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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.