Presenting: Editorialist’s Official Guide to Spring 2022 Fashion Trends

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Last Updated
Jan 13, 2022

The rest of the world may use the New Year to wipe the slate clean, but for fashion folk, it’s all about spring. Each year, the Spring/Summer shows afford us a chance to hit reset—usually, with a mix of eyelet prints, canvas tote bags, and raffia sandals. This season, however, designers took a new approach, doling out Spring 2022 trends that question everything we thought we knew about warm-weather dressing.

In lieu of typical crisp linen frocks, the Christian Diors and Tom Fords of the world went bold with color and texture. Some constructed looks in head-to-toe yellows and reds; others spangled skirts (midi and mini) in all sorts of sequins. Y2K throwbacks, decorative gloves, and razor-sharp cuts bobbed from one presentation to the next. 

Regardless of what catches your eye, these spring trends as a chance to start over—to look beyond the confines of seasons past and make room for something that feels fresh and unexpected. Your closet will thank you. 

1. Tube Tops

Are you surprised? Amidst the resurrection of low-rise pants, baguette bags, and velvet tracksuits, the Y2K-era tube top has also made its highly anticipated comeback. Brands like Blumarine have released baby pink flower-trimmed versions, pairing them with bedazzled micro mini skirts for a heady dose of nostalgia. Not quite ready to dive head-first into the past? Consider tapping the trend the minimalist-friendly way—with Ermanno Scervino and Max Mara’s cropped co-ords and matching bandeaus.

2. Red Haute

Monochrome looks were a recurring theme on the Spring 2022 runways, with scarlet outfits popping up at Balmain, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, and more. In contrast with the usual palette of pastels that come with spring, these heat-packed vermilion pieces are a welcomed change of pace—and they’ll keep giving as fall and winter come back around.

3. All That Glitters

Usually relegated to holiday dressing, glittering tops, skirts, and gowns are becoming one of spring’s biggest fashion trends. Versace and Tom Ford instantly come to mind, both of whom sent sequined tank tops shimmying down the runways. (True to form, Versace’s were more figure-hugging; Tom Ford’s were boxier and more billowy.) There were evening-ready iterations, too—like Balenciaga’s sleeveless floor-length gown, which Alexa Demie donned to the Euphoria premiere.

4. Gloves Galore

Ariana Grande and Emily in Paris have co-signed this Spring 2022 fashion trend. Fashion gloves were all over the runways, encouraging us to think of them outside of their hand-warming context. Instead, give them credit as a full-on accessory, the way you would with a silk scarf or a pair of statement earrings. Style them with a balloon-sleeved car coat for an Audrey Hepburn-inspired look, or lock in a matching glove-dress moment à la Richard Quinn.

5. Shrug It Off

You heard it here first: 2022 will be the year of the shrug. ’40s-era twin sets and shrug-dress combos appeared at Monse, Acne Studios, and Luar, allowing us to indulge our post-pandemic knitwear obsession one season longer. The cuts vary from chest-concealing toppers (Burberry) to décolleté-baring separates (Givenchy), allowing you to choose your own adventure.

6. Fringe Fever

We’ve talked about fringe non-stop since Bottega Veneta made it the focal point of its Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Brands haven’t quite tired of the trend—and neither have we. This season, fringe appeared on bags, skirts, and belts, giving the catwalks a dynamism that will lend itself to real life. In terms of varying styles, Chloé offered a chunkier ribbon-like take on fringe, while Dior's was finer gauge and perfect for evening.

7. Asymmetrical Cuts

The cut-out trend just won’t quit. In past seasons, designers subtracted chunkier, curvier swaths of fabric from full looks—but the Spring 2022 fashion trend is all about long, angular cuts. Balmain and Versace went for elongated keyhole details, while Ferragamo and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini went straight for the waist, removing triangles of fabric for an exposed midriff moment. These threadbare cuts are sure to satisfy the post-pandemic appetite for unapologetically sexy wares.

8. Oversized Blazers

Need a palate-cleanser? Enter: Spring’s big, longline blazers. A repeat favorite for several seasons, boxy suit jackets are back—with a twist. Remember the crystalline blazer Zendaya donned during the Spider-Man: No Way Home press tour? That was Alexander McQueen’s take on the Spring 2022 fashion trend. Crystals are one way that brands are updating the outerwear piece—contrasting lapels, bib-like adornments, and patent-leather finishes are a few others. 

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