The Happy 50: The Items That Have Made Me Love Fashion Again

Emma Spedding
·5-min read

There are certain words that you'll find in almost any fashion story, however I've never heard the word 'joy' used to describe clothes until 2020 when designers really examined our emotional connection with what we wear. Clothes not only reflect our mood, but also impact it, and so for SS21 designers from Versace to Molly Goddard used clothes to project a positive outlook.

Halpern used feathers, sequins and exaggerated silhouettes to create some of the happiest clothes you could imagine, and he explained to Vogue at the time: "Fashion should prop people up and give people a break, especially when they’ve been having such a terrible time." This joviality was shown in many different ways, but Net-a-Porter in its SS21 presentation explained the overall theme: "We saw a sea of bold, bright colours in a multitude of fabrics and textures."

In a month when many are reuniting with friends for the first time and the country begins to re-open, we are keen to reflect this joyful mood in our stories—and outfits. So we have introduced the 'Happy 50'—a guide to the brightest, jolliest and funnest items for spring that will make you and everyone around you smile. Below you'll find a lot of colour, print, some old treasures and some new finds, and even items you can rent for a weekend from £27.

Saint Laurent One-Shoulder Ruffled Floral-Print Silk-Satin Jacquard Mini Dress (£2460)

The best use of colour.

Fabrizio Viti Ingrid Floral-Appliqué Gingham and Leather Slides (£410)

Daisies and gingham? Yes please.

Uterque Floral Linen Oversize Blouse (£90)

The blue brushstrokes make this almost a piece of art.

Lucia Zolea Vintage Multi Colored Pleated Silk Top (£115)

A vintage blouse you'll love forever.

Ninety Percent Oversized Tie-Dyed Organic Cotton-Jersey Top (£60)

You can't help but smile at the colour yellow.

Rotate Birger Christensen Dawn Open-Back Satin-Jacquard Midi Dress (£320)

The definition of a wow dress.

A.P.C. Hélène Leather and Striped Canvas Bucket Bag (£267)

A subtle take on rainbow stripes.

Glassworks Pink and White Intarsia Cloud Wool Blend Vest (£70)

This comes in blue too.

& Other Stories Printed Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£95)

This print is frame worthy.

Free People Never Seen the Rain Super Scrunchie (£10)

Add a little splash of colour to any outfit.

Gucci Ken Scott Print Jackie 1961 Small Shoulder Bag (£1750)

This Gucci collaboration is simply epic.

House of Sunny Hockney Dress (£98)

Kendall Jenner owns this dress.

Fabrizio Viti Bea Floral-Appliqué Gingham and Leather Sandals (£475)

I couldn't help but include another pair of daisy shoes.

Raey Vintage Camouflage-Print Denim Shacket (£351)

The perfect park jacket.

Lapima Lisa Square Acetate Sunglasses (£395)

You can't help but have a sunny outlook with these shades.

Megan Crosby Heli Exclusive Dress (£27)

Rent this for the weekend—or week—on Hurr.

& Other Stories Pearl Shell Pendant Dangling Earrings (£21)

If you can't go to the beach, bring the beach to your outfit.

Suzanne Kalan Rainbow Diamond, Topaz & 14kt Rose-Gold Ring (£758)

Suzanne Kalan's rainbow jewellery is so beautiful.

Rhode Ella Printed Cotton Mini Dress (£360)

The perfect summer dress.

Coach Pillow Tabby 26 Pink Leather Shoulder Bag (£495)

It doubles as a pillow too.

Sleeper Rumba Ruffle-Trimmed Linen Pyjama Set (£245)

PJs you can wear out of the house.

& Other Stories Pink Trousers (£75)

This would be amazing with a white shirt.

Missoni Mare Fringed Striped Maxi Skirt ($1235)

The fringing is incredible.

Paloma Wool Hotel Degraded Dye Sweatshirt (£70)

Paloma Wool is a Who What Wear favourite.

Victoria Beckham Oversized Square Sunglasses (£245)

These have a 70s spirit.

Shrimps Bennett Floral-Embroidered Wool-Blend Cardigan (£350)

Hello, I love you.

Sylvia Toledano Atlantis Enamel Textured Chain Necklace (£290)

A chain doesn't need to be simple.

Shrimps Elliot Lace-Trimmed Gingham Cotton-Blend Blouse (£295)

Shrimps knows the way to our hearts.

Chopova Lowena Tea Towel Print Cotton Blouse (£420)

Yes you read that right, this is a tea towel print.

& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Jacquard Mini Dress (£95)

You need to see the back of this dress.

Sleeper Feather-Trimmed Crepe De Chine Pajama Set (£245)

Sleeper PJs are so popular.

Free People Fiona Maxi Dress (£188)

Well played Free People.

Lulu Guinness On the Town Neckerchief (£45)

Wear around your neck or in your hair.

Uterque Multicoloured Embroidered Shirt (£90)


Shrimps Fortuna Floral-Print Silk-Twill Hair Bow (£65)

When in doubt, lean into the hair accessories.

Monki Short Flounce Dress (£30)

So! Much! Fun!

Paloma Wool El Valle Check Jacquard Knit Top (£115)

Another Paloma Wool winner.

Mad Brown Knitwear 183 (£305)

This brand also does made-to-order knits in the colours of your choice.

Vjera v Lady Eloise Top (£17)

Rent this from Hurr from £17.

House of Sunny Day Dreamer Cardi (£92)

A cardigan to make memories in.

Aje Cascada Cutout Pleated Cotton Midi Dress (£445)

This ochre colour is amazing.

Pina Jewels Acrylic Daisy and Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings (£105)

These come in so many colours.

& Other Stories Striped Knit Sweater (£85)

These colours will go with more than you think.

Roksanda Iosefina Fluted-Sleeve Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress (£995)

Yes Roksanda!

Re/Done The Short Floral-Embroidered Shorts (£230)

These have a nostalgic charm.

Agua by Agua Bendita Cedro Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Mini Dress (£325)

This neckline is just so good.

Lastframe Medium Striped Rib-Knit Tote Bag (£235)

Practical and fun.

Bea Bongiasca Floral Disco Topaz, 9kt Gold & Enamel Ring (£1400)

This jewellery has a childlike charm.

Prada Polka-Dot Taffeta Straight-Leg Trousers (£1810)

Prada polka dots get a thumbs up from me.

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring summer 2021.

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