Despite the fact that Australians spent more time indoors in 2018, there are still some bold and fun trends that we hope to see return in 2022.
Although we might not have been able get dressed up for a night out on the town most of the year for the most part, our social media feeds were full of creative and colourful looks.
On the other, many Aussies saw stay at home orders as a way to trade in their suit jackets and opt instead for ugg boots.
Now that we have endured our final COVID lockdowns (*knock wood*), it’s time to clear out our drab cosy outfits in favour for the bright, bold fashions that emerged in the past 12 months.
2021 saw a slew of retro trends return to life.
Pop star Dua Lipa was undeniably one of the year’s biggest fashion influences, showing off her ’90s resurgence looks on social media.
Dua drew inspiration from her psychedelic-pop project Future Nostalgia and infused her fashion with pops of colour – proving the science of ‘complimentary colours’This is all a thing past.
A look at some of her outfits this year shows that there are endless combinations of colours.
Plus, wearing colour can supposedly boost your mood and confidence – if you need some more pep in your step for the year to come.
Goodbye Mullets and Moustaches
Everyone seemed to have plenty of time this year for a mullet or mo.
Although it’s been a great lockdown look, we reckon next year will be the year of the clean shave and the buzzcut.
Will you be changing your lockdown locks by 2022
Let’s be honest – you’re kidding yourself if you think you wear a mullet as well as Bulldogs player Bailey Smith or Hannah Montana-turned-pop-rocker Miley Cyrus.
Hello: Crazy textures, patterns
One of the pandemic’s many lessons has been that life is too short to be boring.
That’s why we think 2022 will be the year of embracing patterns, prints and textures.
We loved many lockdown looks this year that were print-worthy, especially those by Tyler The Creator and Olivia Rodrigo (and his fashion brand Golfwang).
Now that you can go to social events and take pictures with your friends, don’t be afraid to put on your favorite printed ensemble and express yourself.
Yes, Crocs can be empirically comfortable.
And don’t get us wrong – Crocs make for fantastic beach footwear.
Who thought these rubber clogs would make a fashion statement?
Crocs sales skyrocketed by 4,900 per centIn a stunning Instagram photo, Nicki Minaj, an American rapper, wore a pair of pink Crocs with a bedazzled look in May.
Plus, anything Kendall Jenner is spotted in seems to sell out instantly. In July this year, she was seen out and about in a camo pair.
This fashion faux pas is probably on their shoulders.
Your feet deserve better in 2022!
Hello: Fun pants
Our bottom half has spent the better part of the last two years hidden under a desk while we’ve been on countless Zoom calls.
As things begin to open up again, why not highlight your legs in bright colours?
Harry Styles has mastered this trend to a ‘T’He paired his bell-bottom lilac pants and a shredded black singlet shirt.
In her Simple Times music video, Kacey Musgraves, country darling, alerted us to fact that ultra-minis are officially back on trend.
So, if you’re keen show off your best assets, go for it!
Goodbye boring black face masks
As restrictions come and go across the country, it’s a safe assumption to say face masks will be part of our 2022 wardrobes.
If you must wear a mask on your face, make sure it is colourful!
Bonus points if you match your face mask with your outfit, such as Taylor Swift or Harry Styles at Grammys.
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles wore their face masks ‘A’game to the 64th Grammy Awards. Photo: Twitter/Getty