By Caitlin Burnett
One of the best parts of each season is the crop of new fashion trends that bubble up—any excuse to shop right? Summer’22 is bringing us tons of fresh new styles to test out, most of which fall under the overarching umbrella theme of positivity.
Optimistic dressing is taking over this year, meaning bright colors, bold prints, and an overall fun aesthetic. But hands down one of the biggest mood-boosting trends we’re seeing this summer is vacation dressing.
The escapist trend pulls pieces typically reserved for a tropical getaway and implants them into your everyday wardrobe—think crochet, tiki prints, high-saturation color, and linen fabrics. Basically, pieces that give the vibe you’re on holiday sprinkled into your normal day-to-day. Not only is this trend fun, but it also transports you into that carefree, vacation mindset (which is honestly one of the best parts of a trip). Feeling like you’re on holiday every day? Sign us up.
Below we’re highlighting the key pieces to tap into the escapist trend, plus chic shopping options for each.
The unofficial texture of vacation, crochet is taking over this season. Adorning everything from dresses to sweaters to bags, the open weave gives that instant fresh-air feeling. This Milly number is perfect for summer date night or if you’re lucky enough to actually be headed to the beach, may we recommend this Ulla Johnson dress.
Cut-outs have been trending for a few seasons now, but nothing says summer like strategically exposed skin. It also lends itself perfectly to the escapist dressing trend, especially when found in linen fabrics and fun prints.
Bring on the beads! Pearls, colorful beads, and stone accents are adorning all the trendiest summer jewelry—and the more layers the better. Even a basic white tank suddenly feels beachy when paired with one of these festive pieces.
Tiki prints and breezy patterns mentally transport you to a seaside locale, so it makes sense that they’re cropping up everywhere this spring. Dip a toe in the print pool by pairing this Farm Rio top with jeans or go full escapism with this Cara Cara island dress.
High-saturation hues have been gaining momentum for a while now and they’re officially peaking this summer. Bold, spicy colors are covering everything from clothes to bags to accessories and it’s the perfect complement to a fresh summer tan.
The key to a chic vacay look are always the accessories—bucket hats, woven earrings, and textured bags are staples. Even pairing you go-to outfit with a fun getaway-inspired accessory makes it feel instantly on-trend, so whether you’re going all out or sticking to your staples, an island accessory is a good idea.