The 10 Summer Fashion Essentials for 2022 

This summer 2022 is all about the easy wardrobe refresh. With the return of summer getaways, festivals and shared celebrations, it’s all about choosing a few key pieces to give your summer look an instant update.  

Pair this season’s enduring statement maxi dresses, flattering sandals and fun bucket hats with classic summer looks such as the Breton tee and top-to-toe bright colours. Then finish with traffic-stopping bags and sunglasses. A summer of joy and style has arrived.  
 

1.The Smock Frock 

A model wearing a long colourful dress

Revel in the Collection dress from Marks & Spencer, £35 

Prairie dresses, maxi dresses, feelgood florals, fresh gingham… the smock frock has become this generation’s vibrant go-to thanks to brands such as Ganni and The Vampire’s Wife. Easy-to-wear day or evening (head to River Island and New Look for gorgeous plus-size looks), update it for summer 2022 by investing in jewel tones and ikat prints.  (Shop the look at Marks & Spencer, Zara, H&M, Next, Urban Outfitters, All Saints, River Island, French Connection, New Look and Primark

2.The Oversize Blazer 

A green coloured blazer

  Image caption: New Look’s summer blazer, £35 

 The perfect throw-on with a vintage feel, the oversize blazer was huge for autumn and now for summer, it’s all about embracing pastel shades thrown over cycling shorts, a statement T-shirt and paired with the crossbody micro bag trend and gold chunky jewellery.  (Shop the look at New Look, Marks & Spencer, Zara, H&M, Next, River Island, French Connection, New Look and Primark

3.The Bucket Hat 

A green gingham hat

Pick up Primark’s green gingham bucket hat, £5  

The Y2K trend isn’t going anywhere and the bucket hat is the most early Noughties buy of all. With fans including Rihanna, Billie Eilish and Bella Hadid, it’s the practical buy that’s also bang on trend.  

(Shop the look at Primark,  H&M, Next, Urban Outfitters, Accessorize, Marks & Spencer, Zara, All Saints, River Island and New Look

 

4.Neon Brights 

A line of models walking across a beach, they are wearing neon clothing

 Neon brights at H&M 

 Head-to-toe neon brights is the biggest sign that spring/summer 2022 is all about having fun. The easiest way to do the trend is monochrome separates (or tonally coloured complements) paired with matching accessories.  

 (Shop the look at H&M, Next, Urban Outfitters, Marks & Spencer, Zara, All Saints, River Island, French Connection, New Look and Primark

 

5.The Statement Sunglasses 

A model wearing large sunglasses

Summer shades at River Island 

In need of a sunglasses update? The key word for summer 2022 is striking. Go for bold shapes, bright colours and retro silhouettes and feel an instant update.  
 

(Shop the look at River Island, Accessorize, Sunglass Hut, Boots and Zara

 

6.The Summer Sandals 

Brown crocodile skin sandals

New Look’s new season sandal, £29.99 

Slides, strappy, Roman, cross-toe, platform. Essentially you can’t go wrong this summer when it comes to sandals. Pair with a beautiful pedi and you’re set until September.  

Shop the look at New Look, Marks & Spencer, Office, Carvela, Clarks, Dune London, Kurt Geiger and schuh
 

7.The Bold Breton Top 

 A model wearing a white and black striped tshirt

The ultimate Breton tee from Primark, £10 

 The perennial summer look that’s been worn by everyone from Coco Chanel and Jackie Onassis to Kate Middleton, once you’ve got a Breton top to pair with this season’s straight leg jeans, culottes and maxi skirts, every summer occasion is covered.  

(Shop the look at Primark, Marks & Spencer, Zara, H&M and Next
 

8.The Festival Chic 

Two models wearing patterned clothes

Easy festival chic courtesy of River Island 

With the return of festivals comes the upsurgence of festival boho made iconic by Sienna Miller and Kate Moss in the early Noughties. Embrace fringing, tassels, layering, crochet, a smattering of sequin, plaits and beads.  
 

(Shop the look at River Island, H&M, Next, Urban Outfitters, Marks & Spencer, Zara, All Saints, French Connection, New Look and Primark

 

9.The Swimsuit 

A floral swimming costumer

The Collection swimsuit from Marks & Spencer, £29.50 
 

Retro 50s-esque one pieces are rubbing shoulders with cutouts and string bikinis this season. With a huge array of looks to choose from, the main secret to finding your perfect swimsuit is comfort. Whether you’re hitting the pool or soaking up rays from the sunbed, choose a style you feel amazing in.   

(Shop the look at Marks & Spencer, Boux Avenue, Victoria’s Secret, River Island, H&M, Next, Urban Outfitters, Zara, All Saints, French Connection, New Look and Primark


 

10.The Standout Bag 

A model holding a white bag

Finish with a statement bag, Next  

The summer bags leading the way are the clutch, the mini, the bucket and the tote. Crochet is huge while chain detail and logos are also making dramatic statements. Happy hunting! 

(Shop the look at Next, TK Maxx, Michael Kors, Ted Baker, Urban Outfitters, Primark,  H&M, Accessorize, Marks & Spencer, Zara, All Saints, River Island and New Look
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