January 08, 2022 at 08:00AM
As we wave goodbye to one year and welcome another, there are certain traditions that we all like to indulge in. You might be busy planning your NYE outfit or hurriedly making lists of your resolutions. Us? We’re focusing on one of our own much-loved traditions here at Who What Wear UK: our annual dress report.
If you know us well, you’ll know just how much we love a dress. And really, why wouldn’t we? They always seem to swoop in to save us when we need it most—when we have nothing else to wear, when we need to look put-together in an instant, when we suddenly can’t fit into our favourite jeans or when it’s just too darn hot to wear anything else. Whether you’re a dress person or not, it’s likely you have at least a couple of hero styles you turn to for weddings or work events.
It’s our responsibility to bring you the most up-to-date predictions for the new year’s dress trends, and we take that responsibility very seriously. After all, you guys need to know which styles to keep hold of in your annual wardrobe refreshes and which dresses to add to your 2022 shopping lists. This year is especially exciting. After a good few seasons of repeating dress trends—puff sleeves, smock dresses and wrap dresses, to name a few—there are some fresh new shapes on the horizon.
Hemlines are going to new extremes. naked dresses aren’t just for red carpets anymore. The coolest designers are doing very clever and covetable things with draping. There’s also some evolution of the classics: The knitted dress is getting a more slim-fit and ribbed (it has to be ribbed) upgrade; the mini, which has been gaining traction for a couple of seasons, is well and truly here to stay. And brides-to-be are in luck: Pretty white dresses are back on the agenda in a big way.
We could go on about 2022’s new major and micro dress trends for days, but for the purposes of keeping things top-line, we’ve picked the five we think are set to be the most important below. Keep scrolling to find out more and shop the trends now.