If last year taught us anything, it is that time is vague, and the most valuable moments are of the present. And in this present moment, easy-on separates and lethargic sweatpants are all the rage. With the year 2020 introducing waves of new normals like consistent WFH, facial mask stockpiling, sanitizer that smells like tequila, and a walk away from archaic fashion week traditions, it is true, we all lost a grip on our lives and not only succumbed to all-black outfits but the dreaded fashion villain, sweatsuits.

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.” — The World According to Karl, 2013.

Yet – a new day, a new year is here. We are singing a new sartorial song. Sweatpants are FIRED!

To properly ditch the cozy casual styles of yesteryear, we plucked our favorite social-distance-able trends from the runway. In a time full of live-streamed shows and pandemic-proof lookbooks, the fashion industry still made an effort to inspire. From Bottega’s head-turning wide-leg trousers to McQueen’s hard romance, and Paco Rabanne’s emphasis on shine, the Spring/Summer 2021 season left an optimistic impression, giving us hope that although our outfits are mostly reserved for zoom shindigs and grocery runs, we are still allowed to have fun.

Say “YES” to “overdressing in the new year, and beyond. Your impulsive quarantine purchases deserve to be seen.

BRANDON MAXWELL | ACNE STUDIOS | LUTZ HUELLE | ROKSANDA

Dress like it’s 2011, in 2021. Pair bold oranges with plush pinks and airy yellows for an expressive look and bubbly day.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN | Y/PROJECT | OTTOLINGER | MARGARET HOWELL

Designers touched on cottage-core nostalgia while making garments more wearable and less cartooned. Pair fluffy skirts with broad shouldered blazers and chunky boots. Bonus points for incorporating blush pinks.

ASHISH | PACO ROBANNE | JUNYA WANTANABE | PROENZA SCHOULER

Unfortunately, many of us haven’t felt the sweet scratch of sequins since last new year’s, yet many designers sent relaxed-luxe silhouettes down the runway. Dancing together might be halted for the moment but a living room dance party is always a good idea.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO | BRANDON MAXWELL | ISSEY MIYAKE | FENDI

Cut-out details worked their way onto suits, gowns, bandage tops – subtly spicing up considerably conservative looks. If you’re hesitant to go full crop top, maybe start here.

CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS | DURO OLOWU | MATTY BOVAN | KIKO KOSTADINOV

Be loud and unafraid! Fashion does not need a “reason” to exist or be worn. Pile on the patterns and coordinate it with a face mask. Do the most! Because, what else could you possibly be doing?