SS22: 5 gender-neutral trends to keep an eye on

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Though many brands still present their women’s and men’s wear
collections separately at two different shows, a lot of trends tend to
overlap and suit both wardrobes. For the Resort and Spring-Summer 2022
seasons, designers offer a large array of trends that do not fit in a
gender category, highlighting a growing tendency to let go of labels.
FashionUnited analyses five gender-neutral trends that’ll be leading
the way next season.

The tank top

The tank top has been a wardrobe staple for both men and women for
decades, but it’ll be particularly ubiquitous next summer. From ribbed
knits to oversized cuts, the styles are endless and can easily be
dressed up or down. Although, what’s been catching our eye is that
most designs will work both for men and women alike. At Courrèges,
we’ve seen a fishnet top that’ll work well worn on its own or layered,
at Dhruva Kapoor, it was all about metallic textures and colourful
details while at Dolce & Gabbana, the timeless white tank was all the
rage. Vetements showcased a flower iteration and Atlein a silky orange
one. For its Resort 2022 collection, Christian Wijnants presented a
knitted black, white and green version. Their common point? They’ll
all seamlessly blend in both women’s and men’s closets.

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Dolce & Gabbana Spring-Summer 2022

The oversized blazer

Blazers are a surefire way to create an outfit from scratch, and
they’ll be particularly oversized for Spring-Summer 2022. Men’s and
women’s designs have a similar look, the only difference being the
size they’re cut in. Alberta Ferretti opted for a safari-inspired
brown version whereas French label AMI Paris presented an entire
collection based on double- or single-breasted blazers cut in large
proportions. At Balenciaga, volumes are always exaggerated, so it
comes as no surprise that jackets come in extravagant shapes. Comme
Des Garçons Homme Plus showcased a white iteration finished with
fringes, COOL ™* chose a bright red one and The Row showed an
extra-long design.

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Balenciaga Spring-Summer 2022

The midi skirt

The midi skirt will be in full swing next summer – in women’s and
men’s wardrobes alike. Although it has already made a timid appearance
in menswear collections in the past, Spring-Summer 2022 will be the
season of democratisation. We’ve seen a pleated pinstripe version at
Thom Browne, paired with a matching blazer, as well as a paired-back
printed beige one at Sean Suen. At Balmain, a total-black number was
detailed with drawstrings. In the womenswear collections, Adeam
presented a striped style and Blumarine showcased an army-green
cargo-inspired one.

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Balmain Resort 2022

The bow blouse

A staple of the preppy wardrobe, the bow blouse has been a constant
in the Resort and Spring-Summer 2022 collection, whether it’s in
women’s or men’s collections. Saint Laurent paved the way: it
showcased pussy bow blouses in many different styles and shades.
Whether it’s a white timeless shirt with a gold metallic bow or a
black striped one, Anthony Vaccarello has revolved its summer
collection around this iconic statement. At Dunhill, a crisp
button-down was topped off with an oversized cardigan detailed with a
bow brooch. Carolina Herrera opted for a lightweight striped option,
Coach presented a checked one while Paco Rabanne displayed a printed
total-look finished with a lavallière collar.

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Saint Laurent Spring-Summer 2022

The knitted vest

Originally a menswear staple, the knitted vest has been introduced
in the womenswear collections over the last couple of years and is now
a go-to in both. For next summer, Tory Burch presented a preppy navy
blue sleeveless sweater worn over a printed shirt and Burberry
showcased a tan turtleneck version paired with a matching cardigan. In
the menswear collections, a grey cable-knit vest was spotted at Robyn
Lynch, a V-neck blue one at Namacheko and Dior Homme showed a classic
beige iteration detailed with a graphic print.

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Tory Burch Resort 2022

All images: Catwalk Pictures

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