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Summer fashion trends to try in 2021

The biggest trends for summer 20/21 may surprise you, but these are the new styles and looks you should try this season.

With the warm weather hitting our shores, along comes a whole new season of fashion and a stack of new trends to try.

This year there are a few expected looks in vogue but there are a whole bunch of trends that have caught us completely by surprise. From matching sets to pastels, we’ve scoured the runways, designers, high street stores, Pinterest and Instagram to find the biggest and hottest trends for the spring/summer season.

If you’re looking to add something extra to your summer wardrobe, read on to see the trends and trending colours you should try this season.

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Milkmaid tops and dresses

The milkmaid look has been popular these last few summers and shows no signs of slowing down. Putting an old school twist on your favourite summer looks, the adorable tops and dresses have features like puff sleeves, bow ties and square necks. They also tend to be incredibly versatile, with the dresses able to be dressed up with heels or paired with sneakers for a casual look. The tops can meanwhile be worn with everything from a slip skirt to your favourite pair of jeans.

Where to shop the trend:

Pink Polka Dot Milkmaid Frill Cup Bodysuit
Pink Polka Dot Milkmaid Frill Cup Bodysuit

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Long slip and maxi dresses

Since it’s been a tough year for many of us, maintaining ultimate comfort levels has never been more important. Here’s where the slip and maxi dresses enter. Forgot to apply fake tan? Didn’t find the time to shave your legs? Chuck on a basic, coloured or printed maxi dress and you’ll look chic as ever – with no effort needed.

Where to shop the trend:

The Iconic maxi dress


Matching sets

A matching set not only saves you time trying to piece different items together, but this trend just so happens to be trans-seasonal. Whether it’s hot or cold, you can get your hands on a number of matching set varieties. We’re talking a crop top and skirt, t-shirt and shorts, jumper and sweatpants – the possibilities are truly endless.

Where to shop the trend:

Textured One Shoulder Ruffle Detail Co-Ord Set
Textured One Shoulder Ruffle Detail Co-Ord Set

boohoo


Pastels

This summer is all about colour, in particular, pastel shades of blue, yellow, purple, pink and green. Why do we love this trend so much? It’s perfect for summer and it’s super inclusive. You can find the shade that suits your skin tone best. Plus, you can rock pastels in a cool activewear look or for a night out with the girls.

Where to shop the trend:

Aubrey Short Sleeve Mini Dress Lilac
Aubrey Short Sleeve Mini Dress Lilac

Princess Polly


Playsuits

Playsuits, or rompers, are fun and comfy to wear. They’ve been popular for a few seasons now and they are still super cool this summer. Most of your favourite fashion retailers stock playsuits in different styles that can be worn for a variety of occasions. Pair them with canvas sneakers or sandals for a casual look, or dress them up with a pair of heels.

Where to shop the trend:

White Tropical Tie Back Playsuit
White Tropical Tie Back Playsuit

PrettyLittleThing


Colour pop shoes

This trend is an easy one to try. Just swap your black boots or black heels for a brightly coloured pair. This is a great transition trend for anyone who isn’t confident enough to go all the way to a bright red shirt or a bright blue coat. Bright red shoes are a good place to start, but this season there are green, purple, blue and even bright yellow shoes to choose from. Pair these with your favourite pair of jeans or add them to an LBD to jazz up your regular outfits.

Where to shop the trend:

James Smith Sirenuse Strap Sandal Heels
James Smith Sirenuse Strap Sandal Heels

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Off-the-shoulder numbers

Show some skin with off-the-shoulder crop tops, long sleeve dresses, maxis and minis. Off-the-shoulder pieces are not going away any time soon.

Where to shop the trend:

White Hook & Eye Bardot Long Sleeve Bodysuit
White Hook & Eye Bardot Long Sleeve Bodysuit

PrettyLittleThing

Maternity Off Shoulder Polka Dot Midi Dress
Maternity Off Shoulder Polka Dot Midi Dress

boohoo


The little white dress

A white dress is an essential summer wardrobe piece. Choose from beautiful boho styles, two-piece dresses, lace, mini or maxi. Whether you’re into soft, romantic styles or super sexy numbers, you won’t struggle to find the right little white dress to get you through the summer.

Where to shop the trend:

White Cup Detail Racer Split Midi Dress
White Cup Detail Racer Split Midi Dress

PrettyLittleThing


Sneakers

If comfort is what you’re after, sneakers are the way to go. If you’re looking for an affordable pick, sites like , Onceit, Catch and boohoo are great places to start. But if you’re keen to step out of your comfort zone and aren’t afraid to spend some cash, stores like ASOS and Styletread have some of the hottest styles.

Where to shop the trend:


Gingham and checks

Gingham and check prints come and go over the years, but this year its definitely a summer fashion trend. Many of our favourite online retailers have a variety of items to choose from, so feel free to mix it up depending on your preference. You may like to opt for a cute gingham dress or off-the-shoulder top for that sweet country girl look, or perhaps a checked skirt paired with a plain top and sandals. And if you like to live the edge, go all out and wear a matching gingham set with pants and crop top.

Where to shop the trend:

Glassons gingham dress


Sweat shorts

It may be too warm to wear the sweat pants you’ve been in this winter, so trade them in for a pair of sweat shorts. Stay comfy with no sweat! They are ideal for lounging around at home or for casual wear when out and about. This fashion trend was on our list last year, and its still in for this summer with stores like Glassons featuring sweat shorts in the Boxing Day sales.

Where to shop the trend:


Square toe shoes

This shoe trend started creeping in last summer, and has held up pretty strong ever since. You can shop the square toe in sky high heels, trendy mules or even cute flats. The benefits? This shoe trend just so happens to be super comfortable, as it gives your toes more room – what more could you want?

Where to shop the trend:


Sustainability

That’s right, this trend isn’t about the aesthetic, but rather how your clothing was made. Sustainability in general, but especially in fashion, is all the rage right now. Humans are starting to care about the environment, more than they ever have before. Eco-conscious clothing and footwear brands are leading the way and some of our favourites include VEJA, Dr Martens, Patagonia and Reformation.

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