Updated: Jun 7
I might be jumping the gun a little here but Memorial Day has come and gone so my thoughts are on weekend BBQ’s, days lounging at the beach or by the pool, and nights outdoors sipping summer cocktails. I know we’ve only had a handful of warm days, but I’m already looking forward to summer. Who’s with me?
Although summer does not officially begin until June 21st, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season. Summer is my favorite season for fashion. Of course, I would like to be prepared when the opportunity to wear something fun (without the need for layers) presents itself. I’m thinking about summer dressing and I’m ready to prep my summer wardrobe for all my warm weather plans. And I want to help you do the same.
So, let’s talk about summer dressing (I’m sure your inbox has been bombarded with all of the latest warm weather trends, and I know that things can get confusing). I’m here to eliminate any confusion and break down the key to summer dressing.
Summer dressing is all about comfort and ease, we want to wear outfits that will make us feel confident (even though they cover less of our bodies). The goal of summer dressing is to feel stylish and pulled together. But without all the fuss, am I right? I'm sure you want your summer outfits to be easy and effortless, so you can just get up and go, but easy dressing should definitely not mean dressing boring!
With that goal in mind, the question remains… what summer 2022 trends should you invest in to reinvigorate your wardrobe?
If, you are like me, and your bank account can only handle a few new purchases this season, I’ve got you covered. By adding just 6 new pieces to your wardrobe, you can channel current trends AND update your wardrobe for easy summer dressing.
While there are plenty of summer 2022 trends to choose from, I’ve combed through them all and narrowed them down for you. My goal is to bring you some new trends and styling tips to freshen up your looks. So browse my picks for the clothes that will help you get the most out of your summertime. I’ve added images of the trends so that you can see for yourself which trends work for you and your style personality.
6 SUMMER TRENDS TO HELP YOU STAY CHIC IN THE HEAT:
1. HEAD-TO-TOE VIBRANT COLOR
You may have noticed that vibrant colors have been on trend all year (and will be continuing into summer). Designers and retailers know that after two years into this pandemic, we all need some serious color therapy to boost our moods. Forget tans and neutrals this summer - the fashion forward trend is all about color. Think hot pink, shocking orange, gorgeous green, bold blue... you get it, basically every vibrant color under the rainbow!
Style tip: Go ahead and mix different vibrant colors in one outfit. Add a lime green blazer with an orange handbag. Try wearing hot pink and red together. Wearing multiple vibrant colors in one outfit is a great way to amp up your wardrobe for summer while boosting your mood!
2. CROCHET PIECES
Knitwear is here to stay in 2022 and crochet is having a moment. From crochet bikinis to tops, pants, bucket hats, handbags, and dresses, you will see this trend all over the stores. This trend adds that touch of texture that makes any outfit interesting. It’s the perfect way update your summer 2022 wardrobe.
Style Tip: Try styling your crochet pieces with sleek gold jewelry this summer!
3. CLOTHING WITH CUT-OUTS
Cut-outs have been on trend all year and we are seeing them in many different iterations for the summer (from traditional oval and circle shaped keyhole cutouts in necklines, to waist tie-ups). You will find cut-outs in dresses, swimsuits, bodysuits and skirts. Basically, whatever way you want to wear this trend, you can!
Style Tip: Make sure that you wear your cut-outs strategically (if you are conscious of your mid-section, wear cut-outs at your neckline, not at your waistline). Basically, use cut-outs in a way that works for your particular body-type. Let me know if you have any questions!
4. MAXI AND MINI HEMLINES
Hemlines range from ski high to ankle length, so choose whatever hemline works for your lifestyle. Try investing in one of each type of hemline this summer! Go with maxi- skirts and dresses that can be worn to work, and save the minis for the weekends. You get the idea!
Style Tip: Style your maxi and mini skirts and dresses with fashion sneakers instead of sandals for an unexpected touch this summer!
5. WHITE DRESSES
Nothing says summer quite like a white dress, this especially rings true for white eyelet dresses (they just scream summertime fashion)! Invest in a white dress because it will be in style for years to come. Dresses are my favorite outfit, its a one-and-done look. Simply slip on your dress, choose your shoes and accessories, and you are ready to head out the door with no fuss!
Style Tip: Try pairing your white dress with black sandals and accessories as an unexpected twist on summertime fashion.
6. RUFFLES AND FRINGE
For a fun and romantic look try fringe or ruffle hemlines or necklines. Flirty fringe and romantic ruffles are the quintessential feminine look. Not only are they a chic addition to any outfit, they are fully on trend this summer.
Style Tip: Remember to wear your ruffles and fringe strategically. If you are smaller on top, wear your ruffles on top to add volume to your frame. If you have larger hips, wear fringe and ruffles at your hemline to balance off your hips. When in doubt, I'm here to help!
My summer trend list covers a range of trends, so hopefully there is a trend on the list that you can get behind this season. But, don’t forget that you should stay true to your own personal style in order to feel confident. That means you should only choose those trends that you like and that represent you.
Send me a message if you need help getting your wardrobe summertime ready! Be sure to check out Instagram.com/lisaemelostyle for more ideas on ways to wear these trends!