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FW22: Dresses

For the period post-pandemic, ease of wear is going to continue to impact fashion. Relaxed silhouettes, knitted fabric qualities and smart or active inspired styles are going to be the most impactful trends for FW22. While the full submergence into social life and festive-season certainly demand for dressy garments, the eclectic and overpowering interpretations of recent seasons are beginning to soften. More gentle yet dressed-up styles, include draped dresses, tunics, asymmetric fluids as well as heritage-driven looks. A bolder key-piece certainly is the mini dress, especially relevant in sparkling qualities.

Dresses turn into versatile statements for FW22.

With the variety of occasions within a post-pandemic world, the multi-functionality of products remains a key factor: Easy to transition from day to night and aiming at moving from one season to the next. Take a look at what to expect for fall/winter 2022 in more detail. Make sure to take a look at the trend-stamp to understand the magnitude and commercial value of the trend (find the list of classifications on the bottom of the page)

Must-Have Details

The Cozy Sweater Dress

Credits: Zadig&Voltaire, Chloé, Marques Almeida, By Marlene Birger, Balmain

The Off-The-Shoulder Style

Credits: Cult Gaia, Altuzarra, Cult Gaia, @aleksandreakalkhalkatsishvili, Dundas

The Polo Collar Bodycon

Credits: Bogdar, Petar Petrov, @chloepierre, @becandbridges, Remain Birger Christensen

The Daywear Bohemian

Credits: IRO, Balenciaga, Ulla Johnson, Isabel Marant, Etro

The Buttoned-Up Denim

Credits: Ganni, Valentino, Margiela, Chanel, Chloé

The Intellectual Wrap Dress

Credits: Allein, Tae Ashida, Nil Sander, Qasim, Balenciaga

The Heritage Style

Credits: Sea NY, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Balenciaga, Chloé, Alexandr McQueen

The Easy Wrap Dress

Credits: Elisabetta Franchi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Shiatzy Chen, Acne Studios, Sportmax

The Flowing Tunic Gown

Credits: Marques Almeida,Raf Simons, Aeron Studio, Cult Gaia, Dries van Noten

The Sequin Stunner

Credits: Emilio Pucci, Rebecca Vallance, The Attico, The Attico, Patrizia Pepe

Easing-up collection assortments

As seen above, the key dresses for FW22 are proposing a range of  hybrid pieces that are needed to bridge the diversity of consumer needs. As the biggest and most stable trends, knitted sweater dresses (long and short) and bodycon styles are a core product to invest in. With recent growth rates of stable +3% knit is securing its omnipresent mainstay within collections. Further, the mini-silhouette, which has been leading during the FW21 shows (541 looks) is sustaining the need for attention-grabbing moments. Next to those dazzling party dresses, more sophisticated looks begin to perpetuate. Draped dresses increased by +53% YoY from FW20 to Fw21 and shows how the thoughtfully elevated product is resonating a more premium feel. Get inspired by those trends and start to design your best-selling styles.

Make sure to check the Trendfeed for all the Information on which fabrics and patterns to chose and to get a closer look at the trends related to Dress Details.