These Bright New Fashion Trends Are Primed For an Endless Summer

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Last Updated
Mar 18, 2022

As the days get longer, it’s hard not to daydream about all that summertime has in store. For those days-long sailing trips and weekend soirées, you’ll want a crop of fresh finery to brave the sunny season in style. At Editorialist, we’ve had our finger on the pulse of the best and brightest Summer 2022 fashion trends since last September, when they first marched down the runways in droves. Now, it’s high time to give them a closer look—and swipe them from e-shelves.

On the agenda is a mix of casual and polished trends, which promise every kind of fashion person something new and exciting. For the former, the high sport fad is providing a palate-cleanser from the activewear sets and lounge co-ords of pandemic past. If you fall into the latter camp, you’ll love our stylist’s favorite trend: conservative cut-outs, as seen across the most inspiring sundresses of the season. That’s only the beginning, though—continue ahead for the full breakdown. 

1.

High Sport

Tod's | Celine | Lacoste (Courtesy of ImaxTree)

If your circa-2020 Alo Yoga set has become threadbare with overuse, consider invigorating your activewear lineup with something new. The high sport trend is here in perfect time for this refresh, subbing bra tops for henleys in technical knits (Lacoste) and crewnecks for matelassé jersey jackets (Bottega Veneta). The new sportscore movement is all about fashionable flourishes that still are functional in your go-to fitness class. To keep that spring in your step post-workout, adopt the pieces below for travel days, afternoons at home, and casual evenings out with friends.

2.

Conservatively Carved

Gabriela Hearst | Chanel | Christopher Esber (Courtesy of ImaxTree)

Cut-outs aren’t exactly new to 2022, but the fresh ways that designers are presenting them are worthy of note. Alongside the plentiful snips and lobs popularized by Nensi Dojaka and Christopher Esber (which haven’t gone anywhere), scaled-down, subtle cut-outs are also making the rounds this season. The best part? Many of these work for all busts, so you need not worry about the lack of support from a hodge-podge shirt or dress. Our favorite is Proenza Schouler’s crepe top, which features the teardrop-shaped cutout present across many of its Spring/Summer 2022 wares.

3.

Sheer-Everything

Christian Dior | Coperni | Missoni (Courtesy of ImaxTree)

All-sheer-everything is the Summer 2022 fashion trend designed to match the levity in the air from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Present from Burberry to Missoni, the barely-there look may feel risqué, but a little bit of layering goes a long way. Take Acne Studios’ see-through dress, for example—you can wear it over a slip dress or a swimsuit all season long. The real question is, crochet or chiffon? The sheer trend takes both formats, giving you options for everything on your agenda.

4.

Set Sail

Rosie Assoulin | Patou | Bevza (Courtesy of ImaxTree)

Designers are no stranger to crafting yacht-ready styles (ever hear of Cruise collections?), but this season, the nautical fashion trend was as literal and gleeful as ever. Prada doodled mermaids onto its shirtdresses, while Rosie Assoulin made macro-scaled anchors the focal point of its frocks and sandals. Bevza sent sailboat-shaped hats and handbags down the runway in tandem with sailor-collared knits. These playful pieces embody the joy of maritime adventures that peaks through high summer, giving us plenty to wear while sailing the French Riviera or sauntering around in the Hamptons.

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Distressed Knits

Rick Owens | Stella Mccartney | KNWLS (Courtesy of ImaxTree)

Designers are giving the fan-favorite knitwear trend new life through the summer months by doling out scores of hole-heavy, lightweight sweaters. Their see-through appearance makes them smart for layering, should you want to showcase what’s going on underneath. Style one over a chic bathing suit or your favorite high-sport tank top and tennis skirt.

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