Summer 2021 is off to a positive start as we begin to venture out and get our wardrobes into shade. That means there are certain trends at the top of our shopping list, and they all emit statement-making, go-get-'em energy. The silhouettes we're collecting include miniskirts, floaty parachute dresses, and cargo pants with exposed pockets that are a nice complement to the crop tops, halters, and polos we'll wear them with. As far as accessories go, we're all about collecting beaded necklaces from kitschy jewellery brands we're discovering on Instagram, and working silk printed scarves into our outfits to tap into our retro side. Ahead, you can feel free to jump to the category you're excited about this season, or scroll through our full lineup of need-now pieces.
Matching sets can easily feel like pyjamas—especially when a top is paired with a tiny coordinating skirt or shorts. Follow Lorde’s lead and wear one of these midi-length sets next time you’re filming a music video for your chart-topping single. Dressing for warmer months doesn’t have to be complicated. A few summer skirts here and a couple of matching tops there will ensure you’re a sartorial success—no matter how hot and icky the days may be. Whether it’s a floral midi skirt paired with a coordinating cropped bandeau or a striped maxi coupled with a puff-sleeve blouse, relying on sets is a surefire way to guarantee you’ll look great no matter where you’re headed. Plus, they’re a little more fun than a one-and-done dress, wouldn’t you say?
There’s much more to crop tops than a bare midriff. The abbreviated tops have become the ideal match for skirt sets, the perfect silhouettes for balancing out the proportions of a puffed-sleeve blouse, and, of course, a great counterpart to a high-waist pant. If you’re aiming to show a little skin this summer (or not!), opting for a more elevated version of the top brings your look from ’90s club kid to effortlessly cool. This summer we’re looking to styles that go beyond the basic cropped tank or T-shirt. Think chic details like well-placed ruffles and dainty straps, interesting textures like gathered poplin or rib knits, and airy silhouettes like a one-shoulder puff-sleeve or bubbled top.
Dresses are, without a doubt, one of the most versatile pieces to pack for a trip, so long as you have the right accessories to dress it up and down. A vacation-worthy dress is one you can wear exploring villages by morning, beaches by the afternoon, cocktails and dinner at sunset, and out dancing after sundown. One with, say, a coastal Italian lemon print, ocean-like wavy stripes, lovely embroidery, and a summery color palette.
The Strappy Bikinis
While the triangle bikini has been around for decades, it’s getting a modern update this season with simple straps that wrap around the body. The elongated straps allow for the top to be styled in various ways, making it highly versatile. If you have limited suitcase space while traveling, this bikini is the ultimate multi-use solution.
Nowadays, activewear designs borrow the same print, cut, and design trends as regular apparel. While many of the fashion-forward performance leggings tend to fall under the luxury end of the spectrum, affordable brands are now beginning to follow suit. And, now that 2021 is underway, fresh activewear styles inspired by other current sartorial movements are still coming in hot, so we decided to give you the lowdown on all the best trends you’ll want to wear 24/7 — not just while you’re working on your fitness.