You could be forgiven for thinking that the spring/summer 2021 collections – and the subsequent raft of spring/summer 2021 trends – were something of a damp squib. Certainly, thanks to covid and the ongoing pandemic, for fashion it was a season like no other.

Of the four fashion capitals, New York and London opted for digital shows, with the odd designer hosting Covid-secure presentations for small numbers of press and buyers; while Milan and Paris held scaled-back showings with strict social distancing measures in place.

As for the biggest spring/summer 2021 trends? The new working-from-home routine certainly had an effect, how else can you explain the mood for wearing your bra as outer wear and midriff showing – I for one wont be opting for this trend! Away from the underwear-as-outerwear impulse came comfort: wide-leg trousers made for bold strides; floaty, sheer maxi dresses promised easy glamour; and ladylike ensembles pimped with a touch of sportswear felt suitably modern (think prim pleated skirts with hoodies, tea dresses with cagoules, and pencil skirts with bomber jackets.

Then, there was a renewed sense of resourcefulness: plenty of designers opted for upcycled materials and crafty patchworks to hold a mirror up to 2020 society, and for those seeking a more straightforward approach to fashion, there was black and white.

If like me you need a guaranteed mood-booster. There will always be sequins – and designers were determined to outfit locked down customers in looks that will make a living room disco feel lively. Yes, you’re over video conferencing and voice notes. The time will come when you can wear a dramatic gown with cape-detailing and not feel like an extra in a Zoom-based, am-dram production. But for now, there are jolly stripes, clever cut-outs and sexy corseting to keep you amused. Time to play dress up with the spring/summer 2021 trends. You’ve got the time.

Monochrome

In a world with no simple answers or even straightforward questions, designers showed a predilection for black and white – most often, together. At Dolce & Gabbana, chequerboard patchwork dresses utilised archive rolls of fabrics from previous collections, while at Chanel, crisp layering semaphored a new mood of restraint.

Take The Floor

Breathe out! Here’s one trend that has come to save those of us trapped in micro-apartments without so much as a resistance band for company: floaty maxi dresses. The most romantic idea to appear on catwalks, seen at Dior, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Erdem and Michael Kors, floor-sweeping and sheer styles will confer on their wearer a glamorous cocktails-on-the-Riviera-terrace status – even if the only foreseeable sundowner is a mojito in a tin on a high-rise city balcony.

Wide Strides

 

Skinny jeans and cigarette pant lovers: hear us out. Baggy trousers may not have the streamlining effect of your favoured slim-line silhouettes. But, they’re a bona fide trend for spring, and they’re showing their elegant side this season, taking over as your everyday trouser shape of choice. Quick march!

Living Room Disco

Fittingly, given that none of us have worn sequins for what feels like aeons, and most probably aren’t about to start wearing them any time soon, the new season’s crop of sparkly numbers semaphore relaxed glamour. Let the living room disco commence.

Cut Out And Keep

Ever considered the area underneath your rib cage and just before your waist? We have news: it’s a new erogenous zone…Cut-outs worked their way into gowns, sheath dresses and slippery silks, spicing up conservative looks thanks to peekaboo glimpses of skin.  If you’re wary of whole-heartedly throwing in your lot with this trend, we suggest you start here.

Lady, With A Twist

If you’ve fallen in love with hoodies, and can’t see how you will ever transition out of their marshmallow cotton embraces, look to the catwalks. Hoodies and pleated skirts (not to mention practical rucksacks) were frequent pairings at Prada, while luscious leather bomber jackets and smart skirts If made appearances at Max Mara and Hermès.

If you would like some help introducing some new trends into your wardrobe then get in touch, trends can work for everyone you just need to know how to make them work for you & your lifestyle.