I Don't Live in a Major "Fashion" City But See These Top Trends Everywhere I Go

Living in a smaller city or town while working in the fashion industry or even just as a fashion-forward person can be isolating when it comes to personal style. I tend to tone down my looks to fit in more with the local aesthetic as a result, becoming a style chameleon, if you will. Yet I always have an eye out for a kindred spirit when out and about. When I happen to spot someone wearing a top trend of the season, I make sure to give a knowing look or pay a compliment.

It goes without saying that I am curious about the fresh spring 2022 trends I will start seeing in my current city over the next few weeks. In the meantime, ahead are five top trends that I have recently spotted on people outside of the usual city-dwelling fashion set. With everything from standout striped sweaters to monochrome loungewear sets, get a jump-start on planning your spring outfits with the shopping picks below.

1. Standout Striped Sweaters

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The striped sweater is undoubtedly a classic, but this season, it's getting a modern update. Think oversize silhouettes, bell sleeves, and collared details.


At under $100, this sweater only looks expensive.

I'm loving the collared detail of this option.

Wear this sweater with everything from jeans to a black slip skirt.

2. Plaid Shirt-Jackets

Plaid shirt-jackets, also known as shackets, are everywhere this year. Layer one over a tee and jeans for a laid-back look, or throw one over a slim turtleneck top and trousers for a more elevated take.


One reviewer calls this "a perfect layering piece."

Take a style note here and try a shacket over a hoodie.

I can see this worn over a cream or gray top.

This is a great way for a minimalist to add a touch of color.

3. Sleek Huggie Earrings

Top Trends Tylynn Nguyen Small Huggie Hoop Earrings



Move over, simple studs. Pared-down huggie earrings are taking over as the everyday way to adorn your ears. These come in a variety of styles, including simple hoops and studded options.


This classic pair comes in both silver and yellow gold.

A textured pair of hoops is an easy way to elevate your look for date night and beyond.

Try a different shape like this hexagon pair to mix things up a bit.

4. Elevated Baseball Caps

Yes, a baseball cap is nothing new, but when you top off a casual-cool outfit with one of these caps, your look gets an instant cool factor. This ensemble from Camille Charrière is the perfect example.


A classic cap with interesting text adds a whimsical feel.

Go über-cool with a faux-leather option in a neutral color.

A camel pick with a luxe strap is a timeless way to top off your ensemble.

5. Monochrome Loungewear Sets

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For the ultimate loungewear look this season, opt for a coordinated set in one head-to-toe color. This detail streamlines the ensemble and makes lounging and running errands look next-level stylish.

Here's to loungewear that can double as closet staples for a variety of looks.

As the weather starts to warm up, you'll be reaching for this shorts set.

I love the rich acorn hue of this set.

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