The must-have fashion trends for spring 2021

As fashion adapts to a more casual and conservative world, the list of spring 2021 must-haves is aptly subtle. Here are our favorites for whatever the future holds.

OPPOSITE SIDE

Few shoes divide fashion opinions as much as the flip-flop. The late-’90s favorite can often be mistaken for a glorified flip-flop, but this spring’s versions are more refined, playing with height, like Jacquemus’ platform designs; or proportion, like the pillow hold at Stella McCartney. One of the most wearable examples is from ATP Atelier, which incorporates a chunky white strap and contrasting black platform. When the cold weather (and local lockdown) subsides, slip them on and head straight to the nearest nail salon for that cool pedicure we’ve all been waiting for.

ATP Sandal, $420 at Gravity Pope (gravitypope.com).

MAKE THE CUT

After a year of sweating, it’s hard to imagine showing any skin. Thankfully, designers are taking baby steps to bare it all by adding sleek cutouts to otherwise modest silhouettes. The asymmetrical drape and twists of fabric on a Christopher Esber dress look effortless while exposing a little midriff. Dion Lee’s creative use of knotting and knotting fabrics creates a clever peek-a-boo effect. A small slit at the shoulder of this little black dress from COS adds subtle seduction to a timeless piece.

Mesh wrap dress, $190 at COS (costores.com).

SUPPORT ME

You’ve probably spotted a twist on the structured handbag at your local vintage store or in your grandma’s closet. This season there will also be endless options of architectural shapes and sizes everywhere you shop. On the designer side, Prada’s new Cleo bag takes a less-is-more approach via a streamlined silhouette. Staud’s crescent moon and triangle shaped bags are so sturdy they can stand on their own. A Mango shoulder bag is so easy to match, its cost per wear will likely be pennies by the end of summer.

Bag, $59.99 at Mango (mango.com).

HAMMER TIME

As far as accessory trends are concerned, developments in jewelery are slower than in bags and shoes. This season’s edit sees the metal hoops, bracelets and rings that have held our attention for so long get a textured treatment. Hammered metal appears as oversized organic shapes at Acne, while at Chloé, silver cuffs look like liquid sculptures. Michelle Ross’ hand-formed brass armband is unmistakably current but will be a unique piece on your arm for years to come.

Michelle Ross Brass Cuff, $340 up mnross.com.

HIP TO BE SQUARE

Recreating a do-it-yourself look at a designer price is nothing new, but spring men’s patchwork clothing is a fresh take on craftsmanship. Sustainability is a big part of this trend as designers strive to find ways to reuse archive textiles from past seasons. Etro embraced her bohemian attitude with a patchwork jacket accented with hand-sewn embroidery. Greg Lauren is no stranger to upcycling, using scraps of fabric to adorn a leg on a pair of military-style pants. A Stussy piece is an understated take on the pieced-together look that can substitute for your favorite denim jacket.

Stussy Patchwork Cotton Jacket, $216 up mrporter.com.

SIMPLIFIED ADAPTATION

When the majority of the corporate world works from home, how do you sell a suit to a man? In the case of Miuccia Prada, you eliminate all the frivolous and focus on a clean, classic fit that makes it a long-term investment. Celine took a similar approach with a gray and black pinstripe number, while Jil Sander’s oversized blazers and tailored coats featured a longer silhouette and wider lapels that were striking in their simplicity.

Suit, price on request at Prada (prada.com).

CALL HIM

Interest in men’s jewelry continues to grow. A revival of 1970s-inspired menswear is partly responsible, as are celebrities such as Harry Styles and A$AP Rocky who covered themselves in trinkets. For those who want to try out the look, investing in a small collection of rings is a good place to start. David Yurman creates unique bands with braided details, matte finishes and geometric shapes that work well together. The same goes for Mejuri’s clean lines, which look as sharp on their own as they do in layers.

Mejuri black onyx signet ring, $725 mejuri.com.

JUST DESERT

The desert ankle boot is a footwear classic discovered by a new generation who realize how easy it is to incorporate this versatile style into their wardrobe. There are plenty of fancier versions out there, but Clarks Original is the undisputed standard for this silhouette. Along with its classic chukkas, the label has teamed up with skate-inspired brand Palm Angels on a pair that features “P” and “A” logos on the toe of each shoe. Tod’s keeps it classic with its thinner soles and sand suede hues, while the Camper models have a more functional feel.

Clarks Originals Boots, $280 at Ssense (www.ssense.com).


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