From head-to-toe monochromatic outfits and minimal aesthetic outfits inspired by Instagram trends to corsets and feather frills inspired by Netflix’s Bridgerton — these are the 12 latest fashion trends to expect in 2021.
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1. MONOCHROME OUTFITS
The colour choice doesn’t matter too much — black, white, sage green or bright pink — as long as you’re wearing it from head to toe, you’ll be bang on trend for spring/summer 2021 fashion trends
2. COLOURS TO WEAR IN SPRING/SUMMER 2021
Ok so colour choice matters a little, but 2021 sees several trending colours with no similarity. Black and white, whether alone or together, is a trend; pastel colours — in particular lilac and baby blue — are set to be huge; and, the wild card of spring 2021 trending colours: bright pink.
3. 2021 SPORTY FASHION
We’ve seen sports luxe/athleisure wear trending for a while, but in 202021 it’s specific sport styles, such as golf and tennis, entering the fashion scene. Tennis skirts worn with check knit vests (a golf-wear staple), is the fullest embodiment of this spring/summer 2021 fashion trend.
4. CORSETS (and how to style them)
Were it not for the popularity of Bridgerton, bralettes would have been the main trend here. But the Netflix show saw everyone flocking to the internet to buy corsets, and so wearing something traditional that cinches the waist or corset-style tops — whether over a shirt or on their own, is set to be one of the biggest trends of the year. Bralettes are still key, but these are best worn underneath something loose and sheer for spring/summer 2021.
5. FEATHERS AND FRILLS
Another look that can be found in Bridgerton, feathers are a versatile addition to your spring summer 2021 fashion trending look. Whether trimming your top, covering an entire skirt/dress or brimming at the edges of a two-piece (sleeves and trouser legs), feathers make for a popular embellishment in spring and summer. The best way to introduce this to your wardrobe right away is to buy a coat with feathers at the cuffs that will see you all the way to winter 2022!
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6. PLAY DRESS UP
With high hopes for the return of events, weddings and parties this summer, fashion houses around the world have geared up for you to be dressed up! When life returns to normal there will be no such thing as overdressed — look for flowing maxi length skirts, detailed designs, big embellishments, and statement sleeves.
7. 90S DENIM (and how to style it)
This one has been simmering for a while, and for those of us who remember the 90s it might not be a welcome return. Jeans should be blue and either big and baggy or skintight and low slung — and yes, G-strings on show is going to be part of this fashion trend in 2021. If you like your jeans with a little more shape, then stick to 70s styling and go for flares.
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8. 70S FASHION & STYLE INSPIRATION
If you want inspiration for this 2021 fashion trend, I recommend watching The Serpent on BBC iPlayer, where you’ll see swishing wide-leg trousers, wide legs blue jeans, large lapels and plenty of satin trouser suits. For detailed 70s styling wear big collars — really big collars — big sunglasses, gold jewelry, knee-high boots and flared trousers.
9 SHEER vs NET CLOTHING
Fishnet is key, but not as tights — wear fishnet dresses atop a small, skimpy dress with plenty of skin left out, or wear it over nothing but some good fitting underwear if you dare. You can also opt for a softer see-through fabric, like organza, worn loosely over a bra — this is the best way to keep wearing brown within spring/summer 2021 fashion trends as it softens the look.
10 CUT OUT CLOTHING OUTFITS
Holes in clothing seems to come around every few years and its back again, but be prepared to do it boldly. Holes should be carved into the side of your body showing your waist in a dress or running down the side of your trouser leg in bubbles. Back should be cut out very low, and tops can either have cut out holes or stop at the waist and then floss around a few times before tying up.
11 TWISTS ON FASHION STAPLES
2020 was all about basics as the world committed to living comfortably and staying at home. In 2021 fashion trends, however, designers have been putting their own twists on basic styles and classic pieces. Trench coats will be massive (literally), shirts will have twists and ties, prints and fabrics will clash together to make one item, and staples (like blazers) will be cropped short.
12 SPRING SUMMER 2021 SHOE TRENDS
Knee high boots are already emerging, so should be an easy find among the sales. White is set to be the most popular choice as it pairs well with everything and will brighten up your looks for the spring.
Another trend carrying over from lockdown and wfh is to wear slippers — I’m not talking sliders; I really do mean slippers. If this isn’t for you then go for the number one shoe trend of spring/summer 2021 fashion: strappy sandals that hook between your toes.