9 Fashion Trends, from Crochet to Country Club Prep, That Will Be Huge This Summer
We don’t mean to get too excited, but OMG summer is almost here OMG. Warm weather, long, sunny days and the world slowly but surely opening back up with fewer restrictions means we’re in the market for a wardrobe refresh. And while there are some pieces from 2021 we’ll happily break out again this year, there are plenty of new trends we’re itching to incorporate into our summer outfit rotation. Here are nine hot summer trends to add to cart ASAP, from beachy crochet to country club prep.
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DIY-esque crochet tops, maxi dresses and even handbags will be everywhere this summer. The best versions err on the minimalist side, with just a few colors and a simplistic knit pattern. Pair them with other simple basics, rather than busy patterns or anything overly embellished, to keep things from veering too festival-ready or retro.
Shop the trend: Bishop + Young Crochet Top ($98); LPA Gavyn Minidress ($198); Tricia Fix Crochet Sweatshirt ($168); Flook the Label Emerson Dress ($215); Sea Hayden Shorts ($385); More to Come Angelina Skirt ($74)
2. Neon Brights
The colors of the season are ultra-bright, in your face and make it impossible to blend in with a crowd. Hot pink, highlighter yellow, lime green and even neon orange were all well represented during fashion month, both on the runways and on the streets. The best pieces are solids rather than prints, and the trendiest way to wear them is piling atop other ultra-bright pieces. That said, if you’re not one for head-to-toe bold color statements, try incorporating a smaller pop, like a hot pink handbag or cyan blue sandals, into an otherwise neutral look, instead.
Shop the trend: Wray Flor Dress ($185); 525 Wide-Strap Tank Top ($98); JW Pei Gabbi Bag ($89); Silk Maison Palace Silk Dress ($179); Banana Republic Wide-Leg Pants ($130); Blank Denim Shacket ($88); Nina Nayely Shoes ($89)
3. Mini skirts
Micro minis were spotted in multiple designer collections, most notably Miu Miu, and while we’re definitely into the idea of rising hemlines and flashing a little leg this summer, we don’t think skirts so short you can’t sit in them will necessarily be what everyone gravitates toward. The more wearable version of the runway trend—mini skirts that hit somewhere between mid-thigh and right above the knee—is already making waves and can be worn in so many different ways. Some prefer to sport their minis with matching blazers, for others a pleated tennis skirt is the way to go and for yet others still a classic denim skirt and casual T-shirt will be their summer uniform. The world is your thigh-baring oyster.
Shop the trend: Maeve Buttoned Mini Skirt ($98); Anna Nata Dionne Skirt ($198); Wild Fable Bodycon Mini Skirt ($18); Wray Lisa Skirt ($115); Desigual Floral Skirt ($130); Wilfred Patio Linen Skirt ($78)
4. Loose-Fit Denim
The first of quite a few carry-over trends from 2021 is the continuing popularity of loose-fitting denim. Everything from straight-legs to ‘60s wide-legs are yet again replacing skinnies as our top picks, so if you didn’t invest in a pair of slouchy dad jeans last year, you may want to reconsider before true summer hits. As always, these styles work best with opposite tops, i.e. curve-hugging bodysuits, slim-fit tees or cropped tanks, to contrast excess material around your legs.
Shop the trend: Warp + Weft Sparrow Jeans ($98); Levi’s High Loose Jeans ($108); Madewell Baggy Straight Jeans ($98); Abercrombie & Fitch ’90s Relaxed Jeans ($99; $80); Citizens of Humanity Annina Jeans ($238)
5. Blazers and Tailored Trousers
Sometimes this trend manifests as a sharp suit, other times it’s just one tailored piece at a time. But either way this trend surprised us as a frontrunner for summer’s biggest hit. After 2-plus years of wearing sweatpants and cashmere leggings, we wouldn’t assume folks would be clamoring to put on their dry-clean only suiting any time soon, and yet here we are. Of course, 2022’s tailoring isn’t the basic office-appropriate styles you might be picturing. Instead, think candy-color blazers, patterned trousers paired with contrasting T-shirts and DIY color-blocked sets in unexpected combinations. So go ahead and swap your usual denim jacket for a funky blazer to throw over all your summer looks this year, and don’t forget to invest in some wide-leg slacks to go with cropped tees and silky camis.
Shop the trend: Eloquii Single-Button Blazer ($130); Mango Double-Breasted Blazer ($120); J.Crew Willa Blazer ($198); Boden Cotton Twill Blazer ($298; $209); Anthropologie Linen Pants ($148); Banana Republic Wide-Leg Pants ($150); ASOS Design Pants ($45)
Catsuits were yet another big runway trend we don’t necessarily see translating literally to everyday wear. However, we do suspect sporty unitards will be on the rise as a sort of evolution of last year’s exercise dress trend. The best way to wear them is by leaning into their fitness origins and adding athletic-looking sneakers and a windbreaker or belt bag to your ensemble. Or, if you’re feeling bold, try slipping into some block-heel sandals and swapping that fanny pack for a coordinating top handle bag.
Shop the trend: Old Navy PowerSoft Bodysuit ($55); Girlfriend Collective Scoop Unitard ($88); Pangaia Activewear Unitard ($130); GAP Tech Jersey Bodysuit ($70; $27); FP Movement Good Karma Onesie ($88)
7. Y2K (Still)
Yup, the early aughts are still our ultimate fashion inspiration, and this year we’re leaning even harder into the trends first made popular at the turn of the century. Get ready to see a lot more scarf tops, chain belts, asymmetrical hemlines, candy-color everything and all the butterfly prints. Even Von Dutch is having something of a comeback. Basically, if Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie wore it while filming The Simple Life, you’re likely good to go—although for those of us experiencing these trends for the second time around, we think it’s important to remember we are now older and (theoretically) wiser and therefore don’t have to buy into low-rise jeans and their accompanying baggage if we don’t want to.
Shop the trend: Eyraevor Chain Belt ($11); Arthur Apparel Flatlock Tee ($140); Grlfrnd Low-Rise Jeans ($225; $147); Bershka Holographic Print Dress ($40); I.Am.Gia Lace-Up Pants ($120); AFRM Butterfly Top ($38); J.Crew Butterfly Clips ($20; $13)
8. Cutouts (Again)
Another hold-over from last summer is the cut-out craze. The maxi dresses with exposed sides and more modest keyhole cutaways are still in and should absolutely come out from storage ASAP, but the newest version of the trend is much more asymmetrical, almost with a slashed vibe. There are also lots of dresses and tops with cutouts cinched together with adjustable ties so you can show more or less skin, according to your personal preference.
Shop the trend: ViX Firenze Mag Dress ($228); Superdown Celina Dress ($84); Reformation Lainey Dress ($150); UO Elena Drawstring Top ($45); & Other Stories Fitted Top ($49)
9. Country Club Prep
Last summer was all about the tennis skirt, but this summer that trend is expanding to include other country club staples like golf pants, preppy blazers and cable-knit V-neck sweaters. Banana Republic and Ralph Lauren both recently launched special collections embracing this semi-sporty vibe (Ralph Lauren’s was in partnership with two HBCUs, Morehouse and Spelman, and comes with mixed reviews), and we expect it’ll only grow more popular as we head into summer. So be sure to stock up on visors, white ankle socks and polo shirts now before everyone else.
Shop the trend: ALO Tennis Skirt ($72); Eleven by Venus Williams Long-Sleeve Shirt ($98); Parachute Ankle Socks ($49; $42); Tory Sport Tennis Dress ($248); Banana Republic Polo Sweatshirt ($60; $36); Lacoste V-Neck Sweater ($175; $87); Athleta Polo Tee ($69)
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