Whether you're soaking up the sun during your first holiday in what feels like forever or you're staycationing in your garden for the third year on the trot, if spring/summer 22 fashion was anything to go by last September, this season looks set to be a scorcher.
Sure, sartorially speaking, winter wasn't so bad. Our post-lockdown wardrobe were met with a whole host of autumn/winter trends which proved a lot more tempting than our new go-to tracksuit and made those occasional forays back into society all the more fun.
But let's be honest, there's little that beats a truly carefree summer wardrobe – and SS22's looks a whole lot more light-hearted, nostalgic and celebratory than we've seen for quite some time.
Ready to plan your summer fashion moments, now that we've finally moved on from the longest winter on record?
STRAP IT UP
Strapped accents have been gaining popularity over recent seasons, but it's set to really take hold from summer 2022 onwards. Whether it's a top with multi-straps across the shoulders and décolletage, trousers with a strapped waistband criss-crossing across the stomach – or, indeed, both – you'll have to forgo any worries of awkward tan lines this season and embrace the straps. Even that mainstay of retro accessories, the ankle strap sandal, with ties twisting up towards your knees, is back with a vengance.
Lovers of the beige aesthetic, look away now. Not one for the wardrobe wallflowers among us, neon yellow /green looks set to be one of the hottest hues this summer. The even more intense news? It's particularly epic when worn head-to-toe. Although if you're really fearful of the look-at-me tone, it does looks awesome as an accessory accent when mixed with camel, taupe or oatmilk tones.
With muted hues and style androgyny gaining traction season after season, it's been a while since super traditionally-feminine pieces had their moment on the industry's radar. For summer, however, frothy fabrics and pretty pink hues – from pastel to candy, rose and fuchsia – prove an interesting, playful point of difference in the fashion landscape. Add as many ruffles, tulle underlayers or pastel shades as you feel comfortable with.
Knitwear is rarely a major summer trend for obvious reasons, but after SS21's obsession with all things crochet, this season we're seeing fairweather knits get a grown-up glow-up in the form of netting. Across tops, vests, trousers, skirts and even bags, whether you're strolling along the beach or heading for date night in the city, you'll find any excuse to put on your netted knitwear – trust us on this one. Like super sheer fabrics, start by layering to your hearts content and taking baby steps to working the trend.