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7 Street-Style Fashion Trends To Help Guide Your Wardrobe Upgrade In 2022

7 Street-Style Fashion Trends To Help Guide Your Wardrobe Upgrade In 2022

  • 2022: The Year of Bolder Street Fashion Trends
  • The new year offers new beginnings in everything, and fashion is no exception.
  • These street style trends are expected to drive the world of fashion in this new year.
  • Big on trends? Check these out and update your wardrobe accordingly.


lthough 2022 is barely in its second month, street style fashion is approaching high-noon. Of course, street style has always been ever-present in fashion magazines and even the runway, so there’s really no saying when it’ll stay.

However, what’s different this time is that more of these designs are being reinvented and revived into fashion trends for the year. So, if you want to upgrade your wardrobe with street style fashion, read on for the seven trends that are expected to happen in 2022.

Check out the street style fashion trends to rule the streets in 2022…

#1. Pairing multicolored prints is totally in

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Traditionally, prints are paired with neutral-hued or subtle solid-colored pieces. According to conventional wisdom, this balances out the “loudness” of the print.

However, more showgoers today are taking the opposite track – wearing the boldest and most vibrant prints all at once. Afro shirts, animal print tank tops, florals dresses, and bold geo-printed coats – there’s no more holding back because of those so-called matching rules. In 2022, you can just pile on your jolliest-looking garments together and be on your merry way to strut your stuff, happy-street-style.

If you’re not sure how to start with the following pattern combinations:

  • Stripes with leopard print
  • Polka dot with leopard print

Essentially, leopard print is a sort of “neutral” choice in pattern-mixing. It can even be matched with florals, with the right shoes, bags, and accessories. Once you become more comfortable with pairing prints, expand your closet and be bolder in matching pieces to complete that colorful ensemble that’s uniquely you.

#2. Match your denim shirt/top with statement skirts

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Nothing says “street style” better than denim. It has even become one of the go-to staples in any fashion ensemble, including dressier ones. With so many denim shirts available today, it would be a total waste not to experiment with them this 2022. In fact, combining denim with an entirely different clothing style has become the most interesting of all the trends expected to sweep the new year.

For instance, a skillful selection of denim shirts and skirts can help you create a romantic, casual, or even elegant look. If you’re aiming for a sensual appearance using a denim top, you need to focus on maintaining the right proportions of your silhouette. Some might go for skinny jeans, but there’s nothing more romantic than a skirt.

In other words, if the goal is to dress up, then your choice of skirts is most critical. The slim-pencil-skirt-with-loose-denim-shirt pair is one of the best combinations others have tried and succeeded in pulling off so far. The contrasting silhouettes create a stunning after-effect. Just remember to tuck the shirt into the skirt and wear high-heeled footwear to add more elegance to the look. Additionally, if you have a lace mini skirt just collecting dust in your wardrobe, it’s time to bring it out and match it with your denim shirt. You can also create fashionable attire with your maxi skirts with figure-hugging denim shirts.

#3. Pair up a dress and pants

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Dressing up isn’t always about wearing a blazer or a ball gown. Sometimes, it’s just about wearing a dress (or a skirt) over your pants. Although the idea has a sense of humor to it, the intentional clash in the dress-and-pants layering makes for an awesome street style ensemble. It could even be what you’ve been seeking for your wardrobe expansion this 2022.

You can go with the carabiner-skirts-over-baggy jeans pairing or the more minimalist denim jeans-under-a-draped-dress look. You can also play with leather pieces. A leather skirt over trousers with the same material, with the tail of an oversized pinstripe shirt sandwiched in between, simply looks chic.

For a sporty urban look, try matching your pleated leather skirt over your cuffed ripped jeans. Double denim is also a good choice, especially if it’s a combination of bootcut jeans and a midi denim skirt.

#4. Differentiate matching prints

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Another key street style trend that’s expected to take the world by storm in 2022 is matching prints. But unlike what convention dictates, this particular trend focuses more on pairing similar prints, with a small element differentiating them.

A good example of this is wildlife-inspired patterns. Wear tiger and leopard patterns together for a wild upgrade to your usual one-print-one-plain attire. However, should that not appeal to you, polka dots or stripes of different sizes also look gorgeous together, especially when they look quite similar to each other.

And then, there’s tribal clothing. Tribal brand clothing never goes old in street style. In fact, it is expected to make a huge comeback this 2022, with more colors and patterns to choose from, ranging from eccentric and colorful to typographical and exotic.

#5. Jackets are more casual and optional

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Layering may be popular during cooler months in some regions, but that’s certainly not the case in warmer areas. But regardless of where you are, expect to see fashionistas ditching jackets and creating more chic-and-casual ensembles with just their tailored vests in place of blouses and shirts.

Suits are not dead, but this dramatic trend is predicted to be one of the most fashionable street styles in 2022. Going more comfortable and less corporate, the principle of this new get-up is to use just about any style of the tailored vest––plain, classic pinstripe, rustic leather, and even the more eye-catching fringe––as their only top. No undershirts. No coats.

#6. Skirts shrink as boots become bolder

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With body positivity as one of the key takeaways of spring 2022 fashion, trends have grown shorter hemlines and begun to drop waistlines as low as they come. Matched with a stunning, studded pair of ultra-high boots, even your simple (and tiny) black mini skirt can become a key part of your punk-rock street ensemble.

When using the same hue in all your garments and accessories, try mixing and matching different materials (like leather and stretch cotton or merino wool). This way, you won’t look monochromatic.

#7. Cargo pants revival is nigh

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For all the bold and wild trends coming to the fashion world in 2022, one low-key revival will help define what street style is all about: the use of cargo pants. Originally made for soldiers in the British infantry during World War II, cargo pants have become a fashion choice that is also quite practical, much like authentic street style garments. In fact, many women now trade their skin-tight jeans for these baggy-yet-comfy trousers transcending trends, seasons, and genders because of the comfort that comes with the style.

Like denim jeans, cargo pants can be paired with just about anything – from a white tank top to puffy-sleeved blouses and animal-print blazers.

About The Author

Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs for Finchitua today. With her unique style standpoint, she served the VIP Color Forecast Panel 2017 for Al Jazeera Paints Company and VIP Color Forecast Panel 2019 for Asian Paints Berger. Ms. Mudessir is a shortlisted nominee for the prestigious Fashion Scout London 2018.

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