With summer fast approaching, it is time to take your chunky knitwear and puffy jackets for one last spin before relegating them to the back of the closet. There is no better time to give your wardrobe an upgrade for the warm weather. The hottest and must-have summer fashion trends – like Y2K revivals such as camo pants and ultra miniskirts and mood-elevating colors like mellow yellow and pink – will make sure you are set.
Bold colors like neon pink clearly had their major moments on summer 2022 runways, and the memo seems to have reached celebrities and the streets alike. Daring, loud, and colorful patterns and prints will resume their reign as some of the most sought-after clothing styles this summer.
Without further ado, here are the biggest and most cannot miss summer fashion trends for 2022, from loud summery prints to the year’s most mood-boosting color.
1. Hottest Women’s Short Trends for Summer
The denim craze is back again this summer. Let your inner Daisy Duke shine with a pair of cute denim cut-offs for those weekend brunches, beach outings, and other summer outings. If cut-offs are more your speed, you can DIY your own pair by snipping a few inches off your regular denim shorts with a pair of scissors.
Denim shorts, like jeans, come in various washes, fits, and rises, so finding a pair that will flatter your shape will be a cinch. High-waisted denim shorts, in particular, have gained some serious traction in the last few months, thanks to their casual cheekiness and figure-flattering design. Style your pair with a white button-down shirt and your favorite sneakers, or simply go boho with a long-sleeve cropped top.
Trouser shorts are also back, and you don’t need to go into the office to rock the style this summer. These Bermudas can be made a little more formal with a pair of heeled sandals and an oversized coat or blazer. Outside the office, try to keep things simple and casual with a pair of low-top sneakers and a slim black tank. For a luxe summer look, opt for Bermuda-length, oversized leather shorts. You can amplify the classiness factor of your outfit with a cashmere sweater and your favorite pair of pumps.
Bike shorts are another styling secret for warm summer days. They are comfy and trendy, flattering pretty much any body type. They are sure to contour and smooth hips, thighs, and legs since the shorts are typically made with athleisure material blends. When it comes to styling, they’re the perfect match for sweatshirts and graphic tees, lending your look a casual loungewear vibe. Boxy handbags and layered jewelry make these beauties look more expensive and stylish – something to keep in mind this summer.
Paper-bag shorts have also made a surprising comeback, and, this summer, designers are giving them an upgrade with exaggerated details like scrunched high-rise waists. Skip the bow-tied belt for more waist definition and coverage for a cleaner look. Style your pair with a fitted crop top or a soft t-shirt to keep it casual and cozy.
Overall, high-rise retro short styles will be “in” this summer as designers and trendsetters look to the past for inspiration. To ensure that you bring more of the lovely bye-gone era to the forefront, make sure your high-rise shorts are embellished with various retro details, ranging from pleats to sailor buttons. Do not forget to add mod sunglasses and a pair of leather wedges to your retro look.
2. Loud, Colorful Prints and Patterns
Our love affair with retro prints like vintage blossoms and checkerboards is still going strong off the back of the WFH fashion. Let them enjoy the spotlight on your headbands, shorts, slip dresses, miniskirts, bikinis, and even wide-leg pants.
Colorful and daring prints and patterns are also having quite a summer moment. One of our favorite prints for the warm weather has to be camouflage. Sanctuary explaines that while the bold print is typically reserved for denim and military-style jackets, camo pants are the true heroes of the summer. You can slap a hint of camo on anything, and it will look seriously chic, from joggers and sweatpants to belts and even cargo pants. We simply cannot get enough of camo pants – and for good reason. The military print is versatile and gives your look a chic, boyish vibe. They work best with solid-colored tops like sweaters, polos, and graphic tees for a casual or laid-back look.
You can style your camo pants with any color palette, but don’t be afraid to add a little texture with knitwear pieces or a splash of color with colorful items. You can wear them with cardigans, sweatshirts, white button-downs, pullovers, camo jackets, and denim jackets. The styling opportunities are endless.
When it comes to stripes, this summer is all about bold verticals, juxtaposed layouts, sweeping organic stripes, striped abstracts, and playing mixed stripes. They look great on sundresses, miniskirts, shirts, blouses, polos, and loose-fitting baggy pants. Rugby stripes have made an appearance on the runways as well. For this sporty pattern, go for bright colors to generate an awesome clash that you can dress down with solid colors as the base. This color palette works amazingly for two-piece combos like a skirt and a shirt.
Logos are also being slapped on anything with a printable surface, including handbags, dresses, shirts, graphic tees, pants, shorts, belts, and even jackets. This summer is about letting your fans know which brand your shoe, handbag, or dress is from. Creating a head-to-toe outfit with logo-splashed clothing is the simplest way to style this look.
3. Pink: The Official Color of Summer 2022
Designers and brands are focusing their attention on dopamine dressing this year, and the summer is their true playground. Bold, mood-lifting colors like mellow yellow had their fair share of moments in spring runways, and the trend will likely bleed into street styling this summer. Summer will birth a variety of bold color trends – purple, neon green, yellow, and orange. But pink (or hot pink, to be precise) will be the season’s hue. For inspiration, just take a look at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, where celebs like Saweetie rocked various shades of pink, and some runways heavily featured gorgeous fuchsia pieces.
There are tons of fab ways you can wear pink this summer!
You can wear pink from head to toe for a monochromatic look that will attract plenty of eyeballs and compliments. Consider pairing a flowy pink dress with a pair of espadrilles that sport pops of fuchsia. Introduce a pair of dark sunglasses into the mix to add serious cool to your outfit. Wear an oversized pink suit with white sneakers for a smart-casual look for a surprise twist. Looking to break the mold? Enter a pair of periwinkle leather pumps into the assortment.
If a business or casual comfort is your outfit choice, go for a hot pink blouse and wide-leg denim or flare pants. The two pieces are ultra-comfortable and will look dashing when married together. Opt for something on the dressier or fancier end of the spectrum on the footwear front, such as silver booties or embellished satin-heeled sandals. Chino shorts typically come in neutrals, so spice things up this summer with a pair of hot pink chino shorts and combine them with a button-down or a black-and-white striped top for a playful twist. If subtle preppy isn’t your thing, opt for a denim jacket with rolled sleeves.
Navy ripped skinny jeans and a fuchsia blouse are another laid-back combo that will get you compliments this summer. Add a more sophisticated aesthetic to your outfit with a pair of white heeled sandals.
4. Wearable Art – Look Like a Piece of Art!
The line between fashion and art has long been blurred, largely thanks to the wearable art movement that has been taking the fashion world by storm. Although clothing pieces inspired by artists have been in style since the late 1960s, the trend has finally come of age, and its full force will be witnessed this summer. Swap your favorite polka dots, stripes, and florals for wearable art accessories and clothing that showcase a beautiful art scene. They are a meaningful and fun way to express your artistic and playful side, and, thankfully, wearable art can be splashed onto pretty much anything, including handbags, graphic tees, and shoes — just to mention a few.
Wearable art can be anything from cheesy to uber-chic, depending on how you style it. You can make it the centerpiece of your getup so that it enjoys all the spotlight. For example, you can wear a colorful top that features an art scene with neutral items like blush sneakers, a tan handbag, and a pair of dark denim jeans.
Ensure your wearable art clothing has a refined yet simple and clean silhouette. Too much detail, embellishment, or fabric is overkill for a wearable art piece. Do not forget to stick to a theme and keep your wearable art modern and playful; the last thing you want is a messy and busy look.
5. Summer Suiting
Suiting has been off the sartorial menu for quite a while as more and more people have embraced WFH fashion. However, as more people return to the office, this summer will see suiting return with a bang. Summer suiting is about looking sophisticated without sacrificing comfort.
Luckily, there are plenty of lightweight fabrics and lighter color options that will not bog you down this summer. As a rule of thumb, you can go head-to-toe with a matching blazer and skirt or suit pants. If that is not your choice, break up the monochromatic look with sleek-looking separates, such as cream pants with a breezy t-shirt or a pair of office-ready jeans and a white blazer.
White suiting is another can’t-miss summer fashion trend. It is simple: rock stark whites and then finish off your suit outfit with eye-catching accents like bold shoulders, contrasting dark hardware, and waist ties. This look will definitely make those long commutes a little less painful.
Fashion designers and trendsetters are looking to the past for inspiration like never before this summer. From Y2K revivals like camp pants to high-waist retro shorts, everything is having a moment this season, but wearable art, eco-friendly clothing, and the color pink are sure to rule the roost when it comes to street style this summer.