Because if you're going to trust anyone's advice on the hottest fashion trends this season...
You'd be forgiven for thinking fashion trends are somewhat irrelevant in lockdown when we struggle most days to get dressed - let alone dress in the hottest new season trends. But if there’s been one fashion lesson learned during lockdown, it’s that personal style doesn’t disappear in difficult times.
In fact, the opposite happens.
If Irish Tatler's 'Dressing Up Like No One's Watching' story and the countless viral DIY fashion challenges are anything to go by: fashion lovers all across the country are staying home – but they're still getting dressed and celebrating the joys of clothing.
So it is music to our ears that although the pandemic presented a fair few challenges to the fashion industry, it, however, did not get in the way of creating new and exciting springtime trends. From socially-distant shows, tons of stunning lookbooks and live digital experiences some sacrifices were certainly made, but creativity was not one of them. But with the natural lack of social media coverage and buzz of the SS'21 shows, it's normal to feel completely lost in terms of what went down on the runway this season.
That's why we decided to hit up the fashion experts over at Arnotts to catch us up to speed. Why Arnotts? Well, asides from boasting an unparalleled collection of designer brands in fashion, Arnotts has just launched its SS'21 womenswear collection. Along with some breathtaking trends (we'll get to those in a minute), Arnotts has added nine incredible new brands to its already impressive collection of designers: Theory, MUNTHE, See By Chloé, Seven Jeans, Sweaty Betty, Colourful Standard, Weekend Max Mara, Oska and Sarah Pacini.
Ahead lies the best spring fashion trends for 2021.
Each year as summer rolls around, florals are a trend that will always stand the test of time. From delicate pastels to bold brights, designers such as Essentiel Antwerp, Custommade, Queens of Archive and Samsoe Samsoe have showcased effortless pieces in beautiful graphic floral prints.
QUEENS OF ARCHIVE Anna Dress, €200, SHOP
Designers embracing femininity to the highest degree are sartorial favourites See By Chloé, MUNTHE, DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, Theory and Marella. Weekend Max Mara embodies the trend perfectly with elegant colour combinations in shirt dresses and midi skirts.
WEEKEND MAX MARA Ragazza Dress, €290, SHOP
A nod to times we are living in, tailoring takes on a relaxed feel characterised by slouchy shapes and a tonal palette. SET, InWear, Marella, Gestuz and Theory combine modern silhouettes in separates that can be worn by women of all ages.
MUNTHE Tokat Straight Leg Trousers, €180, SHOP
Denim is a huge trend this season. Inspired by relaxed workwear, new brand Seven, J Brand, Levis and See By Chloé introduce easy-to-wear cuts in classic feminine shapes for an elevated off-duty look, paired with soft cotton t-shirts or a statement shirt for a wardrobe refresh. Not limited to jeans, denim is seen on dresses, jackets and shirts from brands like Selected Femme, Gestuz and Weekend Max Mara.
Oska Elenor Mid-Rise Wide Fitting Cropped Jeans, €220, SHOP
Colourful Standard, Sweaty Betty, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Jeans dominate this trend, embracing retro athleisure wear with a playful update. Famous athletic wear brand Sweaty Betty showcases a brilliant mix of leggings in colourful bold prints. Arnotts introduces sustainable brand Colourful Standard, renowned for designing timeless and classic perfect fitting tees and hoodies in the highest quality organic cotton in a rainbow of colours.
SWEATY BETTY All Day 7/8 Leggings, €80, SHOP
All images courtesy of Arnotts