Written by Abigail Smith

Dreaming big for this summer? Here are some of the biggest trends straight from the catwalk for spring and summer 2021.  


The utility trend is one that has been floating around for a while but for 2021 there is an update. It takes inspiration from military and safari uniforms to serve a highly functional and stylish purpose. Utility clothing was originally designed to meet a need for durable clothing and was often made from comfortable and low maintenance materials. We are seeing this replicated this year with pieces being made from canvas and leather.  

left to right – Etro men’s, Ermenegildo Zegna, Unknown 

Bomber Jackets

Bomber jackets are set to be one of the biggest trends of the season as nearly every show at any of the fashion weeks had a take on the bomber jacket. They can be found in almost any style imaginable from oversized, to fitted, to cropped. They can be seen in nylon, high-shine, satin and matte. The jackets are versatile enough to transition through seasons due to the materials used. They are a timeless classic for spring summer year on year.  

left to right – Hermès, Prada, Boss, Phillip Plein 

Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda shorts are known for being straight and wide leg in design but for this year designers are calling on the length to be shortened. Style suggestions are that they sit just above the knee. For 2021 they are appearing in a multitude of summer inspired colours and patterns. The catwalk saw sea-foam green along with lilac and candyfloss pink.  

left to right – Berluti, Fendi, Casablanca, Dior

Oversized Tailoring

Taking inspiration from the 1980s, suits and tailoring are going for the oversized slouchy fit with freedom in the movement. This is further amplified in this modern take by some of suits being made in a linen material, making it perfect for the warmer weather. It is suggested to not just go up in size for the oversized fit but to find a suit that has been tailored in this way ensuring that the fit is perfect on the shoulders. This trend could also be combined with another trend of the season such as a classic black suit.

left to right – Ermenegildo Zegna, Wooyoungmi, Dolce & Gabbana