After spending the past two summers dealing with lockdowns and uncertainties, everyone is ready to get out of the house and take flight. Between overseas travel, visiting local vineyards and wineries, catching up with friends and family, and finally being able to attend weddings and galas again, people are looking for reasons to feel hopeful, look stylish, and replace their pre-pandemic duds with items that are trendy, inspirational, and fun.
While mood-boosting colors had a huge moment on the runways — Pantone’s color of the year is Very Peri, which encourages personal inventiveness and creativity — so did beachy pieces made of raffia, crochet and wicker, bucket bags, oversized carryalls to tote the long weekend must haves, and silk scarves to embrace their inner Jackie O.
Although the pandemic might have halted some fashion trends, as the fashion industry continues to strive for sustainability, retro styles like Y2K looks, and vintage revival have made a comeback, proving that what’s old is new again. As people focus more on timeless investment pieces — rare collectibles, limited-edition pieces, and vintage couture — and less on fast fashion, we’ll continue to see the rise of one-of-a-kind and more unique pieces.
As fashion and accessories trends continue to heat up, here are the hot trends that you will need to include in your closet update this summer.
Crochet — This isn’t your grandma’s crochet blanket… crocheted pieces today are colorful, whimsical and elegant. From Altuzarra to Anna Sui and Chloe, crochet in all types of shades, shapes and patterns made their breezy and beautiful debut on the 2022 runways.
Wicker & Raffia — Beachy, summer-ready materials were all the rage at the Summer 2022 trade shows. These much-loved, basket-like items are made of all natural materials that are not only beautiful and sustainable, but also built to last and that’s why many top designers have produced and recreated these timeless carryalls.
Oversized Totes — With so many people hitting the roads, the skies, and heading back to the office, they need oversized totes to carry all of their weekend and workday essentials. Whether it’s the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, the Hermes Garden Party, or the Balenciaga City Bag, everyone will be carrying a little extra baggage this summer.
Scarves — Whether worn around the neck, as a halter top, a headwrap, or wrapped around the handles of a Birkin, colorful scarves are an easy, breezy addition to your collection. Look for scarves by Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Pucci, and more.
Statement Sunnies — Many people are looking to replace their basic aviators with a pair of statement sunglasses by designers like Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci, Chanel and Dior. These little luxuries are the cherry on top of any chic outfit.
Bucket Bags — While Louis Vuitton’s Noe Bucket Bag has been referred to as the original, bucket bags have gotten a stylish update for 2022, and that includes the Mansur Gavriel too. This summer they’ll be spotted in perforated leathers, vivid hues, all-natural materials, mini to maxi sizes, and with lots of fun embellishments like feathers and pearls.
Extra-Large Hardware — Bottega Veneta’s Cassette Bag sparked a craze that is still going strong today. Heavy metal hardware — whether it’s in the form of an oversized chain strap, studded embellishments or bold metal logos — was seen in a wide range of hues like gold, silver, rose gold, and gunmetal, and different weights and widths to fit everyone’s style and body shape.
Bright, Bold, & Brilliant Hues — Sounds like a soap opera, doesn't it? Add a little flair to your life without all the drama. Pushing your dull and drab neutrals and all-black everything to the back of the closet this summer to make way for Kelly green, tangerine, periwinkle, cerulean blue, hot pink, and radiant yellow. These trending hues are inspiring people everywhere to be optimistic and look on the brighter side of things.
Y2K Style — From crop tops to low-rise pants, and pochettes to logomania, Y2K style isn’t going away anytime soon. With the renewed interest in the Prada Re-Edition bags, the Fendi Baguette, the Dior Saddle Bag, and the Louis Vuitton x Taskashi Murakami collection, vintage is not just a virtue, but a top-trend too.
Content and images for this blog post have been referenced from LePrix.