7 dress styles to consider



Dresses remain a staple of the summer season. Simple to wear, easy to combine and flattering for all bodies. FashionUnited has delved a little deeper into the sartorial trends for the upcoming summer season and has selected seven styles to add to your store for SS22.

The cutout dress

Givenchy Resort 2022. Photo: Catwalk Pictures

We’ve seen cutout tops and other peekaboo details sneak onto the runway over the past year or so, and for the Spring / Summer 2022 season, dresses will be on trend as well. Whether it’s a subtle suggestion with teardrop-shaped holes or slashes that reveal more, the cutout details will show off some skin for the upcoming summer season. Alaïa’s Resort 2022 collection featured a glitzy halter dress with slight cutouts at the belly, Paco Rabbane featured a symmetrical print version and Givenchy played with zippers and a mix of fabrics for a rock silhouette.

The tight dress

Balmain Resort 2022. Photo: Catwalk Pictures

Recalling the 90s, the bodycon dress is making a comeback for SS22, this time a little more dressy and elegant. Style will always play with sex appeal, but with a modern and contemporary approach. Consider the mesh for a comfortable back effect or the gathered details that can be worn both daytime and evening. Balmain’s beige version was structured and accessorized with a casual tote bag, while Lapointe’s was offered in an extra-long striped cotton jersey style. At Versace however, bright hues met shiny fabrics for an eye-catching effect.

The fringed dress

Chanel Resort 2022. Photo: Catwalk Pictures

The Fall-Winter 2020 collections have started playing with fringes on jackets, pants and accessories and for next summer they will adorn dresses. They will come in a variety of fabrics, from heavy leather to lighter materials such as feathers or threads. Chanel showcased several 1920s-inspired black dresses finished with feather fringes, Chloe opted for prints and knitted details, and Dior showcased a gold metallic midi dress with a long fringed hem.

The dress of the goddess

Elie Saab Resort 2022. Photo: Catwalk Pictures

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior collections may be the first benchmark for goddess-style silhouettes, but it turns out that many other brands have followed suit. Whether it’s draped versions or flowing styles that allow movement for an airy look, the Greek-inspired dresses will be there for SS22. Their fluidity makes them simple and easy to live with while giving you a neat look. Short hems for the day or long hems for the night, the options are endless. A light pink fitted version was seen at Alberta Ferretti and Elie Saab played with transparency and extra-long cuts.

The mini dress

Etro Resort 2022. Photo: Catwalk Pictures

The mini dress may still be a staple in women’s fashion, but it will be especially present for the SS22 season. Short hems have been introduced to a wide range of collections, whether paired with unexpected prints or mixed with solid neutrals that can be dressed in bold details. Blumarine introduced a neon pink number with a butterfly print, Chanel created transparent logo print versions and we saw Etro showcase a tiered version sporting one of the brand’s iconic prints.

The slip dress

Brandon Maxwell Resort 2022. Photo: Catwalk Pictures

After the bustiers and corsets of last summer, the slip dress is making a comeback. Its simple style, inspired by lingerie, is without fuss and will come next year in more elegant and sophisticated versions. Pair it with chunky accessories for a daytime look. It was embroidered with colorful details at Ermanno Scervino and came in a leopard print and maxi length at Brandon Maxwell.

Evening dress

Carolina Herrera Resort 2022 Photo credit: Courtesy of Carolina Herrera.

Now that the world is back, so are the trends. We saw evening gowns and over-the-top styles on the runway for next summer, making a statement with bold colors, over-the-top ruffles and shimmering fabrics. The idea is to go for comfortable, eye-catching silhouettes and celebrate joy through clothing. N ° 21 showed off a neon green sequined mini dress while Carolina Herrera opted for an all-over floral print. On the other hand, Oscar de la Renta showcased solid green and purple models detailed with oversized bows.


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