The nostalgic future of the 2023 fashion scene

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We are heading into the post-pandemic older, wiser and positively ready to forget the years of casual wear. While we look ahead at more colourful, maximalist and independent fashion choices, the Y2K style has been creeping back with more popular enthusiasm than ever. 

Gazing at past spectacles of fashion and longing for a new future, Gen-Z has sought out their own nostalgic style where second-hand clothing is becoming the new norm – a perfect way to get your hands on authentic 2000s pieces.   

Here are the trends to look out for in 2023; old as well as new: 

As always, we are inspired by popular culture. Style-icon Zendaya is praised for her red-carpet looks and her popularity in the HBO series Euphoria served as an inspiration to many modern Y2K looks. Predictably, several styles from the show and the early 2000s will be seen in 2023 as well. This means pastels, low-waist jeans, pleated tennis skirts, and butterfly clips. Beware, denim in all its forms and glory will be the centrepiece! 

Back to Y2K. Image Credit: Pinterest

Regencycore was the big obsession of the past year and it is with all predictions going to be seen again come springtime when season 3 of Bridgerton will be released. This means corsets, bustier tops, pearls, tulle, lace, and puffy sleeves. All the drama will also be on the runway with large silhouettes bursting from the hips and ruffles. Lots of ruffles.  

The Met Gala hosted the theme “Gilded Glamour” in May 2022, perfectly in alignment with the regency fascination. Perhaps not gilded in gold, but silver will be the luxury-signalling colour in 2023. Similarly, metallics and shimmer will follow us from the festive New Year’s celebrations. 

Heidi Klum in silver and feathers at the Golden Globes 2023. Image Credit: Gilbert Flores

It’s time to manifest the meet-cutes! The brand-new core of 2023 will be romcom. In homage to the best romantic comedies slip-dresses, tube tops, miniskirts, and Barbie pink will be all the talk. Think Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and 2003-era Paris Hilton.  

Dystopian, futuristic sci-fi and grunge revisited will also dominate, so you can without regret keep your old or invest in new Dr Martens. Mixed fabrics, distressed hems, flannels: it’s a rebellion befitting the current political climate. 

Grunge revisited. Image Credit: TODAY

Featured Image Credit: Imaxtree, Bottega Veneta, Filippo Foir, Vogue Scandinavia

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