The Bermuda is a safe bet for SS22. The trend has increasingly paved its way into the market and has gained even more momentum with the utilitarian aspects of the prevailing cottage core trend. Bermuda pants pair perfectly with high rain boots, but similarly serve their function as a comfortable summery short paired with sandals. Those shorts are great for tailoring sets, since they bridge a work-appropriate length with a more casual aesthetic. Celine and Gucci are already adapting the smart casual piece and show how it translates fluidly from casual into more dressy styles.
As an update for the classical Bermuda-length cycling short, the Capri-fit cycling shorts proposes a more fashionable update for Spring/Summer 22. As comfort remains a continuous driver for consumption, the jersey material and practical in-between length, make those capri leggings an ideal and versatile piece. Integrate mesh like MiuMiu for a more activewear feel or prints like Neith Nyer to create more bold and eclectic looks. Influencers like Leonie Hanne and Maria Bertrand are already pairing their new staple with oversized Blazers to achieve a look that resonates well with an emerging femininity, that feels more bold and edgy.
Next to the capri-length cycling shorts, Capri pants are also increasing for the more tailored trouser categories. Beginning with Jacquemus for SS20, the Capri length has gradually been adapted by the more fashionable influencers and brands and will gain a more wide-spread adaption by SS22. With people demanding for increased versatility and season-less pieces, the Capri pant is great for transitional Spring and Autumn periods. The early 2000s trend is also accelerating the taste for Capris, since they have a highly nostalgic feel around them.
Cropped and Flared Pants are becoming increasingly popular. The new fit adapts well from more casual designs up to more business and tailoring inspired products. Balmain and Nana Jacqueline show how this fit can be used for hybrid legging-trousers that suit the new lifestyles, which have emerged from the pandemic. Beside this more contemporary look, cropped and flared is able to translate into more nostalgia-driven collections through the selection of corduroy or classical tailoring materials. The mid-length also makes it a great season-less piece, resonating well with value-driven consumers.
The continuous trend for comfort makes the wide-leg tailored pants a continuous staple for SS22 wardrobes. The smart yet casual appeal adapts to new lifestyles and makes this pant a very versatile piece. Soft fabrics add a laid-back feel to the classic tailoring look. Front pleats and ironing folds across the center leg help to maintain the constructed and tailored feel of this garment.
The stable trends for wide-leg trousers and comfort-wear combine within this SS22 pant shape: The wide leg jogger. The addition of increased comfort into this staple trousers through elasticated waistbands answers to the needs of shifting between business and casual-wear during home-office hours. These pants bridge a smart-casual aesthetic with functionality and purpose. Use more shiny and luxe fabrics, like Gauge 81 to make this piece a stable for evening categories as well and capture the lounging in luxury trend.
The taste for roomy and comfortable silhouettes of the moment can be updated through a rounded fit for trousers in SS22. Stella McCartney, as well as Louis Vuitton and Mara Hoffman are showing how this fit translates well into contemporary and smart products. Keep the details simple for the unique effect of the rounded fit to be able to unfold. The design is more minimal here and answers the SS22 macro trend for new timeless minimalism and a toned-down luxe aesthetic.
Rag & Bone
Form and Function and Utility should be some of the key drivers for designers for SS22. Consumers demand comfort and value, which those elevated tapered cargo pants are answering to. Aspesi and Shiatzy Chen are using fluid materials like chiffon and silk to make this look evening appropriate, while Off-White and Louis Vuitton are opting for a more rigid and strong look. The tapered fit gives comfort and is ideal for transitional periods before and after the high-summer periods.
With Sheers being one of the most increasing trends on the runways, they now take the pants category for an update. Through simple designs and often wide-leg shapes, the transparency of the material is turned into a more wearable feature. Those sheer pants are ideal to integrate as a semi-covering beachwear staple or for occasion wear and evening categories. Consider layering or the combination of sheer and covering elements to make this piece more adaptable for wardrobes.
I am Gia
Spring Summer 2022 season shows two main sides: the continuation of comfort and leisure influences versus the return of more tailored and elegant elements that serve a consumer celebration normality again. Timeless and reassuring design are key for all designs as consumers are trying to balance their financial anxiety and demand for high-quality and valuable products.
SS22 will demand more subtle creativity and the innovative integration of more interesting details, in order to bring novelty to products.
The integration of utility elements is going to be pushed further with more technical and sportswear element inspired by outdoor garments. Meanwhile tailoring is going to be extremely refined and going back to traditional details and finishing, in the other hand, trousers are going to be more versatile thank to material as interlock and punto roma. Fluidity and contaminations between sportswear, tailoring and technical garment will be the most interesting challenge for SS22 novelties.