Nine key trends from the 2021 spring catwalks, and how to wear them

Fit for the office or spontaneous trips to the seaside, the shirt dress is a summer wardrobe staple for a reason: it’s versatile AF. Opt for a classic white oversized style or, alternatively, add some zest to the look by selecting a pastel hue or print. Our recommendation? Ice-cream tones with subtle pinstripe lines in different directions is an instant winner.

As seen at: Nina Ricci

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Call it the Little Women effect but 2021 is set to be a year-long homage to the time of Jo March. High necklines on billow-sleeved blouses and prairie dresses, coupled with intricate button detailing, is the order of the day and we are soooo okay with it. As seen at: Zimmermann

Meet the summer-approved alternative to your beloved oversized trouser suit: the short suit. Now, we know what you’re thinking... ‘I can’t possibly wear that without looking like a twit’, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Stick with utilitarian styles in neutral tones with oversized pockets and you can’t go wrong. As seen at: Eudon Choi

Good news: it's time to channel your inner noughties kid and bring back ankle bling. Forget tiny woven string and beaded pieces, this season it's all about flashing that statement gold and silver hardwear. Better yet, shop shoes that have them built into the strap for instant chic. Wear with understated co-ords, and finish with a vintage jacket. As seen at: Prabal Gurung

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Florals, spring – you’ve heard it all before, right? But what if we told you that this season it’s all about floral-on-floral energy? Yup, maximalism is alive and well with the ‘more is more’ mantra ringing truer than ever before. This summer-loving Isabel Marant combo is practically made for long days at the beach.

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Racing checks are fast becoming one of the defining prints of 2021, with everyone from Kylie Jenner to ASOS' latest designer collaboration repping the distinct lewk. Keep it classic in the black and white colour palette, or mix things up by donning a neon-hybrid mix. As seen at: Ashley Williams

The ‘70s revival is only getting stronger, with Studio 54 vibes slowly but surely taking over the runways. Not sure how to wear the look? Think Farrah Fawcett-era Charlie's Angels, when fitted silhouettes, big hair and platform heels were all the rage. Swap the sky high shoes for retro Nike trainers and the denim one-piece looks just as effortless during the day. As seen at: House of Holland

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