Hits, Misses and Maybe’s
That Might Be Perfect for YOU!
Happy day, dear reader!
What a year for fashion and style 2021 is turning out to be! And no, they aren’t the same thing… Style is your personality, fashion is the stuff in the stores, that is: the tool you use to express you style.
When I say what a year, I don’t mean I love it all, or that it’s amazing for everyone. What a year in 2021 means that there is a variety of fashion options appealing to every style personality type! I’m calling the year of Anything Goes. There is almost anything you could want. If you want it Now? Delivered? In the color of your choice? We were doing fine until we ran into color. That’s always iffy. The fashion world runs in color cycles, and if your colors aren’t of the moment, it can be hard to find what you need. You can read more about the color darlings of S/S 2021 here.
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When the option seem limitless, it can be helpful to know what you do and don’t like, so today I’m sharing my S/S 2021 Hits, Misses and Maybe’s. Some are based on personal opinion, some professional. That might ease of wearing and styling, or trendiness. And other choices may be sheer cussedness… Enjoy!
ALL the COLORS!
I love the all white looks and white plus beige/tan looks. They feel crisp, cool and polished all at the same time. Yes, they aren’t the best for people whose overall value is dark, but in summer, we bend a lot for comfort! There are sherbet colors in both warms (yellows, oranges and peaches) and cools (lavenders and minty greens). There’s also enough bubblegum pink to saturate the girliest closet! Fashion and color are responses, and it seems that things are looking up. Call it a wave of optimism?
Bold Shoulders and Sleeve Interest
The sleeve thing has been going on for a few seasons now… And sleeve interest whether that’s puffed sleeves, balloon sleeves, bell sleeves, embroidery on sleeves, lace insets on sleeves is everywhere. The great thing about drawing the eye up and out (which is what sleeve and shoulder interest does) is that it helps balance a wider hip! Since the A Shape is the most common female body shape, this trend works well for ooooooodles of women.
We seem to be climbing out of the joggers-all-day-every-day whirlpool. Or at least some people are trying to claw their way out. I think it’s mostly that so many people realized last year how comfortable wearing a dress can be! Not every dress requires hose and heels. I’m seeing everything from dresses that look like extra-long tees, swing dresses that let the air circulate, and simple little shifts that can go anywhere and do anything. There is a dress shape out there for everyone. Including plenty that look fabulous with a little flat sandal or sneaker!
Underwear as outerwear. Not for this woman. I’m no prude. (I even wear a two piece bathing suit at the beach.) For around town, though, I don’t feel comfortable exposing the girls, or my midriff. Some of the bra over shirt looks have caught my eye and piqued my interest. I can appreciate them as costume or the art of fashion and not feel obliged to run out and buy it. I’m not getting judgy on those who choose to go there. If it’s you, run with it!
Long Drapey Layers
This look is really lovely, and goes along with the Loose/Wide Flowy Trousers below in Maybe’s! But TBPH, it feels so limiting. Volume top and bottom works best for the extremely tall and thin or the super dramatic. Another issue I have right now with all the flowy and drapey (read dragging) fabric is cleanliness. We’ve all become just a little more aware of hygiene, and fabric flowing over and touching surfaces as I pass by doesn’t make me feel good. How much laundry do I want to do? If we’re talking tunics and trousers that don’t drag, I’ll feel a whole LOT better. Thx.
Okay, these have their place. I love the mesh and net bags I’m seeing! AND cutouts and holes feel right for evening wear and for ventilation on sleeves. My main issue with this trend is that it feels like a flash in the pan. And possibly a slippery slope back into holey jeans. No, I won’t call them distressed. I’m talking about the ones that look like rags. If the Holes/Cutouts/Net/Mesh things are your jam, buy cheap and cheerful and enjoy! Now where did I see that cute net tote?
The waists still have it! Paperbag waist shorts and trousers are showing up again this season. Which is great for waisted shapes, and not so great for the unwaisted. Belts aren’t just for holding up your trousers! Belts are cinching in volume (On those long layers, maybe?) and accenting dresses, especially shirtwaists. They’re still being belted around blazers (especially over skirts) and I’m seeing them around safari-style jackets, too. (I’ve shown this before! It’s back!)
XL Button Downs
These are not your husband’s shirts. They are wide, but not necessarily long. I pinned quite a few on my S/S 2021 Inspo Board. They are great (again) for air circulation, but a look to be careful with. I LOVE the ease. Styling them remembers thinking about the principles of volume. Either top or bottom, but not both. Especially for those of us who are altitudinally challenged.
Loose/Wide Flowy Trousers
I may have put these in the Maybe category, but I’ve decided they’re a win. Mostly because I know SO many women don’t wear shorts, or prefer not to. And a nice flowy linen trouser is about the best substitute for those who don’t wear skirts. The ubiquitous capri flatters so few women. Wide and loose may not be the best proportion for petites, but air circulation, people! That’s what we need in the coming months!
How About You?
Do any of the Hits, Misses or Maybe’s resonate with you? What do you like to wear in the hot summer months? Maybe a summer months outfit recipe post might be in order… Let me know!
Stylishly and Spring/Summer-y yours,