Fashion | The Minimalist Spring 2021 Trend Guide

Spring/ Summer 2021 is without a doubt the hottest season in trends the fashion world has ever seen. From midriff-baring to unexpected peekaboos, this summer is all about the elegant reveal or if you will “naked” trends.

Ever since the lockdown started, there has been an increasingly growing trend on Instagram: bare it little or bare it all, just ‘nake it till you make it’. Whether it is an entirely positive thing or not, I have my reservations regarding some cases, especially in a time where aspiring to look and pose like a Playboy bunny or sexual object has become the new black. Furthermore, it’s a complex topic that needs to be examined on a case-by-case basis.

Women have the right to make a choice or reveal their bodies if they please. Not that there’s anything wrong with nakedness, promoting body positivity, or being comfortable in your own skin and showing it (arguably, that comes from the inside). However, in view nudity has been proven to be a ‘Like’ booster, I am skeptical about this phenomenom at large. 

In the case of sexual workers, it’s a different topic, but I am unsure whether or not a part of cases have to do more with perpetuating the age-old, deeply harmful cultural idea that women’s values lie in their appearances, rather than it being for empowerment,  feminism or freedom as claimed by many. It’s a double standard.

Furthermore, it’s hard to believe that many are posting sexy naked selfies on Instagram for ‘the greater good’. It’s even harder to conceive that doing so will free women from gender stereotypes. On the contrary, it would seem like if we are looking for the antidote in precisely the poison. Slut shaming or censoring is however unacceptable.

For the sake of the future, I do sincerely hope I am wrong and that something positive comes out of all this.

Either way, given the current state of affairs, it is unavoidable that the ‘naked’

 

trend will impact fashion alongside other cultural aspects.

Nevertheless, to be quite honest, I’ve had a soft spot for some of these trends for quite a while now. They have inspired infinite design possibilities and a whole fountain of creativity. Designers like Christopher Esber, Nensi Dojaka, and Mônot attest this statement with their sexy yet beautiful creations.

Even though I wouldn’t wear many of these designs, I post them, because of their artistic value, aesthetic and the creativity of their respective designers. Besides, there are always more wearable and modest alternatives.

Sometimes you will find 2 or more trends mixed together, which is why this list wasn’t an easy task. Take, for instance, a sheer cropped halter top with cut outs (4 trends in one) or a puff sleeved dress with open back (2 in one). The sky’s the limit.

If you find these trends too bold, there are always ways to tone them down. For instance, if you don’t want to reveal too much by wearing sheer, you can always layer a tube top or bralette ( by the way, another big trend this season) underneath or on top. Or simply layer an oversized blazer on top.

Regarding crop tops or bralettes, my rule of thumb is to pair them with very high waisted and long bottoms or to layer a blazer or cardigan on top.

In the case of open back dresses, they don’t have to go all the way down your derrière. There are many less revealing designs.

Ideally, if you can’t recreate the trends with what you have in your closet, there are always vintage options (Etsy and ASOS Marketplace never fail),

In conclusion, if you’re neither into clogs nor bright colors, here are the only Spring Summer 2021 trends that should matter to elegant minimalists. Scroll down to see a summary of the most important ones you can recreate and adapt to your own style:

1. Baby's Got Back

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open back dress
The iconic character, Mireille Darc, wearing a Guy Laroche dress in Yves Robert's 1972 comedy film, The Tall Blonde Man With One Black Shoe
open back dress
The Attico
Cha Myung
Subtle Studios
Dresses by Aje, Marie Claire Australia
Khaite Spring Fall 2020
Christopher Esber Dress via @billieiveson
Bevza via @ibragimgatsiev
Danielle Guizio
Aya Muse Pre-Fall 2021
Bottega Veneta via L'Officiel USA. Photo by Pepe Lobez
Cult Gaia
Dion Lee via L'Officiel Singapore photographed by Max Doyle

2. String (Midriff) Theory

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Jacquemus via Harper's Bazaar Russia. Photo by David Roemer
Michael Lo Sordo Spring 2021
Christopher Esber Spring 2021
Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili Spring 2021
Christopher Esber Spring 2021
Resort 2020
Christopher Esber Spring 2020
Mônot Spring 2021
Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili

3. Cheer for Sheer

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Nensi Dojaka
Sid Neigum
Supriya Lele
Peter Do
Muse Magazine shot by Quentin De Briey
Christopher Esber Spring 2021
Issey Miyake
Nensi Dojaka
Ecke Faei
Nensi Dojaka
Gia Studios
Sid Neigum

4. Creative Cut-Outs And Peekaboos

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Kalmanovich Spring Summer 2021
Christopher Esber
Max Zara Sterck
Sid Neigum Spring 2021
Mônot Fall 2021
Notion of Form
Dion Lee Fall 2020
Proenza Schouler Fall 2020 via Moda Operandi
Mônot Spring 2021
Christopher Esber Dress via LUCREZIA GANAZZOLI FOR JANE MAGAZINE APRIL 2021
Mônot Fall 2021
Hyein Seo
Mônot Fall 2021

5. Micro Tops

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Jacquemus Spring 2021
Savannah Morrow The Label. Photo by Bonnie Hansen
Maticevski
Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili Spring 2021
Mônot Spring Summer 2021
Mônot Fall 2021
Matteau Resort 2022 via Moda Operandi

6. Halter Necklines and Integrated Chokers

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Maximilian Davis Spring 2021
Christopher Esber Pre-Fall 2020
Monse Resort 2021
Mônot Spring 2021
Nanushka Spring 2021 via The Frankie Shop
Jonathan Simkhai
Christopher Esber Pre-Fall 2020

7. Cropped Blazers And Reimagined Suiting

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Mugler Spring 2020
Mugler Spring 2020
The Frankie Shop
Peter Do Fall 2021
via Pinterest
The Vintage Studio
The Vintage Studio
theoversized.com
theoversized.com
Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili Fall 2020

8. Shrugs, Boleros and Armwarmers

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Peter Do Fall 2020
Peter Do Spring 2020
The Source Unknown Store
Peter Do Spring 2020
The Vintage Studio
Pixie Market
The Source Unknown Store
The Frankie Shop
Peter Do Spring 2020
Peter Do Fall 2020

9. Layered Trousers

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Peter Do Fall 2021
A.W.A.K.E. Mode Pre-Fall 2020
theoversized.com
theoversized.com
A.W.A.K.E. Mode Spring 2021
A.W.A.K.E. Mode Spring 2021
Peter Do Spring 2019
Andersson Bell
Andersson Bell

10. Pareo Skirts

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Magda Butrym PRE-Fall 2021
Rosie Assoulin
Flook The Label
Khaite Spring 2021
Zara
Sundarbay
Nanushka
Bondi Born

11. Fringe

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A.W.A.K.E. Mode
Zeynep Arçay
Bottega Veneta Resort 2021 via Matchesfashion
Bevza
Bolero Magazine
Bottega Veneta Spring 2021
Bottega Veneta via Porter Magazine
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