Forgetting a few minor hiccups along the way courtesy of Mr Weatherman, summer is well and truly on its way!
Sleeves are getting shorter, dresses are getting floatier and, as lockdown lifts, we’re ready to put our best foot forward as spring turns into summer.
We’ve highlighted some of our favourite looks from the spring summer runways to inspire you – from key transitional pieces for chillier days, to full-blown summer styles.
One thing is for certain: low-key is last season and we're looking forward to putting some oomph back into our fashion choices!
Check out our top fashion trends for spring/summer '21 below.
Escapism meets optimism in this sunnny trend. Whether you're hitting the UK shorelines or BBQing in your back garden, channel summer holiday vibes in throw on dresses, beach bags, straw hats – and anything else that would normally find a place in your summer suitcase!
For a sophisticated European edge, embrace the classic Breton stripe. The flattering nautical print oozes summertime cool!
Lockdown has lifted and we’ve got a LOT of making up to do! Get ready for a summer of rescheduled weddings, christenings, celebrations and long overdue get togethers – not forgetting prom season! Any excuse to get dressed up, you can count us in.
Pictured: Suit Direct
00s fashion has been threatening to resurface for a while now and we’re thrilled to see some of the best styles of the decade appearing on catwalks. Embrace denim-on-denim, patchwork, ankle crops and pointy pumps to tap into one of the funnest trends of the moment.
The theme of optimism running through spring/summer ’21 collections has found its strongest foothold in print. From bright florals to rainbows, the runways were awash with mood-boosting patterns. Look out, too, for feel-good shapes, with plenty of circles and curves informing design.
Pictured: JD Sports
Green may not have featured as a key colour on the runways, but it certainly informed the consciousness and collections of the world’s biggest fashion powerhouses.
Balenciaga showcased a collection created with almost 100% sustainable materials, while Chanel pledged $35m towards solar power initiatives as part of its ongoing Mission 1.5° climate strategy.
Making environmentally-conscious decisions about what you wear is not only a good look, it’s vital if we want to protect our planet and secure a greener future.
Fortunately, many brands are thinking seriously about how we can replace fast fashion for good, with forward-gazing initiatives and commitment to positive change:
Clarks is also a leader in sustainable materials, sourcing 90% of all leather from sustainable tanneries, as well as finding innovative ways to use recycled materials, such as gym bags made from recycled plastic bottles – re-using three plastic bottles in every bag!
Clarks' school shoe ranges use 100% Silver and Gold-rated sustainable leather; and when children inevitably grow out of a pair of shoes, its donation initiative ShoeShare has raised more than £1.6 million for UNICEF’s global education programmes.
After spending more time than usual in our homes over the past year, the turn of the season brings with it an urge to freshen up our living spaces! Replace your annual spring clean with a spring makeover in a few easy steps, with our favourite homeware trends for 2021.
You’ll find that small changes can make the world of difference and will breathe new life into your over-familiar four walls!
Turn your home into your castle and fill it with colourful detailing in hues that you love. But before you go retiling the kitchen, one of the most simple and effective ways to makeover your space is with well-chosen accessories.
This season, we’re loving the tastebud-tingling colour palette of summer berry tart. From rambunctious redcurrant to moody blackberry tones, let nature inspire you and you can’t go wrong!
Pictured: Le Creuset
Brighten your kitchen with mood-lifting colour splashes. Matchy-matchy, neutral homeware is out; while loud and proud, statement design choices are most definitely in!
Go big or go home with bold investment pieces, such as a teal cast-iron casserole or sunny yellow dinner set; or embrace all the colours of the rainbow with fun accessories, like mix ’n' match egg cups, salt and pepper mills and craft utensils.
Pictured: Le Creuset
Whether your skin is looking dull after too much time spent indoors, or your regime has simply taken a southwards slide, now is the perfect time to re-invest in feeling fantastic. Here are a few of our favourite summer health and beauty trends to help inspire you...
After learning to love nature over lockdown, it’s no surprise we’ve also rediscovered a passion for natural beauty. From fresh and minty face mists, to fantastically floral aromas, Mother Nature knows best and we’re taking a leaf out of her book!
Not sure where to start? You can never go wrong with Holland & Barrett’s excellent natural beauty range, including everything from vegan makeup and skincare to natural hair dyes.