It may soon be 2022, but ’90s and Y2K fashion is back, local retailers say

Get ready. After two years of comfy, covered clothing, a slew of Long Island retailers and designers say Spring / Summer 2022 is all about the big reveal. According to many, women are ready to take off those easy, home-tied layers and finally show them off.

Much of what’s newer is, well, an old-fashioned late 90s / Y2K riff. Think micro-minis, cropped tops and bare-chested bralettes, cuts, cutouts and peepholes everywhere, the return of low-rise jeans (OMG), wild prints, and a vibrant, eye-popping color palette.

A LOOK AT 2022

“The watchword for next season is ‘sexy’. He’s back,” says Afshin Haghani, the owner of Gallery Couture in Manhasset. “We’ve been locked up in our homes for what seems like an eternity and the fashion gods are saying ‘let him get away.'” He adds that the styles of the year 2000 and the muses of yesteryear such as Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are strong influences.

“Skin is definitely in it and I think we’re having a late 90s flashback,” says Jenny Montiglio, owner of Ooh La La Boutiques, in Babylon, Long Beach and Sayville. “Over the past two years, everything has been lounge, lounge, lounge. What we’re seeing now is the exact opposite. There is more demand for attention and some of our customers are excited to undress.”

For her part, Joanna Mazzella, owner of the Mint boutiques in Mattituck, Southampton, Stony Brook and West Hampton Beach, compares next season’s fashion to “a renaissance. It’s all a lot sexier. We lived two or three years on our sofas” . in our intimate, undercover. People want to channel a new excitement and energy that says, ‘let’s get over this.’ “

Likewise, at Penelope in Woodbury, where owner Gabrielle Banschick believes that “everyone wants to show what they’ve been hiding for the past couple of years. They’ve been in a cocoon and now they’re turning into butterflies. In fact, we even have a printed blouse. of butterflies to prove the point “.


For those of us who might not appreciate (read: fear) wearing an ab-baring crop top, thigh-length mini or low-rise jeans and the resulting muffin top return, Adam Glassman, creative director of Oprah The Envoy daily and special Extra TV offers a soothing voice.

“My advice is to ignore extreme trends if you don’t feel comfortable.” To update, she says, “The most recognizable trend is a new focus on upbeat and joyful color and you don’t have to wear it from head to toe – buy a blouse, jacket, or even a shoe in a vibrant, cool shade. They’ll be available everywhere at Saks. Fifth Avenue in Target. “

He adds: “Some people may want to do the peacock, but there is a way to do it with interesting colors, prints and hems that look more directional than what we’ve been wearing in the last year and a half.”

For those looking for a strong piece, Glassman suggests a new blazer. “Blazers are back on all levels and they are a wonderful silhouette. They instill a certain confidence and you can wear them in the office or out in the evening.”

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect (or fear) for next season.


“I can’t express enough the importance of the mini. And when I say mini, I mean mini,” says Montiglio. “It’s a straight leg.” This also applies to the new “power suit” and, unless the jacket is paired with pants, the matching bottom is a mini or shorts. “The plaid is big and there’s a whole ‘no clue’ thing going on,” he says referring to Alicia Silverstone’s character, Cher Horowitz’s plaid dresses in the film.

The jeans scene

The skinny jeans are still out, and the mom jeans are still in, even though the legs have gotten wider and shorter … but the returning baby is the low waist. “The low waist with belts is back big,” says Banschick who currently offers several styles. The flip side: “The whole 90s look includes a wider jeans paired with a shorter fitted top,” Mazzella explains.


Bare-belly bralettes and crop tops have been shown everywhere on the spring runways and retailers are buying them, but they hesitate to say the allure is universal. Haghani believes her younger clients will embrace the look while others will “tweak the crop. You’ll want a new high-waisted, wider leg jeans and a shorter top that matches the waist. Or wear a dress with a cropped cardigan cut. about it, “he explains.

Slash and cutouts and peepholes, oh my

“The key, the key, the key point for next season is the clippings,” says Haghani. “And I don’t mean coldness … put it in the back of your closet.” He says the navel cut on long dresses is especially popular while Montiglio says he’s seeing peepholes and shoulder pads “on almost everything we have.”

Explosions of color, wild prints

There are “fearless” amounts of colors and prints, says Banschick, calling them “playful and fun. People want to stand out.” Montiglio adds: “Nothing I’ve seen is muted. Everything is blunt, almost sunny oranges, pinks and yellows like those.” Haghani will sell pantsuits and skirts in neon shades such as lime green, orange and fuchsia that he believes can be worn to work.


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