With stores set to open again on 12 April, we can hardly wait to start building our spring/summer wardrobes.
And as SS21 collections flood in, one thing is clear – this season is all about putting the fun back into fashion! Think bold prints, bright colours and the return of Y2K trends - exactly the kind of styles we need for the loosening of lockdown.
Comfort still remains at the forefront of this season’s best trends, with a focus on free-flowing fabrics, slouchy tailoring, billowing pant legs, lavish loungewear and haute sweats. We may not know what our summer is going to look like, but we’ll certainly be dressed for the occasion...
Check out our top five fashion trends for spring/summer 21 below and start planning your looks:
1. Nouveau Neutrals
Move over beige, this season’s neutral palette centres around off-white tones like ivory, ecru and vanilla, as well as pristine greys and even mocha, seen in abundance in the new collection from AllSaints. Luxe fabric and craftsmanship also come into play in this sophisticated trend. Think silk, satin, suede and linen, with relaxed tailoring details.
Social media is awash with ‘Cottagecore’ right now. This floral, pastel-tinted aesthetic romanticises rural life with all the trimmings – think ivy-clad cottages with apple orchards; wicker baskets stuffed with wildflowers and fresh herbs; and long, floaty dresses… like this stunning floral dress from Hobbs.
3. Preppy Pastels
Nothing says ‘spring’ (or ‘Instagram-ready’) quite like a soft, pastel palette. We’re talking sky blue, mint green, preppy purple and pale daffodil yellow. Take a look at Mango's SS21 womenswear collection for fresh pastel inspiration and top it with some perfectly pastel accessories from COS.
4. Positive Prints
The theme of optimism running through SS21 collections has found its strongest foothold in print. From bright blooms to rainbows, spring fashion is all about swimming in mood-boosting patterns. And if going full-floral is a bit much, why not introduce it to your outfit via a stand-out accessory, like this stunning rainbow shoulder bag from Kurt Geiger?
5. Y2K Nostalgia
00s fashion has been threatening to resurface for a while now and we’re thrilled to see some of the best styles of the decade appearing in collections. Head to GAP to embrace denim on denim, patchwork, frayed edging, ankle crops and bright colour pops to tap into one of the throwback trends of the moment.