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Your ultimate SS21 trend report

Category: fashion and beauty

A new season is here, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome in a new selection of fashion must-haves! Here at Stockland, we’ve done all the leg work for you, researching the latest trends that are set to take over this spring summer. We’ve cut through all the noise to give you the top four trends you have to add to your collection this season. Whether you enjoy masculine cuts, tropical motifs, a classic midi dress or something more low-key, we’ve found the latest styles that are ready to give your wardrobe a much-deserved refresh.


Low-key, but luxe

Various SS21 Fashion items
Decjuba D-Luxe Linen Short $69.95, Decjuba D-Luxe Linen Shirt $89.95, Forever New Brady Shirred Halter Midi Dress $139.99, Forever New Clara Linen Blazer, Forever New Daisy Spaghetti Strap Tank Top $29.99, Forever New Tiara Linen Wide-Leg Pant $99.99, Forever New Campaign Image, Kmart Canvas Carry Tote $18, Novo Shoes Mairead Heel $69.95, Spendless Shoes Ministry By Wildfire Slide $39.99, Sportsgirl 24k Gold Plated Organic Hoop Earring $24.95, Sussan Black Weave Clutch $59.95, Sussan Croc Round Buckle Belt $39.95, Sussan Tonal Stripe Panama Hat $39.95, Sussan On-Body Image.

Unlike our European friends, summer fashion in Australia is as much about keeping cool as it is looking chic – but we’re here to tell you that it’s possible to have both. Our Australian sense of style very much relies on a low-key but luxe approach. This season, don’t get hot and bothered with over-excess, when minimalism can look just as stylish. This trend is all about capturing that relaxed opulent look, typified by high-end brands while skipping on the exorbitant price tag. There are some items, such as a woven pouch bag, braided sandal, or a beautiful linen suit that instantly look and feel expensive, even though they aren’t – but who can tell? Whatever your budget, this trend is perfect for those after no fuss fashion – we’re looking at all the mums out there! Taking after those Scandi girls we’ve been stalking on Instagram, this trend opts for a less is more approach, valuing quality over quantity. It’s all about those easy to wear investment pieces such as a floaty dress or a comfy linen short set that you can easily style over and over. Neutrals are a must for this trend, in particular chocolate browns, creams, and warm mustards that sing of an Australian summer and will also pair well with items you already own.

Make it midi

Various SS21 Fashion items
Colette By Colette Hayman Statement Chain Band Ring $7.99, Cotton On Abby Sunglasses $14.99, Cotton On Stassi Slouch Shoulder Bag $29.99, Decjuba Jordyn Linen Tiered Midi Dress $119.95, Forever New Christina Strappy Midi Dress $169.99, Forever New Josephine Tiered Midi Dress $139.99, Forever New London Tiered Midi Dress $139.99, Forever New Nicole Shoulder Bag $59.99, Kmart On-Body Image, Lovisa Hammered Pearl Hoop Earring $12.99, Novo Shoes Buenos Aries Wedge Heel $79.95, Novo Shoes Maneater Heel $79.95, Platypus Shoes Adidas Womens Sleek Sustainable Sneaker $150, Spendless Shoes Sasha By Wildfire Slide $39.99, Sportsgirl Rewind Seersucker Stripe Bucket Hat $19.95, Target Double Layer Link Necklace $12.

Ah the season of spring dresses is here! We love seeing the feminine and flirty designs hitting the shelves come September, and this year it’s all about the midi! As the name suggests, the midi is somewhere between and mini and maxi dress, usually sitting around the mid-calf length. Midi dresses are a perfect wardrobe staple as they are flattering on most body shapes, and can be easily worn from the beach to the bar. We’ve spotted everything from sultry slip dresses to relaxed tiered shapes in stores – simply put, there’s a midi out there for everyone. For a more casual look, we love styling with sneakers, a bucket hat and some funky shades for a street style feel. Or, if you’re hitting the town, a slinky midi dress looks fab styled with braided heels, a 90s-style baguette bag, and some bling, of course. Since it is the season, you really can’t go wrong with straw accessories and espadrille heels when styling your midi dress for your springtime soirées. Looks like the Rivera is calling!

Borrow from the boys

Various SS21 Fashion items
Cotton On Jaz Oversized Aviator Sunglasses $19.99, Cotton On Campaign Image, Decjuba D-Luxe Linen Shirt $89.95, Decjuba Rider Rib Scoop Neck Tank Top $39.95, Forever New Rachel High-Rise Denim Bermuda Short $59.99, Forever New Remi Racer Tank $34.99, Forever New Stella Cycle Short $49.99, Kmart Double Zip Bumbag $9, Lovisa Figaro Chain Two-Row Necklace $15.99, Lovisa Mini Chain Huggie Earring $15.99, Platypus Shoes Converse Women's Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Hi Sneaker $130, Prouds Casio Vintage Digital Watch $89.95, Sportsgirl Blaire Sandal $69.95, Sportsgirl Skye 90s Bag $29.95, Sussan On-Body Image.

On the other end of the spectrum, this trend is all about embracing more androgynous dressing which has been a huge trend trickling down from the major runways, hitting stores in time for spring summer. We’ve all been guilty of stealing a jacket or t-shirt from the men in our life – why do they just feel comfier? However, this trend is all about embracing those typical male styles, blurring the lines with masculine cuts and undefined silhouettes. We love the fun and confidence that comes with rebuffing the stereotypes and enjoy embracing the edge and streetwear sensibility that comes from wearing these styles. We’re talking some edgy Bermuda shorts, muscle tanks and oversized dad shirts as some of the season’s must-have buys.
Accessories are pivotal to this trend too, and we’re loving the masculine aviator style sunglasses that are everywhere right now – hello Top Gun vibes! Style up your outfit with some comfy high-tops or a velcro sandal, a trusty baseball cap, and a chunky timepiece for the ultimate ‘borrowed from the boys’ look.

Tropic like it’s hot

Various SS21 Fashion items
Cotton On Bondi Rectangle Towel $29.99, Cotton On Premium Beaded Necklace $24.99, Cotton On Sadie Flatform Flip Flop $39.99, Decjuba D-Luxe Linen Boxy Shirt Dress $119.95, Forever New Adrianna Halter Maxi Dress $139.99, Forever New Quinn Ruched Top $79.99, Forever New Sasha Casual Linen Pant $79.99, Kmart Bikini Brief $10, Kmart Smock Underwire Top $15, Kmart Straw Hat $8, Kmart Wire Framed Polarised Sunglasses $8, Lovisa Raffia Fan Drop Earring $19.99, Novo Shoes Booma Wedges $69.95, Sportsgirl Andy Oversized Waffle Bucket Hat $29.95, Target On-Body Image.

It seems the fashion world is longing for that island getaway as much as everyone else this past year, as tropical-inspired fashion is set to be one of the biggest trends of the season. The trend shows off those classic tropical prints such as flowers and palm trees, in gorgeous sunset hues of yellow and orange. You can keep it easy-breezy in off-the-shoulder tops and billowy maxi dresses that characterise an oasis-inspired look. Straw and raffia accessories are set to be big this season, which is why we’re loving a raffia statement earring and straw sling bag for our summer styling.
Speaking of accessories, beads are back, baby! The cute and colourful beaded jewellery of our childhoods is having a chic comeback with multi-coloured beaded jewellery being seen everywhere from boutique fashion brands to high street hits. And of course, don’t forget to finish your look with some tinted shades and some headwear – a wide-brimmed hat is as stylish as it is sun safe. So, even if you are staying put this season, these relaxing, summer styles will have you feeling miles away. All you need is a fruity cocktail with a mini umbrella and voila!
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