Trends for SS21

CMTPDesign explores what key trends will be hot for spring/ summer 2021 (SS21)

Colour Pops

Colours can help change a mood, and if ever we needed a lift, it’s now! Whether it’s a hot pink lip or nails, à la Tom Ford, a aquamarine neck scarf (a nod to Tomo Koizumi), or a bold red hat, the trends for spring/ summer 2021 let us get playful with our looks.

Downton LA by @iamfinely, photo by @joshstyle via Unsplash
Image by @pjpavel via Unsplash

Youthful Rebellion

Following on neatly from Colour Pops, another big trend for spring and summer will be youthful rebellion. Whether you choose to express with this a flash of colour in your accessories, or take a bolder step with bright hair (such as the neon punk looks shown by Christian Cowan), now is the time to let loose and have fun.


It doesn’t take much searching through TikTok or Depop to see what is hot right now with Zoomers (Gen Z), and younger Millennials. Just like the generation before them, they’re digging through their parents’ wardrobes to find fun ‘vintage’ looks (yes…it’s horrifying to me too that the 90s are now technically vintage!). Bucket hats, crop tops, silky shift dresses, and kawaii accents galore!

Photo by @insideweather via Unsplash


One thing we can all agree on, being kind to ourselves is right up there on the 2021 list of priorities. Whether you feel most comfortable sticking to previous routines and looks, or your shoes have become slippers, and your waistlines, elasticated, being comfortable is an important way to practice some self-care.

Masks (the eyes have it)

Obviously it won’t be anytime soon that we’ll be shedding the masks. Stylish, bold masks have become the hottest accessory for those that still want to show off their personality during this time. From sumptuous fabrics from Pinsent Tailoring, to lace, and even heavily-bejewelled pieces, the mask doesn’t need to only be utilitarian.

A obvious side effect of all this mask-wearing, is the eyes doing a lot more talking. Pops of colour, or dark, bold 90s style kohl eyes (like those see from Partow, Libertine, and Alice + Olivia) are great ways to show off a bit of your personality.

Read more about how masks have made an impact on the catwalk in this Vogue article.

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