If you're a loyal Who What Wear reader, as I suspect you might be, you'll have already devoured our summer 2022 trend report, outlining every notable look, garment, and accessory we saw during September's Fashion Month showcase. If this, however, is not the case, I suggest you take a look at it and meet me back here once you're up to speed.
Okay, now that you know precisely what the new collections look like, let's talk about how to channel them in real life. We know the runways present an exaggerated interpretation of the trends. Still, I'm always interested in seeing how I can realistically add them to my wardrobe and work them into my daily outfits—this is where my 2022 capsule wardrobe comes in.
Neutral tones are a fashion headliner this year.
Below, I've taken the key looks from the summer 2022 shows and have pinpointed the nine pieces you need to stay on top of the trends for the season ahead. No, you read that right—you only need nine pieces to complete 2022's covetable aesthetic. These items are guaranteed to be huge for the foreseeable, and, if you ask me, it's never too soon to start test driving what's next in fashion.
So keep scrolling to discover what you need in your 2022 capsule wardrobe and to shop my favourite finds for each category.
1. OVERSIZE BLAZER
It’s hard to call blazers a trend, as they’re one of the most classic pieces you can own, but the oversized silhouettes seen at Stella McCartney and Jil Sander are absolutely worthy of that accolade.
Photo:Courtesy of Jil Sander
2. MAXI SKIRT
It’s been a long time since maxi skirts were so prevalent on the runway, but they just kept cropping up—everyone from Chloé to Givenchy showcased them in their collections. There was, however, one commonality—they were all sleek and streamline.
Photo:Courtesy of Chloé
3. PLATFORM SHOES
Platforms are a trend which has been bubbling under the surface for a few seasons now, but make no mistake, they are very much back this year. Nodaleto has a new slingback silhouette I just know is going to fly, but you can also get your stacked fill on the high-street should your budget not stretch that far.
4. WHITE DRESS
Flocks of white dresses cascaded down the runways throughout the course of Fashion Month. Although they always make a comeback for summer, 2022’s iterations are distinguishable by their cut-outs, ruffles, and fancy fabrications like tulle and sequins.
Photo:Courtesy of Prabal Gurung
5. BRA TOP
One of the more controversial trends from the spring/summer 2022 runways, bra tops were everywhere you turned. Worn boldly on their own or layered under shirting and jackets, how you style yours is entirely up to you.
Photo:Courtesy of Coach
6. SOMETHING FEATHERED
Feathers are synonyms with party season but this year they’re sticking around for spring, too. Pastel shades decorated the collections of so many designers—we’re talking Gucci, Valentino, and Giambattista Valli to name a mere few. My favourite way to channel the trend is with a cardigan trimmed with the fluffy stuff, though Karen Millen’s trousers are tempting, too.
7. PREPPY KNITWEAR
I’ve never been the sporty type, but I’m thinking of joining this fashion league. Cricket and varsity were the dominant knits on the spring/summer 2022 runways, and will help you nail the preppy vibe that overarches the season with ease.
Photo:Courtesy of Lacoste
8. LOGO BAG
Designers have been delicate with their branding on bags for a while now, but not for 2022. No, this is the year where in-your-face branding will make a comeback and you’ll want absolutely everyone to know where your bag is from. Gucci and Loewe have already nailed the look (as did Tory Burch on the runway), but I’m also enjoying the high-street’s take.
Photo:Courtesy of Tory Burch
9. TROUSER CO-ORD
If you lived in your knitted co-ord in 2021, rest assured this is a safe space and you have nothing to feel ashamed of. Still, times are changing and I’m going to do my best to wean myself off loungewear. Instead, I’ll be investing in a sleek trouser co-ord for a simple but elegant outfit solution.