It’s a brand new year, full of exciting new beginnings. If, like me, you’re looking forward to saying farewell to winter and embracing a new season of colourful and exciting trends, what better way to look ahead to spring summer 2022.
It might be January, but it’s never too early to start planning. After nearly two years of WFH casual dressing, loungewear and making what’s up top count, we are all in need of a little change.
For spring summer, designers everywhere have put a new spin on old favourites, splashed colour all over their catwalks, designed outfits everyone wants to wear and created collections that project a brighter year ahead.
Vibrant colours, flashes of skin, sheer fabrics and cool sportswear dominated the catwalks of spring summer 2022 breathing new life into the world of fashion.
From biker girls to Hollywood starlets, gym class heroes to feminine skirt suits, there’s something to inspire everyone this season.
So without further ado, let’s delve into the trends.
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It’s hip to be square in vision distorting checks for spring summer 2022. From checker board to pop colour creations, it’s time to go off grid and mix up your checks.
From tailoring to crop tops this retro graphic can be worn for all occasions. Step back into the office with an impact in a power player suit, take it back to the 90’s in a monochrome crop top and add some flare to the midi skirt in green, one of the key colours of the season.
Blazer, £150, Cos – buy now
Trousers, £99, Cos – buy now
Top, £6, H&M – buy now
Skirt, £175, Rixo – buy now
Feminine and girly, cute yet cool, the skirt suit makes a welcome return from the 90’s with a version for everyone.
Chanel’s classic tweed skirt suits came in an array of exciting new colours, shapes and sizes, while Christian Dior made going back to the office an exciting prospect with smart cool girl versions.
This playful twinset is a must in everyone’s wardrobe for spring summer 2022.
Katarina tweed jacket, £175, Dream Sister Jane – buy now
Katarina tweed mini skirt, £95, Dream Sister Jane – buy now
It’s legs on show this season, as designers decided it was time to get our legs out from under our desks and back out into the world.
After so long showing off what we wear above the waist, it’s time to parade those pins.
Look to Prada for chic colours, Missoni for metallic mini’s and Miu Miu for the ultimate micro, so short even the pockets hang below the hemline.
Ondina skirt, £105, Storm Label at Lone Design Club – buy now
It’s time to shine in this season’s eye blinding light reflecting trend.
Silver fluid fabrics moved effortlessly down the catwalks of Fendi and Lanvin, sequins shimmered and sparkled for Valentino and Burberry, while Gucci and Balenciaga stole the show with layers and layers of foil fabrics and voluminous shapes.
Edie party dress, £195, Alexa Chung – buy now
The OG of leather jacket is back with a whole lot of bad girl energy for 2022.
More biker gang than rock ‘n’ roll chick, this year’s leather look has toughened up with layers of leather from Alice and Olivia, covered in studs and spikes a la Richard Quinn.
Alexander McQueen mixed leather with denim covered in multiple zips and buckles and Miu Miu embraced vintage with worn down distressed leather.
Cropped studded leather biker jacket, now £479, Stand Studio at The Outnet – buy now
From monochrome to colourful, blurred to cut up, breton to check chair, straight up and down or all over the place stripes are a constant on the catwalk yet never fail to grab our attention.
This year saw a mixed bag of stripes. JW Anderson, Etro and Alaia added tassels, bringing texture and movement to the trend.
Balmain took the Breton to a whole new level and Fendi draped models with colourful, elegant branded statement stripes.
Stary striped high-rise jeans, £215, Ganni at MyTheresa – buy now
Get ready to lower your denim rise, bare your midriff, throw on a few butterflies and dig out your cargo pants as Y2K has bounced back with all the nostalgia, fun, energy and belly button flare it had the first time around.
Dolce & Gabbana announced their key influence with slogan t-shirts, chokers and micro skirts, MSGM returned to the double denim favourite teamed with flip flops and midriff and Tom Ford brought back the high shine cargo pants we never thought would be seen again.
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Sportswear went old school for spring summer 2022, turning PE geeks into gym class heroes. Colours were muted with trims of neon, while fabrics were practical with cool edgy cuts you wouldn’t want to break a sweat in.
Knee high socks and slides, anoraks and hoodies, buttoned up polo necks and safety specs featured, all topped off with a visor for extra measure.
Combined-design sweater, £59.99, Mango – buy now
The barely there fabric that’s bringing sexy back was a big hit for what will hopefully be a scorcher of a season ahead.
The delicate slip dresses that flowed over equally see through lingerie from Dsquared may be a little risque for some, but fear not there were some fun styling options to pull this transparent trend off.
For those who may veer towards modesty Ashish’s floral sheer dresses over brightly coloured tights may be more appealing, or Dior’s ability to layer sheer fabrics in just the right places and covering all the right areas feel a little more wearable.
Fitted Midi Mesh Dress, £65, & Other Stories – buy now
Quite possibly the most daunting trend of them all is the rise of the midriff. Designers delightfully put so many on show this season that it feels like a conspiracy to get us to shed our lockdown pounds and bare all when it comes to our fashion choices this summer.
Another 90’s/00’s-inspired trend, the midriff has taken centre stage by lowering our waistlines and hiking up our crop tops.
Lanvin played around with proportions by adding low rise puffball skirts and wide legged trousers teamed with graphic crop tops, Zimmerman transformed tailoring with belly button flashing suiting and Etro went full retro with scarf like tops and drawstring slouchy bottoms in bubblegum pink.
Rachel top, £310, Cult Gaia – buy now
It’s a bright and beautiful time to get colourful, as designers celebrated the new season with an array of bold stunning juicy colours that instantly lift your energy.
This easy one-stop styling option is the quickest way to update your wardrobe with minimal fashion experience.
Try Bottega’s stylish all over colour palette and match your accessories in similar shades. Take tailoring to another level and opt for head to toe suiting in vibrant orange spotted at the Boss spring summer 2022 show.
If the bolder approach feels a little daunting, look to Max Mara and try sorbet shades for a more subtle way to wear this trend.
Not just for beach babes, although there was plenty of inspiration for this year’s summer holiday, this DIY colour trend was a favourite on the catwalks adding exciting new colour ways to a season that certainly wants to stand out.
Splashed across evening gowns, layered over hoodies and flowing skirts by Marques Almeida and adorned across day to night dresses at the Jason Wu show, this year’s version of tie-dye certainly made a splash.
Tie-dye midi dress, now £48, & Other Stories – buy now
A wardrobe staple of any fashion girl, the blazer has been around for a while but this season it really means business. Sleeves are longer, shoulders bigger, shapes bolder and sizes baggier. This year, the blazer is BIG!
This throw-over-everything styling hero has always saved the day when making an impression for both smart and casual situations, yet the trick this year is to make it the biggest thing you own.
Oversized jacket, £34.99, H&M – buy now
It’s time to ruffle some feathers in this season’s softest trend. From trimmings to all over plumage, this fabulous feather fashion friend is no soft touch.
Valentino added eye popping colours, Moschino made them the finishing touch to eccentric outfits while Gucci swept the floor with them.
Whichever way you choose to wear them be sure to prune and preen your feathery friends for a truly fluffy finish.
Carlotta Diamond Checker Print Mini Dress, £145, KITRI Studio – buy now