Time to dress up again! Here are the top spring-summer 2021 trends to know now

Published April 7, 2021, 7:40 PM

by John Legaspi

Let’s rediscover the joy that comes from dressing up this season

Let’s admit it, after a year in sweatpants and PJs, you’re now looking for a change. Yes, we don’t have much control over COVID-19 but we do have with our wardrobe. Although our laid-back pandemic dressing has given us the ease we needed, just like a budding flower and a new butterfly in spring, we must shed those layers of comfort to bring out something new. 

While we can no longer go back to fashion’s fantasy (at least for now), we still deserve better style as we hope for the better days ahead. If you’re in need of inspiration to shake things up, we’ve rounded up the top trends seen on spring-summer 2021 runway shows, and hopefully will help you rediscover the joy that comes from dressing up, even while at home or a short trip out in the new world.

Alexander McQueen, Molly Goddard, and Rodarte

Fantasy dressing

Step into a fairy tale world with flamboyant dresses complete with full skirts, beautiful embellishments, and layers of delicate tulle. Why wear a dress in a pandemic? Well, why not? Design houses such as Molly Goddard and Rodarte are bringing the magic back in fashion, whether the occasion calls for it or not.

Jacquemus, Loewe, and Simone Rocha

Drama on your sleeves

Puff sleeves, exaggerated or not, create a great silhouette and they are a joy to wear. The ballooned shoulders are all about having fun, while the relaxed type looks more romantic.

Balmain, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry

At-home disco 

Channel in the sparkle of the disco era in the most subtle way with iridescent drape dresses or sequined casual pieces. We may not be allowed to go out, but these shiny pieces are sure to bring the party to your home.

Chloe, Schiaparelli, and Chanel

Wide trousers

You may want to push your skinny jeans and your cigarette pants to the back of your closet as the season calls for a more baggy and relaxed style with trousers. Take a cue from Chanel and Sciaparelli’s easy yet elegant bottoms or Chloe and Balenciaga’s wide denim pants.

Celine, Rodarte, and Anna Sui

Florals with a twist

Florals for spring? You don’t want Miranda Priestly’s eyes to roll on you. Make an even better look by contrasting the botanical beauty with a slight hint of masculinity, whether in a form of a vintage cover up or a sporty silhouette.

Hermes, Givenchy, and Gabriela Hearst

Sexy back

Donning an open back piece is one of the classiest ways to bare skin, especially in the summer heat. Gabriela Hearst and Givenchy frame the back with great beading while Hermes and Maximilian go for a streamlined design.

Boss, Etro, and Isabel Marant

Bralettes are in

Forget cropped tops and go for the season’s must-wear statement piece: the bralette. A trend for the bold type, bralettes are seen on many runway shows in varying styles, from the beach ready ones by Versace and Etro to the much more refined pieces by Boss and Isabel Marant.

Salvatore Ferragamo, Balenciaga, and Longchamp

Netted to perfection

Knitted, crocheted, or made of interlocking chains, an easy way to show some flesh this season is by wearing the “new” fishnet. Latticework pieces bring a dose of practicality and texture to this season’s dressing. 

Altuzarra, Dior, and Celine

Large scale bags

Nano purses and mini totes already have their fair share of the runway spotlight. This time, stylish and dependable bags as seen on Celine and Dior are the must-carry items.

Kenzo, Sportmax, and Miu Miu

Flat on the ground

Looks like our stilettos break will be prolonged as many of the spring-summer 2021 shows featured flats (some even bare feet) on the runway. Comfort reigned supreme in the soles department with logo slippers and strappy sandals.