Key summer trends to refresh your wardrobe

Winter may have felt longer than usual this year but don’t worry — summer is just around the corner! With 2022 hopefully bringing more freedom for getting out and about, here are some key summer trends to keep you looking and feeling great, whether you’re chilling at home or soaking up the sun on holiday.

From shiny metallic fabrics to giving your formal suit a smart-casual dress-down, there are plenty of upcoming trends you can incorporate into your wardrobe. Go all out or give a subtle nod to the look by mixing and matching styles. Read on for some of our favourite menswear and womenswear items that will keep you at the forefront of 2022 fashion.

Summer trends for women

Ready to pack away your big jumpers? Make room for some retro favourites — the 90s and 00s are returning!

Mini skirts

Perfect for the warmer weather, fashion houses are keeping hemlines short and sweet this summer. Micro minis are the defining skirt of the season — with bodycon, denim, and low-rise designs being particularly popular — though anything above the knee will fit the bill.

For something with a little more texture and movement, why not try a tiered mini skirt? The Adellyn Tiered Mini Skirt from Ted Baker is fun and flirty — ideal for daytime wear or dressing up with heels for an evening look.

 

The beauty of the mini skirt is that you can take it right through to autumn, too. Add a pair of cosy tights, some ankle boots, and a snug cardigan and you’ll be ready for that pumpkin spiced latte! 

Metallic marvels

Get ready for another 90s throwback: metallic shades are in. What better way to make your wardrobe stand out than with a bit of shimmer? Whether you go bold with a full futuristic outfit or just add a hint of bronze, you can make this summer trend your own. 

Metallic sandals, like these Tuolumne Metallic Flip Flops from UGG, are must-haves for your holiday suitcase. They’ll add that little extra something to your beachwear and pair beautifully with a floaty summer dress.

Want to stand out? Try a shiny yet sophisticated jumpsuit for a stunning evening look. The Ted Baker Twigga Metallic Wrap Jumpsuit is eyecatching and flattering, with a cinched waist and cropped wide legs. Gorgeous!

Halternecks

Whether you’re looking for a dress for a special occasion, a fancy top to pair with jeans, or something comfy and stylish for lounging, you can’t go wrong with this season’s halterneck trend. Effortlessly cool, the halterneck style is a great way to show off your shoulders. 

Look out for classy backless dresses for events or comfy jersey halter tops to match with jeans for a relaxed weekend look. Why not embrace two summer trends in one, with a metallic velvet halterneck dress from Ted Baker? 

Cute cut-outs

From keyhole necklines to peek-a-boo waists, cut-outs are a trend that emerged in 2020 and are here to stay. Cut-outs are a stylish way to show a bit of skin whilst retaining clean-cut lines. 

Find high-necked cocktail dresses with a classic keyhole bust for your summer work do or get ready for a night on the town in a bodycon midi dress with side-waist slits. 

And if you’d like to try the style in a more subtle way, look for feminine blouses and dresses with cut-out detailing at the back. The Cassia Elitan Long Tea Dress from French Connection would make a gorgeous wedding guest outfit. 

Summer trends for men

While the 90s and 00s may be making a fierce comeback for womenswear this summer, the 2022 trends for men are a little more eclectic.

All-American prep

Those who can’t get enough of a classic polo shirt are in luck this summer! Embrace clean-cut, sporty styling inspired by preppy American vibes — chino shorts, striped tops, and snappy tailoring are in order. 

Ideal for every occasion, the prep trend is easy to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe. Sun-bleached shades are going to be particularly popular, giving the look a casual energy. Think dusky pink and pale blue.

 

A Sunbleached Cap from Psycho Bunny will top the look and keep you cool in the hot weather.

Vibrant colour palettes

If delicate shades aren’t your thing, don’t worry — bold colour palettes could be just the ticket for you. 

As we leave the grey, murky weather behind, it’s time to emerge into a world of vibrant colour. Whether you choose block colours (a pair of bright orange swimming trunks, perhaps) or let different shades mingle in an eye-catching rainbow, you’re sure to find a striking style to stand out in.

Have you got a summer wedding to attend? Give the plain white shirt a miss and opt for something a little different. This Proud as a Peacock Shirt from Guide London is the perfect way to give the colourful trend a go.

Heavy-knit cardis

While we can remain optimistic, chances are the UK summer will come with a rainy day or two. When the weather cools, swap your go-to coat for a stylish cardigan. That’s right, heavy knitwear is set to be big in men’s fashion this year!

Look for quirky jumpers, luxurious cardigans, and zip-up sweaters.

Skirts, kilts, and skorts

Garments that have been traditionally seen as womenswear are now seeing a transition into the men’s department. With a shift from gendered outfits, guys who want to embrace a hint of femininity might like to explore long tunics, skirts, and kilts. 

Stylish suits

If you’re worried a tailored jacket or sleek shirt is a little too formal for everyday wearing, things are about to change. Whether you choose a more relaxed suit style with less structure than an occasion garment or simply dress your favourite jacket down with a pair of jeans, embrace the elegance!

Find an easy-wearing two-piece or pair a sophisticated jacket, like this Check Jacket from Guide London, with a t-shirt and smart-casual jeans. 

 

Find your new summer favourites at Robert Goddard

Have any of these summer trends inspired you? Find delightful new designer garments at Robert Goddard. Pick up some separates to mix and match throughout the upcoming months or treat yourself to a full, on-trend outfit.