The year’s freshest (and most wearable) fashion trends
Lighten up (your coat and colour palette, that is)
After a long, dark winter, it’s time to embrace spring’s optimistic mood. Clothes-wise, this translates to a lighter, brighter palette – for example swapping your black or navy coat for beige or pastel shades. The relaxed shape of this double-breasted oatmeal coat is perfect for throwing on over spring outfits – check out Holly Willoughby in the pale green version if you need convincing. Trench coats are another spring favourite: choose between a powder-blue faux-leather trench, a classic buttoned beige trench or this sharp, modern coat from the Autograph range.
See more outer layers in our cosy coat edit.
Bold shoulders are still big news
The rise of Zoom-worthy tops and blouses does not stop at oversized collars – the statement shoulder is a very welcome addition to the work-from-home uniform. Seen on the catwalks everywhere from Givenchy to Balmain, standout shoulders can range from extravagant origami numbers to a more wearable take on the trend, such as this pretty, puff-sleeved knit. Balance out showy shoulders with wide-leg or mom jeans, keeping the waist nipped in for a defined silhouette.
Stay supported underneath your knit with the best bras for bigger busts.
Stylish sweats – luxe lounging is here to stay
When even Prada is featuring hoodies in its spring/summer 2021 collection, you know that the loungewear trend – not to mention need – is going nowhere fast. Take your sweats into the new season with simple jersey pieces in cool, fresh shades, and add a hint of polish by layering over a shacket (whatever you think of the name, the shirt/jacket hybrid trend is here to stay).
Cosy up and read our guide to stylish loungewear.
Fun floral prints embrace colour and maximalism
Feelgood prints were a welcome addition to spring’s catwalks, ranging from zingy rainbow patterns to Versace’s bejewelled starfish motif. For florals, this translates to bright colours and a maximalist aesthetic, whether that’s huge, oversized blooms or an entire National Trust garden’s worth of micro-flowers, as in this kaleidoscopic long-sleeved floral-print dress. Believe us, it’s the best way to make getting dressed feel fun again.
Love florals? Read how to style new-season flowers.
Words: Sophie Hines