Summer 2022 clothing trends to have on your radar

What is – and let’s be honest here – the state of the dresses in your summer wardrobe? Have you worn your windy maxi dresses to the hilt? Is your 2020 era nap dress officially on its last legs (hey, it ran well!)? If so, don’t avoid it anymore: it’s time to restock your dresses. But before you wander aimlessly into the wild Wild West that is online shopping or head to your local retailer for an IRL hunt, check out the summer 2022 clothing trends first. New York-based trend forecaster Kendall Becker tells TZR there’s a huge “emphasis on dresses in the market this season.” As a result, sorting through the plethora of options can be quite overwhelming. But Becker says there’s a silver lining to the huge range of styles: “This ensures there’s a trend for every personal style and every occasion.”

Ultimately, however, the trend analyst says summer’s top clothing options fall into three categories: “Rave, romance, and beach resort — all of which suit our current state of society outside of fashion too. All in all, this season’s attitude really allows for experimentation and the opportunity to live out our wildest sartorial dreams after sweating too long. She invites you to reflect on the Spring/Summer 2022 collections for concrete examples: new seasonal drops from Carolina Herrera and Tory Burch, for example, feature corseted maxi dresses and seductive mini-dresses celebrating an ostentatious and unapologetic femininity – an aesthetic you probably couldn’t mimic while wrapping your figure in loungewear.

In other words, summer 2022 is the season to throw caution to the wind and press “buy” on that slanted scissor party dress or that sheer, crisp maxi you’ve been coveting for a long time. Becker, for her part, has already set her sights on a few options: “I can’t wait to expand my evening palette from all-black to incorporate vibrant jewel tones, take on crochet pieces on my travels in Latin America and wear softer options with sultry corset for date night.

From sultry, party-ready silhouettes to dresses inspired by distant beaches, keep scrolling to discover seven of summer’s top dress trends and a selection to shop too.

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Dreaming of sunsets and sandy beaches

Courtesy of Mirror Palace

“There’s an unrelenting desire for escapism that we see reflected through poplin dresses, sunset shades, crochet and drapes that look like a nod to a sarong,” says Becker. Moda Operandi’s chief merchandiser, April Hennig, co-signs Becker’s note on the hook, saying it’s “without a doubt one of the biggest trends of summer 2022, as many of the best dresses in the season focus on craftsmanship and hand-spun details”.

In particular, Hennig shouts out to up-and-coming designer (and knitting master) Alejandra Alonso Rojas for having “refined bohemian sexiness.” She says the label’s crocheted, dip-dyed maxi dress is “a study in versatility – it can be worn over a swimsuit on vacation or paired with minimal silver jewelry for a night out on the town” .

Isn’t that romantic?

Courtesy of Anna October

“Romance is definitely in the air once again, as the evolution of nap dress and cottagecore takes place,” says Becker. “The focus is on the corset, feminine details and soft details like bows and feathers,” describes the trend analyst.

back to nature

Courtesy of Tyler McGillivary

Many of summer’s hottest dresses explore natural themes and patterns through a non-literal, abstract perspective. You’ll see plenty of floral prints, only in more painterly and artistic manifestations, and unconventional interpretations of iconic fashion patterns, like Tyler McGillivary’s macro-enlarged butterfly dress.

Hennig spotlights Magda Butrym’s detailed floral mini, saying the designer’s party dresses are a perennial Moda favorite and the rosette dress will also reach viral status. “Little hem? Check. Cutouts? Check. 3D flowers? Check!”

evening hook

Hennig says summer 2022 will usher in a slew of non-kitschy, handcrafted dresses for nighttime pursuits. The market expert particularly highlights Diotima’s Sade midi dress, dubbing it Moda Operandi’s It dress of the season.

“Rachel Scott, Diotima’s founder and New York-based designer, works with Jamaican artisans on many of her collection’s fabrications, fusing traditional island craft techniques with her vision of modern design,” says Hennig. “Her take on ‘evening’ crochet, intricately interwoven with crystals, is the coolest iteration of the trend we’ve seen – expect to see this dress at a dance party near you soon.”

Party activated

Courtesy of With Jean

“With the return of festivals and events, dressing up, in and of itself, seems to be the code of choice, and sex appeal is front and center,” says Becker. “When it comes to dresses, it shows through mini lengths, cutouts, and vibrant hues like hot pink, lime, and electric lavender.”

Hennig echoes Becker on party-ready dresses and cites the Y2K revival of the early 2000s for leading the trend. “The micro-mini [holds] short as a must-own silhouette for Summer 2022 and harkens back to a time when a bejeweled Sidekick was the only accessory you needed to have a good time on the town,” she says.

Best Dressed Guest

Courtesy of & Other Stories x MINJUKIM

Hennig says you want to fill your summer wardrobe with dresses “perfect for all those ‘big day’ type occasions that are slamming back onto the calendar – baby and bridal showers, charity lunches and outdoor cocktail parties. air in the afternoon.”

Specifically, Hennig highlights “the ‘mid-summer mini dress’ as a must-have this season. She elaborates, “With its cropped hemline and ease of wear, it goes from day to night with a quick change of shoes and outfits. Johanna Ortiz’s embellished puff-sleeve mini dress captures the spirit of the trend with its beautiful sleeves and wave-inspired embroidery.

Carefree elegance

Courtesy of Nili Lotan

“There’s also a relaxed, elegant energy to many collections this season,” says Hennig. Opt for simple options like a strappy dress that channels ’90s minimalism or a camisole-style dress that offers the effortless appeal of a tank top.

Hennig focuses on a micro-aspect of this trend that celebrates carefree, skilful femininity — a mood she’s dubbed “The Talented Mrs. Ripley.” fitted, bespoke linen, nautical and gingham stripes.

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