Eight style updates to boost your mood in 2021. Pictured: Hoodie, £90, trousers, £75, and trainers, £90, boden. co.uk
1. TRENCH TALES
A trench coat should be top of the list for any New Year wardrobe update. It’s a fail-safe, versatile style that will see you through come rain or shine.
This season it gets an update, with voluminous puff sleeves and oversized silhouettes, as seen on the catwalks of Max Mara and Victoria Beckham.
Trust us, this checked style from contemporary brand Palones will become your everyday go-to — how did you live without it!
2. DARLING BUDS
Florals for spring are not exactly ground-breaking, but this year the perennial print is back with a bang. Expect bright, bold prints that will add cheer to any look.
Similar to the designs seen at Tom Ford, this loose dress from Essentiel Antwerp, with its long sleeves and ruffled hem, is the perfect style to see you blossom from the first days of spring right through to summer.
Wear with tights and boots on chilly days, and sandals when the temperature rises.
3. CHIC LEATHER
Buying leather is always an investment, but this year it’s a very safe bet to splash out on, especially if you stick to sleek, minimal pieces in classic black.
A smart and versatile double-breasted blazer, like this one from Whistles, will sharpen up your wardrobe and go with everything from dresses to a simple T-shirt and jeans. Worth every penny.
4. SUPER-SIZE SHIRTS
good shirts never get old, and this season they went XXL on the catwalk at Valentino’s show. With workwear becoming more relaxed, the oversized style can work for video calls from home and will double up as a weekend favourite when worn with denim. Inspired by menswear styles, this striped boyfriend shirt from With Nothing Underneath is made from organic poplin cotton.
5. TOTE-ALLY ESSENTIAL
If your favourite handbag became redundant last year thanks to having nowhere to go, you’ll be pleased to hear that designers have taken note. For spring, expect functional totes that you can throw all your essentials in.
This sleek design by Aspinal of London is crafted from Italian leather that’s made to last a lifetime.
6. SLIP INTO SLIPPERS
It’s official, indoors is the new outdoors, so it’s no surprise that designers, such as Coach, have updated our favourite footwear — the slipper. This pair from Pretty Ballerinas is perfect for chilling in loungewear or slipping on with jeans to pop to the shops.
7. LAID-BACK DENIM
You may have swapped tight jeans for comfy joggers many months ago, but now denim is back once again aiming to compete for your love.
This time it’s all about a relaxed fit, so expect styles with a nod to 1970s silhouettes. Loose fitting, wide legs — as seen at Balenciaga and Chloe — mean comfort without sacrificing style. This light blue wash by Lee is the perfect catwalk copy.
8. A PUFF OF PURE MAGIC
Puffed sleeves were a 2020 lockdown favourite, a way to stand out during all important video calls. The good news is they are here to stay, having made their presence felt on the spring 2021 catwalks. This dark green top from & Other Stories will work perfectly with all your separates — jeans, trousers or skirts. It also has an open-back detail, so that’s two trends for the price of one.