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For the longest, even before 2020, Athleisure has been a hot trend. Last year, we lived in yoga pants, sweats, hoodies and tee’s, unless you were Zooming then you dressed on the top and below the belt was your secret! At the beginning of the year several sources said athleisure would continue to be a trend, but I wasn’t convinced. Look, after living in nothing but yoga wear, tee’s, sweats, and PJ’s, I believed women would be longing to break free from all that sameness, and the memories and emotions associated with them. People would want to break free and express themselves after being stifled last year.

Seems I was onto something because Vogue magazine mentioned emerging out of our shell and thinking big, with bolder shapes, more color, and shine. In the Sunday Style Section of the New York Times there was an article, “Michael Kors Doubles Down on the Return of New York”, and it said get ready for the “bonfire of the sweatpants”. Kors believes in the allure of perfectly polished power sportswear. Don’t worry, it’s all very wearable, comfortable, and perfect for every budget so let’s check it out!

 

Aren’t we ready to show our lipstick, dress up, and engage in life again?

Pump the brakes here! After a year of not having to think through a look now we have to flex that muscle again? Yes, but there’s no reason to hit the brakes. Trailing hemlines, pumped up volume, and drama provide a feeling of exuberance, joy, and excitement. It’s intoxicating and fun! You can buy all the latest of the new trends if you want to totally revamp your style, but you can still project the same on trend feel by adding some new pieces. But how and where do you start?

Main Trends

There were lots of great pieces on the runways, but you can cull them down to a few shapes to wear now and also into fall. Look for huge scarves with lots of pattern and bright colors, capes, wide trousers, big shoulder jackets, and maxi dresses or longer length skirts and dresses. What fun!

 

Scarves

 

This can be a feminine look or you can make it edgy depending on the color and fabric, wear it to work, to play, or out with your friends. I’m excited to try the head wrap look even though I don’t normally wear something on my head. Just remember, the scarf, like the majority of trends, needs to be large scale both in size and pattern. This is something you can just play with, I don’t really see that there is a wrong way to wear these. This look will continue into fall too so don’t be afraid you’ll only get a season out of these.

Capes

Aren’t these fun? It’s been forever since I wore a cape but looking at the different feelings of these images it’s worth exploring again. This look will work for all bodies and can be as dramatic or demure as you want. I’m obsessed with the sparkly capelet and don’t be surprised if you see this kind of throwback to the golden age of jazz looks for the holidays. This would work really well over a cute tank dress now, or to throw on when you step out after work over a silky tank or your little black dress.  

Oversized Jackets

This is a big trend not only now but it’s all over for the upcoming fall/winter season too. Look for oversized shoulders, oversize cuts, and also longer arms almost covering the entire hand on some jackets. The extreme oversize may not be to everyone’s liking and it is a look you need to know how to work. For the most part, pair your large, or loose, piece with something less full or even fitted. The exception, and you need to look at scale and proportion carefully here, is if the other pieces are made with a looser, lighter fabric like the image on the far right. Play around with this at the store and try it on!

Maxi Skirts & Dresses

Maxi skirts and dresses have been with us for awhile now and I’m telling you it’s not a look that’s grown tired. Not when there are new silhouettes, colors, and patterns each season to freshen them up. Plus, dressing them up, styling them for the office, and popping on a dress to chill out with your friends is easy. Just keep your proportions in mind when pairing them with tops, jackets, and even the new capes.

Wide Leg Pants

These are so much fun and very comfortable to wear. I’ve had some clients shy away from them because they feel it will shorten the look of their body, but as you can see it actually lengthens the body line. The trick is to keep your foot wear with a heavier look, think chunky heel, large buckles, wedge heels, and make the hem line almost to the ground.

Let me see how you are styling these pieces, but no worries if you’re not 100% on where to start. I’m here to talk you through this.

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