Spring + Summer 2021 Runway Favorites

Image via Lit Activewear Early Morning Sweatsuit Set

As a shock to absolutely no one, fashion shows looked a little different in 2020. From digital shows to Instagram videos to live streams, everyone involved in these shows, from designers and models to planners and hosts, had to figure out the best way for new styles to hit the runway, because fashion stops for no one (not even a pandemic).

Not only did the shows look different, but designers had entirely new audiences to target this year with so many of us working from home. Some designers even incorporated face masks into their show-stopping ensembles. If there was one thing we learned from the runways this year, it’s that the old rules no longer apply.

2021 is going to be all about relaxed, casual silhouettes made of versatile fabrics that are both comfy enough and chic enough to be worn at home for office Zoom meetings.

Here is a collective list of pieces from the Spring/Summer 2021 collections we can’t wait to see hit online stores next year.


A noticeable difference on the runway this year is that many of the looks showcased are actually attainable. With so many of us staying in, there is far less need for extravagant gowns and outlandish outfits and a much higher demand for comfort pieces. Prada, Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Rodarte, among many other designers, graced the runways with their playful spins on matching sweatsuits.

Get the look: LIT Early Morning Sweatsuit Set, $88 (shop here)

Oversized Button-Downs

A classic button-down is timeless. This spring and summer will be all about the boxy silhouette that can only be achieved by throwing on an oversized oxford. A button-down is not only comfortable but extremely versatile. So whether you choose to layer yours with other pieces or wear your button-down solo, you’re guaranteed to achieve an effortlessly chic look every time.

Get the look: GAP Perfect Shirt In Poplin, $35 (shop here)

Bold Shoulders

Bold, standout shoulders are the ultimate homage to the ’80s. If you’re looking to make a statement this spring and summer, look no further than a statement sleeve. Can we credit designers’ penchants for a dramatic top to the many Zoom meetings we all attended over the course of the past year? The world may never know. What we do know is that the power shoulder will make quite an impact in the coming months.

Get the look: Aqua Cotton Puff Sleeve Mock Neck Sweater, $51 (shop here)

Cinched Waists

Another timeless trend we saw on the runway for the coming months is a cinched waist. Whether you fancy a thin belt or chunky metals, it’s all about creating shape.

Get the look: Maje Western Double Buckle Belt, $62.50 (shop here)

Day Dresses

Rodarte, Simone Rocha, Lanvin, and Johanna Ortiz are only a few of the designers that served us glamorous yet realistic day dress designs. This is another of the many SS21 runway styles that are practical for at-home wear or stylish in the socially-distanced streets.

Get the look: Hill House Home The Athena Nap Dress, $100 (shop here)


Whether you opt for an allover tie-dye dress or aim to add color with a basic tie-dye tee, this whimsical, fun, and youthful pattern trend appears to be here to stay, at least for another season.

Get the look: All Saints Benno Dye 2-in-1 T-shirt Dress $59 (shop here)

Bright Florals

We know. Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking. But the florals hitting the runway for spring and summer 2021 are big and bright. While floral prints have been around for a long time, there seems to be no sign of them fading out.

Get the look: Farm Rio Floral Dots Midi Skirt, $145 (shop here)

Micro Minis

Hemlines are going up, up, up. Be prepared to bust out a micro mini skirt à la a 1990s supermodel this spring and summer. A fun twist we saw on the runway with these micro minis is a preference for bold, bright colors and prints.

Get the look: UO Paris Satin Wrap Mini Skirt, $29.99 (shop here)

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