Clingy, Stretchy, Meshy—This Spring Is All About Second Skin Dressing

After keeping an assortment of sweats and spandex on rotation this past year, we’ve all become accustomed to a stretchier, more casual wardrobe. And while the days of loungewear and leggings won’t last forever, spring 2021’s knitwear and ready-to-wear trends offer an easy transition out of it. From Maison Margiela to Rick Owens, this season saw a proliferation of second skin knits—garments that stay close to the body (comfortable) but look nothing like athleisure wear (presentable). Take the leap from dressing for the home and shop this season’s offerings of soft and delicate knits that cling to the body, full spandex bodysuits, and sheer mesh separates.

3 Knitwear Trends to Try from the Spring 2021 Collections
Photos Courtesy of Rick Owens; Sportmax; Thebe Magugu; Simon Miller.

Clingy Knits

We’ve seen knitwear of all kinds this past year—from stretchy polo sweaters to body-hugging skirt sets, and now these clingy versions from the likes of Rick Owens, Thebe Magugu, and Sportmax. These ultra-fine, stretchy sheer knits come in a refreshing palette of spring hues. The soft, comfortable clothing movement has taken off and, in fact, we’re already seeing a handful of designers (Erdem, Proenza Schouler) send clingy knits down the runway at their Fall 2021 collections. It seems this is a trend that’s here to stay.

3 Knitwear Trends to Try from the Spring 2021 Collections
Photos Courtesy Maison Margiela; Charlotte Knowles; Nensi Dojaka; Kim Shui.

Mesh Together

As we look forward to re-emergence, consider these mesh separates. Similar to the heels waiting patiently and collecting dust in the back of your closet, these feather light mesh pieces deserve to be taken for a spin this spring. From Kim Shui’s printed pants to Surpriya Lele’s sheer square-necked dress, come summer these airy, body-skimming pieces will feel just right. Tuck Marques Al Meida’s printed long sleeve version or Rick Owens sheer knit tank into a pair of jeans or trousers for a more wearable look.

3 Knitwear Trends to Try from the Spring 2021 Collections
Photos Courtesy of Collina Strada; Marine Serre; Chanel; Maisie Wilen. 

Stretchy Suits

For the ultimate second skin, look no further than a full bodysuit in a stretchy fabric. You might recognize these slinky catsuits as worn by street style darlings—most popular was Marine Serre’s iconic moon print. Take one for a night out dancing (we like Chanel’s version for this) or use one as a stylish base layer under a dress for those chilly spring mornings. These bodysuits aren’t far off from what Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada’s gave us at the most recent Prada’s mens collection, though they’re lighter, stretchier, and are offered in bright colors for spring. Look for standouts from Collina Strada and Maisie Wilen.

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