When it comes to consumerism in the fashion cosmos, it’s important not to mistake short-lived fads for evergreen trends that will help you build the perfect wardrobe over the years. In order to help you achieve the latter and not fall for the dangerous traps set by the former, we’ve scoured the internet, stalked upcoming fashion designers and obsessed over trend forecasters, all to bring you the seven essentials you’ll need in order to keep up to date with the style of 2023.
So take a breath, concentrate on battling the annual January blues, and leave the rest to us.
Hear us out here, from your go-to cheap option Calzedonia to a more luxurious (and cute) pair by Stella McCartney, red tights are gonna be everywhere.
Ready to throw caution to the wind? Here’s where to get the perfect pair for your own style. If you are after a fairly sheer option, Calzedonia currently has its 30 denier tights on sale, including a red pair for only £4. Alternatively, it also has a slightly thicker pair for £7.99.
Last but certainly not least, Stella McCartney’s Smiley Flower Knit Intarsia Tights are also on sale, reduced from £34 to £24.80.
While mini skirts were all the rage last year—hello, Miu Miu’s micro pleated skirt—the fashion world has done a complete 180 with maxi skirts predicted to dominate 2023. From cargo to silk and denim—you can pretty much pair them with anything. For example, dress down a silk maxi skirt with your favourite pair of chunky platform trainers or break down the tomboy feel of a denim option with a sleek set of heels.
We’re kind of obsessed with the colour palette of this Motel Rocks low-rise maxi skirt, which currently costs £45. We’ll get one of each, please!
If you’re looking for a slightly more elegant look that also won’t break the bank, ASOS has some pretty good options to offer, including this Topshop satin bias maxi skirt in dark khaki for £38.
And if you’re simply looking to channel your inner Bella Hadid, don’t hesitate to scroll through second-hand maxi skirts on Depop or Vinted.
In case bedazzled clothes aren’t your thing but you’re still aiming to dress to impress, this COS high-neck gathered midi dress might do the trick for £79.
Once a major statement, sheer fabrics have now fully immersed themselves into mainstream gen Zer fashion. With every step closer we get to female liberation and empowerment, the sheerer our clothes become—and we’re here for it. From sheer maxi skirts to mesh overlay tops, little will be left to the imagination with everyone sporting this fearless look.
REVOLVE has a hoard of sheer items, including a low-back mermaid gown—retailing at £99—which means you can tick sheer realness and mermaid sleaze off your aesthetic bucket list for 2023 all in one go.
For a more affordable and attainable ballet look, head over to Urban Outfitters and pick yourself up a pair of iets frans leg warmers. Warm, comfy and casual—these ecru limb huggers only cost £14 and are sure to help you emulate all things ballerina.
Because we’re not as hardcore as Wednesday herself, we won’t restrict ourselves to only black and white—purple, navy and other darker palettes are fine too. Take this navy Sister Jane DREAM Spell Velvet Mini Dress for example, can you really resist? Actually, you just might after seeing its £175 price tag.
In case you’re on the hunt for something slightly more affordable, just head straight to ZARA as it currently has a pretty mind-blowing (and worrying) sale on. Just look at this black velvet mini dress and try to guess how much it currently costs… £9.99—grab it before it’s gone!