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11 Summer Fashion Trends That Are The Definition Of Dopamine Dressing

Before you bring out your fall jackets, take one last shot at a Hot Plans Summer, at least fashion-wise. The biggest — and the most can’t-miss — summer 2022 fashion trends like mini skirts and platform shoes, as well as mood-boosting styles like fringe, will ensure you’re ready for a dopamine dressing takeover.

Bold colors had their fair share of moments on the spring/summer 2022 runways in September and will trickle down to street style and red carpets well into fall. As many in the industry predicted, cut-outs will also resume their reign as the most popular style to come out since pandemic restrictions have been lifted, as we continue to shed lockdown layers. From weddings to vacations and rooftop parties, there’s a style for any occasion, whether it be a fully perforated catsuit or a midi dress with subtle slit detailing.

From hot pink, the hottest color of the year to summer’s most playful (and trippy) print, welcome — and shop — the 11 biggest warm-weather fashion trends of 2022.

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Summer 2022 Trend: Platform Shoes

The higher, the better is the motto for shoes this summer. From chunky sandals to bubble clogs and double-stacked, ankle-strap platforms, sky-high shoes are the dance floor-ready accessory of the season.Photo: Courtesy of Moschino.

Summer 2022 Trend: Platform Shoes

Loeffler Randall Natalia Emerald Platform Bow Heel, $, available at Loeffler Randall

Summer 2022 Trend: Platform Shoes

Larroudé Miso Sandals, $, available at Shopbop

Summer 2022 Trend: Platform Shoes

Aldo Bambola, $, available at Aldo

Summer 2022 Trend: Platform Shoes

Naked Wolfe Spice Boots, $, available at Naked Wolfe

Summer 2022 Trend: Hot Pink

While summer will gave rise to many bold color trends — see: orange, neon green, and purple — hot pink is the color of the year. For proof, see the Valentino Fall 2022 show that featured monochrome fuchsia looks, as well as the Grammys 2022 red carpet, where celebrities like Saweetie, Billy Porter, and even Travis Barker wore various shades of the bold hue.Photo: Jonas Gustavsson

Summer 2022 Trend: Hot Pink

Reformation Seaside Linen Dress, $, available at Reformation

Summer 2022 Trend: Hot Pink

Frances Valentine Canvas Fringe Hat Pink, $, available at Frances Valentine

Summer 2022 Trend: Hot Pink

Good American Always Fits Hot One-Shoulder One-Piece, $, available at Good American

Summer 2022 Trend: Hot Pink

COS Oversized Mock Neck T-Shirt, $, available at COS

Summer 2022 Trend: Poolside Fashion

Even if you have no plans to be by the water this month,you can stilldress the part. At least that’s the memo coming from Miami Swim Week and the runways of designers like Isabel Marant, Rejina Pyo (who showed the spring collection at an aquatics center!), and Jacquemus who presented poolside-perfect fashion in the form of bikinis worn over shirts and pants, fancy slides, and “coverups” that looked more fit for the nightclub than the beach club. Photo: Courtesy of Isabel Marant

Summer 2022 Trend: Poolside Fashion

PatBo Protea Ruffle String Bikini Top, $, available at Revolve

PatBo Protea Beach Skirt, $, available at Revolve

Summer 2022 Trend: Poolside Fashion

Tibi Leather Shorts, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Summer 2022 Trend: Poolside Fashion

Sarah Flint Arabesque Slide, $, available at Sarah Flint

Summer 2022 Trend: Poolside Fashion

With Jean Betsy Bikini Bottom | Cream, $, available at With Jean

With Jean Dylan Mini Skirt | Cream, $, available at With Jean

Summer 2022 Trend: Party Hemlines

Bring out the party dresses and mini skirts to celebrate the final weeks of rooftop/patio/backyard season. Don’t be afraid to be the center of attention at any outing with ultra-short hemlines, bodycon silhouettes, and printed designs. Photo: Greg Kessler

Summer 2022 Trend: Party Hemlines

ASOS DESIGN Curve Asymmetric Drape Front Mini Dress, $, available at ASOS

Summer 2022 Trend: Party Hemlines

Sézane Jelena Skirt, $, available at Sézane

Summer 2022 Trend: Party Hemlines

Mikoh Magnolia Mini Dress, $, available at Mikoh

Summer 2022 Trend: Party Hemlines

Sunday Best Rocco Skirt, $, available at Aritzia

Summer 2022 Trend: Colored Suits

While workwear might have been obliterated as a category as a result of the pandemic and the new hybrid-office models, it’s no reason to give up the power suit. For summer, trade your black or tan pant style for something brighter. Or, even better, opt for a skirt suit with a NSFW hemline.Photo: Dan Lecca

Summer 2022 Trend: Colored Suits

Mango Double-breasted Suit Blazer, $, available at Mango

Mango Straight Suit Pants, $, available at Mango

LBV. Double Breasted Linen Blazer in Chartreuse, $, available at LBV.

LBV. Linen Short in Chartreuse, $, available at LBV.

& Other Stories Collarless Single Button Blazer, $, available at & Other Stories

& Other Stories Linen Mini Skirt, $, available at & Other Stories

Summer 2022 Trend: Colored Suits

Rebecca Taylor Wool Satin Blazer, $, available at Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor Wool Satin Pleated Trousers, $, available at Rebecca Taylor

Summer 2022 Trend: Mushroom Print

Following spring and fall runway shows like Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, and Brandon Maxwell, the question on fashion insiders’ minds is: Why are designers high on mushrooms right now? For some, the trend manifested in whimsy mushroom-print fashion. For others, it arrived in the form of conversations about the role of mushroom leather and sustainability. Either way, we are tripping for the look.Photo: Greg Kessler

Summer 2022 Trend: Mushroom Print

Fleur du Mal Pajama Short, $, available at Fleur Du Mal

Summer 2022 Trend: Mushroom Print

Tombolo Disco Fungi Cabana, $, available at Tombolo

Summer 2022 Trend: Mushroom Print

Frasier Sterling Magic Mushroom Necklace, $, available at Frasier Sterling

Summer 2022 Trend: Mushroom Print

Farm Rio Lime Mushrooms Midi Dress, $, available at Farm Rio

Summer 2022 Trend: Back-To-School

It’s time to hit the books because preppy back-to-school styles were all over the runways ranging from Miu Miu to Lacoste and Coach. This summer, lean into the more athletic-inspired styles like tennis skirts and skorts, as well as playful varsity sweaters and chunky loafers. Bonus: This trend will be just as popular in the fall.Photo: Yanis Vlamos

Summer 2022 Trend: Back-To-School

Tory Burch Tech Pique Logo Patch Polo, $, available at Tory Burch

Summer 2022 Trend: Back-To-School

Lacoste Lettered Waist Mid-Length Pleated Skirt, $, available at Lacoste

Summer 2022 Trend: Back-To-School

Gyles & George Libra Sweater, $, available at Gyles & George

Summer 2022 Trend: Back-To-School

Gap High-Waisted Never-Fade Pixie Ankle Pants, $, available at Gap

Summer 2022 Trend: Fringe

No trend exudes more joy than fringe. Which would explain this season’s obsession with one very good Proenza Schouler fringe dress. If a full-on fringe dress or skirt seems like a lot for an outdoor happy hour, a swishy bag or an earring offer a more subdued way to get in on the trend.Photo: Courtesy of Chloé

Summer 2022 Trend: Fringe

Eloquii Asymmetric Fringe Slipdress, $, available at Nordstrom

Summer 2022 Trend: Fringe

Petit Kouraj Daye Fringe Tote, $, available at Nordstrom

Proenza Schouler Textured Knit Fringe Bike Shorts, $, available at Shopbop

Summer 2022 Trend: Fringe

Mignonne Gavigan Mini Madeline Earrings, $, available at Nordstrom

Summer 2022 Trend: Cut-outs

Yes, cut-outs continue to dominate the trend cycle a year later. This season, you can find them on everything from bodycon dresses and micro-mini skirts to thong pants and tops. The look also offers the perfect reprieve from the summer heat, no AC needed.Photo: Courtesy of Christian Siriano.

Summer 2022 Trend: Cut-outs

Cuyana Stretch Long Sleeve Tee, $, available at Cuyana

Summer 2022 Trend: Cut-outs

Maisie Wilen Blue Perforated Leggings, $, available at SSENSE

Summer 2022 Trend: Cut-outs

Anthropologie Cutout Printed-Slip Midi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Summer 2022 Trend: Cut-outs

The Range Layered Turtleneck Top, $, available at FWRD

Summer 2022 Trend: ’80s Glamour

While many brands are looking to Y2K trends for inspiration, others are going back to an entirely different era of sartorial flashiness: the ’80s. Saint Laurent sent out models in skin-tight catsuits and oversized jewelry, while Chanel was a showcase of sequins. Bring on the opera gloves and drama!Photo: Courtesy of Saint Laurent.

Summer 2022 Trend: ’80s Glamour

Machete Interchangeable Link Necklace In 14k Gold, $, available at Machete

Summer 2022 Trend: ’80s Glamour

Girlfriend Collective Plum Cami Unitard, $, available at Girlfriend Collective

Summer 2022 Trend: ’80s Glamour

Lapointe Faux Leather Gloves, $, available at LaPointe

Summer 2022 Trend: ’80s Glamour

Banana Republic Halter Sweater Dress, $, available at Banana Republic

Summer 2022 Trend: Matching Sets

The cheeky alternative to a full pantsuit, matching sets are an easy way to have fun with your look without thinking too hard about it. Trade the cozy knit two-pieces and hooded sweatsuits for lighter fabrics and mood-boosting prints. The bolder, the better.Photo: Courtesy of Sandy Liang.

Summer 2022 Trend: Matching Sets

Sir The Label Graphic-print shirt, $, available at Farfetch

Sir The Label Straight-leg trousers, $, available at Farfetch

Summer 2022 Trend: Matching Sets

Lisa Says Gah Laney Mini Skirt, $, available at Lisa Says Gah

Lisa Says Gah Elenor Crop Top, $, available at Lisa Says Gah

Summer 2022 Trend: Matching Sets

H&M Rib-knit Crop Top, $, available at H&M

H&M Ribbed Pants, $, available at H&M

Summer 2022 Trend: Matching Sets

Marimekko Adea Architecture Lunaire 1 Cotton Poplin Blouse, $, available at Marimekko

Marimekko Adley La Terre Et La Lune Cotton Poplin Skirt, $, available at Marimekko

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