What is fashion’s most exciting time of the year? Of course, as fashion enthusiasts, we are all ears and eyes when runways return to the headlines. That’s right; it is runway show season again, and we can’t contain our excitement!
Fashion shows allow designers and brands to debut their fresh collections and draw the snappiest dressers of the bunch. But, of course, we’re talking about the best-dressed magazine editors, celebrities, and stylists. At the 2023 Fashion Week shows in Milan, New York, and Paris, we witnessed fresh looks emerge that’ll help set new street style trends and define what fashion-forward women will rock in the coming months.
Off the back of runway inspiration, we’ve picked some of 2023’s snazziest street-style crazes. From edgy women’s shorts and sexy underwear as outerwear to straight-legged jeans and everything in between, here are four major street fashion trends you’ll want to test-drive now or add to your 2023 wardrobe.
– Leather skirts
As we gear towards the return to total normalcy, street style is becoming bolder, edgier, and grittier, especially for the transitional period. One way to let this trend pan out is to embrace leather at its brightest. Who can say no to velvety soft, sexy leather, right?
So, expect to see plenty of leather in the coming months, including edgy grommet belts, matching leather sets, and distressed leather jackets. Our favorite leather pieces are undoubtedly biker-inspired skirts featuring naked silver zippers. These pieces go well with many clothing items and make for chic wear nearly every season.
The trick to shopping for a fashion-forward leather skirt is to pick something that suits the occasion and your personality. That means choosing the right design and length. Trendy styles for 2023 include pleated, circular, and pencil. Thankfully, you can wear leather skirts low-waist or high-waist.
If your length preference leans towards midi, we recommend shopping for a pencil-style piece. Those who prefer something shorter should stick to circular or pleated styles. More importantly, if you’re street-style conscious, you should opt for a leather mini-skirt. But midis won’t land you in fashion jail, either—choose one with slits that reveal some skin at the sides, back, or fronts.
When it comes to styling leather skirts (and leather shorts, for that matter), let your piece do the talking by keeping the rest of your ensemble muted or monochromatic. For instance, a black leather skirt will easily pop with a simple top. Then, tie everything together with your favorite pair of black leather boots and a leather handbag.
As a rule of thumb, pencil-style leather skirts call for flowy, loose-fitting tops, be it a boxy tee, a faux shearling jumper, or a baggy blouse. On the other hand, form-fitting tops go well with leather skirts in skater or pleated styles. Generally, an ivory, cream, or white collared shirt will look dashing with a black leather piece.
– Edgy women’s shorts
It’s official: 2023 will be the year of shorts, and we cannot help but agree with trendsetters. They’re the ultimate hero of the warm-weather wardrobe. And according to Sanctuary, in the coming months, edgy women’s shorts will be all the rage, including everything from Capri styles to timeless denim, biker shorts, and anything in between.
We’re particularly excited about the range of shorts’ cuts and bold colors that’ll help you ride out the warm weather in style. We’re talking blue perennial, and classic green, crystal rose, empire yellow, peach pink, tangelo, and beetroot purple.
Sweatshirt-inspired bottoms won our hearts in the last few years, but faux leather shorts for women are poised to steal the show in 2023. And with good reason: faux leather shorts are sophisticated and chic yet fun. They indeed work for most occasions, no matter the vibe.
As far as styling goes, leather shorts give you the freedom to play with various silhouettes and lengths. You can go bold or stay grounded but still look fabulous. For instance, you can pair black leather shorts and a peach-pink blazer for an off-duty look that turns heads on the street. Elevate your outfit further with a pair of leather loafers.
Are you feeling a bit adventurous? Team your blue perennial leather shorts with a white denim jacket. It’s an effortless look that you could rock daily off the clock. White sneakers are a simple way to punch up the causal factor in your ensemble.
– Cargo pants
If there’s one fall fashion trend that took us by surprise, it’s everyone dressing like Kim Kardashian in her prime. Loose-fitting pants with lots of pockets are indeed having a moment, and the trend will undoubtedly continue through the coming year.
The spring 2023 fashion shows packed cargo pants and clothing inspired by the military style, whether in Capri lengths, uber-shiny, or part of a matching set. The upside to this retro look re-emerging is pockets, pockets, and more pockets to tuck away our belongings. And whatever look you’re gunning for—minimalist or baggy, comfy, retro chic, workwear, or anything in between— there are many versatile and stylish cargo pants to try on in 2023.
Most street stylers pair their cargo pants with cropped tops and fitted shirts instead of loose-fitting items. The combination will indeed look cool and sexy at the same time. And for a chic and casual look, we recommend wearing ankle boots or heels with your pants.
Note that baggy pants give a sportier look and feel, so keep your whole ensemble manageable by bringing in more bold or shouty accessories. It pays to keep it simple. But for a laid-back outfit, team your cargo pants with a denim jacket, a white tee, and a pair of strappy white heels or ankle boots.
– Underwear as outerwear
Wearing underwear as outerwear is a trend that has been picking up pace, and it’s bound to carry over into the coming year. The daring yet sexy trend has been a long-time coming, and we’re glad it has gone mainstream, partly thanks to style advocates like Madonna, Helmut Lang, and more recently, songstress Lady Gaga.
Styling your underwear as outerwear is all about being innovative without going overboard. For instance, you can strike a subtle balance with ultra-elegance and 1990s cool with a gorgeous leopard print mini-skirt with a structured satin shirt. In addition, bralettes, bustier crop tops, triangle bras, and lingerie-inspired pieces are worth giving a shot at.
Only a few fashion trends will steal the limelight in the street-style scene in 2023. Of course, the underwear as outerwear trend is the biggest one to look out for, but bold women’s shorts will also be all over the warm-weather season.
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