If Y2K’s low-slung mini skirt trend fills you with dread, there are still plenty of spring/summer trends to buy into, from slouchy suits to pretty white dresses.
We’ve finally had a taste of Spring and we’re more than ready to pack away our puffers and relish in a new, significantly warmer, season. But what does that mean for our wardrobes? SS22 trends are coming in hot with looks celebrating a more carefree approach to dressing, from barely-there cut-out dresses to bold neon brights. After two years of lockdown, designers reclaimed the runway and fashion is back and more adventurous than ever but there is something for everyone – wild or not.
Scroll down to see our pick of the spring/summer 2022 fashion trends we actually want to wear, and think you will too. There’s not a mini skirt in sight…
1. SOFT SUITING
Victoria Beckham and The Row are front runners when it comes to effortless tailoring and spring’s softly cut blazers and loose-fitting trousers are a pairing made for stylish days in the office and beyond. Structured suits are out and relaxed fits are in, boasting a laidback attitude whilst still remaining polished.
A relaxed suit can easily take you from day to night with a few accessory swaps. Pair with a simple white vest top and sneakers for off duty dressing or with a bra top and heels for an evening look. Finish with a sleek bun and red lips.
2. CUT OUT DRESSES
Skin baring designs are coming in hot this season and this party-oriented trend has us dreaming of balmy summer evenings and al fresco dining. Sexy dressing is no longer taboo and designers are embracing our newfound freedom with cut-out details and rib-cage cutaways. Look to Nensi Dojaka’s lingerie-inspired creations or Jonathan Simkhai’s contemporary take on the slip dress.
Upgrade your LBD to this new eveningwear essential. Buy midi length with sleeves if you are looking for a more grown-up look and pair with mules and simple jewellery for easy sophistication. It's a great holiday dress too, all you need is sunkissed skin and strappy sandals.
3. NEON BRIGHTS
Pack a punch in this season’s most fruity trend. Bold, beautiful brights stormed the SS22 catwalks and designers from Versace to David Koma took evening wear to new heights with technicolour pieces in tangerine and Fuschia. Fashion is positively upbeat and these highlighter shades are sure to brighten up duller days.
High octane hues are the unofficial dress code of the season and will really pop in the summer months. Pair bold looks with neutral accessories for a high energy look that's still polished. If you need persuading, start with a bright shirt and pair it with jeans or tailored trousers.
If you missed the seventies first time round, paisley dresses, printed jumpsuits and flared trousers reigned supreme on the SS22 runways and boho chic is a trend we want to recreate. Etro’s retro prints never fail to spark nostalgia and Johanna Ortiz’s laidback luxe had us dreaming of a trip to Marrakech. Exuding a wanderlust spirit that’s suited for the beach, wafty, feminine pieces will carry you through summer with ease.
If you can't wait for the weather to warm up, paisley dresses can be worn now with western boots and a trench coat on top. Pair with tie-up sandals and 70s shades on warm summer days. Look to Anthropologie for a range of boho dresses for any occasion. We're reserving ours for those late-summer weddings.
5. BRIDAL VIBES
Although not specifically for brides, pretty white dresses were a vision of beauty on the catwalks from Erdem’s intricate lace to Philosophy’s whimsical ruffles. Whether you are getting married or not, it’s time to embrace a long white dress this summer – and there are plenty of options for romance seekers. A cotton Broderie Anglaise is perfect for holidays in Europe or a simple cotton-poplin midi is well suited to summer in the countryside.
Nothing says summer like a pretty white dress and you'll get plenty of wear over the next few months. Style with neutral flats and a basket bag for seaside breaks or sneakers and a crossbody for weekends in the city.