Taking Inspo From 2020: Here’s The Trendsetting Styles For Summer Of 2021!

Kiona Rosh
·6-min read

The last season was quite a funny season with very few physical men’s fashion shows which took place in June and July. The way that the designers have handled the post-pandemic conditions is truly commendable. But with a limited schedule and a lot of brands to cover it was a very difficult task to achieve.
Fortunately, people working at the GQ magazine have trained professionals who have kept track of different fashion trends going on in the past few months. They have also listed some tips for all their fashion fans as to what collection is to be collected next summer.


Given below are the 15 trends that people should look forward to coming summer.


1. New Utility
The obsession with this trend is never-ending, it has been going on in different fashion shows for many seasons. The craze for it has reached its peak in the summer/spring collection of 2020. Now it’s back again in the 2021 summer/spring collection with an updated version that looks to give a “High functioning ” vibe. From the part of looking military-man-meets-twitcher-in-town field jackets at Gucci and Zegna to the all-over safari looks at Balmain and that insanely luxurious crocodile field jacket at Dior, next summer it’s all about looking like you’re coming out of the apocalypse fighting.

2.Nautical
Possibly more of a micro-trend, this, but nautical notes appeared at several shows, including the anchor-covered intarsia-knit sweaters at Gucci, unreasonable Breton-style tops at Dolce & Gabbana, and sailor sweaters at the commonly sun-soaked Casablanca show. 

3.The return of the Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets are going to be big for Spring/Summer 2021. And even if this might not be news to you, the truth is that there were more takes on the classic aviator jacket at the SS21 shows than we could count on two hands. From the 1970s-style cropped bomber jackets in practical nylon at Gucci to the classic high-shine flight jackets at Philipp Plein and the cropped minimalist bombers at both Prada and Hermès, there was a neatness to the look which felt less maximalist than it has in prior seasons.

4.Go wild or go home
For SS21, almost all the menswear designers worth their fiber sent out a collection of ultra-wide trousers. Prime examples of those are at Zegna and Casablanca which were cut with a craze, latter-day Yves Saint Laurent look in mind – pleated and draped with a fluidity illustrating the tailoring prowess of both the forenamed houses. At Gucci and Hermès, trousers were cut high and were with a retro vibe, while at MSGM, Dolce & Gabbana, and Rick Owens the look was sportier, with cargo and tracksuit-style trousers cut with room enough for two. 

5.Its all about an oversized trench coat.
Everyone knows that a trench coat is a springtime staple, but for Spring/Summer 2021 the look has been updated with a voluminous twist. At Wooyoungmi, Tod’s, and Loewe, trenches with a papery texture in tones of stone and caramel had a 1970s flavor, while trenches in shades of dusty rose and midnight blue dominated at MSGM, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Études respectively. 

6. Big and Bold Bermuda Shorts
Bermuda shorts had made a late appearance in the fashion world, but for SS21 the look comes into its own, with the general mood being nearly over the top in its cool summer springtime. At Casablanca, MSGM, and Zegna, shorts were tailored in colors of seafoam lilac and candyfloss, while at Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci patterns existed. The formula to wearing your Bermudas next summer is to pick a pair that finishes just above the knee and to make an impression with your footwear.

7.Statement shirts

There was a broad climate toward the energetic and creative shirting in this season’s shows, from traditional poplin styles that were cut into voluminous trapezoid forms to the tucked, twisted style at Dolce & Gabbana and Hermès.

8.The 1970s redux
There’s been a lot made of the 1970s style resurgence in the past few years all thanks to Alessandro Michele at Gucci. And it showed no sign of slowing at this season’s menswear shows also. From the wide collection of highly color gleamed corduroys and jeans at Gucci to the flocked safari suits at Casablanca and the cropped caramel leather bombers at Tod’s, you’d be well-advised not to throw away your oversized aviator shades just yet.

9.Neo neon
The color neon is one of the easiest color treads in the world to pull off but if only done correctly. At Dior, Kim Jones sent out neon-colored employee jacket and fluorescent-yellow romper suits at his Amoako Boafo and inspired show– which is exactly the way you should be wearing this trend too.

10.Pastel splash
Pastels truly work as a spring collection and once you get your hands on them it’s very hard to remove them from you. You will want to wear it again and again. From the candyfloss-colored two-piece suits on-screen at Gucci to the sea-foam-tinted threaded separates at Prada, next season if you’re not wearing dusty rose, Dijon mustard, and periwinkle then you’re doing it wrong. 

11. The 1980s inspired suiting
A double-breasted suit is just the thing that you are looking for if you have gained a little weight during the period of lockdown. It is designed to be worn as part of a suit or with casual separates.

12.Addams Family tailoring
One of the easiest trends to pull off is the black suit. It looks good on every person that wears it properly. At Jil Sander, oversized black greatcoats and blazers hung off models’ shoulders, emanating a sense of lazy mystery Morticia would be proud of.

13. Acid pops
From the softness of the pastels to the cool punch of neon, the pops of Acid tones were also shown in many fashion shows in London.

14. vests under suits
With the 1980s oversized double-breasted suits came worn with V-neck sweaters, vests, and wrap-around kimono-style shirts, all of which were manufactured expressly to show as much as the model’s chest as possible. The look was at its most revealing at Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani, with more elegant takes seen at Mark Weston’s start stroking show for Dunhill and Paul Andrew’s for Salvatore Ferragamo. 

15. Fresh florals
If it floral, if it’s flower printed then it has to be up on the springtime collection of 2021. With digitized takes on Aloha prints and momentary variations of the form coming to the fore, florals have never looked fresher.