We can all agree on the fact that TikTok’s now-infamous FYP has influenced our lives in more ways than one. Whether it be through the long list of songs that now play on a loop inside our brains or the numerous dance routines we somehow felt confident enough to share with the rest of the app’s 1.8 billion users.
But when it comes to pinpointing the specific area in which TikTok has had the biggest impact, it simply can’t be denied that the video-sharing platform ruled our wardrobes—and everything we decided to add to it. In some instances, it almost felt as if we didn’t have much of a say in what we ended up wearing. The algorithm did all the work for us as we mindlessly followed along.
That being said, as we enjoy the last few days of 2022, we can’t help but fondly look back on some of the fashion moments that marked the tumultuous past year. Here are our nine favourite TikTok fashion trends that we’re more than happy to bring into 2023.
If you know you know… just how hard it was to avoid seeing this dress on social media. Trust me, I tried.
Founded in London in 2017 by besties Francesca Capper and Natasha Somerville who met while studying womenswear design at the renowned fashion university Central Saint Martins, POSTER GIRL has been described as a label “manifesting confidence, ultra femininity and referencing a direct nostalgia to the designers’ upbringings.”
The brand has brought out various styles and colourways, but its clothes tend to keep to a similar theme. It’s the perfect dress if you want to leave little to the imagination, with daring cut-outs and mesh detailing from top to bottom, it hugs your body in all the right places—it’s the shapewear you’ll never want to hide.
It grew to the height of its fame this past year after the influencer of all influencers Kylie Jenner shared a picture of herself in the Miranda dress with her nearly 400 million followers on Instagram. Only a month after, Dua Lipa also posted to the gram wearing a similar style from POSTER GIRL.
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Since then, the female-empowering label has catapulted into the spotlight and been donned by just about everyone and anyone from British rapper Stefflon Don to the stars of this year’s Love Island. The iconic dress also saturated all of our FYPs with hilarious reviews commentating on how incredibly tiny it looks when it’s not stretched out onto someone’s body.
You know the saying right, hold onto something long enough, it will eventually come back into style. Although cowboy boots may not be the most practical choice of footwear, especially in the summer, this year, they were all the rage.
The trend became official after luxury designers such as Louis Vuitton, Chloé and Alexander McQueen incorporated the boots into their collections. Nowadays however, is a fashion trend really one if it’s not seen on the likes of Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid? When it comes to cowboy boots in 2022, the holy trinity mentioned just prior all had their ‘ranchcore’ moment.
Meanwhile in the world of common mortals, festival-goers pairing them with dresses, shorts and mini skirts, making the footwear a stylish (and slightly less comfortable) alternative to wellies.
While Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears may have been the original champions of double denim, it’s clear that this matchy-matchy trend had a serious revival and makeover in 2022.
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Often deemed the Marmite of the fashion world, double denim has undoubtedly divided style gurus over the years. Often relegated to the aesthetic abyss, alongside other ‘crimes against fashion’ such as mullet shoes and stiletto Crocs, netizens spent 2022 reclaiming the style and making it their own.
Off-duty models donned matching denim oversized shirts and jeans, while the more experimental gen Zers expressed themselves through bright-coloured denim and patchwork.
Rapper, designer, and resident firestarter Kanye West even participated in the trend takeover—appearing at Kenzo’s autumn/winter 2022 menswear show sporting a matching double denim look with iconic internet sensation and girlfriend at the time Julia Fox.
Everyone’s favourite comfy yet impractical winter boots made an inevitable comeback this winter. Founded in California in the 1970s, at first, UGGs did not receive the love and affection they deserved. It wasn’t until 1994 when the US team sported them during the Winter Olympics that people started to take notice of this fluffy footwear.
In 2022, however, there was a particular style of boot that sent every gen Zer and millennial feral. The UGG mini—which currently has amassed 62.1 million views on TikTok—dominated our FYP and our feet this year. Perfectly impractical, these stylish feet warmers had us all hooked.
However, if you were worrying about the hefty price tag attached to this new trend, some netizens have decided to DIY themselves a pair by cutting up an old pair of UGGs, thereby handcrafting their own.
Y2K called—it’s still thriving. The 90s phenomenon continued to dominate and influence a myriad of subcultures and aesthetics this year. Most prominently, was the resurgence of Juicy Couture’s iconic flagship velour two-piece tracksuits, initially popularised by socialites Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
If you’ve been loving the triumphant Juicy revival, you may want to pay thanks to former Ivy Park lead creative and style guru Amy Gibson. The British designer recognised the value in relaunching the Juicy brand, aptly now titled Juicy 2.0. Gibson’s aim was to create a new chic and stylish look which prioritised inclusivity—in relation to both ethnicity and body type.
While the loafer trend may have been first popularised by Prada’s Monolith stompers, which were released in 2021, this aesthetic has since come into its own. Unlike your everyday work shoe, chunky loafers are the boost you need to conquer any sticky situation—or make a loud and memorable entrance.
After it became clear that gen Zers had embraced the loafer look, other designers such as Proenza Schouler and Dries Van Noten couldn’t help but try and capitalise on the growing success.
New Balance trainers, once considered the footwear of soccer mums, are now capturing the hearts and minds of netizens across the globe. With the popularity of dadcore—and its parent grandpacore—taking over TikTok, it didn’t take long for these glorified tennis shoes to make their way into our lives.
New Balance reinvented itself by offering consumers a laid-back and seemingly straightforward shoe—as opposed to the overwhelming and flashy alternatives that existed in the ether.
Fan favourites of singer Justin Bieber and model Kaia Gerber, it’s a sure thing that these dad-inspired delicacies will continue running straight into 2023.