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 six fashion trends for spring/summer '21 below.
Move over beige, this season’s neutral palette centres around off-white tones like ivory, ecru and vanilla. If you're not quite ready for all-white-everything, pair with washed denim and add intrigue with accessories in earthy tones and natural fabrics.
Luxe material also comes into play in this sophisticated trend – think linen, cotton or even silk; with relaxed tailoring details.
Nothing says summer-ready quite like a soft, pastel palette. We’re talking sky blue, mint green, cherry-blossom pink and pale daffodil yellow, complemented by stark-white accessories.
Take a look at Tommy Hilfiger’s SS21 collection for fresh inspiration, which is packed with perfectly preppy threads for the tennis court or poolside. If you’re looking for a statement item, we adore this mint-ice-cream tote from kate spade new york!
This trend seeks inspiration in nature. Think subtle wooden detailing, all the way to straw hats and wicker bags! This look brings into focus an appreciation for naked materials and simple, pared-back leathers; with quality and craftsmanship winning over showier styles every day.
The theme of optimism running through spring/summer ’21 collections has found its strongest foothold in print. From bright florals and rainbows to retro tie-dye, the runways were awash with mood-boosting patterns.
Nailing this trend is all about moderation; make sure to balance loud and proud prints with laid-back clothing or accessories. Polo Ralph Lauren's sneaker range has just launched in store – perfect if you're looking for understated, classic cool.
Escapism meets optimism in this sunny trend. Whether you're hitting the UK shorelines, BBQing in your back garden or sipping margaritas on your balcony, Hawaiian shirts have been promoted to everyday attire for spring/ summer ’21. Complete the look with beach bags, espadrilles and anything else that would normally find a place in your summer suitcase!
Have fun with patterns and embrace tropical designs of all kinds – from neon florals to literal beach print.
Pictured: Ted Baker
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, frayed edging, ankle crops and bright colour pops to tap into one of the funnest trends of the moment.
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 houses.
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
‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ The famous quote by William Morris has guided interior design principle for centuries... though that doesn’t mean you can’t choose items that are both!
Upgrade your living space with tableware that double as art. Glazed pottery offers unique and hypnotic finishes, reflects daylight beautifully and looks as good housing your morning espresso as your prized Pilea plant!
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 handmade aromatherapy treats, Mother Nature knows best and we’re taking a leaf out of her book to help us feel gorgeous and glowing from the inside out!
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.
For an instant mood boost and fun summery scent, look to zesty citrus fruits – the perfect base for purifying beauty treatments, enlivening shower products and fruity body balms.
If you want a more complex take on citrus however, think outside the box – look for bergamot, lemon balm or the exotic Bushukan fruit. You’ll find Molton Brown's hypnotic Bushukan range in store now!