The winter lockdown sandwich is finally coming to an end. Stylist to the superstars, Karen Williams is itching to give advice on how to embrace 2021s onslaught of newness. With emerging trends to grapple with, please see below for Karen’s predictions and recommendations for how to approach fashion in the months to come. Do let me know if you’d be interested in featuring these or would like expert comment for any other pieces from Karen.
There are, of course, many, many new trends – fashion is constantly evolving and adapting – below are the 2021 trends which are the most accessible and worth investing in, according to Karen.
1. Dreamy Ice-Cream Colours
Pastels are everywhere this season, and lucky for us it’s an uplifting and fun spectrum, perfect for boosting the current 2021 mood. Yellow can be notoriously hard to wear, but lemon is much more forgiving and looks great on warmer skin tones. And don’t believe you need a suntan to make these colours pop – the soft pinks and baby blues look beautiful against paler skin too. They also work brilliantly with some of the classic colours you might have in your wardrobe already, like light and dark blue denim, or camel and grey, and are super fresh when teamed with white jeans or a basic round neck white t-shirt.
2. Ugly Trainers – Beautiful!
Ever since Balenciaga dropped theirs, the ugly trainer trend has stuck around. This season, ugly trainers are here for the mainstream. This style works really brilliantly with the over-sized leisure wear that’s all over the High Street right now – the proportions of a more streamlined or classic sneaker like the Nike internationalist don’t work as well. Adidas Ozweegas, Chunky New Balance and Hi-Tec are your go-to brands.
3. Big Collar Energy!
Copenhagen cool-girl brand GANNI kicked off the over-sized collar trend a few years ago and it has now really taken off in High Street collections. Shirts and cardigans are finally interesting again! Teamed with anything from jeans to tailored wide leg trousers, it’s super versatile. And if you just feel like dipping your toe into this trend, there are loads of detachable collars available that you can simply pop on with an existing wardrobe classic.
4. Bigger the Better
Think big, big, bigger this season. Whether it’s a blazer, a wide leg cropped jean, a jogger, a hoodie, or a trench – the trend is oversized. Really cool, and unapologetically baggy. If the cut does not come oversized, then don’ be scared to go a few sizes bigger. Be warned this trend is for the brave and the bold but compared to what we’ve been through this last year, it’s a walk in the park. Don’t worry though, you can scale the look back by balancing out with slim silhouettes if it gets a bit much.