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Oodie brand guru predicts e-trends for 2022

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Loungewear at work, a boom in pet accessories, and an emerging new generation of young e-entrepreneurs.

These are just some of the trends that will emerge, or grow further, next year as a proportion of Aussies continue to earn a living from home, relocate out of cities, and take precautions to reduce their risk of viral infections.

The forecasts come from Davie Fogarty, founder and CEO of Davie Group, the company behind brands The Oodie, Calming Blankets and Pupnaps, which have amassed cult-like followings in the last three years. 

Davie was also recently added to the AFR Young Rich List, with Davie Group having turned over $182 million in FY21.

“The impact of the COVID pandemic has seen more Australians embrace the indoors, changing their behaviour and clothing choices as a result,” Davie says.

“Businesses are similarly pivoting to meet these new needs, while the emergence of new technologies is drumming up consumer demand in new areas, also helping young entrepreneurs break into different industries easily and successfully.”

So what are Davie’s top nine consumer trend predictions for 2022?

 1.       Loungewear will enter our workplaces and social lives. Now that hybrid working arrangements are widespread, Davie predicts more Australians will place an importance on, and invest in, lounge-style clothing, such as slouchy pants, track pants, sweats, tees and comfortable slip-ons or sneakers. There will be some ‘blurring’ between what we wear to bed or lounge around in at home, and what we wear out. 

Davie says, “Seeking comfort over fashion will be embraced more widely over the next year, as people and their employers become more used to people earning a living from home.” 

2.       Pet accessories will boom. As Australians have spent more time at home, pet ownership has increased significantly in the past two years with 69% of Australians now owning pets. With more people working from home in the company of their pets, Davie predicts pet products – along with pet ownership – will continue to boom in 2022. 

3.       Bedrooms will become decentralised. Davie forecasts that Australians will move away from the bedroom as a place solely for rest and relaxation, as rooms become multi-functional. Australians will move to other areas of the house to read, relax and nap. Davie predicts more of us will invest in accessories usually associated with bedrooms – such as pillows, cushions, throws and candles – for living rooms, decks, rumpus rooms, studies or outdoor living areas.

4.       Self-care will become a priority. Davie expects more Australians to prioritise their mental health and self-care needs to de-stress and reduce anxiety over the next year. Consumer demand for products and services that deliver on comfort, wellness and happiness will grow in 2022. Consumers will seek physical products that provide relaxation and a means of ‘escape’, along with experiences and services, such as spa treatments in and out of the home.

5.       Online shopping will grow steadily. Davie says more consumers and retailers have moved online over the past two years. While the growth will slow this summer, retailers will increase their investment in the online shopping experience in 2022, and more shoppers will remain online. “I expect continued growth in eCommerce and social commerce, and more brands will embrace different platforms to attract new customers and sales. Viral social content designed to convert sales will grow, particularly as apps such as Tik Tok rise in popularity. Influencers will also continue to be a powerful tool for brands to drive sales online.”

6.       Outdoor activities and social gatherings will grow in popularity. More Australians have been embracing outdoor spaces, which are less affected by lockdowns and present lower infection risks. Since March 2020, a third of Australians have prioritised their physical health and 89% engaged in activities to improve their health.Davie says this trend will continue in 2022, along with a demand for outdoor equipment and products. 

7.       Nights in will be the default. Australians became accustomed to staying in during the pandemic, improving their homes to increase their enjoyment at home. Renovation spend increased by 83% in 2020, while Australians also invested more in revamping kitchens and outdoor spaces, such as patios, terraces and decks. As a result, Davie forecasts more Australians will shift their focus to entertaining in the home. Davie says home entertainment and homewares will also be heavily invested in rather than spending on social outfits and nights out at restaurants.

8.       Younger generations will gravitate towards eCommerce entrepreneurship. Davie predicts a growing appetite among young Australians for entrepreneurship, particularly in the eCommerce world. He says barriers of entry are shrinking. “It is easier and more affordable than ever to start an eCommerce business. Entrepreneurs used to spend a lot of time and money creating eCommerce stores and apps. However, today creating an app and eCommerce store is now as simple as the click of a button.”

9.       More brands will accept crypto. Cryptocurrency gained significant momentum this year and Davie predicts it will become an accepted payment method by more businesses in 2022 and beyond. 

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