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The plane ticket’s booked. The reservations are made. And now for the next most important decision: what to put in your suitcase.
You might be envisioning dreamy dinner ‘fits, sultry bikinis for the beach, and tropical-inspired accessories that add that little *pop* to an outfit you already love. But one problem? You don’t have them in your closet yet.
Luckily, we scoured TikTok so that you don’t have to. We compiled the best summer 2022 style trends, then we shopped them from Shop – our go-to shopping app from Shopify – which guaranteed we’d find direct-to-consumer brands offering all our wishlist looks. Download the Shop app to join in on the fun.
Here are the trends you should pack for, and our picks to accompany them.
Matching sets are an easy way to look *immediately* put together – plus they allow you to get creative with head-to-toe looks. They can be printed, solid, body-con, flowy, short, long, whatever, but all that matters is that they’re cohesive…and TikTok agrees. Any outfit split into two pieces? Immediate confidence boost.
Cult Gaia has long had a chokehold on artistic heirloom-style fashions, so it’s no surprise that the brand’s summer vacation styles are both on-trend and timeless. This high waisted short and backless top set creates an instant, flattering set that’ll have you turning heads – in a striking shade of Apricot. The Joey Top ($328) is backless with chunky chain straps, crafted from stretch linen. The Molly Shorts ($258) offer a playful peek of skin with a classic pair of high-waisted shorts to coordinate in that same sunny hue.
The Cult Gaia set got even more right: this summer is all about bright colors. The brighter, the better. Anything electric is perfect to dial up the intensity. We deep dove into this trend in our Dopamine Dressing style guide earlier this summer but, per the name, we crave even more. Better yet, these colors really pop against a tan, making them ideal for vacay suits and resort looks.
On vacation, you need a stellar slip dress. They’re multifunctional: wear as a coverup on the beach. Doll it up for sunset cocktails, and go out in it after. You could even sleep in it if you wanted to. (Slips, after all, were originally intended to be lingerie.) Better yet, the straps are so lightweight that they usually don’t chafe against a sunburn – but layer up the SPF, just in case. Our choice? The Citron Slip Dress ($380) from DATURA. Adjustable straps and pure silk construction ensure a buttery-smooth comfort and the electric lime color is just divine.
For all your pool dips or (wishlist) snorkeling sessions, Good American suits are essentials. The Hawaiian Pink shade is a vibrant way to claim the dopamine dressing trend – that’s also friendly on the wallet. Shop the Always Fits Better Band Top ($49) and the Always Fits Good Waist Cheeky ($49) in the Shop app.
Say you’re headed to a destination wedding or event. I swear by LIKELY and have always had excellent luck with the brand’s formalwear. LIKELY’s classic shapes are universally flattering, while the colors look amazing on every skin tone. The Becky Dress ($278) is a prime example of why bubblegum pink is a go-to color this summer. It also has cutouts, meaning it does double duty on TikTok trends.
Speaking of, sultry cutouts are sexy this year. Trendspotters speculate that two years of being cooped up might have inspired us to (ahem) flash some skin. Even when the sum total of skin exposure is less than with a bikini or crop top, cutouts feel like an attractive little secret.
Like this minimalist Quinn One Piece ($95) from Marcella NYC. It’s relatively full coverage actually, but a subtle slit in the side flashes your bronze tan. We love Marcella’s understated luxe, and the brand’s summertime offerings are no different! Plus, for each design purchased, a girl in sub-Saharan Africa receives five days of schooling through partnership with NGO CAMFED.
For more casual wear, the Getaway Dress in Coconut ($170) from Left on Friday is exactly what you’re looking for. The name says it all. Breezy, wickable linen keeps you cool, and the flouncy skirt channels a bubbly spirit perfect for your PTO. The fabric says sundress and the side cutouts say party dress.
Who would we be if we didn’t give a nod to everyone’s favorite Nantucket-esque summer style, the coastal grandmother? The term evokes relaxed days in the beach cottage (yes, cottage) and a lighter sense of coziness. For style, that means oversized button downs that are both airy and practical. You can pair one with jeans or shorts, layer over a swimsuit, or use it as an extra layer when the breeze rolls in at nighttime.
Linen always feels beachy, even when shaped in a body-conscious, flattering style. This Gency Corset Top ($88) from Kitteny feels angelic and alluring, and pairs easily with any basics from your closet.
On your trip, get a little trippy by including one of the most popular prints of the year: psychedelic patterns. Vivid colors and complex swirls define the signature of this distinctive look, and they add a little pizzazz to your suitcase for sure. This aptly-named Another Girl Lava Lamp Dress ($60) from Love Only NYC is a delightful example, depicted in cool greens and blues.
If you enjoy the trend but you’re not ready to wear it so boldly, try applying it to a practical accessory, like your weekender bag, instead. Pack your things in the Weekender Bag in Psychedelic Eyes ($118) from NOOWORKS. It’s the perfect size for a weekend away.
For shoes, platforms are the name of the game. They elevate your style – both literally and figuratively – whether you’re adventuring all day or more of a lie-by-the-cabana person.
For most activities, FARM Rio has got you covered. The colorful, organic-feeling brand was made for summertime, imbuing a tropical vibe into any outfit. The Colorful Toucans Flatform Sandal ($220) can handle plenty of wear but still looks elegant enough to make it to your five star reservation.
Larroude, the celeb-beloved shoe line we’ve been crushing on for months, is another crowd-favorite. The amount of times I’ve pulled up the Miso Platform Sandal in Raw Linen ($290) on the Shop app is admittedly obscene. Light embellishment adds flair while the neutral coloring ensures they go with everything.
Feeling bolder? Love that for you. These Cooper-2 Flatforms ($210) from Intentionally Blank take the footbed sandal to new heights with their chunky flatform, available in an array of fun colors. I’m obsessed with the suede texture in this unusual (yet versatile) Pistachio colorway.
Other Beauty & Accessory Trends To Add To Your Summer Style
With TikTok’s resurgence of early 2000’s fashions comes the reinvention of one of our favorite funky styles: acrylic. The many color and sizing options invites creativity into the mix, allowing you to show off a rainbow of styles. éliou’s Rue Ring ($60) bridges TikTok and vacation style by presenting an acrylic band embellished with a freshwater pearl, handcrafted and made to order in Miami.
Ever heard of Tezza Barton, the It Girl of the Internet? She’s a creative phenom, influencer, and owns several brands – including Lello The Label, a line of retro sunnies. The Billie ($98) is a modern twist on the ubiquitous wayfarer shape.
Raise your hand if you identify by your Zodiac sign. (We’re not strangers to the concept.) With more people interested in astrology, celestial jewelry has taken off on the app. Star, sun, moon, and planetary imagery is easy to stumble upon and style, like with these upcycled Brass Small Star Earrings ($35) from Ink + Alloy.
Finally, a makeup trend that’s easy enough to duplicate. Sweep a flush of pink in a W shape across your cheekbones and nose, imitating the warm glow of a day spent at the beach. It’s devastatingly romantic and simple enough to adopt. Youthforia has a dynamite made-for-you blush called BYO BLUSH ($36) that adapts to your natural skin tone for the most flattering rosy shade. If color-changing isn't your thing, try the Soft Pinch Liquid Blush ($20) from Selena Gomez’s viral beauty line, Rare Beauty. Through its Rare Impact Fund, the brand donates one percent of sales to mental health organizations, with a commitment of raising $100 million for the cause over the next ten years.