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Afterpay Fall Winter 2022 Trend Report

Gen Z and Millennial shopping habits reveal defining fall/winter fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends from Afterpay insights.


Afterpay’s bi-annual trend report is here, identifying the key fall and winter trends of the season. By analyzing Gen Z and Millennial purchasing behaviours in Canada and the U.S., the trend report sheds light on the macrotrends being shaped by the younger generations, who are turning to BNPL to help budget for everyday purchases. Since 2020, BNPL spending has increased 660 per cent as consumers adopt flexible payment solutions to help manage their purchases.


We present a breakdown below of the top three fall and winter macro trends Gen Z and Millennial consumers are shopping for from Afterpay’s global catalog of more than 144,000 brands and retailers. 


Fall Grunge

Grunge is back this fall with Canadian shoppers incorporating 90s inspiration into their wardrobes and beauty routines. Plaid and leather apparel were added to shopping carts in the fashion category, and the return of the slept-in-your-makeup look has solidified grunge as a fall favourite. 


  •  All Leather Everything: Consumers are clamouring to add leather into their wardrobes – with sales of leather jackets, pants, shirts and more, up 295 per cent year-over-year in Canada. 
  •  Thanks to Courtney Love: Shoppers are moving away from the perfection of the “clean girl aesthetic” and embracing the grungy, unbothered look once popularized by 90s rocker Courtney Love. Across North America, there’s a focus on smudged eyeliner, up 57 per cent year-over-year, and chrome eyeshadow, up 491 per cent year-over-year. 


Muted Metallics

Uncertainty in the macroeconomic climate continues to hold influence on both designers and consumers as they move away from Serotonin Dressing into a more subdued form of optimism through metallics – even giving rise to more futuristic dressing.


  • Golden Hour: Sales for metallic apparel and accessories were up 184 per cent year-over-year in Canada. While gold remains the popular choice across both regions, silver items are on the rise. 
  •  The Future of Fashion: Just like designers, consumers want in on the latest fashion tech trends. According to Afterpay brand ambassador, Zanna Roberts-Rassi, “As more leading designers play into the world of NFTs, consumers are trying to keep up by incorporating vinyl fabrics, with Afterpay sales already up 42 per cent year-over-year. Perfect for holiday season dressing!”


Haircare Gets Its Own Routine

As the seasons transition, it can be a motivational time for consumers to embrace change. Many are either changing up their hair styles or investing in haircare products, especially for those experiencing hair loss. Afterpay fashion psychologist, Shakaila Forbes-Bell, says, “According to psychologist Harth W Blume-Peytavi, hair growth and hair disorders not only influence an individual’s appearance, but often lead to an enormous emotional burden with low self-confidence, impaired quality of life and even psychological disorders. As such, consumers are investing in their hair to avoid these issues and further embrace wellness.”


  •  Luxe Locks: Self care starting from the scalp has become a necessary part of wellness routines. Hydrating hair products are up 276 per cent year-over-year in Canada. 
  •  Revenge Hair: Refined Y2K hair accessories such as butterfly clips are up 78 per cent year-over-year in Canada respectively. 


The trend report analyzes purchases made by our global customer base of over 20 million, who shop from Afterpay’s catalog of over 144,000 brands and retailers to identify the season’s key trends and shopping patterns.² Afterpay gives consumers the ability to use their own money and pay over time without having to turn to expensive credit cards, which can lead to revolving and compounding debt. Built from the ground up to help consumers pay responsibly, more than 98 per cent of Afterpay transactions never incur a late fee and more than 90 per cent of Afterpay transactions are paid with a debit card.


For all the Gen Z and Millennial fashion, beauty and lifestyle shopping trends uncovered by Afterpay, click below to download the full report. 


Afterpay 2022 Fall Winter Trend Report.

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