Lycra launches legwear trend forecast for AW 22/23


Each look features innovations offering the latest fit and performance benefits.

The Lycra Company, a global leader in developing innovative fibre and technology solutions for the apparel industry, has launched its highly anticipated legwear trends forecast for AW22/23. With the ongoing effects of the pandemic, this season the legwear sector shifts its focus to self-empowerment and innovation, bringing enlightenment and liberation to the new collections.

Each year, through an alliance with the trend forecasting experts from Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, The Lycra Company remains at the forefront of legwear by presenting a forward-thinking prediction of the cutting-edge trends through a capsule collection that showcases the latest legwear innovations.

“For over 20 years we have been inspiring our customers with our legwear trends forecast; it’s a value- added benefit of working with The Lycra Company that our customers appreciate,” said Jane Gwyther, senior strategic manager – legwear, The Lycra Company.

“This year’s forecast tells a story about the future. Our series of creative legwear is intended to inspire and dress up a generation that is interested in problem-solving innovations. Each look features technologies we have developed to satisfy unmet consumer needs in legwear comfort and performance.”

The Lycra Company and Stijlinstituut Amsterdam together have identified four key themes that address the hopes and dreams of the modern consumer:

Trend 1: Fitness First

Graphic accents add playfulness and energy

Self-care and health are increasingly important. It has become interconnected with every aspect of our lives, brought to life in the relationship between fashion and fitness.

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© The Lycra Company

Look 1 (left): Wellness is the new status symbol

Athleisure has moved far beyond the basic black legging, as design meets functionality. Social media is buzzing with an increasing number of people showcasing their healthy lifestyles and posting photos of themselves wearing stylish athleisure apparel across a range of activities and occasions.

COOLMAX EcoMade ALL SEASON technology helps expand the comfort zone of the wearer, no matter what they demand of their apparel. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled resources, it ticks the social responsibility box for this growing tribe who incorporate wellness into everything they do.

Look 2 (right): Blurring lines and cross-sector convergence

As the lines between work, home and pleasure blur, so do the lines between activewear and daywear. Trickling through from streetwear to luxury, the influence of athleisure has profoundly changed the way we dress. On-the-go lifestyles, work-from-home and a growing awareness of health and fitness has driven a desire for apparel that can “do it all”.

New COOLMAX EcoMade technology made from 100% textile waste offers moisture management and dries quickly, whilst LYCRA ENERGIZE fibre adds compression to help optimise performance.

 Look 3 (not pictured): Technology Reshaping Fashion

Technology is reshaping the state of the fashion industry – automating, personalising and speeding up the fashion space. High-tech performance technologies bring functionality and style to garments. THERMOLITE FAR INFRARED (FIR) technology makes it possible to develop lightweight, warmth generating garments. Deeper saturated colours are achieved using LYCRA LIVING LIGHTS technology.

LYCRA ENERGIZE fibre helps revitalize tired legs, while LYCRA FUSION technology makes tights that are durable and ladder resistant.


Amplifying creativity and expressing views through fashion

Expressive garments, made for motion, are injected with humour, bravely disregarding classic fashion rules. They are crafted to appeal to those who dare to wear playful designs and express themselves through fashion.

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© The Lycra Company

Look 1 (left and right): Composed and Curated Rebellion

A wild mix of patterns, prints and dyes come together to deliver a perfect symphony of style, promoting diversity, inclusivity and creative expression. Personalisation makes fashion “for me” and empowers by offering choice. LYCRA ADAPTIV fibre personalises fit. It provides shaping and compression as needed and makes garments easier to put on and take off – perfect for modern, busy lifestyles.

LYCRA 3D technology offers a smooth, uniform appearance and freedom of movement, whilst LYCRA FREEF!T technology brings added comfort and shape retention to waistbands, with no digging in and rolling over.

Look 2 (not pictured): Lasting Style with Heritage Motives

Heritage motives are always in fashion and offer a comforting familiarity, whilst being perfectly adaptable to each generation’s style. LYCRA DRY technology absorbs moisture fast to help keep feet dry. LYCRA MADE TO FIT YOU technology fits smoothly; regardless of ankle circumference; stays in place but with less digging in and marking on the skin.

Look 3 (not pictured): Uplifting Expressionism

Vibrant colours and bold patterns, clashing shapes and styles. Proud, self-expression brings positive vibes to fashion. LYCRA ADAPTIV fibre brings shaping and compression for different body shapes where needed. It perfectly combines stay-in-place fit with exquisite comfort. Seamless garment suits different body shapes and sizes. True comfort in motion.


Less and luxe, rejuvenating professionalism and chic

Designers and buyers report a new wave of glamour and chic as people, begin to dress up again. However, excess is out. This look is about restrained finesse. This is a comfortable interpretation, making the everyday extraordinary.

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© The Lycra Company

Look 1 (left): Romantic Glamour

Gender neutral and unashamedly nostalgic, this look takes inspiration from the glamour era of the silver screen. Decoesque geometric shapes, presented in a subtle and very personal way. LYCRA SHAPING technology enhances the silhouette, offering comfort with smooth, yet firm, support across a wide range of body types.

Look 2 (not pictured): Return of the Pinstripe

A contemporary take on the classic pinstripe appears in stylish outfits everywhere. COOLMAX freshFX technology provides long-lasting freshness whilst LYCRA BLACK technology achieves true black, without glitter or grin-through.

LYCRA MADE TO FIT YOU technology provides an everyday stay-up concept for all thigh sizes with a second skin effect and no digging in. LYCRA FUSION technology enhances durability with ladder/run resistance.

Look 3 (right): Luxurious Marble

Revered by ancient cultures for its beauty and strength, marble has represented luxury and glamour throughout the history of civilization. In AW22/23 we will see marble appearing in everything from fashion to interior design.

THERMOLITE FAR INFRARED (FIR) technology uses the body’s infrared energy to generate gentle warmth, whilst LYCRA ENERGIZE fibre adds energizing compression.


The flaws and imperfections of natural materials, stone and cracked effects, rugged piles and organic patterning, make an alluring untamed aesthetic. Designers make use of natural forms, patterns and textures to blur the lines between the organic and the synthetic.

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© The Lycra Company

Look 1 (left): Artificial Nature

Designs explore a simulated view of the natural world, straddling the divide between nature and technology. LYCRA SUPER SUMMER SHEER technology delivers incredibly sheer hosiery with a better than bare appearance and greater durability due to LYCRA FUSION technology. LYCRA MADE TO FIT YOU technology offers the perfect stay-in-place band while minimising red marks.

Look 2 (right): Growing and Evolving Form

Dynamic patterns that look as if they are still growing and moving. Diffused, dispersed and spread, embracing uncontrollable and dynamic colouring as if captured during a process of evolution. COOLMAX toughFX technology transports moisture away from feet and offers improved durability. LYCRA SOFT COMFORT technology makes garments easy to put on and off and stay in place.

Look 3 (not pictured): Animal Ambition

Guilt-free artificial furs and skins feature alongside animal inspired patterns and cosy textures. Fabrics and materials that look just as snug as they feel and perform even better.

THERMOLITE ALL SEASON technology for everyday at home socks offers lightweight warmth and keeps feet dry at the same time. LYCRA SOFT COMFORT technology for the ultimate all-day comfort and easy donning whilst staying in place.

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