean water and reusable farmland, reducing waste, avoiding chemical finishes, and protecting the socio-economic conditions of all communities involved.
Every small step matters, and using better materials, such as bamboo and organic cotton, can make a real difference today and in the long term. Whether you’re choosing a new jacket or you’re hunting for essentials like shirts and jeans, it’s worth taking sustainability into account.
Don’t be fooled by fads or fleeting trends you see on social media. Remember to stay educated on the latest real innovations and meaningful trends. At Tasc Performance, we’ll have your back with more guides like this one and apparel that offers nothing but the best!