Although 2022 is still a few years away, as we approach Fashion Month, we’re looking ahead to the trends that can be expected this year—and preparing how to dress for them. Here are the most important trends to watch in 2022.
Suits with Mini Skirts
After seasons of maxis and midis, the mini is ready to take center stage, but in suiting form. Consider this the ideal time to update your 2021 matchy-matchy outfits with more tailoring—and a little more leg.
There’s no better moment for athletic lines to go interplanetary than now. The space era meets the age of athleisure with tech-integrated textiles and classic sports designs.
This year, statement dressing will take center stage, but instead of frills, vibrant colors will propel clothing into the realm of “POW!” One thing was evident from the recent runways of Richard Quinn, Proenza Schouler, and Prada: ROYG-BIV is a revelation in festive dressing.
Lace from the past
Lace white hanfu wedding dress could be the source of rebellion this year. Delicate ornamentation is demure and feminine, providing seasonal softness when temperatures—and hemlines—rise.
After years of thigh-high slits and low-cut necklines, classic cuts with dramatic trailing trains are meant to turn heads.
If Emily in Paris is any indicator, high-octane splendor does not have to end at the beach. Dress to the nines with intricately detailed swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories for this year’s beach holiday, carving out a more is more space in an environment dominated by denim cutoffs and traditional bathing suits.
Since 2020, traditional techniques such as quilting, embroidering, and varied knits have dominated the fashion cycle. On the runways, this romanticization of the everyday—and crafting—persisted, confirming once and for all that there is no place like home in fashion.
Stripes are a perennial favorite, but they’re receiving a huge makeover this year. Instead of the traditional horizontal pattern, new color, width, and direction variations are used to create loose cuts and structure.
Many of the S/S 2022 collections make it evident that the delicate silhouettes of the early COVID era have given way to a juxtaposition of structure and shape, rather than a complete 180. The prominence of boned corsetry and beautiful structure to improve the silhouette was seen on the runways of Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Richard Quinn, and Tory Burch.
It’s All About Skin
After several seasons of protective layers, it appears that the time has come to exhibit some skin. But don’t worry, the runways aren’t clamoring for us to strip down to our underwear. Instead, sensuous, sinewy silhouettes with glimpses of the midriff are the way to go, as seen at Missoni, Christopher Esber, Marni, and even Fendi shows. What’s the takeaway? Perhaps showing a little skin is required to live la dolce vita. But not excessively.
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