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This season, brights, whites, and metallics soar high above the rest.

By Lindsay Samson

Jul 7, 2021

Summer is officially in full swing. And while this season may have brought about fresh trends including micro mini skirts, 70’s-style flared jeans, and romantic tiered dresses, color is often the main element that shifts when we go from one season to another. In terms of hues, some seasons are bold and energetic, and others are more reserved and soft; but this season borrows from both camps, ensuring that no matter your fashion sensibilities, you’re sure to find your signature shade.

From brilliant blues and sunny yellows to crisp whites, read on to discover the six standout shades that are defining summer 2021, and allow our selection of vividly colored pieces to deliver a welcome dose of positivity.  



Into the Blue

A dependable all-rounder, it’s no surprise that blue hasn’t gone anywhere. The omnipresent hue is something of a fashion staple, with shades of navy, indigo, and the like having long ago taken up permanent occupancy in many a fashionista’s wardrobe. This season, however, blue has reclaimed its brilliance and is making its presence known in the form of cerulean, cobalt, and robin’s egg blue. Think Reform Studio’s Rebel Tote, Emmy Kasbit’s Udo suit set, and Diarrablu’s Pino Jumpsuit to name but a few pieces that perfectly embody these three shades respectively. As these shades of blue usher in the summer months, they carry with them a welcome sense of peace and tranquility.

Udo Jacket
Udo Jacket
Udo Jacket
Udo Jacket

Emmy Kasbit

Udo Jacket

$250
Udo Pants
Udo Pants
Udo Pants

Emmy Kasbit

Udo Pants

$200
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit

KikoRomeo

Bumi Jumpsuit

$325
Kailua Blue Pino Jumpsuit
Kailua Blue Pino Jumpsuit
Kailua Blue Pino Jumpsuit

Diarrablu

Kailua Blue Pino Jumpsuit

$195
Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress

Studio 189

Reiko Shirt Dress

$425
Sing Dress
Sing Dress
Sing Dress

Studio 189

Sing Dress

$525
Rebel Tote Bag in Blue
Rebel Tote Bag in Blue
Rebel Tote Bag in Blue
Rebel Tote Bag in Blue
Rebel Tote Bag in Blue

Reform Studio

Rebel Tote Bag in Blue

$170
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Blue
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Blue
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Blue
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Blue
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Blue
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Blue
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Blue

FemiHandbags

The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Blue

$860
The Ameena Midi in Blue
The Ameena Midi in Blue
The Ameena Midi in Blue
The Ameena Midi in Blue
The Ameena Midi in Blue
The Ameena Midi in Blue

FemiHandbags

The Ameena Midi in Blue

$560
Sodalite Garland Hoop Earrings
Sodalite Garland Hoop Earrings
Sodalite Garland Hoop Earrings

Pichulik

Sodalite Garland Hoop Earrings

$125



White Out

When it comes to fashion, few other colors embody the feel-good spirit of summer quite the way that white does, whether it’s in the form of breezy, linen button-down shirts or cotton dresses that are ideal for long, lazy days spent at the beach. It’s subtly eye-catching and provides a beautiful blank canvas against which the subtlest details really pop. Take Andrea Iyamah’s Alya Poncho Cover-Up: crafted from a sheer, lightweight fabric called Tencel, the garment’s soft porcelain hue seems to emphasize its striking neckline, braided belt, slits, and seams, while Fruche's Akwaocha Top is just the piece to set off a golden tan and boasts a crisp, clean modernity.

White Umy Jumpsuit
White Umy Jumpsuit
White Umy Jumpsuit

Diarrablu

White Umy Jumpsuit

$225
Pouf Sleeve Shirt Dress
Pouf Sleeve Shirt Dress
Pouf Sleeve Shirt Dress
Pouf Sleeve Shirt Dress

Studio 189

Pouf Sleeve Shirt Dress

$575
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress
Hadasa Corset Dress

Andrea Iyamah

Hadasa Corset Dress

$254
Alya Poncho Cover Up
Alya Poncho Cover Up
Alya Poncho Cover Up
Alya Poncho Cover Up
Alya Poncho Cover Up
Alya Poncho Cover Up
Alya Poncho Cover Up
Alya Poncho Cover Up
Alya Poncho Cover Up

Andrea Iyamah

Alya Poncho Cover Up

$135
Akwaocha Top
Akwaocha Top
Akwaocha Top
Akwaocha Top

Fruché

Akwaocha Top

$550
Adanna Jacket
Adanna Jacket
Adanna Jacket
Adanna Jacket

Emmy Kasbit

Adanna Jacket

$190
Adanna Cargo Pants
Adanna Cargo Pants
Adanna Cargo Pants
Adanna Cargo Pants

Emmy Kasbit

Adanna Cargo Pants

$155
Esther Pendant Studs
Esther Pendant Studs
Esther Pendant Studs

Sidai Designs

Esther Pendant Studs

$113
White Uri Sandals
White Uri Sandals
White Uri Sandals

Loza Maleombho

White Uri Sandals

$170
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt

Emmy Kasbit

Amaka Skirt

$230



Heavy metal

As far as clothing goes, metallics can be tricky to pull off, but as one of summer 2021’s favorite tones, it’s at the very least worth a try. And don’t think that you need to keep the glittering golds for the nighttime either—there are plenty of ways to add a little glitz, glam, and sparkle into your everyday wardrobe this season. Viviers’ cheeky Alchemical cropped tee is just the thing to lend your look a casual touch of shimmering sparkle, while Loza Maléombho’s gold-plated bronze embellished sandals deliver a subtle touch of metallic flair. Perhaps you prefer your gold in the form of jewelry? In that case, turn to gilded creations in sculptural forms like those of Adele Dejak, the contemporary elegance of which looks perfectly summery when paired with a tie-dye shirt and a great pair of sandals.

Alchemical T-Shirt
Alchemical T-Shirt
Alchemical T-Shirt
Alchemical T-Shirt
Alchemical T-Shirt
Alchemical T-Shirt

Viviers

Alchemical T-Shirt

$250
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold

Reform Studio

Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold

$230
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Clear Fah Regal Sandals

$110
Dama Brass Chain Necklace
Dama Brass Chain Necklace

Adele Dejak

Dama Brass Chain Necklace

$200
Quartz Torque Necklace
Quartz Torque Necklace
Quartz Torque Necklace

Ami Doshi Shah

Quartz Torque Necklace

$375
Ouroboros Medium Earrings
Ouroboros Medium Earrings
Ouroboros Medium Earrings

Pichulik

Ouroboros Medium Earrings

$145
Tumi Ring
Tumi Ring
Tumi Ring
Tumi Ring

Adele Dejak

Tumi Ring

$80
Baseline Drop Earrings
Baseline Drop Earrings
Baseline Drop Earrings

Ami Doshi Shah

Baseline Drop Earrings

$263
Tiara Earrings
Tiara Earrings
Tiara Earrings

Adele Dejak

Tiara Earrings

$75
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings

Pichulik

Samba Earrings

$140
Bara Earrings
Bara Earrings
Bara Earrings

Tongoro

Bara Earrings

$100
Noor Earrings
Noor Earrings
Noor Earrings
Noor Earrings

Pichulik

Noor Earrings

$60



Green Light

Make your fellow fashionistas green with envy as you show them how to rock the latest color of the season. That's right, green is great again and this season’s gorgeous greens run the gamut from pastel mint and seafoam, all the way to emerald and olive. Called the “New Millennial Pink” by Vogue in 2020, it seems wearing your greens is as important as eating them. If you’re someone who tends to stick to the neutrals, you'll find yourself gravitating naturally towards deeper shades, but if your style is a bit bolder, may we suggest playing on the other, slightly brighter side of the grass? Turn to the tennis ball green-hued Basjia Clog by Shekudo for a subtle touch of the color or dive headfirst into the trend by embracing the head-to-toe green stripes of Studio 189’s Andy suit set.

Green Double-Breasted Blazer
Green Double-Breasted Blazer
Green Double-Breasted Blazer
Green Double-Breasted Blazer

Studio 189

Green Double-Breasted Blazer

$575
Green Andy Pants
Green Andy Pants
Green Andy Pants
Green Andy Pants

Studio 189

Green Andy Pants

$375
Tuxedo Jacket
Tuxedo Jacket
Tuxedo Jacket

Kahindo

Tuxedo Jacket

$318
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress

Studio 189

Mandarin Shirt Dress

$425
Green Aggie Crop Top
Green Aggie Crop Top
Green Aggie Crop Top
Green Aggie Crop Top

Studio 189

Green Aggie Crop Top

$125
Green Aggie Alicia Skirt
Green Aggie Alicia Skirt
Green Aggie Alicia Skirt
Green Aggie Alicia Skirt

Studio 189

Green Aggie Alicia Skirt

$625
Olive Mona Bikini
Olive Mona Bikini
Olive Mona Bikini
Olive Mona Bikini
Olive Mona Bikini
Olive Mona Bikini

Andrea Iyamah

Olive Mona Bikini

$180
Malachite Garland Hoop Earrings
Malachite Garland Hoop Earrings
Malachite Garland Hoop Earrings

Pichulik

Malachite Garland Hoop Earrings

$125
Thila Heels
Thila Heels
Thila Heels
Thila Heels

Loza Maleombho

Thila Heels

$275
Nikki Messenger Bag
Nikki Messenger Bag
Nikki Messenger Bag
Nikki Messenger Bag
Nikki Messenger Bag

Thalia Strates

Nikki Messenger Bag

$400
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule
Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule

Shekudo

Green Stripe Kakawa Toe Mule

$210
Basjia Clog
Basjia Clog
Basjia Clog
Basjia Clog

Shekudo

Basjia Clog

$290



Yellow Card

The rainbow’s sunniest hue—which also just so happens to be one of Pantone’s Colors of the Year 2021—materializes this season in both soft, pastel shades and bright, buttery dandelions, each one proving to be an instant mood (and ensemble) elevator. Which hue you choose all depends on your skin tone and how much of a statement you want to make. However you decide to embrace yellow—whether you’re dialing up the brightness in Andrea Iyamah’s vivid Zuri bikini or going for just a gentle squeeze of lemon-like that of Viviers’ Ombre Tracksuit set—this color is guaranteed to add some sartorial optimism to your wardrobe.

Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo

Viviers

Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo

$730
Daffodil Utility Dress
Daffodil Utility Dress
Daffodil Utility Dress
Daffodil Utility Dress
Daffodil Utility Dress
Daffodil Utility Dress
Daffodil Utility Dress

Viviers

Daffodil Utility Dress

$920
Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket
Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket
Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket
Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket

Kahindo

Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket

$175
Barah Jumpsuit
Barah Jumpsuit
Barah Jumpsuit
Barah Jumpsuit

KikoRomeo

Barah Jumpsuit

$361
Knitted Crop Top
Knitted Crop Top
Knitted Crop Top
Knitted Crop Top
Knitted Crop Top

Viviers

Knitted Crop Top

$275
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit

Andrea Iyamah

Sari Swimsuit

$140
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini

Andrea Iyamah

Zuri Bikini

$165
The Ameena Mini in Green and Yellow
The Ameena Mini in Green and Yellow
The Ameena Mini in Green and Yellow
The Ameena Mini in Green and Yellow
The Ameena Mini in Green and Yellow
The Ameena Mini in Green and Yellow

FemiHandbags

The Ameena Mini in Green and Yellow

$480



Red Alert

Probably one of the most inherently powerful hues out there, red remains one of summer’s most beloved colors. Often referred to as the color of love, the fiery shade is bold, bright, and energetic. It exudes confidence and an air of old-school glamour too—especially in the form of elegant cocktail attire or a classic men's-style suit. But given just how bold it is, figuring out the colors that go with red can be somewhat of a head-scratcher. Feeling a little apprehensive about diving headfirst? We suggest gently dipping your toe and turning to scarlet accessories for that splash of color. Whether it’s a classic clutch (check out New Tangier’s Red Salma Clutch or Okapi’s Aja style) or an oversized tote, let these subtle touches of red fire up your weekend uniform of jeans-and-a-tee. 

Red Mandevo Street Pajama
Red Mandevo Street Pajama
Red Mandevo Street Pajama

Taibo Bacar

Red Mandevo Street Pajama

$391
Adejare Jacket
Adejare Jacket
Adejare Jacket
Adejare Jacket
Adejare Jacket

Emmy Kasbit

Adejare Jacket

$150
Adejare Pants
Adejare Pants
Adejare Pants
Adejare Pants

Emmy Kasbit

Adejare Pants

$90
J'al Jacket
J'al Jacket
J'al Jacket
J'al Jacket
J'al Jacket

KikoRomeo

J'al Jacket

$280
Red Ayumi Blazer
Red Ayumi Blazer
Red Ayumi Blazer
Red Ayumi Blazer

Studio 189

Red Ayumi Blazer

$325
Scarlet Red Aja Clutch with Zen Zulu Horn Charm
Scarlet Red Aja Clutch with Zen Zulu Horn Charm
Scarlet Red Aja Clutch with Zen Zulu Horn Charm
Scarlet Red Aja Clutch with Zen Zulu Horn Charm
Scarlet Red Aja Clutch with Zen Zulu Horn Charm
Scarlet Red Aja Clutch with Zen Zulu Horn Charm
Scarlet Red Aja Clutch with Zen Zulu Horn Charm

OKAPI

Scarlet Red Aja Clutch with Zen Zulu Horn Charm

$680
Periana Red Clutch
Periana Red Clutch
Periana Red Clutch
Periana Red Clutch

ZAAF

Periana Red Clutch

$210
Red Salma Clutch
Red Salma Clutch

New Tangier

Red Salma Clutch

$330