Relaxed silhouettes are trending on 2021 Spring and Resort runways. From rounded shoulders to more generous cuts, we have seen designers embrace subtle and not-so-subtle ways to realize a more relaxed fit across suits, outerwear, sweaters, and more.
Much of the conversation around the relaxed/slim dichotomy has been focused on menswear. Men’s suits tended to be baggy and loose-fitting through the 80’s and early 90’s. When tailors started cutting more true to size and people realized a more well-fitting suit just looked better, the slim fit trend quickly caught on. We saw it get carried to its logical extreme with the skinny suits of Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane, the super skinny jean, and the bodycon craze.
Today’s designers seem to be enjoying the creative freedom afforded to them by floating somewhere between these two extremes. We’re seeing things lean more towards the relaxed silhouette, and while much of this trend is still concerned with menswear, it’s exciting to see designers explore its feminine and gender-fluid possibilities.
Jacquemus embraces that 80’s bagginess. JieDa and Junya Watanabe combine it with workwear inspiration. Fear of God makes relax look luxurious. Louis Vuitton and OAMC make use of playful prints. Dior shatters expectations of masculinity with two incredible, revelatory menswear looks.
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