September 19, 2022

How to create a fashion moodboard for summer 2022 trends

Theren Moodley
Theren Moodley

Introduction: What is a fashion moodboard

Moodboard for fashion, storyboard, look book…. the humble moodboard has many names, many uses and is a key component in fashion creation.

Traditionally fashion moodboards took the form of a physical board in the office, filled with magazine cutouts, fabric swatches, photos and newspaper clippings, used to set the aesthetic and visual direction of a fashion brand's project.

In this blog we’ll explain what is a fashion moodboard? How to do you make a fashion moodboard? How to create a moodboard for Summer 2022’s fashion trends.

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Ready? Let’s dive into it 🤿

💻 How do you make a fashion moodboard?

Creating a moodboard for fashion, either online using a fashion moodboard maker or offline using a physical corkboard is seen as the start of the inspiration process ➡️

Fashion designers from brands of all shapes and sizes use this stage to collect their thoughts and ideas, look for themes and colours that match, and finally start to join those ideas and patterns into what will eventually become a fashion collection. This process is called research evaluation, otherwise known as moodboard creation.

The main function of a fashion moodboard is to focus the fashion designer’s mind on the aesthetic, style and direction of the collection, while also relaying the colour influences and design area. Visual information relating to your research influences should also be displayed in this format 🖼

In order to create an online fashion moodboard, the designer needs a fashion moodboard maker, and for this there are a few tools on the market today.

  • Pinterest: An online app and image database popular with fashion designers the world over. Its rich fashion database and imagery makes it easy to collect images and make a moodboard online
  • Canva: A hit with general designers both novice and experienced, Canva’s free tier and template library allows users the ability to create fashion moodboards online in a simple and easy way
  • Make the Dot: (cough cough) Make the Dot is the all-in-one fashion moodboard maker, built and focused specifically on fashion designers. Our free forever app and fashion specific features give designers the ability to create moodboards online in a away that was designed exactly for their workflow
Sample neon moodboard using online moodboard maker
An online moodboard maker is a good place to start

👀 The top summer fashion trends to add to your fashion moodboard

Ok, now we know how what is a fashion moodboard and how to make a moodboard online, lets get into the hottest fashion trends of Summer 2022 and how that 2022 mood board might look.

Modern day Y2K

Fashion is cyclical, and if you hold onto something long enough, it will eventually come back into style. Usually, these cycles can take tens of years, but Y2K fashion has become a mainstream trend once again, just two short decades after its first appearance 👵

Most prominent across social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, Y2K fashion has been widely embraced by Gen-Z growing nostalgic for a simpler time. Y2K staples such as, cropped tees, baggy pants, and bucket hats are all being pulled back onto our shelves, only a short time since they left.

The naughties was known for excesses, with fashion at the time largely driven by pop culture and ultra-consumerism. Think designer monograms and bedazzled logos on everything and wardrobe’s full of pieces that exist in the space between streetwear-meets-glamour.

Y2K trend of big baggy jeans
Big jeans and baggy fits

New world vibe

As we continue to transition back to the office, consumers are looking for ways to refresh their wardrobe. This trend is about workwear with a directional point of view—injecting new takes on separates that feel less formal and more comfortable. This trend will lead to a mix of casual and formal wear that maximises the comfort everyone has become accustom to while working from home, injected with the formality required for most office workplaces 👩‍💼

Think suits and trainers, blazers and tee shirts and looser fitting smart attires than have been gracing office places in the past couple of years.

Casual meets formal for 2022
Casual x formal for summer 2022

The cutouts

The Spring/Summer 2022 and Pre-Fall 2022 fashion shows marked the return of the "Cut-Out" – a glamorous, penetrating, party-oriented trend. Think bare shoulders and back, with a cut that pops out at the waist, the collarbone, or even the lower belly.

Fuelling a resurgence in party wear, we're starting to see personalities like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Dua Lipa enthusiastically promote such "Cut-Out" dresses.

The return of "Cut-Out" also stems from the return of the past trend highlighted above. Crop-tops, loose jeans, flared jeans and low-rise pants, AKA Y2K.

Cutout dress
Cutouts are back for 2022

📰 The best sources to find spring fashion trends and inspiration

Last and most importantly finding sources of inspiration for these Spring 2022 fashion trends is key, and below I’ve listed a few key useful sources that have a rich library of content to get inspired by.

  • Tagwalk: With one of the internets largest fashion specific image libraries available, Tagwalk is a great place to start your inspiration journey. Search by category, season or collection to start building out your 2022 fashion mood board
  • Unsplash: While Tagwalk is fashion specific, Unsplash contains a vaster but more generalised image library, allowing you to fill your 2022 mood board with way more than just hot fits. Think Google Images x 10
  • Gem: Focusing more on content and imagery of a more vintage nature, Gem is a great resource for comparing Spring-Summer 2022 trends to those of a more vintage nature, in particular content around the original Y2K of the naughties
Modern day y2k example moodboard
Big fits and bright colours for summer 2022

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