6 Key Womenswear Trends for SS22
If last season was for shameless overdressing for our weekly grocery run, SS22 reminds us that simple and low-key dressing can still be fun. From sleek, asymmetric tailoring at Christian Siriano to the psychedelic deconstruction at Stella McCartney, there is a sense of playfulness and eclecticism to this season that feels refreshing, out are the days of dressing to impress as we look forward to dressing to feel good. All in all, SS22 offers up a loose and vivid wildness to our everyday at a time where most of us have become attached to our sweats.
A Pop of Colour
Taking centre stage are Daffodil Yellow, Hot Pink and Emerald Green serving some post-pandemic optimism. Make no mistake, classic spring colours are here to stay but, this season we are looking at a great opportunity to go wild with colour and for those of us with more neutral aesthetics, it serves as an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone.
See: Stella McCartney, Versace, MSGM and Tom Ford.
How to style: If you’re just starting to get comfortable with colour, accessories are the best place to start, contrasting heels and handbags are a great way to incorporate this trend to your every day wardrobe. If you’re confident with colour, or just want to make a bold statement, monochrome outfits are perfect. Whether its head to toe hot pink or different shades of neon yellow, it will be sure to turn heads.
If we learn anything from Miu Miu’s SS22 runway, it’s that Y2K is here to stay this season with the micro mini in the spotlight. Characterised by their minuscule lengths covering half the thigh and brief slips in fabric, the versatility of this piece is what makes it a spring/summer staple. Find it in array of eye-catching colours, prints and fabrics and even different lengths as seen in Prada and Chanel, the bottom line is – keep it short!
See: Prada, Miu Miu, Versace and Missoni – as well as Chanel.
How to style: A statement piece such as this one is best when balanced out. Opt for any full coverage top or blazer, when in doubt a white shirt is your best friend.
Gaining much deserved popularity this season and first seen in the collections of Nensi Dojaka. These intricate straps can be applied to any aspect of an outfit, from a multi-strap top to trouser waistbands – delicately decorated criss-cross straps.
See: Nensi Dojaka, Roberto Cavalli, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Dolce & Gabbana.
How to style: This trend is perfect if you’re looking to add some edge to a polished outfit. Match with tailored pieces like a structured blazer or tailored trousers.
Cut It Out
Even though this trend was novel a few seasons ago, we couldn’t be more excited to see it come back for SS22. However, this season, cutouts are going up in size and number, and are a lot more revealing, offering a sassier edge to everyday outfits. Not only does this trend come with a “the more, the better” approach this season, it also serves as an opportunity to put sustainability into practice and rewear pieces from previous seasons.
See: Christian Siriano, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Marni and Alberta Ferrett.
How to style: In terms of wearability, the best way to show off this trend is via a dress as there is more style variety to flatter every body type.
On the runway, Proenza Schouler knocked this one out of the park. Showcasing endless movement in the boldest colours, this trend is all about the fun and fluidity of clothing. Taking inspiration from 70s mania and Western aesthetics, this trend is a great way to spice up your wardrobe.
See: Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Chloe and Fendi.
How to style: Wear this in shimmery fabrics to achieve a Studio 54-esque night out look or opt for neutral fabrics or leather for a Western inspired everyday look.
Finally, this season has taken accessorising from head-to-toe quite literally to the max and it’s all about the legs. While tights and thigh high boots are usually reserved for the colder seasons, sheer, bedazzled, embroidered and monogram hosiery has become the accessory of choice to accentuate the legs. Thigh and knee length boots have also taken over the runway helping us channel our inner-90s supermodel, with either a platform or stiletto heel they are a sure fire way to balance out the most revealing trends.
See: Burberry, Rodarte, Givenchy and Robert Cavalli – as well as Fendi and Richard Quinn.
How to style: It would be impossible to go wrong with the aforementioned micro-mini skirt, a pair of sheer monogrammed tights and a pair of knee length boots to tie the look together.