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14 FASHION TRENDS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2021

Top 14 Spring/Summer 21′ Fashion Trends

Spring fashion trends are here and we are all ready for a refresh! The fashion industry, like the rest of us, does not really know where the state of the world is going in 2021 so they are approaching it with cautious optimism. This has certainly had an impact on designers, and it is reflected in the styles we will be wearing. As we expect a slow transition back to some sort of normalcy, that is indicated by the new fashion trends for the season. There is still a big focus on comfort fashion, athleisure and a blend of convertible styles offering elevated casual and business wear suggesting working from home will be around for a little while longer before we fully return to the workplace. This is translated to what we are seeing on the runways and will be in retail.  Read on for the biggest fashion trends to look for this season.

OVERSIZED JACKETS

As we transition from Winter to Spring, the oversized slouchy jacket is an item that has been getting a lot of attention lately. Reminiscent of the 80’s boyfriend style, this great layering piece is featured in outerwear and relaxed fit blazers. You may have also come across the shacket; a shirt-jacket, which has been wildly popular as well.

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Valentino Spring/Summer 21 photo credit : Alessandro Lucioni

SHOULDER PADS

Accentuated shoulders have been a prominent fashion trend for a few years now, and it’s not going anywhere. If you hopped on that trend already, you are in luck because it’s still in. Bold shoulder and sleeve details will continue in many forms including shoulder pads. You may remember these sharp shoulders from the ’80s and they’re back again. With a modern update, while the shaping is the same, they are presented more refined this time around.  

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Balmain Spring/Summer 2021 photo credit: Fillipo Fior

FOLK AND FLORAL PRINTS

Spring always lends itself to the return of prints we love to wear. Those famous florals will reappear this season in a range of forms from big, bold, and bright petals to small delicate blooms. If some of the retro patchwork prints have felt a bit dated to you, try a new variation with folk motifs that may be more your style.

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Chloe Spring/Summer 2021

WIDE LEG PANTS

Comfort dressing is here to stay for the time being and the main silhouette that will be featured in pants is the wide leg.  From trousers to our denim jeans this will be the go-to shape we will be seeing everywhere. This unstructured tailoring is a great alternative to switching out of your leggings but still dressing with ease. A wide-leg is also universally flattering on all body types. Stylist tip – to balance this look, when wearing something loose on the bottom pair it with a more fitted style on top.

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Carolina Herrera Resort Spring 2021 credit Josh Olins

Floss

The dental floss look is very hot this summer. It is the appearance of a thong peeking out. It is typically worn with a half shirt/crop top and paired with a slinky pencil skirt. The shows of top designers were washed in these built-in attachments for meant to be seen pieces. Similarly, to how the bralette trend blew up, the lines of lingerie and fashion are once again colliding pushes the boundaries of exposure in a revealing way that is certainly getting attention.    

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Fishnet

Netting is also something we’ve seen a lot of making its way down the runways. While you may be thinking of stockings, it’s actually much more than that. Dresses, tops and entire ensembles are being constructed from this mesh like material. This unexpected trend is also being used as a layering item easy to don in the warmer weather. Keep an eye out for this one overflowing into the accessories market as well in shoes, bags, etc. 

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Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2021
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Transparent Fabrics

For a few seasons the sheer trend has been a staple. Everything from pieces with just a touch of transparency to fully see through fabrics have been in rotation recently. A variety of lighter fabrics lacking opacity have been following the numerous shedding clothes and peek-a-boo looks that are a major fashion focus for the months ahead. To update this popular trend there are new options to styling it. Used as a layer or topping off your swimsuit brings you right into wardrobe wearability. Another way to work it is by finding a lined item that gives off the illusion of showing some skin. A patterned style will provide subtle concealing for a modest way to try the trend. 

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Summer Knits

Knitwear has been a huge fashion trend that will continue to carry over into the Spring/Summer months. Lighter fabrics, brighter colors and looser knits are going to be everywhere. The feeling of staying cozy and comfortable remains with the added element of cool airy vibes.

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CUT OUT DETAILS

Cutouts are no stranger to us. Cold shoulders were a huge trend recently but this peek-a-boo detail is kicking it up a notch with backless styles and skin-baring shapes in unexpected places. As we peel off the layers from winter, watch for cutouts not only on tops but also dresses and pants now too.

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ELEVATED LOUNGEWEAR/LUXE SPORTWEAR

Casualwear has taken over as our go-to uniform these days. Capitalizing on this trend we will see even more elevated loungewear pieces and luxury sportswear items at the forefront of fashion for the foreseeable future. The global world has embraced comfy basics and the culture right now is enjoying dressing down in high-quality rich fabrics and styles that give us the security of feeling protected in our own cocoons. It’s also an ideal alternative for looking put together while working from home.

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FRINGE AND FEATHERS

The runways were filled with ensembles accented infringe which has been a mainstay in past seasons and a newcomer we haven’t seen on the scene, feathers. These whimsical whispers will adorn dresses, sweaters, sleeves, accessories and more in dyed to match colors.

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Valentino Spring/Summer 2021 photo credit : Alessandro Lucioni

MONOCHROME

An of the moment look we will be seeing as Spring rolls in will be full-on black and white designs. Lots of complete outfits in this starkly contrasting duo give off a stunning presence that is sophisticated and chic. Not to be confused with a monochromatic style meaning wearing different shades of one color, this combo is an elegant and classy trend to try.

BRA TOPS

From the time bralettes first appeared as intimates and made their way into fashion history making it acceptable to show the lacey undergarment straps beneath a top that trend has now expanded. Another nod to loungewear and comfort tho in a more apparent and structured form, bra-style tops are being showcased as a piece worn either as a top on their own or as a layer under or over other items.

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Jackie Condura

Jackie Condura

Jackie Condura is a Personal Stylist and Fashion Blogger based in New York. Her diverse fashion background and experience includes styling services and private clients. She is also a Consultant within the industry. Jackie is delighted to be sharing her knowledge as a contributor writing fashion content for the Trendy-Traveller.

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