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SS21 Trends: The Most Important Activewear Looks You Need to Know

SS21 Trends: The Most Important Activewear Looks You Need to Know

When viewing the Spring Summer 2021 collections you need to first acknowledge the context in which these looks were created—designers around the world were all working during lockdown, many away from their studios and usual resources, divided from their teams and facing huge logistical challenges. Their work was then presented to the world largely via livestreams, videos and fashion shows with limited audiences.

 

There were two approaches—some created fabulous, infectious clothes to put the joy back into getting dressed, and others brought us classic pieces that act as an extension of the past year's comfortable uniform. That's why below you'll find a section for ball gowns and a section for slippers.

SS21 Yellow Pantone. From SPORTLES.cm

JOYFUL COLOURS

There was a feeling of optimism across all four cities, with clothes designed for a post lockdown world and as an antidote to all that loungewear. Many designers anticipate that in 2021 we will want to have more fun with our outfits and project a sunny outlook, whether that's via a rainbow print or wearing the most fabulous dress imaginable.

 

P.E Nation or Onzie are perfect examples of this sentiment, as they created electric designs and powerful lines with some of the happiest colors you could imagine. SPORT.LES has seriously invested into this category, buying over 100 joyful activewear pieces for SS21, and has over 300 leggings options for the season. Two leggings that went viral almost instantly on Tiktok were the blue and yellow Twist Serve Sports Bra and the rainbow Sacred Bra Snake.

 

SS21 Fashion trends

SS21 Blue Tint Pantone. From SPORTLES.cm

DREAMING OF THE BEACH

'Escapism' was a theme that many designers explored for SS21. No-one did this as literally as Versace, which had bejewelled starfish emblazoned on dresses and high fashion marine dresses. Think literal beach prints, high-end beach bags and platform espadrilles pairing with bike shorts and bodysuits.

 

SS21 Fashion Pink Trends Activewear

SS21 Bright Pink Pantone. From SPORTLES.cm

BRIGHT PINKS

The stand-out color here was pink, as we saw an explosion of watermelons, fuchsias and hot pinks. Expect to see all of the most sought-after dresses next summer in this punchy shade. Roksanda's flowing maxi dress and the strapless Molly Goddard dress with a ruffled skirt were two of the most memorable looks from London Fashion Week.

 

SS21 Monochrome Pantone. From SPORTLES.cm

MONOCHROME

When it came to a colour palette for SS21 there were two extremes—some designers played with joyful paintbox hues, and others stuck to a classic monochrome scheme. Natalie Kingham, Buying Director at Matchesfashion notes that this is the perfect backdrop to highlight accessories: 'Monochrome always works – anything black or white is a good investment and you will always wear it. Right now, it feels appropriate – it’s also great for showing off all the hardware we are seeing everywhere, and works very well with statement jewellery.’ One of the coolest interpretations we saw was at Isabel Marant where the black corsets were punctuated with a pair of black stilettos.

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