2021 Fashion Trends That Will *Actually* Make You Want to Wear Real Clothes Again

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2021 fashion trends

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After almost ten months of perpetual sweatpants-wearing, my body is sooooo ready for those good 2021 fashion trends to hit. And believe me when I say, the new year is bringing with it only the *freshest* of vibes. Funky checks, dramatic platforms, and sleek shoulder bags are just some of the looks coming to saturate your wardrobe with even more ’90s flavor.

Don’t worry, I’m not here to tell you that leggings are out and 6-inch pumps are in. Actually, the high-comfort aspect of 2020 dressing is still present in pretty much every single one of these styles–but, like, a lot cuter. Scroll on for the best trends you pretty much have to shop.

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Cardigan/Crop Top Sets

Fine Gauge Cardigan & Cami Twin Set

Urban Outfitters
urbanoutfitters.com

$64.00

You already know cardigans have been trending for a while now–I mean, Taylor Swift literally wrote a song about them. But now, you can buy them with a matching crop top to help make the trend feel a little more spicy. 

Baguette Bags

Cow Printed Hobo Bag

Storets
storets.com

$64.90

Also known as the shoulder bag, this little baby falls right in the sweet spot between the micro bags of 2020 and the massive tote you wish you could carry around. They offer a more spacious interior, with a helping of vintage flare.  

Groovy Swirls

Jitters Knit

The Ragged Priest
theraggedpriest.com

£66.83

Abstract wave prints are to 2021 what leopard print was to 2019. Animal-inspired graphics are still a vibe, but bright, retro designs will add a bit of freshness to your look. 

Yin-Yang

Crinkle Hem Mini Skirt in Ying and Yang pPrint

Rokoko
us.asos.com

$28.00

Let me save you some time: if they wore it in the ’90s, you’re gonna wear it in ’21. Along with platforms, baggy jeans, and–well, basically everything else on this list–the yin-yang print is seeing its own comeback. 

Flatforms

The Heat is On Platform Sneakers

NastyGal
nastygal.com

$20.00

Thanks to 2020’s heavy lean into loungewear, your sneaker collection is even more relevant now than it was a few months ago. We’re doing comfy shoes only from here on out, but with elevated details like a ’90s-style flatform. 

Literally Any Type of Vest

Neon Jacket With Detachable Sleeves

Berska
bershka.com

$69.90

Billie Eilish has been trying to make vests happen for years and it’s finally becoming a reality. Utility, sweater, puffer, suit–any and all vest styles are going to blow up in the coming year. 

Elevated Loungewear

Ruched Detail Sweater

MANGO
mango.com

$59.99

After living in coffee-stained pajamas for the past, like, 300 days, you deserve to feel cute again. Stylish lounge sets supply the same comfort we demand, but will also make you feel like a person.

Jumbo Frames

Matt Tortoise Grandpa Acetate Aviator Tinted Sunglasses

yesglasses.com

$69.00

We had a good run, tiny glasses! Now, it’s time to move on to bigger and better things–emphasis on the “bigger.” Oversized, ’70s-era frames are set to out-place the micro shades in your daily wardrobe.

Slouchy Dad Jeans

PETITE Mid Blue Dad Jeans

Topshop
topshop.com

$80.00

Remember that week in June when everyone on TikTok bought mens jeans at Walmart? Well, we’re gonna continue that energy all the way through next year. Consider this loose-fit trend a way of easing back into real clothes.

Checkerboard

Checkers Faux-Fur Coat

Adika
adika.com

$63.00

You’ve been wearing checkered Vans since day one and, in case you haven’t noticed, it makes every outfit look exactly 12x cooler. Splash the print on the rest of your closet if you’re looking for a chill-girl update.

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