Stuck in the doldrums of winter, we’re all up for finding joy where we can right now – and dressing up in some of spring 2022’s fashion trends is a great way to bring the fun to grey days.
Even better, there are plenty of trends that you’ll probably already have in your wardrobe, so you don’t need to splurge loads of money to feel up-to-date. Whether that’s trends which are sticking around for another season – statement collars, we’re looking at you – or the chance to dust off some old friends (hello mini skirts), shopping your existing wardrobe is the greenest way to follow fashion.
Of course, we’re all allowed to treat ourselves now and then, so we’ve also included some of our favourite buys for those times when you do find a gap in your wardrobe. Happy browsing!
SPRING 2022 FASHION TRENDS
The miniskirt is back! In fact, it was so ubiquitous on the spring 2022 catwalks that it’s easier to list designers who didn’t champion the mini. These took every form from Sixties-style miniskirt suits at Dior to Loewe’s blue sequinned number, so you can pretty much pluck any mini out of your wardrobe to nail the look. Team with black opaques and a roll-neck for a sleek winter look – or take your style cue from Prada and team with an oversized blazer of the same length.
THE BRETON JUMPER
The simple Breton top is an everlasting style classic, but this winter those Breton stripes have leapt over to the world of knitwear like never before. From stripy half-zip jumpers to nautical sweaters and everything in between, it’s Instagram’s knit of choice right now. Luckily, it’s a very easy-to-style trend, whether you’re layering under a coat and teaming with ankle boots, or teaming with simple jeans, trainers and jewellery when the weather gets warmer. See our round-up of the best Breton jumpers here.
THE ALL-OUT-GLAM ACCESSORIES
Fashion’s response to a miserable couple of years has been to go in the other direction, with exuberant, uninhibited style that encourages us to dress up and enjoy life. With more social events back on the cards, we’re seizing the opportunity to embrace all-out-glam style: think feathers, sequins and sparkle galore. The easiest way to embrace this aesthetic is with glamorous accessories, from frou-frou bags to sequin stilettos. It’s a quick route to add some fun to even the simplest of outfits.
THE MINIMALIST CO-ORD
While on the one hand fashion is going for a back-with-a-bang, sparkles-galore approach, there is also a trend for low-key, luxurious dressing, featuring muted tones and elegant shapes. Shopping app Lyst says there is ‘an increasing demand for minimalistic pieces’ this season. ‘Since September, we’ve seen a rise in searches for monochromatic co-ords, neutral tones, white shirts, leather loafers and wide-leg suit trousers, all reflecting a move towards a more low-key luxury approach’ they added.
THE FASHION-FORWARD FLEECE
Once upon a time we would’ve refused to believe the fleece could ever get cool, but – in an example of the mysterious ways of fashion – that is exactly what has happened in recent winters. This trend represents the perfect intersection between style and practicality, and we love to wear a cosy fleece with athleisure leggings and trainers for an early morning walk in the park. See our round-up of the best fleeces for women here.
THE STATEMENT COLLAR BLOUSE
Another trend that’s still going strong is the statement collar blouse. It’s a look that first popped up in response to us all being trapped on Zoom calls for months, and, despite many people now starting to return to the office, it’s such a great style that we’re keeping hold of it for spring. Hooray!
From oversized blazers at Saint Laurent, to colourful suiting at Alexander McQueen, tailoring is making its post-pandemic comeback, which ties in nicely with a widespread return to the office. Green and pink remain popular colours in fashion, so you could go for a vibrant suit, or play it neutral with an mannish blazer worn open with tailored trousers.
After Pantone named Very Peri its colour of the year, expect to see purple in all its forms come to the forefront of fashion. Whether you prefer a lilac handbag or some eye-catching purple trousers, we’ll all be wearing this regal tone soon (very in keeping with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year!).