As the temperature rises, loose sweatpants and oversized tees start to feel cumbersome. This gives trends to rise in the fashion scene and, once again, commanding your attention. With spring traditionally a season awash with colors and ruffles, expect this year’s version to be full of life too.
Don’t be so quick to buy into crazy patterns and outrageous colors, though. Spring fever is still tempered with some wise style choices. Based on the runways of Spring/Summer 2021, no-fail classics serve as the basis for these latest trends, making them easier to translate into real-life daily looks.
To help you get inspired about spring cleaning and shopping for your closet, we’ve distilled the season’s best styles from mere fads. Even better, we point out key Aura pieces that will let you be on trend and keep your wardrobe timeless. The label is all about classic designs and enduring elegance, after all. Each item is sure to be a go-to piece that you can wear time and time again.
Get ready to make space for some new fashion favorites and be thrilled about what spring is about to bring.
Runway photo credits: Isabel Marant The Ruffled Wrap Dress
Adding fun to any look are these voluminous sleeves that are reminiscent of the Victorian era. Equal parts chic and dramatic, they have been a favorite feature for a couple of years now. Perhaps it’s the way they play with an outfit’s proportions or how they balance romance with power. Either way, puffed sleeves have proven to have lasting power, and so it’s time to incorporate them into your daily outfits.
However, if going full leg-of-mutton with your sleeves feels too adventurous for you, find a sweet piece like the ruffled wrap dress instead. With its adjustable sleeves, you can pump up their volume or tone them done as you like. You’ll be sure to draw compliments with its fresh appeal either way.
Photo credits: Etro The Florence Shorts
It’s par for the course that after months of wearing bottoms that cover you from the waist to the ankles, it feels liberating to show some leg again. Beachy short skirts and shorts abound the Spring 2021 runways, an expression of everyone’s desire to be able to go on a seaside getaway soon.
This pair of high-waisted Florence shorts provides some structure even with its elevated hem and relaxed fit. Its hidden elastic waistband also provides comfort, on top of the breathable quality of its 100% linen fabric. Wear it either indoors or outdoors and look chic all the same.
Another selection is the Linen Romper and the Bella Romper, which comes in two colors - crisp white and sultry nude. It offers maximum comfort and movability while keeping you look put-together sans too much effort.
Floaty Maxi Dresses
Photo credits: Michael Kors
The recent fascination with prairie dresses also continues with Spring 2021’s celebration of maxi dresses. Floor-length dresses are actually the perfect marker for a new season. As much as everyone is ready to dress up again, the lure of putting on something easy to wear remains strong. A maxi dress easily covers both requirements. It feels casual enough in its simplicity, but the length supplies enough drama to make the wearer feel a little more glamorous. Plus, it comes in different styles. Designer runways featured the maxi dress in its various iterations: in one solid color or with dizzying prints, with straps or with billowing sleeves.
For a more timeless piece, opt for a cream-colored dress made of soft viscose like the Elegant Maxi Dress. With its blouson-style upper half flowing into a wide skirt with a front slit, it provides ultimate comfort and lots of effortless style.
Another favorite is the Arielle Maxi Dress; a fierce take on the chic and elegant floaty maxi that’s perfect for spring and summer. Its hi-low hem, slightly puffed sleeves, and ruffled hemline spell sophistication in every inch.
Photo credits: Dior
With patterns predicted to make a big splash in Spring 2021, this perennial favorite is sure to make its return. Candy cane, pinstripe, in fruity-tutti colors--this pattern is sure to underline a look with its graphic appeal. Fashion labels are even mixing and matching different widths and kernings for a more arresting effect on the runway.
Back here on earth, however, stripes in classic black and white are always a good bet. To make them more dynamic, the mid-length Striped Midi Dress combines vertical stripes with horizontal ones, drawing the eyes to its classic deep V-neckline.
Photo credits: Paul Smith
A relaxed silhouette remains the main ticket even for Spring 2021. That’s why the season’s trousers come loose and lax, adding outdoor-appropriate polish to indoor-appropriate leisurewear. They also come in delicious pastels to embody the freshness of spring.
Copping this designer look is easy with this pair of Monaco wide-legged pants in soothing sage. Wear it with a bandeau top or a satin camisole for a romantic look, or opt for cosmopolitan layers with a structured blazer or trench coat.
Photo credits: Max Mara
Ultimately, fuss-free styling reigns supreme. Spring is still work-from-home season, after all. But Spring 2021’s version of pared-back dressing involves cleaner, uncomplicated silhouettes in calming neutrals. Gain extra points if the fabric is forgiving to the body.
This linen jumpsuit is actually a combination of the season’s penchant for minimalism and another rising Spring 2021 trend: utilitarian chic. Available in sedate khaki, cool carbon, fresh white, and classic black, its relaxed, almost boxy fit calls to mind the boiler suit, which has been reinterpreted by designers as the modern working woman’s uniform. Made with 100% linen, it’s undeniably light and easy to wear. Just throw on a jacket on top if you need a bit more polish to your look.