My Wearable Trend Picks For Spring/Summer 2021
Well, what can I say it’s not been a great past year for many, and the fashion industry and the high street apparel stores have taken a right bashing!
Of course, many clothing brands have a strong online presence but when you haven’t got anywhere to go there’s not much point buying new garments and wearing the latest trends, unless of course you’re a die-hard fashionista and love a bit of Insta posing in your kitchen.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for us all and we will soon (fingers crossed) be out and about in the open again, socialising and working back in the office (maybe).
So, in preparation for happier times, with friends and family plus, holidays and the pub, let’s embrace the new season and 2021 with a looksee at the bright and the beautiful that could give our wardrobes some love and our spirits a lift.
Every season, I present to you a collection of the sensible, wearable, purse savvy (cost per wear) and the more inclusive of styles, fits and tastes so that even if you’re not into following the fashions, you can at least choose a few lovelies that float your boat and appeal to your needs.
Whether it’s to refresh items that have gotten a little thread bare or to find key pieces to bring less worn items to the front of your wardrobe.
It’s time to go have a proper gander at your current state of affairs in the clothes, shoes and accessories department ladies and make a little list and even bring out things you already own for a good airing. Go take a recce because we’ll be going “out-out” very soon. Yippee!
COLOUR & PRINTS
Hey, rainbow lovers your colour dreams have come true in a wearable form. Enter the bright hues and prints that raise a smile.
From red to purple and everything in between is up for grabs and even those of you who are a little shy of wearing bold hues, your neutrals are safe and sound in the form of caramels, greys and monochrome dressing.
There are also many softer varieties of the popular brighter cousins out there and the staple black dress is certainly making a comeback.
Now, every season Pantone gift us their colour of the year but this time there’s a rarity… two offerings no less, in the form of illuminating yellow and ultimate grey. A combination that perfectly sums up the light and dark of what we’ve just gone through and aesthetically they do look awesome together.
You can make the leap yourself with a yellow bag or piece of jewellery if that’s more comfortable to wear and then all you have to do is dig out your grey prints or basic staples.
If it feels a tad too in your face though, there’s always the mellower varieties to try and yellow also looks amazeballs with camel too. Think banoffee pie.
Another combo that looks awesome is powder blue and cream for you lovers of the quiet statement and for the more dramatic amongst you, red and pink are perfect partners to turn heads.
In the pattern banks, chessboard checks, bold stripes and surreal reflections of nature both in flora and fauna will be made available. So, think cheerful prints of the bright and the bold as well as interesting hybrids of animal prints and unusual flower or abstract patterns.
Also look out for tapestry-esque fabrics for cooler days and nights in a soft blazer or coatigan that you can throw on over jeans.
The beauty of any busy print is that it allows for less background space for the eye to roam about on and thus creates a neater and more streamlined silhouette.
THEMES & INSPO
Each new season also brings a few themes that are picked up on and reworked into the trends and outfit inspirations and this Spring and Summer we will see inklings of the laid back 1950’s with headscarves, retro prints and button-down dresses and knits.
However, with that aside there are two main schools of thought on offer in the mainstream brands, the first brings happiness and fun back in a wearable form and the second is a nod to the comfortable indoor uniform of last year.
The former will bring the colourful and visual joy of clothes to the forefront as well as in the tactile sense by which garments will show titbits of interest like embroidery and lace to stimulate those senses along with the smoothness of buttery leather.
As for the latter theme, fabrics will be light and fluid for comfort this season to ease us out slowly from the security of lounge wear and into the outside world, meaning jeans will be more relaxed and trousers will have more swish to them.
Hoodies and light knits will stay, along with longer length dresses and skirts to provide the cover if you’re still climatizing. Shorter lengths will slide in a little later with the warmer temperatures.
When things really get more normalized though, there will also be opportunities to show a little flesh when you socialize but with sensibility, in the way of sheer details on sleeves and necklines and cheeky little cut outs in jumpers, tops and dresses for interesting silhouettes.
It all seems very practical this season and the topic of sustainability is high on the agenda, so I would welcome you to look for brands that have a good ethos in these matters and encourage you to not get too caught up in disposable fashion.
Spending your hard-earned cash on wacky frivolities with a short life span is not style savvy especially if you haven’t the budget, which is why I always advocate the simpler, the more wearable pieces with bigger cost per wear qualities.
The trends and brand offerings I showcase every season are merely an indication of what is out there to suit your needs, tastes and purse and in no way a pull to become a fashionista slave. Fashion comes and goes, whilst style goes on forever” (Anonymous 1929)