By Sarah Collins
Spring is finally upon us and as we look forward to brighter days, Sarah Collins is here to tell us what trends to look out for this season.
It’s that time of the year again! Brighter, warmer, and longer days are on the horizon which means it’s time to put away our winter wardrobe and start introducing lighter layers for Spring/Summer 2021. Although we are in the midst of a global pandemic, designers amazed us this season with digital showcases whilst others decided to host presentations with a small group of press and buyers. The trends for Spring/Summer this year are super wearable and versatile, and the great thing is, you may already have a few pieces in your wardrobe. Although I know we may be stuck at home for a little while longer, you can still put on a pretty outfit for online college or that important Zoom meeting, and make yourself feel like you are on top of the world!
This trend is so incredibly easy yet so powerful at the same time. For years, monochrome was synonymous with wearing black and white. However, as we saw worn by many of the United States of America presidential inauguration attendees including Jennifer Lopez and the Biden granddaughters, this season’s monochrome trend is in no way limited to black and white or neutral colours! Floral caps, and boucle jackets were among the vibrant monochrome looks seen on the Chanel runway. The French fashion house was in great company, with Dolce & Gabbana popularizing chequerboard mini dresses and Gabriela Hearst opted for a black and white midi with an interesting vertical split.
The ever so chic trench coat, which many of us own in our wardrobe, is back and better than ever this season! This style is very much still on-trend in neutral hues, however, we are seeing puffier sleeves and oversized silhouettes now reaching ankle length rather than to the knees as was favoured in previous seasons. The best part about trench coats is that they are versatile: light enough to wear in Spring/Summer with hoodies, or a sweatshirt in the evening when it gets chilly outside. Max Mara, Louis Vuitton and Nina Ricci produced some beautiful trench coats this season and
Victoria Beckham stuck to a practical and elegant uniform in her Spring/Summer show and her patch pocket trench coat was to die for!
Yes, that’s right, sweater vests aren’t going anywhere, so don’t put them into the back of your wardrobe just yet! Vests and tanks have been on my style radar for a while now, and let’s be honest, these ones are much more modern, trendy, and elegant than the ones your grandfather wears. Worn over midi dresses, poplin shirts, or a collared top, it’s a trend that’s as cosy and comfortable as it is chic. We saw vests appear at the Louis Vuitton and Coach shows and they were infinitely chic and classy. I have spotted some vests on H&M and Zara that won’t break the bank and you’ll be able to transition them into your Autumn/Winter wardrobe when the time comes.
The head scarf is the must have accessory to have in your wardrobe this season. There are various colours, prints, fabrics, and style choices to choose from while wrapping it around your head and they are going to be perfect for those bad hair days that we all have from time to time. Head scarves can complete any simple, casual look and they are also super versatile as you can wrap it around your neck and hang it off a bag as an accessory! I must say channeling your inner Grace Kelly has never been easier with this classic go-to item.
This season’s looks have been highly inspired by some of the most influential decades and I am loving every single one of them. So even if we are stuck at home for the next few months, throw on your favourite outfit, put on a bit of makeup and rock up to that zoom meeting or lecture feeling and looking your very best.