Spring into fashion: fashion trends returning for the spring and summer seasons

Sydney Mathis ‘21, Student Life Editor

As we all await fashion mogul Emma Chamberlain’s 2021 spring looks to hit the internet, I think we can all take some new ideas on what to wear during the warmer months ahead. The return of vintage styles from the 90s and early 2000s has arrived. From baby tee’s to baggy jeans, older trends are making their way back onto the clothing racks. Fashion trends come and go, so make sure to check out some of the hottest trends for the hottest season down below.

Midi Skirts

A more modern twist on a modest look. The classic midi skirt is taking us all the way back to the 1940s, but with a bit of a twist. With cheetah print also making a comeback, a cheetah print midi skirt with a solid top and some chunky shoes could be a funkier but still fancier look for a special occasion. If you are not into the animal print trend, there are a ton of other different patterns, fabrics and colors to choose from, including the newly popular sage green. This sage green midi-skirt, seen on NastyGal.com is a light-weight option fit for a breezy summer day. 

Tank Tops and Short-Sleeved Shirts

As someone who loves to layer shirts, the transition from winter to spring is going to be very difficult. Instead of layering sweatshirts and turtlenecks, you can layer tank tops and short sleeved shirts to make a plain shirt more fun. A new trend is lace-trim tank tops worn over plain shirts and it’s ended up being a summer staple for layering.. Bringing this fashion trend back from the late 90s and early 2000s, I think it is safe to say that Cher Horowitz would be proud of our newfound aesthetic. Cheaper options for tank tops and plain shirts can be found on websites like Shein.com, or in-person stores like H&M.

Bandeau Tops and Button Ups

For a nice day at the beach, try putting together a bandeau top and a cropped button up shirt. Bandeau tops may appear to be phasing out of fashion, but when layering, it can be a staple piece for everyone’s closet. Pulling the boxy style button-up shirt from the late 90s and early 2000s can really bring out our inner surfer. The shirt gives a nice statement piece while still being breezy and keeping you cool in the sun. It also makes for a good bathing suit cover up when walking back from the lake  or if you are going somewhere after your beach day. 

Funky Pants

Pairing a plain shirt with a fun pattern can really bring out your personality. As a lover of funky patterns, especially on pants, I really think that everyone can find something they like. Even if you are not into a certain pattern, you can definitely find pants in your favorite color, or a combination of a few. These pants can be paired with a plain top, or maybe a layered tank top and t-shirt combo (wink wink). Anything goes at this point and time, and if you are not sure about it, have confidence that you can wear whatever you want. It is a bold statement piece, but I promise when you start wearing what you want, you gain a lot of confidence.


This trend is a bit iffy for most people online. Some really enjoy the patchwork trend, but others aren’t as big of fans.  Personally, I love the patchwork trend, and I think it is super cute. I have seen it around for a while and recently bought some patchwork items for myself. It is not for everyone, but it gives an option for a statement piece or an opportunity to get more color or patterns on an outfit. Patchwork clothing gives more options for different shades for a solid top or bottom, since there are more colors on the article. Again, I know it is not for everyone, but go to the mall and try it on. You might not know what you like until you see it on yourself.  Whether you choose to partake in these spring and summer trends this season is up to you, but exploring your options could never hurt. Trying out either the patchwork style clothes or just some patterned pants can be a step in the right direction towards great summer style.

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