Fashion Month is over but the trends that were displayed during it remain top of mind. The spring 2022 collections debuted last month in New York, London, Milan, Paris. They were refreshing after several seasons of comfort-driven designs. Maximalalism was the prevailing theme this time, with both layers and skin showing through. Perfect pieces were also seen for future plans, such as tropical vacations and in-person schooling. We are patiently awaiting spring and the corresponding collections.
We’ve identified the top trends for the season after analyzing all the runway shows from the spring/summer 2022 seasons. These trends will be big next year but it’s never too early to test drive what’s next in fashion. If you’re an early adopter, you can still find plenty of great shopping deals. Continue scrolling to see the top 10 trends for spring 2022.
#1 Off the grid
Designers brought back the holiday spirit to the S/S 22 runways, despite the dominance of ski-inspired fashion at the F/W 21 shows. This time, instead of a collection brimming over with ski-inspired attire, there was a strong rotation of swimwear, and beachwear, perfect for a vacation. Chanel showcased bikinis inspired from its iconic ’90s designs. Johanna Ortiz and Paco Rabanne incorporated vibrant vacation-ready prints in their dresses and matching sets.
The spring runways for 2022 are a clear indication that neutral and calm colors will soon be out of fashion. One of the most sought-after hues? Saffron is a bold, vibrant, and rich color that will add some spice to our wardrobes. It won’t be limited to handbags and statement shoes. We expect saffron to look great from head-toe as shown at Proenza Schouler (LaQuan Smith) and Kwaidan Editions.
#3 Academic underachievement
It may not look exactly like what you remember, but designers can make it look that way. Lacoste’s cable-knit sweaters were made without a pant, Botter’s rugby polos were reimagined at new dimensions, and Raf Simons gave school uniform fashion a dark, gothic twist. The major preppy rebrand was actually Miu Miu. Knits were cut to a midriff-baring size and pleated skirts were slashed to micro lengths that you might not notice.
#4 Extreme layering
This season’s layering was reminiscent of the early aughts, when Disney stars wore sequinned skirts with low-rise flared jeans and fur collared cardigans with lace camis. We couldn’t help but be drawn to the excesses of it all. Louis Vuitton models wore lace blouses and leather pants, long scarves, and sculptural sunglasses while accessorizing with long, textured sunglasses. Tory Burch showcased equally extreme styling, with skirts and dresses layered on top of ribbed legs. Maryam Nassir Zdeh was more conservative. Models were shown down the runway wearing off-the-shoulder knit tops topped with sparkly polos.
#5 The great shrinkage
Brands like Blumarine and Missoni showcased collections that were as minimally made as possible. The barely there trend, which dominated the red carpet in 2021 with its ultra-low-rise miniskirts or naked dresses, is set to become even more popular in 2022. We’ll mentally prepare if you need us.
#6 Drowning in drapes
The runways are replete with romance thanks to a unique take on draping. It combines everything from Grecian-inspired silhouettes, although in modern ways, to the most directional body-con silhouettes that we have seen in a while. Loewe and Rick Owens showcased off-kilter, draped dresses that felt a little rebellious. Di Pesta showed the latest version of its “wet” dress, which clings to the body and looks like it was just dipped in water.
#7 Car-wash fringe
No longer is fringe a way to offset the Western aesthetic. Spring saw designers get a lot more creative with this trend and incorporated long, carwash-esque straps into their collections. Fringe is fast becoming a popular and exciting trend in 2022. It can be found on everything from multicolored maxis (Chloe), to minidresses (Burberry), and even suits made entirely out of thick belts that are draped onto the ground (Balmain).
#8 Sporty spice
Sporty pieces still dominate and have made a strong statement on the runways. Although we have all been wearing sweatpants and casualwear, the S/S 22 collections feel more current. Tracksuits at Loewe were sleek and sculptural, with ballooning strapless tops that swoop down to the waist and pants that are stirrup-inspired. Bottega Veneta gave tennis whites the fashion treatment, with matching bags, logo waistbands and luxe fabrics.
#9 Keep this in mind
Designers seemed to agree this season that looking back to the past is the best way to prepare for the future. The runway show by Chanel, which took place in 2021, was filled with nostalgia, featuring miniskirts and belly chains and hair crimped and teased.
At Olivier Rousteing’s 10th anniversary Balmain Show, the designer selected supermodels from the new millennium and sent them out in low-rise tops and midriff-baring tops. Blumarine and Coperni dipped into the early aughts with butterfly motifs, sparkly panties and a strong sense of sartorial déjà vu.
#10 To the maximum
Maxi hemlines are still a great option for minimalists, despite the vibrant colors and vivid prints that have exploded onto the S/S 22 collection. The sleek, streamlined silhouette of the maxi hemline is a trend that we couldn’t resist. Column skirts were a great alternative to gauzy tops at Saint Laurent and Peter Do. Chloe, Khaite displayed floor-sweeping gowns that will be a must-have for pared back dressers.