words Alexa Wang
More than two years into the COVID pandemic, many people finally believe we are living the beginning of the end of lockdowns, mask mandates, vaccine requirements and other remnants of epidemics from this devastating disease. Already, people are venturing out to watch movies in theaters, spend weekends at music festivals and travel the world by plane.
It’s safe to assume that summer 2022 will be much like before – which means you need to prepare your summer wardrobe for beach days, pool parties, barbecues and other exciting outdoor events. which you will probably enjoy over the coming month.
If you haven’t bought anything but tracksuit sets in two years, you’re not alone. Here’s a quick list of must-haves to make your summer outfits feel great.
Sleeveless mini dress
Y2K fashion is back in a big way, and there’s no better proof than the return of the mini dress. In the heat of summer, slipping on a shimmering, form-fitting, sleeveless dress that skims your upper thighs will keep you cool in every way. You can dress up your dress with chunky low-top sneakers, which will help elongate your legs, and you can throw on an oversized blazer when those hot summer days turn into cool summer nights.
Wide mesh skirt
The wide-weave netting is all the rage, especially in the summer when it conjures up images of a sexy shoreline. However, the netting can be a bit confusing for styling. We recommend diving into this trend with a maxi skirt rather than a top or dress. Then you have many options for what you can wear underneath. If you like the transparent look, you can put on a tight skirt of any length. For a bolder fashion choice that provides a bit of warmth, you can throw colorful leggings under your skirt. Finally, you style your open mesh skirt as a cover up for a bathing suit at the pool or beach.
White Tank Top
Some might say that a plain white tank top is a fashion staple, not a trend. However, many designers are launching white tank tops as staples on their runways, indicating that the tank top has a moment. You should look to the trends of the early 2000s for inspiration on how to wear your tank top, which today goes through a very different name from year 2000. In general, opt for a loose and long fit, with baggy jeans or a flowing skirt.
Swimsuit With Cutouts
Summer is all about showing off more skin, and cutouts are perhaps the best way to show off the unconventional corners of your body. Instead of investing in the smallest bikini you can find, you should opt for a one-piece with cutouts in strategic spaces. Asymmetrical swim styles are all the rage, so you can look for irregularly shaped or otherwise lopsided cutouts around the body. As long as you’re feeling confident and content, you’ll look incredibly cool in your cutouts.
Pastel power suit
the pandemic matching tracksuit sets may not be as appropriate for everyday life now that you have to venture outside your home on a regular basis, but you can maintain a similar vibe by investing in a pastel power suit. Power suits tend to be a bit oversized, which makes you feel comfortable and chic at the same time. You can find power suits with wide pants, tight leggings or skirts of all kinds, depending on your personal style. As long as your suit is in a summery color, like millennial pink, orange, or periwinkle blue, you should look trendy and business-ready for the season.
Long pencil skirt
Although midi pencil skirts have remained popular in the workspace, the rest of the fashion world has largely forgotten about their appeal – until now. Long, ankle-length pencil skirts are making a comeback. For the summer, you want to get a pencil skirt that hits mid-calf and hugs the hips, but it should look relaxed and less fitted than one you might buy for work. Up top, you should pair your pencil skirt with a fitted shirt that shows a lot of belly.
Most of the summer fashion trends listed above are incredibly affordable, meaning you can update your summer 22 wardrobe without breaking the bank. Still, you might want to style your look with a handful of designer accessories. Little touches of bling like Cartier shadesan Yves Saint Laurent handbag or Givenchy slides are enough to give glamor to your outfits this coming season.
You need a summer-ready wardrobe, and you need it fast. Luckily, you only need a few on-trend pieces to pull together looks for your summer activities, meaning you can get out of the house and back to reality in no time.