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  • Spring Summer 2021 Fashion Trends

 

After a year that seemed to drag on, 2021 is a welcome fresh start for everyone. 2020 saw fashion take a relaxed approach as everyone transitioned to a lifestyle at home. Loungewear and baggy silhouettes dominated digital runways, instagram feeds and couches everywhere, but with a new year come new trends and everyone is yearning to play dress up again. 

 

Designer collections seemed to focus their attention on a hopeful future and post pandemic world as they played with cheerful colours, playful themes, flowing materials and nostalgic eras to create a sense of escapism from the dreary year that was 2020. 


 

Punchy Pinks 

 

Blush pink is far from being over, but this season’s stand out shades are bright, bold and cheery. Flamingo, fuchsia, and bubblegum are some of the shades that spring to mind when looking at the runways for Spring/Summer 2021. If you aren’t ready for head to toe pink, try accessorizing with bright pink earrings, sunglasses or a babushka headscarf.

 

Greta Constantine Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Stella McCartney Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, The Attico Resort 2021

 

 

Business as Casual

 

2020 saw many people settle into a work from home routine. As offices begin to open, we are seeing more and more people commuting to work again except it isn’t business as usual. A switch towards more casual dressing in the office has been the response to the continual loungewear trend that began in 2020. You may not be able to wear your jammies to the office but loose trousers, relaxed tailoring, and oversized shirts are all head office approved.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Proenza Schouler Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Sacai Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

 

 

You Go Go Girl

 

This staple of the 60’s brought a nostalgic feel to some spring runways. Go-go inspired white boots were spotted stomping down the catwalk anywhere from knee high to ankle length. Pair these boots with a mini skirt for a very retro look or add them to a sleek black and white outfit for a modern take on the trend.

Andrew Gn Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Lutz Huelle Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Burberry Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

 

 

Sheer Perfection

 

The ever present maxi and midi dresses of the warmer seasons were given the sheer treatment this year. From semi opaque to completely see through, sleek and slinky to flowy and romantic,  there was no shortage of pretty dresses in designer collections this year. Wear this trend with a bralette for a flirty take on it or tone it down by layering a button up shirt under a strappy dress for a look that’s smart and office ready.

Elie Saab Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Giambattista Valli Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Valentino Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

 

 

Shoulder Situation

 

 

Strong shoulders have been in style for a while now but never as pronounced as we saw in some S/S 2021 runways. Big, bold and oh so very pointy, this shoulder pad revival is sure to make a statement. If wearing literal spikes on your shoulder feels a bit outside your comfort zone (and let's face it that’s most of us), try getting in on this trend with an oversized structured blazer.

Balmain Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Greta Constantine Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Vera Wang Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

 

 

Ballooned Out

 

While puffed out sleeves have been en vogue for so long they might as well become wardrobe staples, we haven’t seen them in the massive proportions runways showcased this spring. Big, billowy, puffed out sleeves to the max can be found anywhere from formal dresses to casual shirts, adding to the romanticism that often accompanies spring collections.

Schiaparelli Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Patou Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Alexander McQueen Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

 

 

90’s Revival

 

The 90’s are back and designers are taking them in full swing. From built in illusion G-strings, to lowered waists and bralette tops, all the glam 90’s runway trends are making their way back onto the streets. Cut outs and exposed backs were also seen in full force as this 90’s revival takes the fashion world by storm.

The Attico Resort 2021, Givenchy Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Chanel Resort 2021

 

Itty Bitty Skirts

 

Dial it back to the 90’s and the biggest supermodels were showing off mile long legs in barely there skirts. S/S 2021 sees these skirts make a comeback into wardrobes in fun colours and textures. From the classic tweed mini from Chanel to modern vinyl alternatives. Legs will be on show this summer.

 

Xuly.Bet Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Miu MIu Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Giambattista Valli Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

 

 

Everyday Extravagance

 

The common theme seen in fashion this S/S 2021 was extravagance. Whether that was in the form of voluminous sleeves, dangerously high hems or overly saturated hues one thing was clear. 2021 is not a year for subtlety, designers seem anxious to push people out of their comfort zone and get self expression back into fashion.

Cong Tri Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear, Christopher John Rogers Spring 2021 Ready-to- Wear


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