Spring into new season style with the latest colour trends.
2021 is determined to be much brighter than last year – at least if our wardrobes have anything to do with it. From bubblegum pinks to shocking tangerines, couture ateliers and high street clothing racks are prescribing spring rainbows to stave off the corona blues. With experts predicting that joyous “dopamine dressing” is set to be huge after we all spent 2020 in sweatpants, we’re going to see crayon colours in storefronts as the season rolls over.
Pantone came out swinging before the year had even started, declaring last December that a happy yellow aptly named “Illuminating” was one of 2021’s Colours of the Year. And as Gen Z dragged 2000’s trends kicking and TikTok-dancing back into the zeitgeist, shades of neon made a surprise resurgence on the runways over SS21 with jaw-dropping statement pieces.
Ahead, discover four spring colour trends we love, along with all the outfit inspiration you need to get started.
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Seen everywhere from Pantone’s top hits to Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman’s Prada coat, yellow has already made a case for itself this spring. Both bright and ice cream pastel shades are a big deal this season; if you’re more of a minimalist, then pale yellow could be a gentle way to step out of your comfort zone – try this Zara pant suit on for size, matched with athleisure trainers for a casual look. Alternatively, go bold with a rich marigold statement dress.
Match your yellow tones with a splash of lilac for ultimate cool girl vibes, along with gold jewellery to bring out your outfit’s warmer tones.
While this is definitely the trickiest shade of the bunch to style, luxury brands like Mara Hoffman, Burberry, Acne Studios and more proved it could be done in their SS21 collections. Dip your toe in by opting for an orange accessory (we love this Japanese-inspired leather tote), or dive in with a big piece (the plaid print of this Isabel Marant shacket makes the hue instantly wearable). Keep the rest of your outfit minimal with blue denim, delicate jewellery and the ubiquitous bucket hat – we’re also fans of adding these chunky yellow rain boots for contrast.
From Chanel to Roksanda, designers saw the season through rose-tinted glasses as bright pinks entered the fray. You’ll find the hue at practically every store you wander into this spring, and even if you’re not a Barbie girl, brands like H&M, Zara and Rixo have stamped the shade onto cool silhouettes. Case in point, this easy, breezy cotton dress, which we’ll be dressing up with ruched strap mules and fanciful earrings. The matcha-hued Knotted Mini Bag is a perfect (and unashamedly saccharine) final touch.
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Stop traffic in firetruck red this season. You can never go wrong with a statement one-piece, and this sleek jumpsuit is designed to look great on all body sizes. The easiest way to pull it off is let the shade dominate a look paired with quieter accessories – cue this Bottega lookalike, a sweet signet ring and a pair of versatile sandals. The more adventurous can take inspiration from brands like Rixo and Molly Goddard’s unusual combinations as they clashed reds with checkerboard pinks and blues.
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Styling by Megan C. Hill.