COVID-19 has seemingly changed our lifestyle in 2020 and given rise to new fashion trends. While we were stuck at home for most of the year, comfort clothing became the major trend.

Restyling old outfits and online shopping gained momentum, Netflix shows with great costume designs became the talk of the year, and gave birth to new trends. The Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2021, Milan Fashion Week Spring 2021, and Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2021 offered interesting and alluring insights into what one can expect in 2021.

The gloom of 2020 spilt over onto the fashion scene too, with few insights and innovations making any impact. The new year has ushered in a new ray of hope, one that is likely to be reflected in the 2021 look. In short, expect lots of colours, especially pastels.

Keeping all these factors in mind, here’s what we expect 2021 summer/spring fashion trends to be like:

Military tones

2021 will see a rise in de-constructed silhouettes, earthy tones, and military shades, especially in chic, neutral shades including shades of grey, blue, and camouflage.

From cargo pants to bomber jackets, military tones are likely to be omnipresent. The colour palette is likely to be based on grainy, washed-out tones, mid-tones and jewel tones like pine green, cerulean blue, scarlet and brown neutrals, oily prints.

Over-sized silhouettes 

As we got used to wearing loose clothes at home during the pandemic, comfort became a priority. This is one thing we don’t mind continuing in 2021 too. It’s going to be all about being casual and comfortable this year.

Apart from athleisure, oversized shirts, pants, blazers, wide-leg jeans and boxy cuts seem to have a hold on the New Year. T-shirts, for instance, are going to be a big part of office-wear. Expect even over-sized shirt dresses to stay.

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Pretty pastel tones

Pastel tones are another trend that will continue this year. The sorbet-inspired colours are the perfect option for summer and they suit a wide variety of skin tones. With soothing buttercup yellows, lovely lilacs, peony pinks, and subtle bluebells on offer, nothing quite says spring like a pretty pastel.

From a boiler suit in cool mint green to an oversized trench coat in soft lavender, pastel tones are the perfect summer tones. Suits and separates in soft and buttery hues elevate your overall aesthetic, and will remain one of the chicest styles for seasons to come.

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Delicate floral prints

The floral prints trend continues from previous years with printed pants, mini-dresses, skirts and everything else retailers can put a flower on. Florals are all about having fun with fashion and embracing the joy and romance of spring. With people increasingly recognising the need for sustainability and organic produce, we see floral trends beginning with increased demand for natural, earthier tones.

Juana Martín collection for Paris Couture Fashion Week

Flowy maxi dresses

Relaxed silhouettes like maxi dresses have been a choice of attire for virtual and intimate gatherings. Flowy maxi dresses will be gaining momentum this summer. This dress trend has always been one of the most versatile things we’ve owned. Headed out on a summer night? Throw it on with sandals and go. Going to a wedding? Dress it up with jewels and heels.

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Voluminous sleeves

In this New Year, we will be witnessing big-shouldered, 1980s-style sleeves and sleeves adorned with oversized ruffles. Styles on the rise include bell and balloon sleeves, which can add visual interest to a top without sacrificing warmth.

A voluminous dress creates the perfect one-and-done look and puff-sleeved tops quickly make leggings, jeans, and even sweats feel fancy.

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Bralette/Crochet knits

As a bra! Brackets are more comfortable alternatives that can be layered under baggy shirts to provide an extra pop of colour or print. You don’t have to match your bralette to your top layer either. A simple black option will work with a multitude of looks.

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Cosy crochet knits in the forms of sweaters, bags, jackets and bra tops emerged in the second half of 2020, and we’re on board with the season-fluid trend in 2021 as well.

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