Summer has finally started here in London, peeping through the clouds starting with a gorgeous May Bank Holiday… I was soooo looking forward to ditching my loungewear and sweatpants in favour of some pretty new flares! I’m no Stylist or major Fashionista but here are a few trends I’ve noticed through observation and conversation 🙂
While we can all agree it’s been a quiet year for the fashion world, with the lockdown staple being loungewear, this summer is set to become the street’s catwalk unveiling seriously bold and stylish designs. This year, some of the most influential decades of fashion and style have played a huge role in this season’s looks. With style becoming more personal and individual than ever, it’s nice to see some vintage looks given a modern twist.
First and foremost, let’s get this one out of the way (not a fan of face masks but inspired by the idea of it being a sleek styled accessory)
Black Face Masks
When it comes to protecting yourself, you may as well do it beautifully. These sleek black face masks match almost any outfit you wear, they offer great coverage for your nose and mouth. Opt for a silky fabric for easier breathing or choose something with embellishments if you’re feeling boujee. Wear anything from a nude trench coat to a color-blocking suit and look exceptionally stylish. From an accordion-style to a traditional shape, there are so many choices that will keep you and others safe.
Always a trend that has continued to dominate over the years has been pastel tones. These colors are the perfect option for summer and they suit a wide variety of skin tones. Yellow, pink, green, lilac and light-blue are nuances that will enrich the season ensuring a good mood to every fashion addict. While pastels are a softer approach to wearing colour, it can’t be understated how they have a strong effect on our mood.
“At the moment when there’s so much uncertainty in the world, we’re looking for comfort and security, and these colours do that” Carolyn Mair
Pantone Colour Institute said summer 2021 colours underline our desire for flexible color that works year-round. For colours that makes us look fashionable and feel comfortable and relaxed as we face the future. SS21 colours are here not only to lift our mood but to give us a boost of confidence on the go.
Big Sleeve Energy
Exaggerated, puff sleeves is a silhouette that has dominated Spring, A cute trend that continues to permeate the warmer months into Summer. From dresses to blouses and even outerwear, this season’s puff-sleeves are a sure fire way to retain fashionable social distancing.
There are so many subtle ways to facilitate your first tentative steps into the puff-sleeved realm, from structured mini dresses with a slight bit of shoulder volume to t-shirts which “puff” out only slightly.
Throwing it back to the signature 80’s style, BIG SLEEVE ENERGY can take your look to a whole new level.
Wrap Around Works
One quick scroll through the ‘grams of some of our favorite fashion girls, and it became crystal clear: A wrap top is THE (thee) It top of Summer 2021! Wrapped around the bust or waist, add a little holiday/summer touch to your tops. Just ask Kourtney kardashian, who’s already been seen sporting the trend in true sleek Kardashian style. Alternatively, pair it with your go-to high-waisted jeans like Victoria Marie or opt for a more unusual wrap top with tudor style corset underwiring like makeup artist Luchia Edwards
Wrapped around the waist, add a little holiday touch to your long sleeve tops. Just ask Kim Kardashian, who’s already sporting the trend in a major way.
Love them or loathe them, Crocs are back. Yes, you read that right. Whilst I am still yet to be convinced these are trendy and look good, I am aware they are quite comfortable, is it possible that comfort is the reason these shoes have done a 360 to the hottest trend of 2021 or do you guys actually like how they look? Either way we’ve now witnessed the revival of the rubber shoes.
Like many unexpected brands and fashion items that have returned over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, Crocs are once again thriving… A very good friend of mine has a black platform pair and jazzed hers up with charms/badges (what exactly are they called?) all supporting Black Lives Matter and Black Girl Magic which I absolutely LOVE (although I don’t love the design of the shoe) but if we are able to make a serious statement with our shoes and accessorize them with causes we love and support then I do think they are a great idea!
This classic print is perfect for summer. Victoria Beckham is the British reigning queen of fashion and she’s just declared gingham as this summer’s biggest trend. Unveiling her latest collection, the designer has created a number of gorgeous gingham pieces, and word’s already spreading. Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Holden and Louise Redknapp have all been spotted wearing the classic print – and we’re taking note. After months of wearing heavy pieces, comfort with a dash of cute is now the priority, and the classic pattern might just be the perfect pick for that.
Gingham… it’s nothing new or groundbreaking, but has proven versatile and relevant being an iconic pattern since the 17th century, not to mention it’s been part of many iconic looks, too. There’s Dorothy’s dress in The Wizard of Oz, Brigitte Bardot’s wedding dress in 1959 and Marilyn Monroe’s pants.
The saucy independant mum exists, and is rightly taking up space.
I’m not a mother, but I just wanted to touch on how far the young mum has come. Common ideas from the 90’s and prior had a really stupid narrow minded outlook on how mother’s should dress and stuck up idealists frowned upon anything that wasn’t formal or screamed out ‘im a mum’… Let’s not get into it, my point here is that mom’s aren’t just mums and can express their personality in their style just as much as the friend with no kids.
Here’s 3 mums, I know, and they rock their outfits with confidence 🙂
Mom Jeans isn’t just a style of jean, it’s a whole look!
Air Jordan 1’s
I don’t think anyone anticipated how overpowering the Air Jordan 1’s could be.
Could the AJ1’s be the new AF1’s? Possibly, but it’s debatable.
The popularity of Jordan’s boomed out of nowhere and when I say “out of nowhere” I really mean that I’ve been watching this trend build up for quite a while now and it’s finally reached a point where it feels like everyone is wearing them. Well, not literally every single person, but enough that it feels quite relevant. You know what I’m getting at.
Take inspo from Rafaela Rocha’s Sleek City Glam Style with a bold colour pop, or TOWIE’s Amber Turner’s incorporation of pastels. If you’re feeling super sassy, take note from Dream Doll’s designer monochrome fit.
Their flat-soled, high-top shape have a retro appeal that feels especially cool right now, but more importantly, the brand has been releasing updated Air Jordan 1’s in fresh new colourways — and you girls have been all over them!
Hope you enjoyed this post!
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