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Published on 18 October 2021.
Spring is arguably the best time of year to experiment with your personal style. It’s balmy enough to do away with utilitarian clothing (looking at you, rainproof puffer jackets), but not so hot you’re only comfortable in barely there fits.
If you’re keen to once again feel the joy of getting dressed, you’re in luck – this season is flush with playful trends aplenty. From a modern take on pop-punk styling to geometric luxury accessories, there’s no shortage of inspiration to encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try something fun.
Keep scrolling for 9 of the most playful designer trends to try right now.
With summer right around the corner, the bright bag trend has arrived right on time. This season’s handbags are resplendent in every vivid hue imaginable. From slouchy turquoise shoulder bags to a shiny tangerine messenger bag, there are dozens of silhouettes to choose from. There’s only one rule: the brighter, the better.
Pictured above: Balenciaga, Le Cagole XS Shoulder Bag in Blue.
Blame it on Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘90s-inspired hit Good 4 U, but playfully nonconformist punk styling is yet again having a moment. From chain hardware and studs to graffiti detailing and plaid mini skirts, there are plenty of ways to dress on theme. Whatever you choose, wear it with attitude. And don’t forget to add black eyeliner.
Channel your inner maths geek with this whimsical luxury trend. Bold, geometric shapes like triangles and cubes are getting the fashion treatment for spring, showing up on everything from handbags to jewellery. Sleek and unfussy, they’re the perfect accessory investment because their timeless forms will never date.
A staple of the early aughts, bowling bags are back in a big way. The good news? This time they’re more refined. The 2021 version is all about a compact silhouette and minimal embellishments – perfect for adding polish to any outfit. Wear yours to the office or with a blazer and jeans on the weekend for a French girl vibe.
One of the easiest trends to get amongst this season, it can be tailored to suit any style. If you’re keen on wearing monochrome top to toe, invest in pieces in the same or similar colours and wear them together. (See? Told you it was simple.) To take things up a level, look for pieces that layer colour in blocks or chunky stripes.
There’s only one way to describe this fun footwear trend: easy to wear. Shelve your stilettos in favour of high-rise flatforms, elevated sneakers and padded sandals. Tread lightly with minimalist styles or go all out with extra details like chain embellishments. Whatever you choose, this season’s shoes are made for walking.
Keen to add a little spice to your wardrobe? Red is a good place to start. This classic hue has never gone out of style but it is currently having a renaissance of sorts. Whether you’re into deep, dark burgundy or candy apple red, all shades are welcome. Wear it top to toe or via your accessories for a pop of on-trend colour.
Just big enough to stash the essentials, these teeny purses make a big impact. Tap into the trend with a micro version of your favourite designer bag or opt for one of the new multi-wear pouch styles popping up in store. These compact pouches have versatility in spades – hand-carry, wear as a belt bag or sling over your shoulder.
The latest version of this trend involves clashing your patterns in one piece. Keep the look elevated by choosing a tonal colour palette. (Pro tip: a timeless combination of cream, ochre and coffee brown will outlast the season.) Keep the rest of your outfit simple – including accessories – for a statement look that feels fresh.