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Here are 6 outfit formulae that embody the season’s effervescent mood.

By Lindsay Samson

Apr 5, 2021

According to the Spring/Summer runways, it's time to embrace a little flair and frivolity, with everyday exuberance emerging as the new mood of the season. Designers have rediscovered a sense of optimism and, accordingly, delivered collections filled with bold shades, unique patterns, and statement-making accessories. And though it may seem trivial, the act of adding some cheer to your wardrobe through these styles can actually do wonders for the spirit.

Right now, comfort is still key, but colors are stronger and brighter, and silhouettes are airy and ethereal. Jewelry designs are whimsical, unexpected, and powerful, and the new accessories are practical and playful. These fresh fashions feel like a hopeful statement on an uncertain future and are a sartorial salve for any lingering wardrobe gloom. Read on to discover five everyday looks for five everyday occasions that exude this spirit of jubilance.




1.
Weekend outing

The weekend is a time for a little carefree indulgence. Work is off your mind for now and visits to parks and farmers markets are on the agenda. Inject some verve into your standard weekend uniform this season with a splash of color and sophisticated accessories that easily and effectively liven things up. Pair a confident and comfy striped trouser with a colorful knitted crop like Viviers’ chartreuse style as your breezy base then step into a timeless, bling-embellished, cross-strap sandal: Loza Maléombho’s Black Koh style is adorned with gold-plated bronze buckles and offers a subtle yet striking refinement. Look to a gleaming piece of jewelry to dial up your outfit’s polish and finish it all off with Tongoro’s Fitini bag in salmon to stylishly store your belongings.

Black Koh Sandals
Black Koh Sandals
Black Koh Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Black Koh Sandals

$135
Bacchus Lava Stone Earrings
Bacchus Lava Stone Earrings
Bacchus Lava Stone Earrings
Bacchus Lava Stone Earrings

Pichulik

Bacchus Lava Stone Earrings

$135
Salmon Fitini Bag
Salmon Fitini Bag
Salmon Fitini Bag

Tongoro

Salmon Fitini Bag

$150
Knitted Crop Top
Knitted Crop Top
Knitted Crop Top
Knitted Crop Top
Knitted Crop Top

Viviers

Knitted Crop Top

$275
Leer Pants
Leer Pants
Leer Pants

Diarrablu

Leer Pants

$135




2.
al fresco lunch

Sunny spring days call for leisurely outdoor lunches which, of course, also call for a simple and graceful ensemble. But simple needn’t mean subdued, which is why we recommend going for the sweeping maxi that is Andrea Iyamah’s bold and brilliant Ama Jumpsuit. And while the burnt orange shade certainly makes a powerful statement, the jumpsuit’s flowy fit remains understated and elegant. Shekudo’s Leather Kakawa Toe-Mules are a perfectly color-coordinated match for the head-turning jumpsuit and ZAAF’s black Periana Clutch offers both a contrasting tone and an element of practicality thanks to it’s roomy interior and detachable top handles. Make your jewelry choices for this look fearless and confident and turn to the sculptural pieces of Nigerian designer Adele Dejak—her expressive, gold-toned Adele Earring and Margaret Bangle will lend things a tasteful edge.

Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule

Shekudo

Leather Kakawa Toe Mule

$210
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle
Margaret Bangle

Adele Dejak

Margaret Bangle

$160
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch

ZAAF

Periana Black Clutch

$210
Dhamani Adele Earrings
Dhamani Adele Earrings
Dhamani Adele Earrings
Dhamani Adele Earrings

Adele Dejak

Dhamani Adele Earrings

$85
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit

Andrea Iyamah

Ama Jumpsuit

$228




3.
Dinner Date

If you’re taking some time out to wine and dine yourself at home, it may seem like one of the best excuses to get into your most snug sweats—but there’s something quite special about getting all dressed up for the occasion. Avoid sacrificing on comfort and embrace the chic sleepwear as daywear trend with Taibo Bacar’s Rose Mandevo Rose Dress. A hybrid robe-pajama-set style, the printed floral, silk-sateen dress is an innately glamorous look all on its own and its faux-feather cuffs peppered with crystals further its spirit of luxurious cheer. Subtle touches of jewelry are all that’s needed here and the polished brass discs of the Noor earrings by Pichulik and delicate pearl starfish ring by Patrick Mavros make for the ideal toned down trimmings. If dinner doesn't happen to be at home tonight, all you need to add is a coordinating purse like Khokho Collection’s Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush for that eye-catching finishing touch.

Inggy Regal Sandals
Inggy Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Inggy Regal Sandals

$95
Mandevo Shirt Dress
Mandevo Shirt Dress
Mandevo Shirt Dress

Taibo Bacar

Mandevo Shirt Dress

$289
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush
Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush

Khokho Collection

Lindi Minaudière in Smoke Blush

$385
Sea Urchin Starfish Ring with Pearl
Sea Urchin Starfish Ring with Pearl
Sea Urchin Starfish Ring with Pearl

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Starfish Ring with Pearl

$285
Noor Earrings
Noor Earrings
Noor Earrings
Noor Earrings

Pichulik

Noor Earrings

$60




4.
office hours

Enliven the daily routine of your workday by going for the most joyfully colored clothing possible. We’re talking shades that effortlessly raise the mood: sunshine yellows, electric blues, emerald greens, and blood reds. With this spirit, try the hot pink hue of South African label Viviers’ Peonie Shirt Dress. Handcrafted from silk georgette, the luminous piece pairs seamlessly with a chunky sandal such as Loza Maléombho’s White Fah Plus which is an artisanal take on the on-trend style. Go for the unexpected jewelry-wise with a dramatic piece like the Quartz Torque necklace by Ami Doshi Shah. Punctuated by irregularly faceted white quartz, the striking design is an offbeat kind of adornment that drapes asymmetrically over the collar bone. Deliver a final dose of happy color with the miniature version of Femi Handbag's bestselling Ameena bag and allow its ample lashings of fuschia and lemon yellow to tie your look together.

Quartz Torque Necklace
Quartz Torque Necklace
Quartz Torque Necklace

Ami Doshi Shah

Quartz Torque Necklace

$375
Peonie Shirt Dress
Peonie Shirt Dress
Peonie Shirt Dress
Peonie Shirt Dress
Peonie Shirt Dress
Peonie Shirt Dress
Peonie Shirt Dress

Viviers

Peonie Shirt Dress

$820
La Petite Ameena in Pink and Yellow
La Petite Ameena in Pink and Yellow
La Petite Ameena in Pink and Yellow
La Petite Ameena in Pink and Yellow
La Petite Ameena in Pink and Yellow
La Petite Ameena in Pink and Yellow

FemiHandbags

La Petite Ameena in Pink and Yellow

$480
White Fah Plus Sandals
White Fah Plus Sandals
White Fah Plus Sandals

Loza Maleombho

White Fah Plus Sandals

$150

5.
Errand run

Patterned statement jackets can easily add life to a simple set of muted separates and the bright blazer by New York-based brand Kahindo is one such style. Its head-turning geometric pattern is an instant spirit lifter and its snug fit an effortless style elevator. Throw the piece unbuttoned over a white T-Shirt tucked into a roomy black trouser and pair with Shekudo’s striped green block-heel mule for a cheerfully casual yet seriously put-together errand-running look. Keep things light and laid back in the jewelry department by choosing a minimalist earring design like Pichulik’s simple Samba hoop. Next, throw a spacious satchel like the understated Geneva Tote Bag by Thalia Strates over your shoulder to allow the oceanic green-hued colors of the jacket to take center stage, and you’re good to go.

Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings

Pichulik

Samba Earrings

$140
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
Geneva Tote Bag
Geneva Tote Bag
Geneva Tote Bag
Geneva Tote Bag

Thalia Strates

Geneva Tote Bag

$421
Tuxedo Jacket
Tuxedo Jacket
Tuxedo Jacket

Kahindo

Tuxedo Jacket

$318