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As many spent a year in sweats and pyjamas, you could be forgiven for thinking that trends for spring/summer 2021 would be a bit drab. Certainly given the current climate and ongoing pandemic, many may be wondering what will summer 2021 be like? Will there be an occasion to spruce up my look?

The pandemic’s subsequent guidelines and restrictions saw a change to fashion week ‘as we know it’. Whilst still designing and creating, many designers around the world faced huge logistical challenges, as well as make-shift home studios and virtual briefings. Of the four fashion capitals, New York and London opted for digital showcases, whilst Milan and Paris held scaled-back showings adhering to strict social distancing measures.

As for the biggest trends of spring/summer 2021? The new stay-at-home mantra and working from home routine has certainly had an effect on what designers have showcased. An array of cosy-comfort collections without sacrificing your style. Wide-leg trousers, floaty dresses and house slippers were prevalent on the runway. It was also extremely encouraging to witness a sense of resourcefulness this season. Many designers embraced sustainability, up-cycling through the use of deadstock fabrics and crafty patchworks.

When looking to build your stylish summer wardrobe, try to avoid careless clickbait and budget brands, instead opting for ethical alternatives and sustainable solutions. As noted in the Fashion Bible, Vogue, this season harnesses recycling of fashion trends with a nod to nostalgia. Remembering happier times, many of this season’s trends bear resemblance to seasons prior. Whether you’re looking for 70s disco, 80s puff sleeves or 90s wrap-around straps; vintage stores and online thrifting apps host authentic stylish staples without increasing your carbon footprint.

Disco

What better way of lifting your mood; channelling your inner disco diva. Ready to get back on the town or just reuniting with a couple of friends, sequins are certainly a way to make a statement. Paired back the style with flats or minimal accessories for an understated glam like Balmain, Valentino and Proenza Schouler, or signalling the seventies with an asymmetrical sleeve like Ashish or a more suited silhouette like YSL and Chanel. Missing the nightlife? These disco designs will ignite your inner Dancing Queen.

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Cami Top from Depop | Bodycon Glitter Dress from Depop | Vintage Sequined Top from Beyond Retro | Vintage Sequined Shorts from Beyond Retro

Floaty Maxi Dresses

And breathe…. One of the trends to ease us back into dressing up, the ultra-stylish and ultra-versatile floaty maxi dress. Romancing the runways of Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Dior and Alberta Ferretti, their floor-sweeping and sheer styles take us to a glamorous brunch with cocktails on the Riviera or a stroll along the sandy shores of the Maldives.

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Romantic Maxi dress from Depop | Neon Orange Maxi Dress from Depop | Floral Maxi Dress (M) from Beyond Retro | Floral Maxi Dress (S) from Beyond Retro | Vintage Floral Maxi Dress from eBay |

House Slippers

Let’s be real, who has enjoyed living in slippers for the past year? Well the God’s have listened. Following the demand for home comforts, slippers have had a stylish makeover. Cosy and chic to wear both indoors and out, this season saw an array of slipper styles. Whether they’re crafted from supple leather-like The Row and Rosetta Getty or soft shearling like Molly Goddard, Balenciaga and Coach; house slippers are acceptable to wear anytime, anywhere.

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Sage Green Slippers from Depop | Fluffy Slippers from eBay | Pink Fluffy Sliders from eBay | Grey Fluffy Ugg Slippers from Vinted | ASOS Fluffy Slippers from Vinted

Midriff Flossing

A series of crisscrossing, cords, and wraparound details that can emerge from skirts, bralets, and maxi dresses. Taking social media by storm thanks to Charlotte Knowles, Supriya Lele, and Christopher Esber, the midriff flossing reminds us of that noughties fashion. These slinky straps, wrapped around the waist, add a little holiday touch to your long sleeve tops. Team with slinky midi skirts like Jacquemus, or loose trousers like Acne.

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Black Strappy Crop Top from Depop | I AM GIA Halo Skirt from Depop | Newspaper Print Wrap Top from Depop

Monochrome

Simple yet stylish. The effortless trend will see you through all seasons in serious style. Designers presented monochrome mania with chequerboard patchwork dresses from deadstock and archive rolls of fabric at Dolce & Gabbana, whilst Chanel opted for crisp layering of boucle jackets and logo skirts, reminiscent of their clean and concise aesthetic. Meanwhile, Gabriela Hearst and Ports 1961 elevated the black and white dress for an elegant, no-fuss evening attire. One of the trends that often makes its way back to the forefront of fashion, monochrome is perfect for up-cycling and recycling your wardrobe.

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Vintage Houndstooth Miniskirt from Depop | Monochrome Knitted Cardigan from Depop | Collarless Houndstooth Coat from Depop | Vintage Houndstooth Dress from Beyond Retro | Vintage Monochrome Dress from Beyond Retro

Puff Proportions

Another trend celebrating an iconic era of fashion. The Eighties. This season’s puffed sleeves saw a more delicate take on the voluminous silhouette with Jacquemus and Alberta Ferretti styling with sartorial trousers, short shorts and slinky skirts for a muted and versatile day-to-night look. Whimsical designer Cecilie Bahnsen showcased signature billowy dresses, whilst Lowe and Altuzarra played with proportions for a more modern take on a vintage trend.

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New Look Pink Puff Sleeve Blouse from Depop | Lilac Babydoll Mini Smock Dress from Depop | Red Puff Sleeve Bardot Blouse from Depop | Green Puff Sleeve Dress from Vinted | Vintage Puff Sleeve Dress from Vinted

Sorbet Hues

Delicious shades of sugary soft sorbet hues added a sprinkle of sweetness this season. Spring/Summer 2021 has everything from mint, lemon and pastel pinks. The colour scheme offers a touch of calm to your wardrobe with the serenity of pastels perfect for Summer 2021. Whether you take inspiration from Alberta Ferretti and Fendi’s billowing maxi dresses, BOSS’s tailored suit or Isabel Marant’s dungarees; the sorbet trend shall sweeten your mood.

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Handmade Purple Milkmaid Blouse from Depop | Pastel 1970s Floaty Midi Dress from Depop | Yellow Cropped Denim Jacket from Depop | Peach Pastel Shorts from Beyond Retro | Lilac Tshirt Dress from Beyond Retro

Netting

As many are encouraged to shrink their wardrobes, versatility has never been as important. The demand for stylish staples is higher than ever. A new take on sheer, the fishnet trend is all about layering. With Acne displaying a metallic loose-knit skirt and trousers, perfect for layering with swimwear for a super stylish off-duty look. This latest trend offers many alternatives whether you prefer netting over a slinky slip dress like Hermés or a bodycon jumpsuit like Balenciaga, the textured layer offers endless opportunity. This season also saw several takes on woven coats and capes with Dries Van Noten and Fendi showcasing the brands exquisite craftsmanship, whilst allowing for cool breezy spring wear.

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White Netted Dress from Depop | Missguided Net Dress from Depop | Black Fishnet Cami Top | Zara Black Fishnet Pencil Skirt from Depop | Black Net Tshirt from Vinted | Black Net Square Toe Mules from Vinted

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Gabrielle Smith

I am a freelance journalist, creative copywriter and editor.

Since graduating from the London College of Fashion, I have joined as a member of the National Union of Journalism

I have written widely about fashion, lifestyle and culture. With over 5 years of writing experience, I have accumulated numerous published work across a variety of household magazines. Notably a fashion fanatic, I have attended multiple fashion weeks, reporting on trends, seasonal staples and designers to watch.

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