After one full year of lockdowns, closures, Zoom meetings and sweatpants, it’s time to start thinking about what we are going to wear this spring. Fashion is a great way to lift the spirits and bring joy into your life. I’ve always had the philosophy that dressing up is fun; because it is! Marc Jacobs said, “Clothes mean nothing until someone has lived in them,” which ultimately brings me to my point: no matter what we wear or where we wear it, dressing up in 2021 will have new meaning. It will feel different than it did before, because we are different too. Figuring out the answer to the question “What do I wear?” will hopefully be considered a joyful gift rather than a source of stress. Much like sunlight or time spent with friends, getting dressed to greet the world is a way to make life brighter.
Here are our 4 favorite trends for Spring 2021:
FANTASY FLORALS: Flowers signify new beginnings and this season’s floral trend is the perfect place to start. You can always count on a floral pattern of some sort to make an appearance around this time of year, and this season you’ll see a definite 80’s influence. Instead of classically romantic florals, this print is punchy and more in-your-face; the bolder the better! Floral dresses are our favorite interpretation of the trend, featuring femminine details like ruffles, flounces and puffy sleeves, but can also be found in more simple silhouettes. They look especially modern worn with tall boots. (Yes, you can wear tall boots w/bare legs in the spring). Not a dress person? Look for pretty floral print tops with many of the same design details as well as square necklines, smocking detail and puffy sleeves. Floral embroidery detail on sweaters and knits looks fresh too.
HANGING LOOSE: Relaxed fit wide-leg trousers are the pant silhouette of the season. Comfortable and elegantly slouchy, they create a polished look with an understated cool vibe. Design details include pleats, paper bag waist bands and a loose fit. These pants pair perfectly with boyfriend blazers which are slightly oversized and create a refined yet casual suit look. Add a white button up or t-shirt and some white sneakers or classic leather loafers and you have the ultimate cool girl look. Consider sizing up on the pants and blazers to achieve the perfect slouch.
COOL CUT-OUTS: After a year of covered up, oversized loungewear, it feels like the right time to show a little skin. There are lots of versions of this look and it can look cheap if taken too far. The key is moderation and strategic placement of said cut-outs. From t-shirts, turtlenecks and bodysuits, to jumpsuits, dresses and pants, designers have found ways to reveal flesh in unexpected ways. We love cut outs at the neckline, across the chest and on the back, which are most wearable and super flattering. Also look for “holes” and perforations in knitwear and tops which can add textural interest without revealing too much. These pieces can also be layered over thin tops, tights and other layering essentials. We recommend saving the bare midriff and wrap-around “floss” straps for the 25 and under set.
SATURATED SORBETS: Bright and vibrant colors that feel happy and light is something I think we could all use right now. This trend encompasses all the pigments you’d find in the sky on a particularly glorious day. Vibrant, saturated tones that inherently feel uplifting can be worn head-to-toe for maximum monochromatic impact, or, paired with comforting neutrals. Updated color blocking in playful combinations of multiple hues will spice up the neutrals you already own. Some of our favorite colors in this trend are the “sunshine shades” of tangerine and orange sorbet, soft yellow, grass green and bubble gum pink. You’ll find these colors in every classification; including dresses, skirts, tops, jackets, jeans (yes, colored denim please!) and accessories.
-Black and White
-90’s style loose fit denim
-Square toe sandals and shoes
As we begin a new season, I think it’s important to emphasize that trends are nothing without personal style. A good trend helps you build on your existing wardrobe and express your personal style without being a slave to fashion. Regardless of which trends you decide to try this season, positivity and joyful tones will rule Spring 2021!