Last Updated on July 8, 2021
Joining the psychedelic, checkerboard and gingham prints that feature heavily in this year’s favoured Instagram aesthetic, labelled ‘Avant Basic’ by editor and consultant Emma Hope Allwood in January, is the Yin Yang symbol. Prepare to see it on pretty much everything this year, from nail art, to jewellery and dresses.
The Chinese symbol represents the concept that the universe is governed by two opposing principles or energies that complement each other.
Speaking to Refinery29, Chinese-born and New York-based designer Daisy Wang explains, ‘The use of the symbol in jewelry and garments started off as a belief that, based on the implication of Yin and Yang, it will help the wearer balance the good and evil in their lives.’ At a time of monumental change, it makes a lot of sense.
As Paloma Wool’s Yin Yang shoes, Staud’s Yin Yang bag and July Child’s Yin Yang rings have been some of Instagram’s most popular pieces, it comes as no surprise that searches for the symbol are on the rise. Lyst reported this week that searches for Yin Yang pieces increased by 43% in June compared to May on the site. In fact, rings are one of the most popular pieces, with searches shooting up by 88% since June.
While I’ve already been noticing it pretty much everywhere, it’s clear it’s about to explode. I’ve found 9 Yin Yang pieces you can buy now, including rings, bags, dresses and shoes from Paloma Wool, Lisa Says Gah, Urban Outfitters, ASOS and more.
BDG Indigo Yin & Yang Patchwork Denim Jacket, £69, Urban Outfitters – buy now
Yin Yang Croc-Effect Leather Shoulder Bag, £325, Staud at Moda Operandi – buy now
Vacation One Piece, £180, Lisa Says Gah – buy now
Yin Yang Crewneck, £88, Free People – buy now
Maxi Knitted Dress, £55, Annorlunda at ASOS – buy now
Yin-Yang Leather Sandals, £141, Paloma Wool – buy now
Diana Frock Mini Dress, £165, Lisa Says Gah – buy now
Crikey BB Yin Yang Bag, £134, Poppy Lissiman – buy now
Yin Yang Gold Ring, £34, July Child – buy now
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