As we collectively take our first tentative steps into the new year, very little is certain. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can never be sure of what’s lurking around the corner, and there’s nothing none of us can do about it.
But there’s one thing we can control: our closets. Admittedly, it’s pretty trivial in the bigger picture, but if we can all seize this opportunity early in the year to weed out all the trends that don’t serve us, then we can be sure that 2022 will be a better year from a style point of view. point of view at least.
We’ve got a whole year now to think about the trends to dump and there’s certainly plenty to digest. So here are the fads and fashions that we would like to see well behind us.
We don’t have a slogan, but if we did, it would probably be something about buying less and buying better. The cheaply produced, trend-driven clothing that floods high-street stores is made to be thrown away rather than to last, and the impact this has on the planet is colossal. Not to mention the exploitation of workers.
So, what can we do about it as we enter 2022? Easy. Minimize consumption and when you buy a piece of clothing, make sure it is something that is made for the long term rather than going to the landfill. That means shopping for quality, researching manufacturing and, as always, opting for timelessness over trends.
We’re all familiar with remote working by now, meaning there’s no excuse for not having your WFH wardrobe dialed in. The dressing gown and hogweed slippers might have been understandable in March 2020 when we were all still figuring the whole thing out, but this is 2022. Heaven, man, the least you can do is put on some clothes!
If you’re not quite up to speed yet, we recommend shopping for casual basics with a comfy edge. Look for clothes that look somewhat presentable, yet feel like loungewear. Think smart sweatpants, premium knitwear and relaxed shirts in soft, tactile fabrics such as flannel and corduroy. However, it is critical that you make sure there is a clear distinction between what you wear to work and what you sleep in.
Crocs for men
Give it to proponents like Shia LaBeouf, Post Malone, and Justin Bieber, or the fact that diminished human contact has made us immune to public shame, but Crocs seemed to be everywhere in 2021, cumulatively in this once-unseen death-in- which mark a doubling of the share price in the past 12 months. Unless they’re truckloaded for by overworked medical personnel (in which case we salute you), it defies all logic.
We are here to emphasize that under no circumstances should a man over the age of five be seen outside his home in thick plastic shoes. There are many other silhouettes that offer the same level of comfort and convenience without sacrificing your self-esteem, such as loafers, slip-on sneakers and espadrilles. At the risk of confusing Greenpeace, it’s time this crocodile went extinct.
90s Throwback Decorations
The 20-year trend cycle is truly unrelenting. As ridiculous as something may seem in retrospect, this universal fashion law dictates that it will always reappear in a few decades. We’ve witnessed it with oversized tailoring, chunky sneakers and the puzzling revival of the bucket hat, but more recently it’s the ill-advised hairstyles of the 1990s that are making a comeback.
Bowl cuts, frosted tips and mullets have no place in 2022. Make sure you’re on the right side of history by giving these styles a wide berth, whatever David Beckham does.
Looking back at the 2010s in the coming years, this will probably be seen as one of the most important prevailing trends. We’ve all been there and maybe there’s still a time and a place for no-show socks when the warmer months arrive. However, the sockless look should be used sparingly and only when the weather calls for it. Until then, keep those ankles covered.
Going without socks is such an overarching and pervasive trend that it really became the norm in casual or smart-casual dressing over the past 10 years. But as we move further into a new decade, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the look’s days are numbered. We think now is probably a good time to move on.
Oversized sneakers, once and for all
It’s time. Since the launch of Balenciaga’s Triple S in 2017, the menswear landscape has been dominated by inescapably large, earthquake-causing sneakers. We’d love for 2022 to be the year they finally stomp into the sunset. Or the bin. Or a fire.
Don’t get us wrong, it hasn’t all been bad. The general accumulation of sneaker silhouettes has led to the revival of some great styles. The whole “dad shoe” thing where shoes like the New Balance 990 came back into the picture was great, and might not have taken off so powerfully if the road hadn’t been paved by something bigger. But as for the multi-colored platform-soled monstrosities, we’ll be glad to see the back of it.
For anyone who has yet to send the skinny jeans to the dress-up box, this is your last chance. If not for yourself, do it for your potential future children. After all, they may not stand a chance at life if you continue to treat your testicles with such blatant disdain.
The 2010s were full of form-fitting denim, but for quite a few years now, the pendulum has been swinging in the opposite direction. Straight and relaxed styles are where it is now, which is good news for you guys. We were never into skinny jeans anyway, but now they just look downright dated. Opt for a timeless straight leg instead, or a slim fit if you have the proportions to wear it.
It’s a strange term, ‘muscle fit’. At first glance, you would expect it to mean clothing designed to suit a muscular body. In reality, it means the exact opposite. These clothes are not designed to fit, but to cling and squeeze. If your end goal is to look good, they should be avoided at all costs.
It’s easy enough to avoid. Muscle-fit clothes are pretty much exclusive to fast-fashion high-street stores, so avoid them altogether and you could kill two ill-dressed birds with one stone.