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It’s mid-July which means you’ve probably reached the peak of your sunkissed summer glow. The sun is setting at 9 p.m., the weather is getting hot (very hot) and you’re wondering how to carry your summer romance into fall. The season is flying by but summer isn’t over yet which means you still have time to try out the hottest summer fashion trends of 2022.
This season’s trends will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and make a statement. So when you’re debating between wearing a shade brighter than the sun or adding a body chain to your look (my opinion is to do both), it’s important to remember that the biggest accessory to your outfit is an “I’m hot and I know it” attitude.
But you don’t just have to take my word for it. I spoke to supermodel Chanel Iman about her summer fashion tips to feel and look your best. Because Chanel Iman has walked in countless fashion shows and worn every trend before it hits stores, I completely trust her input on this summer’s trends.
Iman says, “If I’ve learned anything when it comes to fashion throughout my career, it’s to be bold and confident when it comes to showing off your style – and most of all, be yourself. This summer, bold patterns are a hit!”
Just because you’re buying bold pieces doesn’t mean they need to break the bank. Retailers like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Asos often have a version of each trend for a better price.
According to Iman, Marshall has “a wide variety of styles with fun, funky patterns perfect for summer – e.g. Blouse For only $12! I love pairing bold patterns with simple contrasts like these Jeans shorts To make the blouse an attractive element of my look.
The good news is that all the top summer fashion trends can easily be played with bright accessories Tone down by pairing with basics like jeans or a classic blazer. Keep scrolling to choose which trend you want to dive into before you swim into summer.
Right now, the name of the fashion game is “brighter, better” and as bright as hot pink. The shade first rose in popularity when Valentino made it the only color on his runway last season and pretty much every celebrity has worn it! Just when it seemed like pink couldn’t get any hotter, barbiecore, the old bimbo fashionista look, resurfaced. Coincidentally (or not so much), photos of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling decked out in pink on the set of the upcoming Barbie movie were released at the same time. I predict that bright colors will last until fall but summer is definitely the peak time to wear them.
If wearing a completely hot pink dress is scary, take some advice from model Chanel Iman and incorporate neons into your accessories. “Since my style is very colorful and relaxed, wearing a simple dress and making it pop with accessories is always my go-to for summer looks,” says Iman.
Slinky High Neck O-Ring Dress
This hot pink dress with cut-out detail is the perfect way to make a statement for a summer dinner or night on the town. Also, if you want to tone it down, you can always wear a neutral colored blazer on top.
Dressing for the heat of summer is often about layers and outfit elements that add details to stay cool so I love the mesh trend so much. Mesh adds texture and dimension to any look and can be worn for any occasion. For example, a mesh dress without a slip is the perfect swimsuit coverup or a mesh tank can be paired with layered jewelry and baggy jeans for an effortless cool day look. My favorite iteration of the trend is the crisp white mesh dress (like the picture above). Pair the dress with a contrasting bag and sparkly shoes to complete the look.
Openwork cotton dress
This cut-out dress by Mango comes with a slip below and hits just above the knee. Mesh overlays are supposed to be a little oversized so don’t be afraid to size up.
Using only a woven bag for a few days by the sea? The beach, please. The beach bag has been reduced in size and is ready to be carried from the city to the country, to the pool, and back again. Designers such as Loewe, Balenciaga and Prada have created durable versions of braided basket bags that can be carried as handbags. The material and shape are obviously perfect for summer and are a great way to bring a coastal grandma vibe into your everyday life. Whether you choose colorful iterations or stick with classic neutral tones,
Mini Santorini Tote
If you’re torn between neutrals and colors, this DeMellier mini-knit tote will give you the best of both worlds. It’s small enough to carry as a handbag but will still fit over your shoulder.
Are you attending a formal wedding? Feathers will look better for it. Maybe you have a big birthday party planned? A feather mini dress is a must. Or if you want to dress up for your daily coffee run, then you’ve got sleeves with feather trim to impress the barista. Feathers are undoubtedly the funnest fashion trend to pick up this summer.
Beaded mini dress with feather cuffs
ASOS has a great selection of sparkly feather occasion dresses and I’m totally obsessed with this orange one (and just bought it). Feather sleeves are big in the best way and you won’t be able to move your arm without getting 100 compliments.
Whether you’ve been in a relationship for years or just stopped swiping left or right, the slip dress is the ultimate date night look and model Chanel Iman agrees. “I love to be comfortable and clothes do just the trick. For date night I opt for a summer closet staple – the little black dress,” says Iman.
Slips work great as LBDs or they can be played with bright colors or patterns. A slip dress is not only sexy, but it is also very versatile. Depending on your date night itinerary, you can wear them on their own, over a t-shirt or with a blazer or cardigan.
Sunfed Slip Dress
This floral slip dress is extra flirty with a lace detail hem. Pair it with kitten heels and a sparkly shoulder bag and everyone will be crushing on you.
Calling all fashion maximalists! A body chain will take your look and accessories to the next level. Body chains look great layered over bikinis, crop tops or baggy jeans in the summer — if you need more info, Hailey Bieber’s entire Instagram page is basically a body chain fan account. While I want this trend to last year-round, it’s hard to layer a body chain over a thick wool sweater (although I dare you to try it). This is definitely a trend to try before fall comes around.
Cuban belly chain
This body chain is simple and will subtly add some sparkle and draw attention to your waist.