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Shop your closet for summer 2021

shop your closet summer 2021

Pictured: square toe loafers / pouch bag with chain /

Summer officially starts on June 20, 2021, but the season always begins Memorial weekend. You may find yourself already putting together summer outfits from your closet, and rocking them on the streets. I know I am!

Last summer, there were trends, but did anyone really wear them? You may have purchased a handful of clothing and accessories last year, but did any of it get worn? Most of us didn’t get out much due to the shutdowns. Chances are, your summer clothing from last year is in pretty good shape, and can be re-worn this summer. Of course, some of the trends have changed! That’s ok, you can still make those pieces work. Let’s chat about what to keep for this summer, what you can store in your closet for the future, and what you should just clear out.

Here is a recap of last year’s trends, and which ones still work, and the ones that are over.

Clothing

              All-white is a common trend during the summer season, but did anyone wear their all-white looks last year? Chances are they barely got worn. Pull them out, and place them front and center in your closet. This is a hot summer look you can pair with your square toes and pouch bag. Love!

              Bold lines were everywhere last year, but not so much this year. I would place these to the side in your closet. They may return soon, and can be worn if you have nothing else to wear. Otherwise, bold lines didn’t seem to hit the streets this year.

              Power Suit: The power suit was huge last summer, but did anyone have a chance to wear it? Probably not. We were all working from home. Rock that power suit this summer! You can also split it up and wear the blazer with jeans or shorts. The pants will look great with an understated summer top, square toes, and a pouch. Love that!

              Lace and eyelet fabrics are still hot! Keep those pieces front and center. If you don’t have any, invest in at least one eyelet piece or lace trimmed piece. They add a fun texture to your look.

              Puffy sleeves are a huge trend this summer! If you started wearing this trend last year, keep it up! No flat and boring sleeves allowed! Only puffy, or you can’t sit with us.

              Bermuda shorts appear to have bombed. Where did they go? How did they last only one summer? I miss them already. Ugh, keep them in the back of your closet. Let’s all pray they return soon. I am not a huge fan of shorty-shorts. If you are like me, we can all find solace in a pair of cut-off denim shorts this summer. Those can be any length above the knee; thankfully. Also, shorts which hit mid-thigh are on trend for summer 2021 too. So not all is lost.

              Wide-leg pants are still here! Keep those flowing trousers from last year, and rock them again this summer. This trend is here to stay! Yay!

Handbags

              Phone case handbags: Keep these for amusement park outings, the county fair, and events where you want to lighten your load. The trend is over, but they are still functional. I would place this style in your closet where you can reach them, but not front and center.

              Oversized bags had a moment, but no-one actually wore them. I assume you don’t have one, but if you do, store it in the back of closet. I have a feeling this trend will re-emerge soon, and you can pull your oversize bag back out.

              Straw bags are still hot! If you bought one last year, perfect! You can rock it all summer long. If not, what are you waiting for? This is a hot summer bag trend you will want to be a part of, and invest in.

              Soft pouches: this trend is still heating up! If you didn’t invest in a pouch last year, grab one this year! You have plenty of choices which range from large pouches, to mini pouches with straps. Pick one to suit your lifestyle and taste. Love them!

              Chain details were just getting started! If you notice, chains are everywhere this summer on handbags! If you didn’t jump on this trend last year, and you love an edgy little chain, jump on it now! I did. I couldn’t help myself! Chains are a little bit rock n’ roll, a little bit Chanel-y, and a little bit edgy. Love that!

Shoes

              OK, by now you own at least one pair of square toe shoes. Last summer the square toe really started to make it’s debut as a serious shoe trend. This summer, your toes must be square! If you bought some square toes last year, rock them now! If not, buy at least one pair! They are waaaaay more comfortable than round or pointy toes. Seriously, square toes are everything.

Sneakers: Are sneakers really a trend? Well, they are! If you bought designer sneakers last year, you can still wear them now. Sneakers aren’t going anywhere; and some would argue fashion sneakers are a classic look which is here to stay. Don’t be afraid to buy designer or fashion sneakers, they are a classic look which transcends season. Invest in a pair you love and rock them all the time!

There you have it! Last year’s summer trends which are still relevant this summer. Hopefully you have some great pieces from last year, then you don’t need to buy as much this year! Love that!

Enjoy shopping your closet, and stay fabulous.

XOXO
Cathy

basket bags summer 2021

Top selling IT bags of 2021 so far

top selling it bags 2021

Top selling IT bags of 2021 so far from top left: 1. Chloe Marcie / 2. Givenchy Antigona Soft / 3. Mansur Gavriel Cloud / 4. Chloe Marcie cross body / 5. Loewe Basket Bag / Honorable Mention: Mansur Gavriel mini Cloud /

Can you believe we are close to halfway through 2021? Where does the time go? Since we are almost at the halfway point, I thought this would be a good time to talk about the hottest selling IT bags of 2021 from January 1, 2021, until May 21, 2021. (Those are the dates evaluated as of writing this post) Knowing what’s hot, helps us plan our IT bag purchases for the summer and fall seasons!

While we can speculate about which bags will be hot before a season begins, we really never have the data to back things up until the season has passed. That being said, knowing what sold well, and what hit the streets, in a recent season, tells us what to expect for the upcoming season.

During the winter and spring seasons of 2021, handbag fans hit the streets with both classic IT bags, and new IT bags. The top selling IT bag of the year, thus far, is a classic! The Chloe Marcie has proved, once again, that casual and classic are what makes an IT bag sell well; and enjoy longevity. After all, the Marcie has been around for years! If you don’t already own one, what are you waiting for? This bag sells the most in the original, double top handle style; but the cross body version is also a hit on the streets, as it comes in at the number four spot. You can check out my review of my Chloe Marcie here.

The Givenchy Antigona Soft is proving to be a hit this year! It comes in at number two as a top selling IT bag of 2021 so far. This beautiful bag sells well in all size variations, so if you are looking for a daily bag, or a larger travel tote, this is “IT” for 2021! I can see this bag having longevity. It is practical and beautiful. Love that!

The pouch clutch is a hot street style staple in 2021, and Mansur Gavriel’s Cloud is the perfect mix of affordability and IT bag designer recognition. This beautiful clutch is priced well under $1000; which is rare for an IT bag! It’s also sturdy construction, and can be easily dressed up or down. While Bottega Veneta’s version might end up on more wish lists, Mansur Gavriel’s version ends up in more closets. It’s hot on the streets! It’s worth mentioning the mini version of Mansur Gavriel’s Cloud clutch came in at number six. The mini version offers a strap which can be worn over the shoulder, cross body, or tucked in. Love that!

Lastly, the Loewe Basket Bag has been around for a few years, but it is proving to be a classic summer staple on the streets. This cute little straw tote comes in at just under $500 which makes it an affordable IT bag. It’s a great bag for beach days, summer vacations, or just looking summery on a daily basis. I love it paired with espadrilles!

Shop the top selling IT bags of 2021 so far online:

There you have it! If you don’t already own one of these IT bags of 2021, what are you waiting for? These are the hottest bags of the year so far!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Summer sandals 2021

summer sandals 2021

Summer sandals 2021 from left: black puffy casual slides / yellow puffy block heel slides / woven leather black slides /

Summer is fast approaching! As the weather warms up during the spring season, we are all thinking about investing in at least one pair of sandals to get us through late spring, the summer season, and early fall. This summer, sandals have taken a new turn; so ditch last years sandals, there are new styles and trends to love this year!

The summer 2021 season is all about retro, 1990s vibes and comfort. As we ditch our slippers and go back out into the wild, we need actual street shoes. The dilemma is that we all got used to wearing super comfy, cushy slippers all day long. Not this year! We are all getting back to our almost-normal lives, and we need shoes we can wear out on the streets! In order to solve this comfort-vs-utility problem, sandals and shoes for 2021 are throwing back to the late 1990s when comfort was king, and jokes were made. Oh yes, I am talking about the mall shoe.

Mall shoes are not as bad as they were twenty plus years ago. This time around, designers have made the style more sleek and chic; keeping the comfort, but ditching the bubble bottoms. Love that! So when you shop for summer sandals this year, look for slides with thick soles which offer both comfort and style.

In addition to thicker, flat soles, mules and block heel slides are all the rage. Look for easy-to-walk-in sculpted heels and block heels. Want to keep your slides funky? I knew you would! Puffy shoes are back. Remember them from roughly 2003? Puffy slides and sandals are very in this year; and they are very comfortable! Instead of going for the skinny strap trend, which I am skipping because they cut up your feet, look for puffy styles which are like pillows on your feet. Love!

Unless you have been quarantining in a cave without wifi, you know by now that everything Bottega Veneta is hotter than hot. Of course, their prices are on the high side. If BV is above your budget, never fear, the woven leather trend is here! All brands and price ranges offer woven leather sandals and slides this year. Woven leather is soft too; so if puffy shoes aren’t your thing, you can opt for the sleeker, more classic look of woven leather.

Slides are hotter than strappy sandals this year. Prove me wrong.

So as you shop for summer sandals in 2021, don’t be afraid to opt for comfort. Comfort is king this year. Also, have some fun with your sandals! Look for puffy styles, woven leathers, sculpted heels, and fun colors. Think of this summer as the roaring twenties, have fun with your footwear!

I opted for three pairs of slides this summer as my summer sandal wardrobe. One yellow, puffy pair of block heel slides as my fun shoes, one pair of casual and puffy black slides for everyday wear, and one pair of dressier, woven leather slides. I feel like three pairs fit my lifestyle this year. All three pairs are comfortable, and easy to walk in; that’s what we all need this year!

Shop my favorite summer sandals for the 2021 summer season online:

Which summer sandal styles are you loving this year?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy