Fulfill Your Style Fantasies With Eight of the Summer’s Biggest Trends

From the ’70s to the early 2000’s, V took a deeper look at eight of this year’s biggest trends.

Every year, a new wave of trends come and go. Some come back later down the line, but some go for good. This is the beauty of fashion: our clothes tell a story about the time that we live in.

Some years, nearly all of the fashion trends will be brand-new, while other years tend push the wheel of our circular trend calendar forward, pulling from nostalgic styles of decades past. Thus far, 2022 seems to be the latter.

This year, most of the major trends have some historical influences, like ’70s prints and ’50s color-blocking. From round three of the boho trend to the modernization of the ’80s athletic trend, V took a deeper look at eight of the year’s biggest trends.

Pop Art Muses

Maria and Nikita wear all clothing and accessories Moschino, jewelry Messika.

Pop Art had a resurgence in 2021, and it’s continued into this year. Further ’50s influence with bright, clashing colors fit within this trend, as does the influx of color-blocked dresses and shirts we’ve seen on the runway. From Warhol-inspired prints to geometric shapes and bright shoes and bags, this trend has seeped into every element of fashion.

The Brooklynite

Maria wears all clothing and accessories Diesel, jewelry David Yurman.

Diesel’s 2022 collection looks like it’s straight our of Bushwick. With sexy, trendy, and fluid looks, the brand manages to stay cool and effortless, a must when recreating the Brooklyn look. Cropped and layered baby tees, oversized jackets and pants, ripped denim, and asymmetrical hemming all can help you get the look, too.

Posh Player

Nikita wear all clothing Guess, jewelry Messika.

Good news for tennis players and people who summer in the Hamptons: the sporty look is back. With many brands creating or expanding their athletic collections, 2022 has been the year of trendy sports gear. Building upon the old trend of athleisure, the sporty posh look is more elevated. Think tennis whites, form-fitting unitards, and pristine sneakers.

‘7os Goddesses

All clothing Missoni, jewelry Messika.

The ’70s never really left, but this year they’re back in full swing. Extreme flare pants, crochet tops and dresses, and flowing headbands are in. Other ways to revive the ’70s include suede vests and pants or anything patchwork. Designers like Gabriella Hearst and Zimmerman are also brining back ’70s prints, like paisley.

The Y2K Girls

All clothing Dsquared2.

Almost every brand has jumped on the seemingly everlasting Y2K aesthetic, from Versace down to SHEIN. Leading the charge, however, are Dsquared2 and Blumarine, who together make up all the chaos and cuteness of Y2K looks, from leather vests to butterfly crop tops. Another winner of this trend is Miu Miu for bringing back extreme low-rise and extreme mini skirt looks.

Desert Diva

All clothing and accessories MM6, jewelry Messika.

If you’ve seen the influx of cowboy boots and suede at any bar or club, you can thank this trend. The classic western, desert look came back in shoes and bags before taking over clothing. Suede and sherpa jackets, silver details, Kemo Sabe hats, and of course the MM6 Maison Margiela cowboy boots lead this look.

Boho Babe

All clothing and accessories Etro, jewelry David Yurman.

Another trend that never really went away is the boho look, but summer 2022 is pulling it back full swing. Though its different from the Y2K trend, the two do share some common themes, like crochet. But, boho takes it a step further, with caftans, oversized knits, and well-placed ruffles.

Beach Bombshells

All clothing and accessories GCDS, jewelry David Yurman.

The casual nature of the beach meets high fashion in the most summery trend of 2022. Bright colors, flowing dresses, and open tops are all signifiers of this beachy trend. For swimwear, look for bright, monochromatic one pieces and bandeau tops. Accessories-wise, bandanas as headbands and knit cover-ups are in.

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