March 23, 2023
Atlanta Apparel forecasts autumn/winter 2023 trends
International Market Centers‘ (IMC) in-house fashion office released the Autumn/Winter ‘23 Trend Report, previewing colors, prints and styles retailers can expect to see while sourcing at the season break market, March 28–April 1, at AmericasMart Atlanta — as well as at IMC’s August apparel markets in Atlanta (June 6–9 and July 31–Aug. 5) and Las Vegas Apparel (Aug. 6-9) at the World Market Center Las Vegas.
“Overall, there will be a stronger focus on versatile colors and shades that work across different occasions, while also having cross-seasonal appeal,” said Morgan Ramage, Atlanta Apparel fashion director. “Autumn/winter ‘23 trends resonate with the new, more flexible lifestyles and the continued push for sustainability in the fashion industry.”
The key colors for autumn/winter are rooted in warm neutrals and deep darks and energized with hyper brights and soothing pastels. A few of the season’s top colors include: Galactic Cobalt Blue; Astro Dust Earthy Red; calming and restorative greens; Malachite Green and other various jewel tones.
Must-have apparel items for next season include pieces that utilize sustainable practices, outdoor living and desire for care and community drive. Silhouettes and pieces include: blazer coats; boudoir dresses and blouses; career-coordinating sets; drape dresses; dressy cardigans; maxi skirts; padded coats; pinafores; updated classic shirts; winter boho dresses; and winter trench coats.
Footwear trends follow the influence of the great outdoors, balanced with Y2K platforms, fresh sneaker styles and skate shoes with styles. On-trend pieces include: classic mules, loafers, ballet flats and Chelsea boots; hiker shoes; lugsole combat boots; mesh ’90s running shoes; metallic over-the-knee boots; platform party heels; plush platform clogs; pull-on platform boots; skate sneakers; softie boots; stacked court shoes; and white socks with loafers.
Accessories feature reworked classics mixed with Y2K aesthetics to create a balance in novelty and longevity. For jewelry accessories and bags, highlights include: body chains; double/stacked belts; encrusted hoops; gemstones; gender-inclusive, oversized totes; glam hosiery; half-moon-shaped bags; scrunch socks; sculptural shoulder bags; statement rings; textured party pouches; top-handle bags; and Y chains.
“These trends, which we forecasted in partnership with Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), follow a period of immense challenge, and consumers are dressing to reflect the motivational forces that will drive them into 2024: wellbeing, discovery, transformation, simplicity and pleasure,” added Ramage.