As usual, we followed all runway shows during Fashion Week in Paris, Milan, London, Copenhagen, and Tokyo. And we rounded up the 10 most wearable and hot trends for Spring 2021 to wear while we go back to normal. In short, next season’s fashion is comfortable, optimistic, and uplifting, from fun graphic T-shirts to glamorous pieces embellished with feathers.
So, with no further ado, here are the 10 trends you need to wear to welcome joyfully spring 2021 and celebrate our much-awaited pos-pandemic life.
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Pop culture and graphic tees are back with full force for spring 2021, and the fun vintage-inspired trend adds a touch of streetwear to any look. Luxury fashion houses like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Chanel, to name a few, have elevated the simple tee with bold retro graphics. Wear the cool Chloé, Raf Simons and Tae Ashida t-shirts with chic skirts or under a blazer to balance your look.
One of the colours trends we saw in most spring 2021 runway shows and in the street style during the Milan Fashion Week SS 21 was the classic sandy colours. Everything looks elegant and pulled together in these timeless and super wearable hues, from knitted matching sets to all-leather outfits. Alexander McQueen’s trenchcoat-dress with statement puffy sleeves is pure ’80s glam. Also choosing cream and sandy tones, Proenza Schouler, Chanel Couture and Jonathan Simkhai showed effortlessly chic spring outfits.
Forget the romantic dainty flowers in spring 2021; instead, wear bold floral prints in vibrant colours. In other words, think Hawaiian shirts, tropical flowers and big leaves. Fashion houses like Versace, Valentino, Prada and the Austrian Arthur Arbesser have pieces with oversized flowers. Likewise, Giambattista Valli, Johanna Ortiz, Saint Laurent, and Tae Ashida’s collections are filled with botanical prints. By the way, don’t be afraid of investing in this joyful spring trend as we saw it on the A/W 2021 runways too. But consider pairing down the accessories when wearing these bold floral prints.
The cut-out trend: sexiness in spring 2021
Since spring is the time to show some flesh again, finally, one of the trends we’ll see everywhere is the body-revealing cut-out pieces. But this cheeky trend brings a subtle sexiness by revealing just enough. Prada, Burberry, Fendi, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Off White, Brandon Maxwell and Chanel played peek-a-boo with their designs.
Similarly, see-through dresses and skirts add cheekiness and playfulness to your wardrobe and help you elevate slip dresses and trousers. Additionally, layering sheer pieces on easy-to-wear clothes transform them immediately into festive looks, perfect for celebrating the new season. Many luxury houses created glamorous outfits with the transparency trend for spring/summer 2021, including Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani and Fendi. But also Maggie Marilyn, Jonathan Simkhai, Saint Laurent and Giambattista Valli.
Dresses over trousers
We’ve already spoken about this styling trick that fashion-savvy Scandinavian influencers are already wearing. In fact, layering dresses and skirts over pants is a trend for spring and fall and winter, as we saw at Copenhagen Fashion Week A/W 2021. This contemporary layering allows you to start wearing breezy dresses without freezing your legs, and it looks much more modern than wearing tights. We saw this trend at Off White, Emilio Pucci and Proenza Schouler during Fashion Week Spring 2021.
Crafty garments are synonymous with slow fashion, sustainability, and natural materials. Certainly, crochet is one of the spring trends that Gucci, Valentino, Jonathan Simkhai, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo and Alberta Ferretti presented for 2021. The raw texture and DIY feel make crochet a sure hit for our back to normal life.
Leather from head-to-toe
Although we usually associate the leather trend with winter, fashion week has proven that leather from head-to-toe is what to wear in spring 2021. To clarify, total-leather looks were present at Proenza Schouler, Johanna Ortiz, and Yves Saint Laurent spring 21 shows. Additionally, we also saw all-leather outfits on Alexander McQueen, Off White, and Salvatore Ferragamo runways.
Feather embellishment trend
Since we’re ready to celebrate our back to normal, spring 2021 asks for glamorous and opulent looks, hence the feather trend. Yves Saint Laurent presented several feather-embellished garments that scream party time! In the same vein, Emilio Pucci and Salvatore Ferragamo brought some zaz to mini-dresses, skirts and pants. Additionally, feathers were also present in several A/W 2021 collections, so we’ll wear this spring trend well into winter.
Do wear some bows to welcome back to normal and spring; this is a cute trend, easy to recreate at home. Refresh your dresses, jumpers and vests with several pretty bows, as we saw at Miu Miu, Simone Rocha and Giambattista Valli during S/S 2021 Fashion Weeks. Chanel Couture and Saint Lauret also embellished their ruffled looks with bows, making them party-ready.
And last, watch all the trends that emerged from Milan Fashion Week S/S 2021 in the video below.