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What to Look for With Street Style In 2021

June 9, 2021

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What to Look for With Street Style In 2021

2020 was the year that street style went digital. Instead of fashion photographers being able to snap photos of fashionistas on their way to Fashion Week, Instagram and TikTok took centre stage. While this means that street style – in its purest form – was put on hold – it doesn’t mean we weren’t treated to a few trends during the pandemic. With the world starting to open back up again, you can expect to see a return to street style on your social media feeds. We’re waiting to see if the pandemic trends will carry through, or if people will turn to more glamorous pieces.
From what we did see during fashion week, it’s clear that casual clothing was the predominant trend. There was a mix of elevated and basic pieces, like blazers and jeans, with a pair of classic sneakers added in for an activewear twist. One trend that we loved was the prominence of silk and midi dresses with sensible footwear, primarily sneakers and slides. The street style that we saw in 2021 was a blend of vintage and contemporary pieces, with a focus on conscious fashion choices.
After a year of wearing loungewear and sweatpants, everyone is ready for a return to more tailored pieces. It’s time we replace our shapeless lounge pants with clothes that accentuate our curves. Within a few months, we’ll be back to watching celebrities, influencers, and fashion editors showing off their street style as they head to a sold-out show.

Although we’re still waiting for street style to make its full return post-pandemic, we thought it was the perfect time to have a look at what you can expect from the genre when the world returns to normal. We’ve drawn up our list by looking at the pieces worn by the lucky few who attended shows in person, as well as the trends we’re seeing on social media.
If you’re thinking of giving your closet a refresh as we leave lockdown, these are the pieces to keep an eye out for. While some are specific items, others are overarching trends that you can incorporate into your closet in your own way. Get ahead of the curve and update your closet before these items sell out.
These are the nine trends that we’re expecting to see when street style returns (hopefully!) in the next few months:

Bubblegum Pink


If there’s one feminine colour that we’re seeing everywhere right now, it’s bubblegum pink. While there’s other colours like mellow yellow that are trending, bubblegum pink is the colour we expect to see most in street style during 2021. It’s a colour that you can have fun with, whether you want to incorporate it into your garments or keep it as an accessory colour. You can use it to add a feminine touch to your outfit or to create a pop of neon to juxtapose against the neutral colours of your look.
Bubblegum pink is a colour that will turn heads, and photograph beautifully. We expect to see everyone stepping out with at least one bubblegum pink piece post-pandemic.

Cutout Dresses


As much as we love a classic silhouette, after a awhile, they can start to feel boring and uninspiring. Cutouts are a risky fashion choice, giving you an opportunity to flash a little skin and show off your abs. Cutouts come in every shape and form, whether it’s a small one in the front of the dress, or a larger cut out at the back.
We think the cutout dresses are going to be a street style staple for 2021 because they give you the opportunity to take a timeless silhouette and give it a contemporary twist by changing up the look of the dress. Whether it’s a little black dress or a silky white spaghetti strap, you’ll see cutouts on every classic dress type.
If dresses aren’t for you, you can incorporate the cutout trend into your closet with a more subtle not through shirts and jumpers. If you prefer a slightly more modest look, you can opt for a cutout neckline sweater for the most understated look.

Flower Power


Thanks to the cottagecore trend and shows like Bridgerton, we’ve all discovered a newfound appreciation for ‘tacky’ florals. The sort of floral print you would expect to see in your grandma’s house. The more 80s the floral print looks, the better! Whether this trend will make it into this year’s street style looks will depend on how quickly restrictions are lifted during the summer.
If you’re thinking of experimenting with these floral prints, stick to feminine silhouettes like midi dresses and shirts with a puff sleeve. If you’re going to make the floral print the centre point of your outfit, you either want to wear it from head-to-toe, or balance it out with a classic colour like blue wash denim.

Oversized Trousers


While we don’t expect sweatpants to be our go-to choice after the pandemic, we think the relaxed silhouette will stay around for a while. After all, Gen Z has cancelled skinny jeans, and no one wants to force themselves into trousers that are too tight to breathe. Another reason we expect the oversized trousers to become a street style trend is because of the rise of the ‘dark academia’ fashion aesthetic across social media, with these elevated basics taking on a life of their own. You can decide how oversized or flared-out you want your trousers to be.

Strappy Sandals


Bottega Veneta is one brand that was dominating the world of street style before we were forced into lockdown. The brand’s popularity has continued to grow during the pandemic. Their strappy sandals have led to us all having a look at our summer footwear. The asymmetric straps and toe-ring detailing gives these sandals a more complicated structure that is both minimalistic but inventive. Keep an eye out for styles that use only a few straps, but that give you both comfort and style.
This style of shoe elongates your legs with ‘barely there’ straps, creating a streamline look from the hem of your skirt to your toes. If you’re opting for this street style trend, don’t forget to book in for a pedicure to finish off your look.

Checkerboard Print


We’d like to thank Netflix’s Queen’s Gambit for reminding us of our love for checker print. What makes street style unique is the fact people aren’t afraid to wear a bold or daring people that is eye catching and demands attention. It’s what makes street wear photography so attractive and allows the subject to stand out against the normality of the background. Designers and brands at every level are incorporating the checkerboard print into their new collections.
While classic black and white checkerboard is our favourite, we’re seeing more pinks and greens appearing as pastel alternatives. With this trend, you can wear the print from head-to-toe with a maxi dress or break it up with separate pieces. Depending on the colour you choose for your checkerboard, you can usually style it with neutral and earth-tone shades. You can take the black from the checkerboard and carry it through to your accessories to tie your look together.

Dresses and Leggings


Another street style trend that we think is going to evolve from activewear is legging layering. Several of the attendees to the virtual Prada F/1 21 Menswear show incorporated leggings into their looks. With modest fashion also on the rise, we’re expecting to see more people incorporating leggings into their looks to cover up. Whether it’s under a puffy dress or with a white crisp skirt, it’s clear that leggings are about to make a comeback for streetwear.


Statement Tights


Whether it’s the monogram Gucci tights or a simple neon pair, this accessory is about to make a return to the street style world. This trend comes from Japan, whose street style has been reinventing the classic day dress and making it more wearable by adding extra layers. Adding statement tights can bring a contemporary feel to a classic or timeless silhouette.
If you want to refresh your street style look without breaking the bank, look for accessories like statement tights that you can incorporate into your look on a budget.

Spots On


For Spring/Summer 2021, polka dots have made a reappearance in street style. Polka dots are an easy way to add something fun and elegant into your look. Depending on your aesthetic, you can take the polka dot trend and use it for a sartorial look, or channel your inner Sophia Loren with a classic look.
If you’re thinking of adding polka dots to your street style looks for 2021, you can incorporate the silk trend by looking for garments made of the material. A silk polka dot dress is one that any street style aficionado would be able to wear.


Which trends do you expect to see in street style post-pandemic? Which one of these trends will you be experimenting with? Let us know in the comments

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