Say hello to SS21’s most wearable fashion trends

The spring/summer season is upon us and the overarching theme is optimism. But how does that translate to clothes? We decode the most wearable trends from this season’s catwalks. 

The spring/summer 2021 season was unlike anything we have ever experienced before. The international fashion weeks that would ordinarily see editors and industry insiders clocking up considerable airmiles, jetting from New York to London then to Milan and finally landing in Paris, were transformed into an almost entirely digital offering. Instead of the usual creative hubs designers would find themselves in, these collections were born directly out of lockdown and this new world order we found ourselves in was certainly a tale of two halves. 

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With loungewear becoming the unexpected biggest fashion trend of 2020, many designers wanted to break away from the rotation of leggings and tracksuits with an offering of fantastical fashion. Giant frothy dresses, mood-boosting prints and infectious clothes determined to put the joy back into getting dressed.

The other side of the fashion coin saw an extension of the comfort we have so heavily relied on, classic pieces to add to your wardrobe that you can wear now and well… forever. Investment pieces that don’t dare predict the future of the world but steadfastly provide a sense of purpose when it comes to how we get dressed. 

Fashion has moved away from those pendulum swinging trends that we used to marker our wardrobes with. The kind of ones that would see you wearing zebra print one season and then swapping it out for neon to ditch them both entirely the next season. Now, it is much more about feeling, reacting to the most intimate moments we have experienced and presenting an antidote and indeed a comfort to them. 

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Given all that has occurred in the last year, it would make sense that the spring/summer season be one of optimism. From feel-good prints and delicate puff-sleeves to classic black midi dresses and easy-to-wear chinos, we decode the most wearable trends to add to your wardrobe this summer. 

New Black Dress

Salvatore Ferragamo s/s21

Gabriela Hearst s/s21

David Koma s/s21

Designers gave us what we really wanted this season: a black summer dress. Midi in style and often slinky in attitude with body-con fits and midriff-barring cutouts, this black dress is going to be a constant sartorial companion. For an easy gateway into getting dressed opt for more oversized shapes. If its a more directional approach to this trend you’re after look towards playful necklines. June 21 isn’t ready. 

  • Tove

    Tove dress

    Made from 100% organic cotton, this dream dress is already proving to be a hit on Instagram. Available in four other colours, we’ve made the decision easy for you. 

    Shop Ceres organic cotton dress at Tove, £425

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  • Free People

    New Black Dress: Free People

    The square neckline and backless cut out gives Free People’s black midi dress a sense of occasion. Wears yours with slip on sandals for effortless appeal. 

    Shop Louie midi dress at Free People, £98

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  • Asos Curve

    New Black Dress: Asos Curve

    With its trapeze-like shape and oversized fit, Asos Curve’s black midi dress will be a wardrobe staple this season and beyond. Wear yours with box fresh trainers in the coming weeks. 

    Shop seersucker tiered midi smock dress at Asos, £32

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  • Raey

    New Black Dress: Raey

    Tick this season’s slinky box with a classic slip dress. No one does them quite as well as MatchesFashion’s own brand, Raey. 

    Shop Raey’s slip dress at matchesfashion.com, £180

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Feel-good Prints

Versace s/s21

Loewe s/s21

Stella McCartney s/s21

‘Escapism’ is a word frequently bandied around a spring/summer season and for good reason – it’s a marker that warmer days are on the way and, dare we say it, holidays are (hopefully) coming! Big, joyful florals, playful patterns and sometimes just outright lovely scenes are a seasonal staple.  No one was readying us for the beach quite like Versace, who bejewelled starfishes on to bright dresses and sent a parade of Hawaiian shirts down the catwalk. A mood-booster like no other. 

  • Lisou

    Lisou trousers

    Party pants are a thing and this loose-fit, printed style will see you through every upcoming event. In serious style, of course. 

    Shop Clara metallic trousers at Lisou, £315

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  • Rixo

    Feel-good Prints: Rixo

    From midi to mini, pack a punch with Rixo’s super-sized floral dress. We’ll be wearing ours with chunky boots and a trench coat now and barely there sandals in the summer. 

    Shop Lolita Azelia print dress at Rixo, £195

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  • Loewe

    Feel-good Prints: Loewe

    Is there anything more mood-boosting than Loewe’s punchy printed oversized shirt? We think not. Bursting with bright colour and pattern, this shirt is guaranteed to bring infinite joy. 

    Shop Loewe’s asymmetric floral-print cotton-poplin shirt at net-a-porter.com, £900

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  • House of Sunny

    Feel-good Prints: House of Sunny

    Bella Hadid can’t get enough of East London’s sustainable label, House of Sunny – and for good reason. Serving idyllic landscapes across the brand’s cute knitwear is enough to put anyone in a good mood. 

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Neutral Trousers

Boss s/s21

Hermès s/s21

Valentino s/s21

That cappuccino kind of colour palette that we cosied up to on our Instagram screens over winter is trickling into this season too. Boss, Valentino and Hermès were just a few of the fashion houses to use the colour palette to spring board the neutral trouser. A chino of sorts, these high-waisted wide legs trousers still provide a feeling of ‘dressed’ without pushing comfort entirely from the picture. Swap out your jeans for this elevated spring offering. 

  • Jaeger

    Jaeger trousers

    The classic chino is a go-to for easy dressing. Pair yours with box fresh trainers and a white T-shirt for a simple spring aesthetic. 

    Shop Jaeger cotton tapered chinos at Marks & Spencer, £79

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  • Frankie Shop

    Neutral Trousers: Frankie Shop

    Industry insiders flock to Frankie Shop, the one-stop destination for chic separates. Like these loose-fitting tailored chino trousers that you are never going to want to take off. 

    Shop Frankie Shop’s tailored trousers at net-a-porter.com, £165

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  • Ba&sh

    Neutral Trousers: Ba&sh

    Channel your French girl cool with Ba&sh’s take on the trend. For all-out Parisian feel wear yours with a Breton top. 

    Shop flowing trousers at Ba&sh, £185

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  • Aligne

    Neutral Trousers: Aligne

    For a slightly smarter take on the trend, try out sustainable brand Aligne’s pleat front trousers. 

    Shop wide leg trouser at Aligne, £40 (previously £80)

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Big Sleeve Energy

Isabel Marant s/s21

Jacquemus s/s21

Alberta Ferretti s/s21

Exaggerated, puff sleeves is a silhouette that has dominated in recent years, thanks in part to the romantic cottage-core trend that continues to permeate the warmer months. And its reign looks set to continue well into 2021 too. From dresses to blouses and even outerwear (we see you Loewe), this season’s puff-sleeves are a sure fire way to retain fashionable social distancing. 

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories puff sleeve

    Social distancing will be easily maintained thanks to & Other Stories’ floral blouse. If the sleeves weren’t enough, just look at the collar – sartorialserotonin. 

    Shop floral print puff sleeve blouse at & Other Stories, £65

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  • Nobody’s Child

    Nobody’s Child

    A midi dress is a hero item you’ll love no matter the season, but this heart version by Nobody’s Child is guaranteed to get a lot of love for spring/summer. Try it out with platform flip flops and a punchy clashing print bag.

    Shop Nobody’s Child heart tea dress at Marks & Spencer, £42

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  • Ganni

    Big Sleeve Energy: Ganni

    Fans of Scandi cool-girl brand Ganni will already be well versed in its statement sleeves. Firmly plant your feet in the trend via this balloon-sleeve leather dress. 

    Shop Ganni’s balloon-sleeve leather mini dress at matchesfashion.com, £475

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  • Warehouse

    Big Sleeve Energy: Warehouse

    Gingham and spring go hand-in-hand and Warehouse have taken this love affair one step further with the addition of perfectly puffy sleeves. 

    Shop checked puff-sleeve blouse at Warehouse, £42 

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House Shoes

Molly Goddard s/s21

Balenciaga s/s21

Michael Kors Collection s/s21

It’s hard to imagine a life without slippers after we have become so reliant on them carrying us to and from our working from home set up, and it appears designers have been feeling the same attachment. Upgrading the humble slipper to the casual house shoe was the modus operandi of many designers this season: Molly Goddard, Michael Kors and even Balenciaga. Fluffy, slip on, cosy, and above all comfortable, the catwalk has got you covered. 

  • Fendi

    House Shoes: Fendi

    There’s house shoes and then there’s Fendi house shoes. We know which we would rather. 

    Shop Fendi’s leather-trimmed logo-print shearling collapsible-heel slippers at net-a-porter.com, £620

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  • Violeta by Mango

    House Shoes: Violeta by Mango

    Cosy, check. Comfy, check. Cute, check. Violeta’s fluffy wide-fit sandals have hit the house shoe trifecta. 

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  • Tu at Sainsbury’s

    House Shoes: Tu at Sainsbury’s

    We can’t wait to take these Tu at Sainsbury’s sandals for a spin in the summer, but for now we’ll be teaming them with cosy cashmere socks. 

    Shop cream faux-fur trim sandals at Tu at Sainsbury’s, £14

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  • Kurt Geiger

    House Shoes: Kurt Geiger

    Kurt Geiger’s supremely comfortable mules promise to cup and cushion your feet all day long, while the rainbow coloured detail promises to lift your spirits. 

    Shop Ozark chain mules at Kurt Geiger, £149

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Little Treasures

Dior s/s21

Erdem s/s21

Chloé s/s21

Jewellery was brought back into focus for the spring/summer shows. Designers are playing into the idea that jewellery holds more than sentimental value at the moment – it’s a way of still feeling like ourselves when nothing else does. Move your layered gold necklaces on with trinkets a la Dior and Erdem-inspired pearls, and give your hands an ears a delicate little upgrade by way of tiny earrings and sweet signet rings. 

  • Liberty London

    Little Treasures: Liberty London

    Signet rings have long lost their stuffy stereotype and have landed firmly back in fashion. Just in time to snatch up one of Liberty’s alphabet offerings. 

    Shop gold signet ring at Liberty, £250

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  • Mathe Jewellery

    Little Treasures: Mathe Jewellery

    We love this dual-layered necklace from Mathe Jewellery. An easy addition to your existing gold necklaces for a sweet summery hit. 

    Shop Think Twice necklace at Mathe Jewellery, £49

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  • Thomas Sabo

    Little Treasures: Thomas Sabo

    Thanks to Erdem and Simone Rocha pearls have made a serious comeback in the last few seasons. Dip your toe in the trend with Thomas Sabo’s pearl drop earrings. 

    Shop pearl star earrings at Thomas Sabo, £139

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  • Roxanne First

    Little Treasures: Roxanne First

    Roxanne First’s diamond celestial necklace is a little treasure to hold on to for a long time. Treat yourself, you’re worth it. 

    Shop mini diamond star and moon necklace at Roxanne First, £565

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Images: Getty / courtesy of brands 

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