Fashion trends 2022: the key styles to shop this summer
Boost your mood, your confidence, and your style credentials with the latest fashion trends 2022
The sun is finally shining, meaning it's time to soak up the fashion trends 2022 has to offer. Ready to reinvigorate your wardrobe, this season is packed full of summer-ready brights, chic artisanal detailing, and gorgeous accessories that will remind you of the joy of dressing up.
The sun is out and we couldn't be happier about it. But that does mean that it's time to embrace the latest fashion trends 2022. With something to suit every taste and shape, this season really does have it all. Whether you're catching some rays in your backyard or heading off on vacation, you can instantly add a fresh feel to your capsule wardrobe by injecting some of this season's must-have items.
Katie Eastwood, stylist ambassador at online personal styling service Stitch Fix, is expecting big things for the trends 2022, “We’re going to be seeing lots of extreme lengths; whether that be maxi or midi, metallics, bold colors, or low waists - in 2022 it’s definitely a case of ‘more is more’.”
From the mood-boosting bright color clothes of dopamine dressing, to discovering what is boho style, this summer is packed with trend-led pieces that will make you feel both stylish and relaxed.
Fashion trends 2022 to shop now
Most of the styles you’ll be seeing in stores filter down from the runways and the fashion trends 2022 can only be described as a downpour of maximalist looks.
From London to Paris, whether you're loving British clothing brands such as Burberry or French clothing brands such as Chanel, the SS22 runways were filled with creative and bright clothing, something that has been lacking from our closets for the last couple of years. The one question that remains, after dressing down for so long is: do we dare to wear them?
“Remember you don’t have to recreate an exact outfit seen on the models”, says Paula. “The fashion shows are there to inspire you, so take pieces from the looks you like best and weave them into your existing wardrobe subtly at first.”
It is thought this new wave of bold dressing has come about as a result of the pandemic, which designers have used to flex their creative muscles. “Trends often come through as a reaction to these political, social and economic issues." says Katie, "The bold, extravagant pieces we are seeing across the 2022 runways are most likely a reaction to restraints we’ve all been under as a result of the pandemic.
By celebrating the bold, the colorful, and all that sparkles, designers are offering a form of escapism, allowing people to embrace something positive through their aesthetic.”
Consider your options carefully, and think wisely about what you buy. StitchFix has found that 83% of its customers want to buy fewer, more quality items in a bid to become more conscious shoppers. Move away from the ‘wear once’ culture by using this to guide your style, opting for pieces you’ll learn to love and will wear time and time again in various outfits and iterations. You can also investigate the best sustainable clothing brands, that consciously design fashion-forward pieces that have a lower environmental impact. And if you want to fund your new wardrobe, why not learn how to sell your clothes online and swap out the old for the new.
Here are the biggest fashion trends to snap up in 2022.
1. TOP-TO-TOE COLOR
Forget tan, neutrals, or classic creams, the fashion color trends 2022, are all about going bold and bright. Models walking for Christian Dior and Versace were seen in top-to-toe brights that really make a statement. “The Queen has been color blocking for years, now it’s time for us all to boost our mood with bold hues," says woman&home fashion director, Paula Moore. "Start with a bright accessory, such as shoes or a bag, and add this to a look you're comfortable in.”
From this point, you get more confident, she explains, “You can build up to a whole look easily. Fuchsia pink and Kermit-the-frog green compliment all skin tones, so why not try a suit that will take you from day to night effortlessly.”
From the best pink dresses to new bolder iterations of the best blazers, this summer is the time to inject color into your closet. Ask yourself what color suits me and be most concerned by the hues near your face. If you're currently selecting what to wear to a wedding, or need an outfit for a christening, a block-colored look or bright print will easily reflect the joyous mood of the occasion.
WHAT TO BUY
Bold shoes and bags: Ease into the trend with color-pop heels or attention-grabbing arm candy. They will instantly brighten up a little black dress or add some interest to your jeans. If you really want to branch out, try clashing the colors as well. Blues and greens or oranges and pinks are great together. Check out the best handbag trends for 2022 for some added accessory inspiration.
Boxy suits: The key to a good suit is all in the fit. A pair of high-waisted, wide-leg trousers cinch in your middle, and gently skim over your thighs. Add a boxy blazer and you’ve got the recipe for a chic and empowering look in seconds.
Smock frocks: There is nothing easier than a throw-on-and-go dress. If you can bag a smock-frock in a bright color then you’ve nailed the trend without even trying. All you need is to add your best sandals and you're good to go.
Fashion editor's picks...
Zara High Heeled Satin Mule
RRP: $49.90 / £32.99 | There is a definite synergy between this summer's fashion trends and the latest shoe trends 2022. Evoking '90s nostalgia and with a quilt finishing, these perfectly pink mules will ensure you step into the season in style. Swathes of models hit the runway this season in brightly colored shoes, seamlessly working with the top-to-toe color trend.
M&S Short Sleeve Collared Shirt
RRP: $42.50 / £25 | Ideal as part of your summer outfits for work, this short sleeve, collard shirt will have you looking smart whilst staying comfortable. Style with tailored trousers for the office or linen drawcord trousers for the weekend or vacation. This pastel blue hue teams well with navy and keeps this look fresh, adding a softer and more feminine finish to any ensemble.
Honorine Elodie Pink Tiered Midi Dress
RRP: $337 / £310 | The fashion pack has swapped LBDs for the hot pink variety. Seen on the runway at the likes of Valentino, pink is set to remain one of the key Fall 2022 fashion trends, making them a great investment. Guaranteed to steal all the attention, they're ideal when looking at what to wear on a first date as they exude confidence.
Boden Stitch Crossbody Bag
RRP: $150 / £98 | Have a bit of fun with your handbag and opt for one of the best crossbody bags. With contrast stitching, it's just the right size to fit the essentials and is great for ensuring you can enjoy your day hands-free. The yellow and pink is an unusual color combination but one that works really well. The sunny hue is ideal for warmer weather too.
Comes in plus sizes
Mango Cotton Culottes
RRP: $59.99 / £35.99 | This gorgeous blue hue adds a lightness to any occasionwear outfit this season. With an ankle skimming finish, they're ideal for showing off some fancy footwear, from your best designer heels to a pair of comfortable flats. Team with your best shirts, the tailored style makes these universally flattering and they're available up to a size 26.
Oliver Bonas Ochre Skirt
RRP: $87 / £59.90 | This gorgeous pleated midi skirt can be dressed up or down, styling with t-shirts or blouses depending on the occasion. We love the comfort fit of the elasticated waist, just right for those hot summer days. The ochre hue taps easily into the bright color clothing trend, although we suggest teaming this skirt with a classic white tee.
2. FRINGING DETAILS
With its tassels, crochet, and slouchy fits, this fashion trend has a more bohemian feel - conjuring up idyllic summer holidays, wearing chunky sandals and a fringed outfit that moves in the gentle sea breeze - you've got the idea. And to accessorize? All you need is a cocktail!
Seriously though, fringing is actually easy to wear and very flattering and it's also incredibly fun. Choose pieces where fringing falls cleverly over any areas you’re a little self-conscious of, and it easily skims over those areas, taking your look to a new level in the process.
Saisangeeth Daswani, head of advisory at trends intelligence agency Stylus, saw this one coming. “With digital taking over our day-to-day lives, we expect that consumers will have a continued desire for touch-and-feel in fashion," she explains. "Tactile surfaces have become key, offering a new way for consumers to engage with products.”
While you can wear fringing subtly everyday, this is a great one for party season, particularly if you're on the hunt for what to wear to a festival this summer. The swishing fringe detail with help you dance the night away in style.
WHAT TO BUY
Maxi dresses: The long-line dress is always a winner in our eyes as it means limited leg-shaving. Aside from that, it’s also super flattering and easy to dress up or down for different summer events. Any styles with tassels in earthy tones will ensure your summer look is at the top of the style ladder.
Crochet tops: Open-knit tops are going to be big news this season. Try to find a style that has extra fringing at the bottom that will fall over your hips. Wear with a slim-fit midi skirt or chinos for a look that oozes style prowess.
Beach bags: The best beach bags and the most spacious tote bags this season have all been treated to a fringing makeover. Look for open crochet knits and OTT tassel embellishments to add an instant and easy summer twist to your look.
Fashion editor's picks...
Free People Crochet Top
RRP: $148 / £140 | Crochet and fringing, this top ticks all the boxes. Whether you’re hitting the festival circuit or lounging on a hammock in the garden, this is made for carefree days. Team with you best skinny jeans, or investigate the latest denim trends 2022 and try rocking this fringed number with a directional denim skirt for a fresh new look.
Mango Fringed Handbag
RRP: $49.99 / £29.99 | Ease yourself into the trend with a cool fringed bag that will elevate the simplest of looks. We love the vibrant green and blue hues on this beauty. Whether you're heading out with friends at the weekend, or are looking for one of the best totes for perfect poolside style, this fancy fringed design is one that will surely get you noticed this summer.
Jonathan Simkhai Dress
RRP: $545 / £539 | A crochet dress is a worthy addition to your holiday wardrobe taking you from beach to bar. Layer over your best swimsuit - to create one of the best beach cover-ups, and finish with gladiator sandals, or a pair of timeless wedges. A fun vacation look, while crochet is very much a trend right now, a piece like this won't date.
Karen Millen Fringe Skirt
RRP: $238 / £139 | Embrace this artisanal trend with delicately crafted fringed pieces. With a nod to runway styles, this skirt looks far more expensive than its price take, with all the hallmarks of a designer look. The white base keeps it timeless, while the injections of color add a fun and summery finish. Keep your top half simple and bodycon to let the skirt shine.
Sandro Fringe Midi Dress
RRP: $370 / £279 | Treat yourself to a new LBD (little black dress). A wardrobe essential, the LBD gets a modern update in the form of on-trend fringing. Team with some simple strappy sandals and wear for summer nights out, alfresco dinners and dancing under the stars. To layer up on cooler evenings, reflect the tailored style of the dress and team with a white blazer.
Dune Lemoney Sandals
RRP: $99 / £75 | Offering a splash of color to your summer wardrobe, these lemon ombre sandals bring a fun feel to proceedings. Ideal for jazzing up jeans and t-shirts or teaming with a floaty maxi dress as you stroll along the promonade, they're also available in a neutral palette for those looking for something a little less bright and a little more versatile.
3. SEQUINS AND SHIMMER
Sequins aren’t just for Christmas. You can shimmer any month of the year, so take inspiration from Chanel and Valentino and introduce everyday sparkle into your closet. Ideal for what to wear to a concert this summer, after a rather stop-start season the last couple of years, it's time to party in style (and glitter).
Whether it’s a show-stopping dress or a chic two-piece, sequins in summer definitely help to celebrate the season in style. But sequins in the sun aren't the same as at Christmas. “I love sparkle, but the key is to keep accessories to a minimum”, says Paula. “If you wear a standout piece, avoid overwhelming the look with lots of jewelry or prints. Let the clothes do the talking.”
WHAT TO BUY
Sequined blazers: The easiest way to include shimmering fabrics is in the form of a blazer. The smart jacket never goes out of style, and if you bag one made from sequins then you can immediately elevate any look.
Wide-leg trousers: The trend for wide strides was big for AW21 and we are thrilled to see it continue into 2022. A flattering fit, they provide a clever way to dress down sequins. Just add your best white t-shirt to black sequin trousers and you’ve got a strong everyday outfit.
Slip dresses: A slinky slip dress in a satin fabric can be a little clingy, but cover the cut in sequins, and suddenly it’s a lot more wearable. Look for the best midi dress styles that you can wear with pretty flats, such as ballet pumps or slides. You can also add the best shapewear for a more sculpted silhouette.
Fashion editor's picks...
River Island Sequin Midi Dress
RRP: $248 / £150 | Looking for a dress with that wow factor? Look no further. This color block design has a bodycon fit to show off your curves and a split hem for easy movement. Keep the rest of your look simple - just add a pair of barely-there sandals.
Ted Baker Sequin Bib Frill Top
RRP: $295 / £225 | This is a real showstopper shirt with frill detailing, voluminous sleeves and party sequins. The high neckline gives it extra style kudos. Keep the rest of your outfit pared-back - team with tailored trousers or jeans and let the blouse do the work.
Aggi Silver Ombre Sequin Blazer
RRP: $413 / £375 | With a cool silver and pink ombre design this is a wardrobe winner.The long length and accentuated shoulders offer a retro '80s-inspired finish and make it ideal for balancing out pear body shapes. Layer over your LBD or your everyday denim.
Zara Sequin Midi Skirt
RRP: $69.90 / £49.99 | A flatter silhouette, ruched designs are ideal for skimming across hips, thighs and midriffs. This cute sequin skirt is ideal for showing off how to wear high top converse, dressing down the overall feels of the look. Or style-up with a silky cami and heels.
Stories Wrap Sequin Dress
RRP: $135 / £165 | Get ready to shine in this universally flattering wrap silhouette - this mini dress will work this summer and well into the Holiday season too. The silver sequin finish makes this a wardrobe essential that you can pull out for cocktail hour when needed.
Kurt Geiger Crossbody Bag
RRP: $129 / £120 | Featuring Kurt Geiger's statement eagle-head clasp this yellow-gold sequin clutch is one to get the party started. The Kensington is now a style staple for the brand, reinvented in new colors and fabrications seasonally. This is the mini version.
4. MAXI VS MINI
The good old midi skirt has reigned supreme for the last few years, but it's been ousted from the top spot this season - as we said from the outset, the spring/summer fashion trends 2022 are all about extremes.
You're going to have to decide if you're Team Mini or Team Maxi this year (although we're sorry to break it to you, it's actually the micro-mini making its way into the mainstream). We know it’s not an easy thought to have a lot of leg on show, but if you've been trying to work out how to style knee-high boots, the mini-skirt is the ideal companion.
If you’re more of a maxi woman, then we're talking retro tube fits that finish close to the ankle, rather than the A-line hippie style we've been used to in seasons gone by. Think of a slinky, full-length look rather than voluminous fabric. If that sounds a bit constricting, remember: a subtle split offers more movement.
WHAT TO BUY
Mini dresses: There’s no need to immediately be put off - there is no age limit when it comes to style, it’s all about how you wear it. With a mini dress, try adding boots if you’re self-conscious about showing too much skin or keep your neckline high to balance shorter skirt hemlines. And while the micro is the most trend-led shape this season, straight-to-market brands know their audience, so you can still find plenty of 'just above the knee' styles if that's more your hem length.
Tube maxi skirts: Look for skirts that finish at the ankle but that offer a more streamlined fit. Designs that sit at the waist will help to elongate your legs. Try subtle splits that finish at the knee to help the fabric float as you walk - it'll be more comfortable too.
Ribbed tops: Fitted tops with long-line skirts will give you an hourglass figure in seconds. If you’re used to looser styles, this is the perfect time to learn how to wear shapewear. Wearing shapewear underneath a fitted top will help smooth your figure, creating an effortless look for summer.
Fashion editor's picks...
& Other Stories Shirt Mini Dress
RRP: $89 / £65 | The shirt style keeps this polished, while the sleeves offset the shorter hem. There’s a flattering tie detail to cinch you in at the waist too. Team with other neutrals or add pops of color, such as a headband to brighten it up.
Jacquemus Maxi Tube Skirt
RRP: $535 / £335 | We love the sunset hue on this long skirt. It has a figure-hugging fit that will show off your shape and the stretchy fabric ensures it's easy to move in. Pair with a crisp white blouse and gold jewelry for a glamorous getup.
Massimo Dutti Printed Dress
RRP: $179 / £149 | The leaf print gives this halterneck dress an instantly summery feel, although the coloring will ensure you can take this dress into early fall too. Easy to dress up with heels, or enjoy a beach stroll in jeweled flats.
Me & Em Cotton Dress
RRP: $265 / £150 | With an A-line fit that will skim your silhouette, this gorgeous white dress is packed full of detail. Made from 100% cotton, this breathable dress has sweet ruffled sleeves and a removable waist belt for optional cinching.
Marina Rinaldi Maxi Skirt
RRP: $425 / £250 | Rinaldi is renowned for making some of the best plus size clothing and this skirt with a rainbow waistband is a fun way to embrace the trend. Also giving a nod to the latest color trends, pair this piece with white for a fresh finish.
Boden Paneled Mini Skirt
RRP: $98 / £75 | Also available in a petite fit, this bold blue A-line, linen skirt is ready for fun summer days. An ideal pairing for how to wear Vans, we love the almost sporty feel to this look. Team with a classic Breton top for nautical style.
5. BOLD STRIPES
Read between the lines this season and embrace bold, defined stripes. There were no pinstripes in sight on the runways at Jil Sander or Tory Burch; here, wide stripes took the style crown.
“The striped jumper was a sell-out in winter and the look has made its way into 2022," says Paula. “Remember vertical stripes lengthen your figure and can be slimming. Pastel colors are gorgeous for spring, so give these a go, and a classic Breton is my go-to t-shirt all year round.”
If you opt for monochrome stripes, accessorize with color to pack a real punch.
WHAT TO BUY
Matching co-ords: Get three looks for the price of one in a matching co-ord. Wear the top and bottom together as one complete look, or separately for extra versatility.
Breton tops: Let’s be honest, we all love a Breton top. Super easy to wear and effortlessly stylish, the humble horizontal fisherman's stripe is a must-have. This season, try to mix up the colors and move away from white and navy.
Diagonal stripes: Experiment with the direction of your stripes. While vertical stripes are notoriously slimming, horizontal stripes don’t automatically widen you. Try layering pieces and play with proportions by adding diagonal stripes into the mix.
Fashion editor's picks...
Crew Clothing Striped Top
RRP: $60 / £45 | Available in classic monochrome and a red stripe iteration, Crew Clothing excels when it comes to wardrobe basics such as Breton tops. A timeless design, you can team these with skirts or trousers, under blazers or dresses year through.
Mango Striped Jumpsuit
RRP: $99 / £59.99 | Embrace the bold stripes trend in this flattering jumpsuit. Diagonal stripes offer a fresh update and the flowy fabric keeps it relaxed and elegant. An ideal answer to what to wear to a christening this summer, the bright colors are great too.
Sandro Striped Linen Shorts
RRP: $245 / £179 | Go full-on runway and pair these bold shorts with their matching shirt, or keep it light and team with a plain white t-shirt to mute the look slightly. Tailored shorts are an ideal smart update for work and weekends when temperatures soar.
LK Bennett Striped Heels
RRP: $330 / £279 | Embrace statement stripes with one of Kate Middleton's favorite shoe brands, LK Bennett. Our place to head for what to wear to the races, these striking shoes will look great with everything from dresses to jeans.
Whistles Striped Canvas Bag
RRP: $169 / £85 | We can't resist a canvas tote, better than using plastic bags for our shopping this fun striped iteration features a nifty front zipped pocket, ideal for stashing items you need access to quickly. We love the colorway too.
Oliver Bonas Floppy Hat
RRP: $49 / £29.50 | Investigate how to wear a hat and add a floppy hat to your look this summer. Ideal for pairing with a summer maxi dress, pick out the colors in the striped design to inform the rest of your outfit and accessory choices.
We can feel you rolling your eyes, but stick with us on this one. We know the idea of cut-out sections of clothes can be daunting, but while the catwalks might have shown a whole load of flesh, you can do it the subtle way. Promise!
“There’s no need to shy away from this trend completely," says Paula. “A little goes a long way and even a small slash in the fabric at your waist can offer more movement in the fabric and highlight your smallest part.” Think keyhole details, open backs, and cold-shoulder tops that expose a little flesh without you feeling like all your lumps and bumps are on show.
We saw this look feature heavily in the swimwear trends 2022, with subtle slashes at shoulders and backs as well as more racy thigh and midriff cut-out designs.
Still not convinced? Sheer fabrics were also big this season so bag a top with transparent sleeves for another way to wear this look.
WHAT TO BUY
Keyhole blouses: A less intimidating way to embrace cut-outs is with keyhole detailing. Whether it’s at the chest or on the back, a simple circle exposing a little skin is easy to pull off.
Open-back dresses: This style can be a problem if wearing a bra is essential, but there are also lots of exposed backs that finish just above where your bra strap lies. Look for fun prints, loose fits, and experiment with underwear.
Cotton pants: If your top half has a little flesh on show, offset the exposure by teaming with a pair of loose-fit trousers. A cool, cotton pair in black or tan are comfortable as well as stylish.
Fashion editor's picks...
H&M Open Back Dress
RRP: $39.99 / £29.99 | The cut-out detailing adds a dose of drama to this dress. In a fresh spring green with micro floral print, this dress is a soft step towards a crop top - ideal if you've been considering the style for a while but want to still have a little more coverage.
Karen Millen Keyhole Blouse
RRP: $110 / £65 | With a nod to the '70s this is a much less risque way to wear the trend. With an elegant keyhole cut out at the back, this paisley design will work in the cooler months too. Pair now with jeans and team with corduroy later in the year.
& Other Stories Midi Dress
RRP: $119 / £85 | Nail two trends in one with this vibrant green frock. The sleek cut-out detail on the sides highlights the waist before flaring out into an A-line skirt for a flattering silhouette. One you can reach for on those 'nothing to wear' days, team with tan shoes or sandals.
River Island Maxi Dress
RRP: $139 / £75 | While the cut-out detail on this dress might be across the midriff, you can easily wear this dress over a silky slip or a swimsuit for a less revealing finish. The rainbow stripe design is ideal for summer weddings on the beach.
H&M Cut-Out Trousers
RRP: $29.99 / £19.99 | Tailored trousers, but not as you know them, these black smart trousers have discreet cut-out detailing at the waist turning boring into bang on-trend. If you want to try the look without flashing flesh, wear a bodysuit underneath.
Sandro Woven Midi Skirt
RRP: $193 / £179 | We love this black midi skirt with a twist. Easy to dress up or down, team with a half-tucked blouse or fitted t-shirt for maximum style points. You could even wear it over your swimwear for a beach to bar look.
7. THE '00s
We know it feels as if the Noughties only just happened, but it’s been long enough for the turn-of-the-century styles to return to the runway. We're turning to the nostalgic era of double denim, satin joggers, and chokers. Yes, really.
It can be difficult to embrace trends from years gone by without feeling as though you’re playing dress-up, but this season takes small nods from the decade rather than wearing it from head to toe.
For example, be inspired by famed denim duo Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, and match your blue jeans with fitted shirts. Or swap your best leggings for a dressier, satin pair of lounge pants.
WHAT TO BUY
Faded denim: To execute this trend perfectly, you need to swap your jeans for the kind of denim that already looks as though it’s lived a very full life. Faded or stonewash is ideal but darker shades work too. Then for added points, double it up, pairing with a denim shirt or your best denim jacket.
Slinky satin: Any satin will work wonderfully but if you really want to amp up the '00s aesthetic then go for pink or bold colors. Keep an eye on fabrics though, as some satin can end up looking a little cheap.
3/4-length boots: While the cowboy boot is once again reigning supreme, any 3/4 winter boot will work - you can wear them with everything from the best midi dresses to over your jeans.
Fashion editor's picks...
All Saints Jinx Cropped Denim Jacket
RRP: $249 / £149 | Once you've worked out how to style a denim jacket, consider your summer outerwear sorted. Adding a cool twist to any look, this cropped denim jacket is cut to a relaxed silhouette in a light blue wash for that lived-in look.
Mint Velvet Khaki Satin Cargo Joggers
RRP: $129 / £79 | Is anything more early noughties than some cargo trousers? The silky fabric make these feel extra luxe and the elasticated waist keeps them super comfy too. A smart choice for those work from home days, just add a black tee.
Juicy Couture Kendall Shoulder Bag
RRP: $108 / £95 | When in doubt, start with an accessory and a baguette bag is the '00s purse that has exploded back onto the market. With snazzy sequinned embellishment and the iconic Juicy Couture logo, it’s got Y2K party bag written all over it.
River Island Low Rise Flared Jeans
RRP: $78 / £42 | A universally flattering fit, flares elongate pins and balance out hips with ease. This low-rise design conjures up all the '00s feels. A tricky shape to wear due to the short rise, they won't offer midriff or bum support or sculpt.
Free People Scarf Print Cowl Tank Top
RRP: $38 / £32 | A cowl neck is synonymous with the '00s and this patchwork scarf style is back with a vengeance. If you remember this trend the first time around, try bias-cut cowl necklines in block colors and silky fabrications.
Converse High-Top Platform Shoes
RRP: $106 / £79.99 | This '00s loving shoe is still one that many find tricky to wear. Team with on-trend ankle-skimming jeans or pair with thigh-skimming dresses for a sporty and directional look. The platform helps to add height and lengthen legs.
8. Elevated shapes
Go big or go home with this larger-than-life trend. Trapeze dresses have been rising up the fashion ranks for a while now, the total opposite of bodycon, this aesthetic is both comfortable and stylish - winning. A statement look, all it needs is a pair of simple gold hoops - check out our round-up of the best jewelry brands for inspiration - and add some sleek mules or your best white trainers.
And this isn't just a summer fashion trend either, making this a solid investment buy that you can wear now and keep wearing through the next six months. Looking forward to the Fall 2022 fashion trends, we’re also seeing floor-sweeping maxi skirts in flattering A-line shapes as spotted at Carolina Herrera. Offset the voluminous shape and wear with fitted tees and tucked-in shirts that show off your waist for a flattering, hourglass silhouette.
WHAT TO BUY
Trapeze dresses: While a trapeze dress is by its nature an oversized dress, there are some aspects that are important to point out. A trapeze dress is not oversized everywhere. The dress should still fit you properly across the yoke of your back, shoulders and arms. The trapeze will start flaring out from just above or just below your bust line, making this a really comfortable style and one of the most stylish dresses to hide a tummy. A good choice for summer - especially if you look for cotton or linen fabrics - this easy breezy style makes a statement whilst looking effortless too. If you're looking for the best petite dresses in a trapeze shape, opt for shorter styles to avoid swamping your figure, taller frames can get away with maxi lengths.
A-line skirts: Take inspo from Carolina Herrera and go for this fit and flare style for a '50s inspired silhouette. Shorten the hem and go for midi lengths if a maxi length feels too overwhelming and stick to block colors. Pink is one to look for if you want to stay ahead of the curve.
Pared-back accessories: Whether that’s a slip-on mule or a sporty sandal, this trend is attention-grabbing as it is, so accessories need to be unfussy and minimal.
Fashion editor's picks...
United Colors of Benetton Long Flared Dress
RRP: $94 / £59.95 | White dresses epitomize summer and this gorgeous 100% cotton design will help to keep you cool on the warmest of days. Add a pop of color through your accessories.
Me + Em Pink Wide-Leg Track Pant
RRP: $325 / £185 | Play with proportions and opt for super wide-leg trousers. These have a leg-lengthening side stripe for a sporty twist and a nifty hem vent so you can flash your shoes.
Phase Eight Pink and Green Dobby Skirt
RRP: $120 / £75 | This statement skirt is a must-have for special occasions. The pretty A-line shape will create a flattering hourglass body shape. We love the pink and green combo too.
Ted Baker Printed A-Line Dress
RRP: $325 / £195 | Wondering what to wear to Wimbledon? Or have a host of summer engagements? This statement print dress is chic, stylish and most importantly comfortable.
Coast Organza Puff-Sleeved Blouse
RRP: $150 / £99 | Masters of the trapeze silhouette in all its guises, Cos understands how to add volume without overwhelming a figure. This cute mini dress is great for work or play.